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November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 21: Believing the Little Lies

On this episode, we're back on our bullshit to talk about worldbuilding with mythology. Our tentpoles this week are Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths, Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, and KJ Parker's "Let Maps to Others"

 

What We’re Into This Week

In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard
Kakashi/Iruka fic by, particularly, Maldoror and thehoyden
Teetering on the brink of Venom fanfic

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Terry Pratchett
Pliny’s letters
Graffiti in Pompeii
Memes
Incomplete by astolat
The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
Alana by Tamora Pierce
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Buffy
Charmed
Doctor Who
Dragon Ball Z
Supernatural
Black Sails  
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
“Icebreaker” by Cesare
“Motion Parallax” by Laughsalot3412
Community
The My Life as a Background Slytherin comics by Emily McGovern

For Next Time: 

"The First Stop is Always the Last" by John Wiswell 

 

Transcription:

The transcript of this episode is available here. Thanks to our wonderful and brilliant scribes: Sara, Millie, Neharika, and Magali!

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October 24, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 20: Extravaganza

It's time for another Extravaganza episode! This week we're taking a fantastic selection of listener questions and trying to pressure Freya into making some Weird Sounds!

 

What We’re Into This Week

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Band Sinister by K.J. Charles
Homestuck
Torn by Rowenna Miller
Wynonna Earp

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Georgette Heyer
Les Miserables
The Chinese drama Guardian
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Yellowcake (esp. “Ferryman”) by Margo Lanagan
Murder Mysteries” by Neil Gaiman
Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee
Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar
Unprimary Sources” by coveredinfeels
The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
A. Merc Rustad
John Wiswell
Salamander Six-Guns” by Martin Cahill
In The End by Alexandra Rowland
The Manor House” by Fahye
A Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Redwall series by Brian Jaques
Lord of the Rings fanfiction
The Very Secret Diaries by Cassandra Clare
Shaman King


Transcript:

The transcript of this episode is available here. Our wonderful scribes (Magali, Neharika, Sara, and Millie) did a fantastic job! 

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October 10, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 19: You and Me and Our Boyfriend Makes Three

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing OT3s (One True Threesomes). After all, it's twentygayteen, people! Give us more polyamory in canon media! Our tentpoles this week are “The Rundown Job” (Leverage season 5, episode 9); “Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl”, by lightgetsin (White Collar fanfic); and “Didn’t Know How Lost I Was”, by Annakovsky (Star Wars fanfic).

What We’re Into this Week

Mother of Invention edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
City of Lies by Sam Hawke
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
Ada Harper’s A Treason of Truths
1688: A Global History by John E. Wills Jr.
The Adventure Zone
The Chinese drama Guardian


Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Spiders Georg
Leverage
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
White Collar
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Ursula Le Guin’s story “A Fisherman of the Inland Sea”
Sedoretu
Black Sails


For Next Time

Nothing! Next the Episode 20 Extravaganza! Catch up on your TBR pile and preorder A Conspiracy of Truths!


Transcript:

The transcript of this episode can be found here, lovingly crafted by Sara, Neharika, and Millie.

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September 26, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 18: Heist, Heist, Baby

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about heists and thieves and how much we love them. We almost called this episode "Sticky Fingers, Stolen Hearts". The tentpoles for this week are Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Ocean's 8, and two Inception fics by imperfectcircle: "Palm, Ditch, Steal" and "Load, Misdirection, Switch".

 

What We’re Reading:

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Witchmark by CL Polk
1688: A Global History by John E. Wills Jr.

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Revenge
Nirvana in Fire
Guardian
Wynonna Earp
“The Great Chinese Art Heist” article in GQ
Alex’s loathing of stage magicians
Now You See Me
Sorting Hat Chats
Be the Serpent, Episode 13: "Machiavellian Overthinkers"
Palm, Ditch, Steal” by imperfectcircle
Load, Misdirection, Switch” by imperfectcircle
Inception
Tuckman’s stages of group development
Leverage
The Belgariad by David Eddings
Malloreon by David Eddings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings
Miss the Train Before” by Fahye (incomplete)


For Next Time:

Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl by lightgetsin

Transcription:

The transcript of this episode is available here. Our scribes are superheroes and we do not deserve them. Thank you, Magali, Sara, Neharika, and Millie!

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September 12, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 17: A Bump in the Night (The Sexy Kind)

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about sex -- why we write about it, why we read about it, and more. Our tentpoles this week are Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles, and the entire genre of F/F fanfiction (with three great recs from us)! 

What We’re Reading

Heroine Worship (Sarah Kuhn)
A Duke by Default (Alyssa Cole)
Alex finally played Dragon Age: Inquisition!

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Leverage
The Hugo Awards
Bad Sex Awards from the Literary Review
The Sins of the Cities trilogy by KJ Charles
A Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles
Bird in the Hand by novembersmith  
Truth and Measure by Telanu
Oral Histories by Telanu
Prizefight Verse by Telanu
Captive Prince
The Devil Wears Prada
Glee
Legends
Gwen/Morgana (Merlin)
How the mouth changes its shape by breathedout
Due South
Restoree by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Tiger’s Daughter by Arsenault Rivera
Docile by Kellan Szpara (Spring 2020)
The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet

For Next Time:

Ocean's 8 (2018)

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks to Magali, Sara, and Neharika -- and a special thanks and warm welcome to the newest scribe to join our ranks: Millie!!

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August 29, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 16: A Bump in the Night, and Not the Sexy Kind

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about some creepy stuff! Guest star Ryan Boyd, of the horror podcast Rank and Vile, joins us to discuss Clive Barker's "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament", both the book and movie versions of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, and the Hannibal fanfic "Where All Ladders Start" by emungere. 

 

What We’re Reading

Black Sails fanfic
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles
Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles
Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic (again)
Lost Country by William Gay
Space Opera by Catherynne Valente

 

Stuff We Mentioned

Ryan Boyd’s podcast, Rank and Vile
Dune by Frank Herbert
Halloween Horror Nights
The Skeleton Key (2005)
“Mr. Try-Again.” by A. Merc Rustad
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Addams Family
Get Out
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stoker
“A Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
Maniac
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Carrie by Stephen King
The Green Mile, Part 1: Two Dead Girls by Stephen King
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Episode 14 of Be The Serpent: Once Upon A Something
Saw, the movie
Glitter and Gold, a fanvid by voordeel
Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris
The Hannibal Lecter movies
The tv show Pushing Daisies
The tv show Dead Like Me
M*A*S*H
Nightmare on Elm Street 3

 

For Next Time:

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks to our amazing scribes, Magali, Sara, and Neharika!

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August 15, 2018 @ 8:07 am

Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony

On this episode, we're talking about horse books! It's just that a lot of the horses in these horse books have wings... and... breathe fire... so yeah. But they're horses and it's a horse book! Listen to find out why! The tentpoles for this episode are Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, You Drive Through the Dust by Dira Sudis, and the movie How to Train Your Dragon.

 

What We’re Reading

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic
Needs Must by thatotherperv
Rag and Bone by KJ Charles
Witchmark by CL Polk
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (and the rest of the Magic Shop series) by Bruce Coville
The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein
The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
The Abhorsen books by Garth Nix
The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Brainship series by Anne McCaffrey
Farscape
How I Met Your Mother
Wizard of Earthsea from the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin
Dragonflight and The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
Generation Kill
Nirvana in Fire
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
The “Worst Cat” Tumblr
The Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey
Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

 

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thasnk you to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali!

 

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August 1, 2018 @ 5:19 am

Episode 14: Once Upon a Something

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing fairytales: how do they work, what purpose does their beauty and terror serve, and why are they so intertwined with everything we read? Our tentpoles this week are Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Stardust (the movie), and the Yuri on Ice fanfic "hood & glove".

 

What We’re Reading:

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Starlit Wood (anthology), ed. Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Rag and Bone by KJ Charles

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The movie Stardust
Hood & glove” by Fahye/Freya Marske [which features artwork by hawberries]
The folk tales “Tam Lin,” "Baba Yaga's Daughter" and “Little Red Riding Hood”
“Cinderella”
Queer Eye
This interview between Shveta Thakrar and Over The Rainbow Fairy Tale about Euro-centric attitudes about fairy tales
The Orpheus myth
Sir Orfeo (medieval ballad)
“King Orpheo” (Scottish song)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Stardust (the book) by Neil Gaiman
“Rapunzel”, the fairy tale
Tangled
The fairy tale “Snow White”
The Princess Bride
Yuri!!! On Ice
Supernatural
The hieros gamos
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Victory Condition by astolat
Seelie and the Unseelie Courts
“Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
“The Bonny Swans”
“Win me, win me, an ye will” by Fahye/Freya Marske
Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown
Miss Marjoribanks by Mrs Oliphant
Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Tithe by Holly Black
Into The Woods, the musical
Aarne-Thompson Tale Type Index
Thompson’s Motif Index
Dewey Decimal System
Swan Lake, the ballet
Maleficent
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty which is based on “Sleeping Beauty”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire
Alice in Wonderland 1999 TV filmstrongtime

 

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thanks as always to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali!

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July 18, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 13: Machiavellian Overthinkers

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing some of our favorite sneaky, conniving little shits and their schemes, both successful and embarrassing. The tentpoles for this episode are A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold, Lithograph by romantic_drift, and Jingo by Terry Pratchett.

What We’re Reading:

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
Queen’s Gambit by bedlamsbard
Unfit to Print by K. J. Charles
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
Reflections by Diana Wynne Jones
It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian
Still more Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfics

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Fernand Braudel’s The Structures of Everyday Life
Mediterranean by Fernand Braudel
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
"Love in Every Stitch" by Alexandra Rowland (published in Fireside Magazine Issue 57, digital release forthcoming!)
"Cradle of Vines" by Jennifer Mace
Cast of Wonders
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Borgias
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Deeper Season by lightgetsin, sahiya
Nirvana in Fire
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
City Watch Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Going Postal and Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Ocean’s series
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (and the short story “Pet”)
Misethere by Astolat
Once Upon a Time
Elementary
Magnificent Century
The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

 

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. Hail the scribes, hail those quick-fingered three: Sara, Neharika, Magali!

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July 4, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 12: Yes, It Goes On and On, My Friends

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about our favorite long-form stories -- epic fantasy, extremely long podcasts, and the slowest of slowburn fanfics.

What We’re Reading:

Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Hild by Nicola Griffith
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
Speechless
The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Magician sequence by Raymond Feist
The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovich
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
War and Peace by Tolstoy
Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
“Freeport” by Maldror_Chant
Critical Role
The Adventure Zone
The Simpsons
Sacrifices arc by Lightning on the Wave
Twisting the Hellmouth, a Buffy fanfic archive
Mike Carey’s Lucifer
Game of Thrones
Yuri!!! On Ice
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
The Down to Agincourt series by seperis
Supernatural
Repossession by Lazuli.Kat
Embers by Vathara
Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
Prince of the Dark Kingdom by Mizuni-sama
Severitus fics
Dreaming of Sunshine by Silver Queen
Catch Your Breath by Lang Noi
Iryo-nin Kasa by Vaengir
Fate/Stay Night fanfic
Fallen by Confusedknight
The Kushiel’s Dart series by Jacqueline Carey
The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
Nirvana in Fire
Captive Prince
Charles Dickens
Friends
The Simpsons
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Gundam Wing


Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. Hail the scribes: Sara, Magali, and Neharika!

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