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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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June 20, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 11: It’s All About the Money, Money, Money

On this episode of Be The Serpent, we're discussing economics-- no wait! Come back! It's going to be fun! Money in fantasy settings, alternative currencies, worldbuilding... All the stuff you like! Our tentpoles this week are  The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, the movie In Time, and the fanfic “Freeport” by Maldoror_Chant.

(And if you haven't yet checked out the podcast's official Discord chat, you're missing out!)

What We’re Reading:

The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger, an anthology (including a short story by Macey)
Viable Paradise (a SFF writer’s workshop)
Aphra Behn
The History of Money by Jack Weatherford
Saikaku Ihara
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins
The economics of slow-burn coffee shop AUs
Hopepunk
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker
Australian vs. American currency differences
The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett (esp. Making Money)
The Craft Sequence series by Max Gladstone
“Harry Potter and the Natural 20” by Sir Poley
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Silk Road
Tamagotchis
Oversized tourist attractions for children to climb on in/around Queensland, Australia
18th century French people getting extra freaky to avoid pregnancy
England’s Wool Act of 1699
God’s Own Country


Transcription:

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

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June 6, 2018 @ 5:46 am

Episode 10: Extravaganza

On this special episode, we're not talking about a theme -- we're answering a cornucopia of amazing questions from our darling listeners! It's the one you've all been waiting for! It's the extravaganza!

And, as announced in the episode, our lovely scribes have launched a Discord chat for fans of the show! Check it out here! 

What We’re Reading:

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Space Opera by Cat Valente
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Daemons
Sorting Hat Chats
Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Jack Harkness (Doctor Who/Torchwood)
Mei Changsu (Nirvana in Fire)
Ocean’s Thirteen
Julius Caesar’s sexuality
Alexander Hamilton
Freya’s Hamilton fic “Interlude (Rise Up)”
Julie d’Aubigny
Josephine Baker
Australian bush fires
The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Ninefox Gambit and Raven Strategem by Yoon Ha Lee
Ursula Vernon / T. Kingfisher
The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett (esp. the City Watch, Tiffany Aching and Moist Von Lipwig books)
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Xena: Warrior Princess
Fanfic tropes such as: Identity porn, MPreg/Pregnancy fic, Kidfic, Sick!fic, Slow-burn Romance, Competence porn, political complicated fic
Embers a fanfic in the Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Kate Elliott
Leverage
Farscape
EA RPGs specifically Dragon Age and Mass Effect
Alex’s obsession with the Dorian/Iron Bull listing on AO3
The Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
The Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Barron
The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings
The Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and her podcast Overinvested
Alien
Star Trek
Naruto
"Dreaming of Sunshine" by Silver Queen
Freya’s Naruto fanfic
"Solfege" by Fahye (Freya)
Elliot Schafer from In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Be the Serpent Discord Chat
"Freeport" by Maldoror_Chant (one of the tentpoles for episode 11!)


Transcript:

Click here to view the transcript of the show. Thank you to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali for their work! 

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May 23, 2018 @ 5:25 am

Episode 9: Like Rome, But With Lasers

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing space empires! We talk a little bit about the history of empires, writerly tips for constructing an empire, and the problems of imperialism. The tentpoles this week are: Ancillary Justice (and the rest of the Imperial Radch trilogy) by Ann Leckie, Star Wars, and The Course of Honour by Avoliot

What We’re Reading:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
“Maggie Fitzgerald and the Saltwater Drip” by antistar_e

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Farscape
Saga
Killjoys
Tithe by Holly Black
White Cat by Holly Black
Spider-Woman/The White Widow/the Spider-Gwen series
4th Street Fantasy Convention
Katamari Damacy
Game of Thrones
The Little Prince
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Sun Chronicles (forthcoming) by Kate Elliott
Jupiter Ascending
Ninefox Gambit and the others in the The Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee
Terraforming
Star Trek
Eurovision (esp. Verka Serduchka, the Buroanovskiye Babushki, and sparkles)

 

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks as always to the scribes, Magali, Neharika, and Sarah, for their help!

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May 9, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 8: Once More, With Feelings!

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing "Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property" by Helenish, Think of England by KJ Charles, and the television show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, as well as a full buffet of romance tropes. And we're joined by a guest, the lovely Amanda Jean from The Hopeless Romantic podcast!!

 

Things we mentioned:

Think of England by KJ Charles
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property by Helenish
The Hopeless Romantic with Amanda Jean and Austin Chant
Eurovision
Douglas Adams
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell, Candy Tan
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
"Think Once, Think Twice" by Fahye (Freya)
Bear by Marian Engel
Captive Prince (again) by CS Pacat
Sherlock
Yuri!!! On Ice
"Victor Effing Nikiforov" by shysweetthing
"i know my madness" by astoryaboutwar
Piper Vaughn’s Portland Pack Chronicles
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
Isobelle Carmody

What we’re reading:

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho
The Tea Master And The Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

Transcription: 

This episode was transcribed by the amazing Sara, Neharika, and Magali! Find the transcription here.

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