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January 30, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 27: I’m Not a Lady, I’m a Witch!

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about witches! Our tentpoles this week are I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett, “In Which Lettie Makes Demands” by ryfkah, and the movie Practical Magic.

What We’ve Been Reading

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
The Underwater Ballroom Society by Stephanie Burgis and Tiffany Trent
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Flight of Magpies by K.J. Charles
“Monologue by an unnamed mage, recorded at the brink of the end” by Cassandra Khaw
“Darling and the Cinderella Club” by emilyenrose
For Real by Alexis Hall


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger, ft. our very own Macey
A Sword on Two Fingers by Freya Marske
The Hugo Awards 2019 Nominations
Female-presenting Nipples (Thanks, Freya)
The Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
The Scottish Play by Shakespeare
The Spanish Inquisition
The Salem Witch Trials
The Adventure Zone
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books [website]
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books [podcast]
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
The Damore Memo
The Wizard of Oz
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Tournament of Minds
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Check Please
“sundown starts at half-past six” by halfdesertedstreets
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
“Cornerwitches” by charmingly antiquated


For Next Time

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang



The transcript of this episode is available here! If you see a scribe, give them a high five and thank them for their hard work!

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January 16, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 26: Alien Fucking, or Where There’s a Will, There’s A Way

As you may have heard, there's been a slight rearrangement of episode topics, due to the fact that the audio of our original recording of Episode 26 (witches!) was haunted. Therefore, this week we're talking about, well, exactly what it says on the tin. In other words, Dead Dove: Do Not Eat. Our tentpoles this week are The Shape of Water, "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hillside" by James Tiptree Jr, and "Bro: discover new talent." by Laylah (Homestuck fic).

What We’ve Been Reading

A Civil Campaign
Warrior’s Apprentice
The Priory of the Orange Tree
The Perfect Assassin
More Tomorrow
Band Sinister
Ruin of Kings
Into the Spider-Verse
Nirvana in Fire

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Game of Thrones
Dragonriders of Pern
WorldCon (Dublin 2019) and eligibility for the Best Fancast category of the Hugo Awards
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
“I Belong Where the People Are: Disability and The Shape of Water”  by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Pan’s Labyrinth
“La Belle Dame sans Merci”
“Hood and Glove” by Fahye, Yuri/Otabek fic
"Writer Wednesday: A Guest Post by Daria Defore" (the monsterfucking article Freya quotes)
Jupiter Ascending
Guardians of the Galaxy
Mass Effect
Writing the Other [book] by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward
Writing the Other workshops
the Greek myth of Galatea and Pygmalion
Leda and the Swan
Ron Weasley/Spider fanfiction
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Oglaf by Trudy Cooper & Doug Bayne
Tam Lin
Tithe by Holly Black
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Be The Serpent drinking game by Magali
Beauty and the Beast
East of Sun, West of Moon
The Bastard’s Lying to You, a Be The Serpent episode on unreliable narrators
Women Men Don’t See” by James Tiptree Jr.
Pacific Rim
Edge of Tomorrow
Pacific Rim: Uprising


For Next Time

And I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett


The transcription of this episode can be found here. Three cheers for the scribes!!!


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January 2, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 25: Kill Your Darlings

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about character deaths in fiction. In other words: MURDERRRRRRRRR. The tentpoles this week are "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" by Synecdochic, the first Hunger Games movie, and "Singing My Sister Down" by Margo Lanagan. (Warning: Spoilers!)


What We’ve Been Reading

A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde
We Rule the Night by Claire Bartlett
Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Rebecca Kuang’s The Poppy War
Black Juice by Margo Lanagan
Battle Royale
Stargate Atlantis
Deep Survival
Nirvana in Fire
Black Sails
The Writing Excuses podcast
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The 100


For Next Time:

Due to the fact that the audio for the witches episode was HAUNTED, we are swapping the topics for Episodes 26 and 27. Despite what we said in the audio of this episode, next week's theme will therefore be about having sex with aliens and monsters, and the tentpole for that episode is the movie "The Shape of Water".


The transcript of this episode is available here. The highest of fives to our scribes this week: Neharika, Millie, and Kelly!

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