Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Imagine That.... No Really I'm Pimping Tee Morris...

You've heard him in Several Podcasts such as Phillipa Ballentine’s - Chasing the Bard, and Weather Child; PG Holyfield’s - Murder at Avedon Hill; Chris Lester’s - Metamor City; and of course in his own work as well - Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword, and Morevi. He’s also got some non fiction technical credits With Podcasting for Dummies, Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies, All a Twitter, and Sams Teach Yourself Twitter in Ten Minutes. For Now lets concentrate on Tee's Fiction - When I have a chance to sample his Podcasting for Dummies (which may be happening sooner than later if I can get my goals in line this year) and All A Twitter I'll review them separately.

Lets get the Links out of the way.
Tee Morris Main site - http://teemorris.com/
Imagine That Studios http://www.imaginethatstudios.com/
Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword http://www.teemorris.com/billipodcast/
Morevi - The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana http://www.teemorris.com/morevipodcast/
PodioBooks.com http://www.podiobooks.com/
and Of Course Tee on Twitter http://twitter.com/TeeMonster

First off let me say that Tee Morris is a freaking great author, and vocal talent. And just because I’m kissing ass for not listening to Billibub sooner doesn’t make it any less true.
The self proclaimed Übernemesis of all podcast authors wasn't the first Podcast Novel I listened to although he is credited with Releasing the first podcast novel with Morevi the Chronicles of Rafe and Askana written with Lisa Lee. I came into podcast fiction much later. I first heard about Morevi through a promo for Morevi Remastered while listening to Scott Sigler's Nocturnal I believe, I can actually tell you exactly where I was on my drive home it was that kick ass of a preview. Soon as I got home I made Misty (my hottie wife) listen to it and it caught her attention too. Soon as I had a chance after I got home I hopped on Podiobooks and added it to my queue which at that time was too fricking large to begin with. Too many great looking stories too little time. Morevi Remastered got to jump ahead of the line of other things I had yet to download, because for all my knocking that Pirates are just Gay Vikings (Think about it Sea faring raiders, but they dress much nicer and they keep going on about the booty...)I still think they're pretty damned cool. Morevi was one of my worst addictions as far as podiobooks goes... it was a bitch waiting for Tee to update (even in the weeks when he dropped multiple pieces of large chapters face it the boy can write, and put on a hell of a show...well audio...) I was glued to my Ipod until the podcast finally wrapped up (Richie fun fact Morevi was one of the first Podcast Novels I got my 65 year old Ma hooked on).
Morevi is a very thrill packed hold on to your ass or you'll lose it ride. Personally I think many movie studios should be slapped stupid for someone on their staff not taking notice of this and optioning it and getting it into production for the big screen, Pirates of the Who???... Hmmm when I put it that way I know why it hasn’t - Disney is prolly holding everything up to make sure that Pirates of the Caribbean part 987,634,123 Admiral Jack's Gall Stones won't get blasted out of the water by Tee. But seriously it's got it all a touch of Magic, about five metric ass tonnes of Mayhem, a Snarky Queen that can kick ass, and a Glib Charismatic Privateer who's ego is only balanced by more luck than is portioned out to many nations (personally I think it’s because Rafe is knocking da boots with lady luck herself.) Easily one of the most entertaining stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Picture Phantom of the Opera done with a 30 Foot Dragon this is NOTHING like that at all because frankly that would just be weird. But it is a very captivating draw your ass in story. This is one where if I was almost home and not finished with an episode I’d drive around the block... because of this story several of my neighbors thought I was looking for children to snatch (thanks a lot Tee).

Now I'm ashamed to say that though Billibub Baddings and the Case of the singing Sword has been in my Queue at Podiobooks from the day I signed up, I only just listened to it last week for the first time. I am kicking my self in the ass for that now. Billibub was a lot more fun that I thought it was going to be. I'm not much for Noir / Crime stories but that fact that the main character was a Dwarf from a fantasy realm looking for a magical sword... it interested me, just not enough to jump in line. Conversation on twitter made me proclaim that I would not listen to anything on my Ipod in 2010 until I finished Billibub... I think it took maybe 48 hours to finish listening. Savy Dwarf cracking wise to Capone in 1920’s Chicago. It's a detective story that I actually liked a lot, when budget allows I'm going to pick up a copy of Billibub Baddings and the Pitcher's Pendant as well. – Hell when budget allows I want to pick up all Tee’s Stuff.
All in all Tee is a hell of a writer, and a podcaster. He does great comedy, fantastic gripping action, and stories that you can't put down (neither physically nor in an insulting manor)

I only had one complaint...During my first listen through on Morevi Remastered - The explosions were a little too hot and I accidentally elbowed an old man in the face when I was so caught up in the story I jacked the volume so I could hear it over the commotion on the bus and a building went up. I almost wet myself at that particular point too. The rest of the bus thought it was funny, the old man understood because the explosion was so loud it scared him sitting next to me... I had crappy headphones that broadcast more sound to those around me then to me... I've since corrected the earphones issue and the second listen through Morevi the explosions weren't that loud... or I'm going deaf.
All in all Great Job Captain, can’t wait to hear more.


  1. Richard, your reviews are a blast. I can not tell you how much I enjoy them.

    That being said, you are dead on about Tee's stories. I have loved them all. Don't forget about the second Morevi story either. Legacy of Morevi is, in my opinion, even better than Morevi.

    One thing I would also add, is that Tee is just a plain nice guy. One of the best.

    Thanks for the chuckle and the words of wisdom!

  2. Tee's an inspiration for a lot of us out in the podosphere. He's been one of the constants in a rapidly changing field.

    Thanks, Tee, for all you do.