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March 28, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 5: O Captain, My Captain

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, Jupiter Ascending, and "Dangerous if Unbound" by Astolat -- what do these have in common? Fealty relationships!


Other things we mentioned:

Disney princesses
Noblebright & the hieros gamos (again)
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Jupiter Ascending
"Dangerous if Unbound" by Astolat
The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
The Empire Trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond E. Feist
Self-insert fanfiction
Courtly love
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Anastasia (and the stage musical)
Person of Interest
Single Use Weapon by Freya
Mathematical theory aka witchcraft
Ninefox Gambit and A Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Atomic Blonde
Star Trek TOS and the Star Trek reboot films


What we’re reading lately:

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones
An Unsuitable Heir by KJ Charles
Our own books (because edits)



The transcription of the episode is available here. Thanks as always to Sara, Neharika, and Magali for their work!

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March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 4: The Bastard’s Lying to You!

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about LIAR by Justine Larbalestier, Yuri!! On Ice, "The Women Men Don't See" by James Tiptree Jr, and the joys and delights of unreliable narrators. 

Things we mentioned:

Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers
Liar (Justine Larbalestier)
Yuri!!! On Ice (2016)
"The Women Men Don’t See" (James Tiptree Jr.)
Kingsman (2014)
The Captive Prince series (C. S. Pacat)
Alex’s debut book, A Conspiracy of Truths (forthcoming, Fall 2018)
The Italians (John Hooper)
The Handmaiden (2016)
Fingersmith (Sarah Waters)
Why street magicians are the worst people alive
The Queen’s Thief series (Megan Whalen Turner)
Lots more fanfiction
"Written by the Victors” (Speranza)
“The Way of the Apartment Manager” (Elizabeth Culmer) (The Naruto fic Macey mentioned)


What we’re reading lately:

Lotus Blue (Cat Sparks)
The Belles (Dhonielle Clayton)
A novel-length Yuri!!! On Ice Fanfiction
Even more Person of Interest Fanfiction


The transcript is available here.
As always, thank you so much to Neharika, Magali, and Sara for transcribing the episode! 

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