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April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells the Story

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about historiography, propaganda, narrative control, Macey's misspent youth as a frozen meat salesperson, and some excellent pieces of fiction: "Written by the Victors" by Speranza, the Broadway show Hamilton, and The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin.


Things We Mentioned:

"Written by the Victors" by Speranza
Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The House of Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett
Person of Interest fanfic 
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Ars Atlantiadae by multiple creators (usernames found in the link)
Podfic of Written by the Victors by multiple readers (usernames found in the link)
Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film by eleveninches, Febricant, hellotailor, M_Leigh, neenya, tigrrmilk
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
"Interlude (Rise Up)" by Fahye
Mark Oshiro reading "Interlude (Rise Up)"
Podfic of "Interlude (Rise Up)" by various narrators
Black Sails
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
The Newsflesh Series by Mira Grant
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett


What We’re Reading:

The Lymond Chronicles (specifically The Ringed Castle and Checkmate) by Dorothy Dunnett
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
Still too much Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thanks as always to Sara, Neharika, and Magali!

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April 11, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 6: Cross Your Stars and Hope to Bi

On this episode of Be The Serpent, we're talking about bisexuals in fiction. And because this is us, we have to come up with a taxonomy for them. So join us as we debate the merits and charms of the Chaos Disaster, the Sad Floppy Disaster, the Punch-You-in-the-Face Disaster, and the Terrifying, Competent Force of Nature Not-A-Disaster. The tentpoles this week are: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee), The World That You Need series (Dira Sudis), and In Other Lands (Sarah Rees Brennan). 

Things we mentioned:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
The World That You Need series by Dira Sudis
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
Person of Interest (again)
Astolat (again)
Captive Prince by CS Pacat (always)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
A Deeper Season by lightgetsin and sahiya
Grey’s Anatomy
Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood fame
The Count of Monte Cristo
Nirvana in Fire
Julie d’Aubigny, historical Disaster Bisexual

What we’re reading:

The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold (and the Vorkosigan Saga more broadly)
The Covert Captain by Jeannelle M. Ferreira
The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark
Mr. Try Again by A. Merc Rustad
Too much Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic.


The transcript of this episode is available here. Thanks to Sara, Neharika, and Magali for their work! 

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