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March 13, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 30: Extravaganza

It's time for another Extravaganza! This week, we're getting tipsy, answering listener questions, and revealing our brand new Patreon! Please consider supporting us there so that we can pay the scribes for their amazing work!

What We’ve Been Reading

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland
Russian Doll (2019)
The Umbrella Academy (2019- )
Erkenci Kus (the Turkish soap opera)


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Doctor Who
Pacific Rim (never explicitly stated, but this is where the term “drift compatible” comes from)
Steven Universe
A Conspiracy of Truths
Barns Courtney’s “Glitter and Gold”
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto  
Coldplay’s Ghost Stories
The National
Tabletop Audio
The Hazards of Love by the Decemberists.
A Beautiful Mind
The Blue Planet
Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire
"Wicked Girls" by Seanan McGuire
My Chemical Romance’s Danger Days
The Queen and the Soldier” by Suzanne Vega
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Cat Valente’s Space Opera
Moulin Rouge!
Atomic Blonde
Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Discworld  by Terry Pratchett
Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce
The Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
A Sword on Two Fingers by Freya Marske (unpublished)
Untitled Manuscript by Alexandra Rowland (unpublished)
Catalyst by Jennifer Mace (unpublished)
Hagstone by Jennifer Mace (unpublished)
Antonia Fraser’s Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Cycle, specifically Silverthorn  and A Darkness of Sethanon (and also Magician)
Gareth Gates

For Next Time

"The City Born Great" by NK Jemisin


The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thank you so much, scribes!!

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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

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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!!

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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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December 19, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 24: The Room Where It Happens

On this episode, the Serpents take a break from reading things to debrief about how their projects for National Novel Writing Month went! 


What We're Into Lately:

Witchmark by C.L. Polk
Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night
The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me: Fanfic and the Modern World
Think of England fanfic
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
The 2018 Olympics


Other Stuff We Mentioned

National Novel Writing Month
Court of Fives
Episode 5: “Oh Captain, My Captain" (BtS fealty episode)
“Fake married” trope
Sorting Hat Chats
Episode 2: Personality Taxonomies and Hogwarts Houses (BtS episode)
The Adventure Zone
Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs and City of Blades   
Seanan McGuire
SFWA Nebulas conference


For Next Time

freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose by synecdochic 



The transcript of the episode is available here. Thank you to the sparkling jewels who worked on it, Kelly, Sara, and Millie!

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December 5, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 23: Drastically Redefining Protocol

On this episode, the Serpents were in the middle of National Novel Writing Month, so we settled in for a cozy chat about just one tentpole, one of our favorite fanfics: "Drastically Redefining Protocol" by rageprufrock!


What We're Into This Week

Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
sundown starts at half-past six by halfdesertedstreets
Out of play, out of competition by thenorthface
Dangerous if Unbound” by astolat
Venom fanfic


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Check Please
Practical Magic
Freeport by Maldoror_Chant
Embers by Vathara
“Gonna Make It After All” by astolat, monicawoe & Speranza
Society for Creative Anachronism
Sweet Valley
Stargate: Atlantis
Written by the Victors by Speranza
Bell Curve, or, Lady’s Night at the Boom Boom Room by rageprufrock
No Less Unthinkable by rageprufrock
Prince of Tennis
Notting Hill
Princess Diaries 2
Princess Diaries
Ruritanian romance trope
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
Adam Lambert
Kris Allen
American Idol
A Matter of Inconvenience by astolat
Oh No They Didn’t!
The Perez Hilton gossip site
Stargate: Atlantis
Yuri!! On Ice
"STET" by Sarah Gailey
A Deeper Season by lightgetsin, sahiya


The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thanks once more to our scribes, Neharika, Millie, Kelly, Sara, and Magali!

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November 21, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 22: Out of Cheese, Error, Redo from Start

On this week's episode we're talking about Groundhog Day AUs! We're discussing the original trope-namer, the 1993 movie Groundhog Day; the Yuri!! On Ice fic "Maelstrom" by feelslikefire, and the flash fiction piece, "The First Stop Is Always the Last" by John Wiswell. 


What We’re Reading

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Possessed by Elif Batuman
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
Freya’s Yuri!!! in Space fics
Torn by Rowenna Miller


Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
National Novel Writing Month
Spiders Georg
Person of Interest
The Pineapple festival in Fort Pierce, Florida
The Sandy Shoes festival, Fort Pierce, Florida
Friday fest, Fort Pierce, Florida
The Groundhog Day musical
The official broadway recording of “If I Had My Time Again”
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Chunin Exam Day by Perfect Lionheart
Time Braid by ShaperV
“Quickening Days” by Fahye
Freeport by Maldoror_Chant
Embers by Inkgirl and Vathara
Lightning on the Wave
“The First Stop is Always the Last” by John Wiswell
“Purple Days” by baurus
Edge of Tomorrow
All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Victory Condition by astolat
Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling
Dark Prince” by LoveMyRomance
Final Fantasy VII
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
World Without End by Sorted
Aesop’s fables
Steven King’s Dark Tower series
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
Serpentcast Discord


For Next Time

Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock


The transcript of the episode is available here. As always, thanks to our glamorous and wonderful scribes: Neharika, Millie, Sara, and Magali, who were also joined this week by Kelly!

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November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 21: Believing the Little Lies

On this episode, we're back on our bullshit to talk about worldbuilding with mythology. Our tentpoles this week are Alexandra Rowland's A Conspiracy of Truths, Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, and KJ Parker's "Let Maps to Others"


What We’re Into This Week

In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard
Kakashi/Iruka fic by, particularly, Maldoror and thehoyden
Teetering on the brink of Venom fanfic


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Terry Pratchett
Pliny’s letters
Graffiti in Pompeii
Incomplete by astolat
The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
Alana by Tamora Pierce
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Doctor Who
Dragon Ball Z
Black Sails  
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
“Icebreaker” by Cesare
“Motion Parallax” by Laughsalot3412
The My Life as a Background Slytherin comics by Emily McGovern

For Next Time: 

"The First Stop is Always the Last" by John Wiswell 



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thanks to our wonderful and brilliant scribes: Sara, Millie, Neharika, and Magali!

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