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January 29, 2020 @ 6:01 am

Episode 53: The Untamed (featuring guest star Ruoxi Chen!)

On this episode, the Serpents are welding themselves to their bullshit with the help of a friend, glamorous guest star and kickass editor Ruoxi Chen! We're yelling about the Chinese fantasy drama, The Untamed! Welcome to Year Three of the podcast!!


What We’re Into Lately

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

SV Wishes by Feynite


“Linger in the Sun” by etymologyplayground



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Macmillan Publishers

The Lymond Chronicles series by Dorothy Dunnett

Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat.

Tor Publishers

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by 墨香铜臭

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi audio drama


Oh My General

A Civil Combpaign” by Ariaste (two combs reference)

Tall Once More In The Spring Wind by Fayjay

Books by Robert Jackson Bennett

Nirvana In Fire 

Count of Monte Cristo

NIF on Viki

Empresses in the Palace


For Next Time

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire



The transcript for this episode is available here. We're dramatically grabbing the wrists of our darling scribes (Tess, Sara, Kelle, Millie) and staring yearningly into their eyes as they play our love song on a hill somewhere.

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January 22, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Bonus Episode: Strange Horizons Special!!

WHAT'S THIS? An episode on a Wednesday that isn't an Episode Wednesday!? Yes, it's true! Last year we pitched in to help our esteemed colleagues at Strange Horizons with their Kickstarter by pledging to do a special episode if they reached a certain landmark amount of donations. This week, we're bringing you that episode and talking about three amazing short stories that Strange Horizons published! The tentpoles this week are “Hunting the Viper King” by Kathryn Harlan, “Regret, Return, Reignite” by Audrey R. Hollis, and “Truth Plus” by Jamie Wahls.


What We’re Into Lately

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Altogether by Brill Harper

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

Hoshigaki by writer168

Five Kingdoms for the Dead by Evil Is A Relative Term

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

The Good Place


Good Omens

Connections (TV series)

Schitt’s Creek

The Great British Bake Off

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

Connections by James Burke

Avatar: The Last Airbender


The Legend of Taliesin

Many Hearted Dog and the Heron Who Stepped Past Time

A Paradise Built in Hell 

What We Named the Needle” by Freya Marske, in Analog

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Road: A Fairytale

Super Little Dead Girls” by Nino Cipri

Remains” by Basingstoke

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Wrap Me in Oceans Wide” by Marissa Lingen

Notes on a Resurrection” by Natalia Theodoridou

The Wind Whispers Secrets To The Sea” by Jordan Kurella

“Sequestration; Vitrification” by AJ Lucy

“The King’s Mirror” by M.K. Hutchins

“Cassandra Draws the Four of Cups” by Ruthanna Emrys

“Who Has Never Loved a Gentle House?” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu

“Sublet” by Ian Kappos


For Next Time

It's back to your regularly scheduled on-our-bullshit with next week's episode, which is still about The Untamed!



The transcript for this episode is available here. BONUS THANKS to our scribes for taking on this bonus episode!

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January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 52: Let Us Tell You Our Thoughts on Yaoi…

On this week's episode, we're reminiscing about some of our favorite anime and talking a little about how it influenced our writing! The tentpoles for this episode are: Hikaru no Go, Yakitate!! Japan, and Princess Tutu


What We’re Into Lately

The Untamed & Untamed fic

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles

Mutual Admiration Society: Howby Mo Moulton

The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Thief by Ava March

Mo Dao Zu Shi donghua

Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Prince of Tennis


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

Shaman King


D.N. Angel


Yami no Matsuei

Great British Bake Off

Coppelia (ballet)

Midsummer Night’s Dream  (ballet)

Romeo and Juliet (ballet)

Nutcracker (ballet)

Swan Lake (ballet)

Ugly Duckling (ballet) 

Cinderella (ballet)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Sailor Moon


Full Metal Alchemist

Yuri!!! On Ice 

Run with the Wind




Ouran High School Host Club

Junjō Romantica

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Tokyo Babylon




For Next Time

The Untamed



The transcript of this episode is available here. We cherish our scribes so much, and you should too!

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January 1, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 51: How to Romance Your Dragon

On this episode, we're talking about dragons, specifically dragons that shapeshift into a hot person so you can kiss them. Well, ok, in one of the tentpoles a girl smooches the actual dragon-shaped dragon, but we'll get to that. The tentpoles this week are In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, the movie On Drakon, and “O Captain, My Captain” by novembersmith.


What We’re Into Lately

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Untamed

The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Beauty and the Beast

The Sound of Music (1965)

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

How to Pronounce Smaug

King Uther Pendragon

Hamlet’s King Claudius

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Three Things One Can Do with a Dragon

 “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” 

Beauty and the Beast

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Be The Serpent Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony 

Cruel Enchantment, a short story collection by Janine Ashbless

“The Dragon’s Bride” by Janine Ashbless

Treasured” by Dira Sudis, Sealcat



For Next Time 

Princess Tutu



The transcript of this episode is available here. Picture us throwing bouquets of roses at our wonderful scribal team!!

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