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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
Magnificent Century
The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett



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
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
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
The Simpsons
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Gundam Wing


The transcript for this episode is available here. Hail the scribes: Sara, Magali, and Neharika!

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