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October 6, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 96: Changing Places

On this week's episode, we're discussing body swap fic! Swapping bodies! Trading meatsuits! It's all fun and comedy, right? ...Or is it? Anyway, the tentpoles for this episode are the anime film, Your Name, the fanfic Vinculum by Skadiseven, and the Farscape episode, "Out of Their Minds."

 

What We’re Into Lately 

Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Schmigadoon! (on Apple TV)

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells

Pressure Machine by the Killers

Campaign Skyjacks (podcast)

The Bachelor’s Valet by Arden Powell
Petty Treasons by Victoria Goddard

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
The Untamed
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Farscape

The Dark Crystal
Jupiter Ascending
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Star Trek: The Original Series
Laughing Gas by PG Wodehouse
Stranger Than Fiction
Babylon 5
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Sword Art Online
Stargate
The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
to memory now I can’t recall by Etharei
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Guardian
Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Good Omens miniseries

 

For Next Time

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

 

Content Warnings
Mention of molestation in the context of the bodyswap trope (in episode discussion)

Mention of dysphoria & trans erasure in the context of the bodyswap trope (in episode discussion)

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our stylish and fashionable team of scribes!

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September 22, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 95: The Jasmine Throne

On today's episode we're doing another deep dive on the marvelously sapphic fantasy novel The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri!

 

What We’re Into Lately 

The Secrets of Charlotte Street series by Scarlett Peckham
    - book 2: The Earl I Ruined
   
- book 3: The Lord I Left

Seducing the Sorcerer by Lee Welch
The Bachelor’s Valet by Arden Powell

Game of Thrones fanfic

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells

cast your bitterness into the sea by Kilerkki 

Campaign Skyjacks

Till Human Voices Wake Us by Victoria Goddard 

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Swordheart and The Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher
Jeeves/Wooster fanfiction

Firefly

Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
The Witcher
“Hellfire” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Game of Thrones
Empresses in the Palace
The Realm of Ash
The Magpie Lord series
A Cradle of Vines by Jennifer Mace
Sleeping Beauty
Seasons of Glass and Iron’ by Amal El-Mohtar
Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri
The Twilight Zone theme
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

For Next Time
Your Name.

Content Warnings
Violence against women, imperialist violence, semi-graphic death descriptions, references to torture and drugging in The Jasmine Throne

 

Transcription

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September 8, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 94: Into the Woods

On this week's episode, Macey is forcing us to put on our hiking shoes and dragging us out into the forest to look at some "really nice moss." The tentpoles we’re discussing are Princess Mononoke, Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh, and Ursula K. Le Guin’s story ‘Vaster Than Empires and More Slow.’

What We’re Into Lately

 a kind of dwell and welcome’ by leupagus
Reputation by Lex Croucher
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
orange_crushed ‘s Untamed fics (esp Pentimento.)
And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed
The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler
Victoria Goddard’s books:
Greenwing & Dart series (esp Love-in-a-Mist)
Ask A Mortician Youtube Channel 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Ted Lasso
Gundam Wing
Ponyo
Robin Hood legends
Hannibal
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Jungle Book by Ruyard Kipling
The Secret Life of the Forest by Richard M. Ketchum
The Hidden Life of Trees by by Peter Wohlleben
Pando
QI
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Brain coral
Green Man motif
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
Hild by Nicola Griffith
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Into the Woods
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Black Sails
Vikings
Magician by Raymond E. Feist
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Westworld
Stargate: Atlantis
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Black Spot TV show
Avatar
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Pocahontas
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
BTS Episode 16: A Bump In the Night, and Not the Sexy Kind
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
Merlin Sheldrake’s YouTube video showing him eating book fungus
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
Around the World In 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori
‘Colors of the Wind’ from Pochahontas
The Biggest Estate On Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

For Next Time

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Content Warnings
Racism (in ‘Vaster Than Empires and More Slow’)
Problematic portrayal of an autistic character (in ‘Vaster Than Empires and More Slow’)

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here! Thanks to our team of scribes for their great work!

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August 25, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 93: The Glamorous Authorial Life

On this week's episode we're discussing the glamorous authorial life -- authors (and other publishing professionals) through the lens of how they're depicted in media. Tentpoles this week are the film Stranger Than Fiction, the K-Drama Romance Is a Bonus Book, the story “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu and The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey.

 

What We’re Into Lately
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Guardian fic
Macey’s all-fandom OT3 feast
Victoria Goddard books specifically the Greenwing & Dart series
Ask A Mortician Youtube Channel 

Other Stuff We Mentioned
The Great British Bake-Off
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty
letters from the ides’ by Jennifer Mace (poet)
The Witcher (TV show)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Sam Hawke
Younger
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
Moulin Rouge
Untitled Seminal Male-Focused Work by Jennifer Mace (Literary author)
Seven Days In June by Tia Williams
Emily Henry

 

For Next Time
Silver In the Wood by Emily Tesh

 

Transcription

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August 11, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 92: Podcasting: The Musical!

On today's episode, we're bursting into song at socially inappropriate times to talk about... musicals! Our tentpoles are the Bollywood musical Aaja Nachle, the first two episodes of Galavant, and the musical Wicked.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Red Azalea by CeNedraRiva
The Changeling by Annerb
The Armistice series by Annerb
World Ain’t Ready by idiopathicsmile
survival is a talent by ShanaStoryteller
Rotten Work by ShanaStoryteller
Campaign Skyjacks
Whiskeyjack by Victoria Goddard

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Hadestown the musical
Into The Woods the musical
Les Misérables the musical
“The Confrontation” from Les Misérables
Come From Away the musical
The Fast and the Furious
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Decemberists
Weekend at Bernie’s
The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Return of Fitzroy Angursell by Victoria Goddard
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Maleficent
“No One Mourns The Wicked” from Wicked
Hamilton the musical
Single Use Weapon by Fahye
Glee
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary
“Defying Gravity” from Wicked
“Dancing Through Life” from Wicked
The Princess Bride
“Galavant” from Galavant
“Belle” from Beauty and the Beast
“Stand Up” from Galavant
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
A Knight’s Tale
Shrek
Camelot the musical
Spamalot the musical
In the Heights
High School Musical 2
“I Don’t Dance” from High School Musical 2
Hairspray (2007)
Footloose (2011)
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
A Chorus Line (1985)
Cabaret (1972)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
John Wick (2014)
Peter Pan (AKA Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up; or Peter and Wendy)
Pantomime
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Magicians
Scrubs
Farscape
Six
Oliver! musical (based on Oliver Twist)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Prince of Egypt
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jaskier’s theme from The Witcher
‘I Dreamed A Dream’ from Les Misérables
‘One Day More’ from Les Misérables
‘You’ll Be Back’ from Hamilton
The Beatles
Groundhog Day the musical
Groundhog Day film
Swan Lake
Peer Gynt suites
Carnival of the Animals
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf March’ from Peter and the Wolf
'The Swan' from Carnival of the Animals

For Next Time
The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Extra extra thank-yous to our team of scribes this week because YOWZA that was a lot of Other Things We Talked About to wrangle links for!

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July 28, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 91: Anything You Can Do, We Can Do Better

On this week's episode we’re discussing classics rewritten by women! The tentpoles are Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott, The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo, and Beowulf, translated by Maria Dahvana Headley.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Subtle Blood by KJ Charles
For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten
Luca
“Choosing” by Susan Taitel
The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes
Victoria Goddard’s books:
Tales of the Nine Worlds series
Greenwing & Dart series

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Will Darling Adventures by KJ Charles
Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
The Good Place (see Janet with a cactus behind her back)
Moana
Carmina Burana (text)
Carmina Burana (cantata by Orff)
Hamilton
Saltwashed” by Jennifer Mace
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Empresses in the Palace 

The Heroine's Journey by Gail Carriger
Rule 63 of the internet
Persona 5 videogame
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
E. Jade Lomax’s fanfic reinterpretations of The Susan Problem
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
Genderswap in fanfiction
Mad Max: Fury Road
Atomic Blonde


For Next Time

Wicked the musical


Content Warnings

Domestic abuse in The Chosen and the Beautiful
Warfare and gore in Beowulf and Unconquerable Sun
Discussion of trans and nonbinary erasure

 

Transcription

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July 14, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 90: Extravaganza

On this week's episode, we are once again answering YOUR burning questions, dear listeners!

What We’re Into Lately

The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Bareknuckle Bastards series by Sarah MacLean

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Women, Race & Class by Angela Davis

The Untamed fanfic

“vinculum” by Skadiseven

Heaven Has A Road But No One Walks It by Silvestris

The Return of Fitzroy Angursell by Victoria Goddard

History Channel “documentaries”

Tim’s Vermeer

The Witcher

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Get Out

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Good Omens (TV show)

Nirvana in Fire

Famous Fanfic Author Fahye

Down to Agincourt series by seperis

Word of Honor

Isavalta series by Sarah Zettel

Naruto

Persona 5

Fic author Maldoror_Chant

Feminine Pursuits series (The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics) by Olivia Waite

The Covert Captain by Jeannelle M. Ferreira

Proper English by KJ Charles 

Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan 

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole 

Once Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole 

Codex Writers Forum

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Tremontaine series by Ellen Kushner et al. 

”Glitter & Gold” by Barns Courtney
The Queen’s Gambit
X-Men
Teen Wolf
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Ranma ½
Criminal Minds
you wait and you wonder who’ll take on your odds by paperclipbitch
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

For Next Time

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Content Warnings

N/A

Transcription

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June 30, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 89: A Particularly Heartless Wizard

 On today’s episode, we're finally getting around to doing our Diana Wynne Jones Episode! Well, sort of -- it's not exactly a deep-dive. Our tentpoles this week are Howl’s Moving Castle, Howl’s Moving Castle, and two Howl’s Moving Castle fanfics — “Hearts and Their Consumption” by setepenre_set and “Second Time Lucky” by labellementeuse.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott

Persona 5 fanfic

Word of Honor

The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Great British Bake Off

Imagine Me & You

“The Bonny Swans”

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The West Wing

Moana

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis 

Ponyo

The Little Mermaid
Spirited Away

Snow White

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Children’s author Frances Hardinge

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre miniseries

Good Omens TV series

Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Tam Lin Scottish ballad
Castle In the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Aladdin folktale
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
Labyrinth
Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Be the Serpent Episode 36: There’s No Place Like Home
Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
Eight days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

 

For Next Time

Episode 90: Extravaganza!

 

Content Warnings

Gore / Violence - Hearts and Their Consumption by setepenre_set.

 

Transcription

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June 16, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 88: Singing a Song of Angry Men

On today's episode we are talking about dystopian stratified societies and "layered cities". Our tentpoles this week are An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, the Snowpiercer movie (the original one), and “To the Victor, The Spoil” by Annakovsky.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

marigolds by colbub

Avatar: The Last Airbender fic

Rogue One fic

Hikaru no Go

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Imperial Coroner

The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“Dixit Dominus” by George Frideric Handel

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan

Dragon Ball

Persona 5

Embers by Vathara

The Untamed

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

Parasite

Space Sweepers 

This post by missellewoods

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough series 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Avatar

The Unbroken  by C. L. Clark

“And Now His Lordship Is Laughing” by Shiv Ramdas

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin

"Victory Condition" by astolat

Les Mis (musical)

Les Miserables (disambiguation)

For Next Time

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

 

Content Warnings

Sexual assault, racism, and slavery in An Unkindness of Ghosts

Violence, child harm in Snowpiercer

Sex trafficking, attempted suicide, and adult/minor relationship in “To the Victor, The Spoil”

General warnings for discussion in the episode: the spectre of pedophilia, cannibalism, classism and prejudice (as well as all above listed warnings from the tentpoles)

 

Transcription

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June 2, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 87: Let the Games Begin!

On this week's episode, we're discussing those models of decorum and tranquility: Games, and game-adjacent narratives! The tentpoles this week are the C-drama version of Hikaru no Go, the film Jumanji: Into the Jungle, and the fanfic you wait and you wonder who’ll take on your odds by paperclipbitch.

 

What We’re Into Lately

 

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrum

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

marigolds by colbub

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett 

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Bachelor franchise

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The Queen’s Gambit

Chess (musical)

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Jumanji

Aladdin

E.T.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Labyrinth

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

DIE by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

Casino Royale

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Alex’s Fun Facts History of Games Corner

Kriegsspiel game

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People, and Fantastic Adventure from Chess to Role-Playing Games by Jon Peterson

Checkmate by Naadi

Yu-Gi-Oh

Battle Royale

The Hunger Games

League of Legends

Hercules

The Grandfather Clock by Anthony Hill

 

For Next Time

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

 

Content Warnings

None

 

Transcription

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