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June 30, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 89: A Particularly Heartless Wizard

 On today’s episode, we're finally getting around to doing our Diana Wynne Jones Episode! Well, sort of -- it's not exactly a deep-dive. Our tentpoles this week are Howl’s Moving Castle, Howl’s Moving Castle, and two Howl’s Moving Castle fanfics — “Hearts and Their Consumption” by setepenre_set and “Second Time Lucky” by labellementeuse.


What We’re Into Lately

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott

Persona 5 fanfic

Word of Honor

The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Great British Bake Off

Imagine Me & You

“The Bonny Swans”

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The West Wing


To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis 


The Little Mermaid
Spirited Away

Snow White

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Children’s author Frances Hardinge

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre miniseries

Good Omens TV series

Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Tam Lin Scottish ballad
Castle In the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Aladdin folktale
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien
Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Be the Serpent Episode 36: There’s No Place Like Home
Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
Eight days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones


For Next Time

Episode 90: Extravaganza!


Content Warnings

Gore / Violence - Hearts and Their Consumption by setepenre_set.



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you to our fabulous team of scribes for their hard work, as always :)

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June 16, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 88: Singing a Song of Angry Men

On today's episode we are talking about dystopian stratified societies and "layered cities". Our tentpoles this week are An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, the Snowpiercer movie (the original one), and “To the Victor, The Spoil” by Annakovsky.


What We’re Into Lately

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

marigolds by colbub

Avatar: The Last Airbender fic

Rogue One fic

Hikaru no Go

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Imperial Coroner

The Hands of the Emperor by Victoria Goddard

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“Dixit Dominus” by George Frideric Handel

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan

Dragon Ball

Persona 5

Embers by Vathara

The Untamed

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean


Space Sweepers 

This post by missellewoods

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough series 

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson


The Unbroken  by C. L. Clark

“And Now His Lordship Is Laughing” by Shiv Ramdas

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

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

"Victory Condition" by astolat

Les Mis (musical)

Les Miserables (disambiguation)

For Next Time

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones


Content Warnings

Sexual assault, racism, and slavery in An Unkindness of Ghosts

Violence, child harm in Snowpiercer

Sex trafficking, attempted suicide, and adult/minor relationship in “To the Victor, The Spoil”

General warnings for discussion in the episode: the spectre of pedophilia, cannibalism, classism and prejudice (as well as all above listed warnings from the tentpoles)



The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you to our team of scribes for their great work!

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June 2, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 87: Let the Games Begin!

On this week's episode, we're discussing those models of decorum and tranquility: Games, and game-adjacent narratives! The tentpoles this week are the C-drama version of Hikaru no Go, the film Jumanji: Into the Jungle, and the fanfic you wait and you wonder who’ll take on your odds by paperclipbitch.


What We’re Into Lately


The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrum

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

marigolds by colbub

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett 


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Bachelor franchise

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The Queen’s Gambit

Chess (musical)

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett




The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi


Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

DIE by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

Casino Royale

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Alex’s Fun Facts History of Games Corner

Kriegsspiel game

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People, and Fantastic Adventure from Chess to Role-Playing Games by Jon Peterson

Checkmate by Naadi


Battle Royale

The Hunger Games

League of Legends


The Grandfather Clock by Anthony Hill


For Next Time

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon


Content Warnings




The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thanks to our most excellent scribes for their hard work!

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