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May 8, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 34: Misethere

On this episode, we're doing a deep-dive on a single tentpole, and we are extremely back on our bullshit. It's time to talk about astolat's Witcher fanfic, "Misethere"

What We’re Into Lately

Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly
le Carré
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett
Not for Use in Navigation by Iona Datt Sharma
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Dreaming of Sunshine
The Magicians
The Natural History of Dragons
Komarr
A Civil Campaign
The Tropic of Serpents
Lymond Chronicles

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Drastically Redefining Protocol
Miserere” (song)
Witcher
Dragon Age
Gundam Wing
Person of Interest
Smallville
Sweet Valley High
Fantastic Four
Fast and Furious
Vetinari/Vimes from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
J.Y. Yang
And I Alone Have Escaped To Tell You by astolat
"A Year In Toussaint" by astolat
The War of Silver and Ash” by astolat
The Blooded Crown” by astolat [aka ‘the second one’]
BtS Episode “Cross Your Stars and Hope to Bi” [aka ‘Disaster Bisexuals’]
Xanatos Speed Chess
Vorkosigan Saga
The Warrior’s Apprentice
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
“Duende” by astolat
Avengers
“Entanglements” by astolat

 

For Next Time

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode can be found here. As always, thank you to our brilliant scribal team! 

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April 24, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 33: Turn In Your Badge and Gun!

On this episode, we're discussing police procedurals! Who breaks the rules? Who goes by the book? Tentpoles this week are A Private Reason for This by femmequixoitc, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch, and the first episode of the TV show Luther.

 

What We’re Into Lately

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan
Romance is a Bonus Book (2019)
The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood (forthcoming, 2020)
Spectred Isle by KJ Charles
“Signals That Sound in the Dark” by Dira Sudis
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold  
The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
Bones.
Criminal Minds
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
Vorkosigan saga
Torchwood
Wire in the Blood
Val McDermid novels   
Sherlock Holmes
Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels
Poirot novels by Agatha Christie
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Elementary
Guards! Guards!  by Terry Pratchett
the shapeshifter character trope (mentioned on Story Grid podcast)
Hinterland
Miss Marples
The Killing
Pushing Daisies
iZombie
Komarr
Killing Eve
Witcher (though really this is for next time! ;) )


For Next Time:

Misethere
by astolat

Transcription:

The transcript of the episode can be found here. Thank you once again to the scribes!!

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April 10, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 32: Save the McGuffin, Save the World

On this week's episode, we're talking about time travel fix-it fics! How sexy can a paradox get? Are there multiple timestreams or just one? Can anyone keep all of this straight?! The tentpoles are the fanfic World Without End by Sorted, the book To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, and the TV show The Umbrella Academy.

What We’re Into Lately

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard
Docile by K.M. Szpara
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
Brianna Teintze’s Lord of Secrets
Escape to River Cottage
A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Aliette de Bodard’s Dominion of the Fallen series
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Gossip Girl
Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat
Pretty Woman
Suits
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
The Hugo Awards
Episode 30: Extravaganza
Episode 22: Out of Cheese, Error, Redo from Start
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants
Heroes
fanfiction.net
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Naruto
Final Fantasy VII
Grey’s Anatomy
Doctor Who
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Astolat
And I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You by astolat
Back to the Future
Sheppard’s Law by Speranza
Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger
Groundhog Day
Time Flies Like an Arrow by Katlou303
Turn” by Saras_Girl
Freya’s Captive Prince time travel ficlet
Outsider Perspective” by Neery (Person of Interest husbands amnesia fic)
Person of Interest
Amy Santiago from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

For Next Time

Midnight Riot (aka Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch

Transcript

The transcript for this episode can be found here.
Thanks to our amazing supporters on Patreon, the scribes are now officially getting paid!! Hooray for the scribes!

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March 27, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 31: A Podcast of Three Cities

On this episode, we're talking about cities so vibrant they might as well be characters in their own right! Our tentpoles are “The City Born Great” by N.K. Jemisin, the Mortal Engines movie, and City of Lies by Sam Hawke.


What We’ve Been Reading/Watching

The Magicians
The Wicked King by Holly Black
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Feris
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Leningrad Symphony
The Hunger Games
Mortal Engines [book]
Discworld series
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Watching the English by Kate Fox
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge
The City & the City by China Miéville
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Howl’s Moving Castle
Georgette Heyer
Zen Cho
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Nightvale from the Welcome to Nightvale podcast
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian by ErinPtah
Episode 2 of Be The Serpent: Personality Taxonomies & Shouting About Hogwarts Houses
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities
The Great Cities in History by John Julius Norwich
Firefly
Farscape
The Expanse
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate Atlantis

 

For Next Time

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Three cheers for the scribes: Millie, Sara, Kelly, Neharika!!!

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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
Tintin
Asterix  
Bunyips
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!
Stilyagi
Atomic Blonde
Amélie
Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes
Hannibal
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

Transcription

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!

Transcript

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
Merlin
“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
Baahubali
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

 

Transcription:

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
Bewitched
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

 

Transcription

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
Komarr
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
Venom
Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Naruto
“I Belong Where the People Are: Disability and The Shape of Water”  by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Pan’s Labyrinth
Homestuck
“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
Avatar
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

Transcript:

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
BLEACH
Battle Royale
Stargate Atlantis
Deep Survival
Nirvana in Fire
Killjoys
Spooks
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".


Transcription:

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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