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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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May 19, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 86: 9 to 5 (What a Way to Make a Living)

On this week's episode, we're discussing jobs, occupations, and vocations, both fantastical and mundane despite the fantastical settings.  The tentpoles for this episode are Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots, and “Always Near” by afrai.

 

What We’re Into Lately

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark 

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi 

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Hiding in the Leaves by aventria & iluxia (Naruto fanfic)

Legend of Yun Qian

Scarlet Heart

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Jumanji

Labyrinth

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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

Naruto

After Working At Google, I’ll Never Let Myself Love A Job Again (Op-Ed, NYT)

My Life as a Background Slytherin (webcomic)

Avengers movies

Superhero Damage Insurance (TikTok)

Rogue One

Star Wars franchise

The Mandalorian

Be the Serpent Space Sweepers episode

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Jessica Jones

October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

Lost Girl

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold

John Scalzi (author)

Honor Harrington series by David Weber

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

My Next Life as a Villainess 

Period Piece” by thimblefullofdespair

for a hundred vision and revisions by aventria, iluxia

Merlin TV show

Macey’s Fun Facts Tech Job Corner

An Example of Bad Radio

The Story Engine storytelling game

 

For Next Time

Hikaru no Go (2020 live action Chinese drama)

 

Content Warnings

Slavery (in “Always Near” + episode discussion)

Medical trauma & body horror (in Hench)

Cannibalism and gore (in Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef + episode discussion)

 

Transcription

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May 5, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 85: Girl Meets House

On today's episode, we're getting unseasonably spooky as we talk about Gothic novels! The tentpoles for this episode are Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the film Crimson Peak, and the Untamed fanfic Imago by astrophyllite.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Word of Honor

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

Die, Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Don’t Look Back series by acuteneurosis

ShuoshuoChinese

Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management by Alexander Elder

Untamed fanfic, as always

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen

Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen

American Psycho

Tim Burton’s Alice movies

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Untamed

Under The Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Bluebeard folktale

Beauty and the Beast folktale

East of Sun and West of the Moon folktale

Eros and Psyche folktale

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Jane Eyre miniseries (with Ruth Wilson)

Restraint and Revelation: or, The Necromancer of Yiling’ (Erotic Gothic Novelist!Lan Wangji)

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey TV movie

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Be the Serpent Episode 36: There's No Place Like Home

Addams Family Values

 

For Next Time

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

 

Content Warnings

Violence, gore, and incest in all three tentpoles and the episode discussion.

 

Transcription

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April 21, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 84: Not With a Bang…

On this week's episode, we're talking about postapocalyptic fiction, specifically stories set in the wake of a climate apocalypse. The tentpoles are Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, the fanfic "Moebius" by AuroraNova and Mad Max: Fury Road.

 

What We’re Into Lately

The House of Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Parks and Recreation

The World Figure Skating Championship

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

love, in fire and blood by cicer

Practical Creativity by Raph Koster 

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Be the Serpent, Episode 3: Apocalypse Sometime, Maybe Next Tuesday

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge 

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 

Be the Serpent, Episode 38: A Hugo Award Special — The Novels of 2018

“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara

The Old Guard

Atomic Blonde

Studio Ghibli movies

James Bond movies

Peer Gynt” by Grieg

The first Mad Max movie

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

 Mass Effect games

The ending of Mass Effect 3

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

The Day After Tomorrow

Who Should Live In Flooded Old New York? by Brooke Bolander

Embers by Vathara

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

The Sea and Summer (aka Drowning Towers) by George Turner 

‘The Fall of Civilizations’ podcast

How We Get to Carbon Zero by Bianca Nogrady

The Expanse 

Space Sweepers

Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Macey’s Fun Facts Bronze Age Mediterranean Corner

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline

The most famous and meme-able trader to ever live, Ea-nasir

 

For Next Time

Crimson Peak film

 

Content Warnings

Gore and implied sexual assault in Mad Max: Fury Road
Gore and (urban fantasy standard) violence in Trail of Lightning

Transcription

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April 7, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 83: Space Sweepers!

On today's episode we're buckling on our space shoes, picking up our space harpoons, and charging up our space laser guns, because we're doing a deep dive on the new South Korean scifi film, Space Sweepers.

 

What We’re Into Lately

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

The House of Always by Jenn Lyon

Disarmed by Sarah Rees Brennan

Word of Honor

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno Garcia

Boku no Hero Academia fanfic of the Star Wars crossover variety

Mòxiāng Tóngxiù fanfic 

Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Jupiter Ascending

Untamed

Hikaru No Go

Hannibal 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Firefly

The Expanse

Star Trek

Star Wars

Babylon 5

Killjoys

The Mandalorian

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Be the Serpent episode 1

Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey

Born Sexy Yesterday 

Logan

Interstellar

The Expanse

Futurama

Bond movies

 

For Next Time

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

 

Content Warnings

Death of a child (dealt with in-text) in Space Sweepers

 

Transcription

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March 24, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Epsode 82: On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

On this week's episode, we're getting the gang back together to talk about girl gangs, teen squads, and spooky witchy girls! The tentpoles this week are The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke, Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark, and the fanfic “21st Century Girls” by springgreen.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Dawn by Octavia Butler

A Bouquet of Czech Folktales by Karel Jaromír Erben, trans. Marcela Sulak

Boku No Hero Academia fanfic

as day follows night by The_Eclectic_Bookworm

The Untamed fanfic

Word of Honor

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Men in Black 

Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Guardian

Nirvana in Fire

20th Century Boys manga series

Sailor Moon manga series

My Little Pony 

St. Trinians 

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Stranger Things

Jennifer’s Body

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Mean Girls

Sex and the City

Golden Girls

Ocean’s 8

Charlie’s Angels

Totally Spies

D.E.B.S

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Dark Angel

The Old Guard

Wonder Woman

Mad Max: Fury Road

Dollhouse

River Tam from Firefly

Steven Universe

 

For Next Time

Space Sweepers

 

Content Warnings

Very brief mention of sexual assault (and description of its fallout) in Foul Is Fair, one of the "What We're Into Lately" books.

Explicit depictions of racism (including the KKK) in Ring Shout.

Kidnapping, attempted assault in The Scapegracers.

Transcription

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