Be The Serpent header image 1


February 27, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 29: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Bi

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about spies and secret agents, and we speculate about whether they screen for bisexuality in the hiring process (this episode was almost called "No, Mr Bond, I Expect You to Bi"). The tentpoles this week are the fanfic Ulysses by girlbookwrm, the movie Atomic Blonde, and the book City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett.

What We’ve Been Reading

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
The Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker
Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch
The Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian
Erkenci Kus


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Ulysses by girlbookwrm
The James Bond movies (in particular, 2006-2015)
John le Carré
Ian Fleming
Spooks (aka MI-5)
Spy (2015)
Kingsman (2014)
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
“99 Luftballons” (cover by Kaleida)
Interview with Atomic Blonde choreographer
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(TV series 1964-68)
The Americans (Macey calls it The Russians)
Nirvana in Fire
Totally Spies! (2001-2014)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
The “Genghis Khan” music video (Miike Snow, 2016)
Skyfall (2012)
Person of Interest (2011-2016)
Amberlough series by Lara Elena Donnelly
Spectre (2015)
The Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Casino Royale (2006)
Killing Eve (2018)
Codename: Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein
Duplicity (2009)
Hybrid Author Podcast

For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Episode 30 Extravaganza! Be sure to send in your questions by March 1st!


The transcription of this episode is available here. A round of applause for the scribes

Share | Download(Loading)
February 13, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 28: Genderpalooza

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about gender, relationships, and the worldbuilding thereof! The tentpoles this week are a selection of Steven Universe episodes, The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang, and “An Ever Fixed Mark” by imperfectcircle.

What We’ve Been Reading

Heroine Complex series by Sarah Kuhn
A Perfect Spy by John le Carre
Empresses in the Palace
Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World
Nirvana in Fire
Le Guin short stories
The Royal Tailor
The Grand Heist
Thugs of Hindostan

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Mad Max: Fury Road
“The Answer” (the episode of Steven Universe with Garnet’s origin story)
“Now We’re Only Falling Apart” (the episode where Garnet unfuses)
“Jail Break” (the episode with Lapis Lazuli/Jasper fusion)
The Tensorate series by J.Y. Yang
“An Ever Fixed Mark” by imperfectcircle
“A Fisherman of the Inland Sea” by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
City of Lies by Sam Hawke
Homestuck by Andrew Hussie
Magic Mike XXL
The Harwood Spellbook  series by Stephanie Burgis
The Underwater Ballroom Society edited by Stephanie Burgis
Hark! A Vagrant comics by Kate Beaton
Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie


For Next Time

Ulysses by girlbookwrm



The transcript for this episode can be found here! Thank you to our darling scribes, Sara, Neharika, Kelly, and Millie!!

Share | Download(Loading)
Be The Serpent
Loading Downloads



Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App