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March 10, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 81: An Apology, and a Collection of Recs

On this week's episode, we're discussing a few changes we're making in our approach to the podcast, and we're gushing about some of our favorite recent and upcoming works, including Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan, and She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan.


What We’re Into Lately

Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard 

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

thepartyresponsible’s Batman-Avengers crossover fic

Do Every Stupid Thing by thepartyresponsible

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko


Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!

The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty

Invitation to Wine (将进酒) by Tang Jiu Qing 唐酒卿 (Mandarin)


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Be the Serpent Episode 71: Back To School (feat. Naomi Novik)

Be the Serpent Episode 72: Fangs for the Memories

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

The Saddle Club

Gossip Girl

The Belles  by Dhonielle Clayton

Wild Beauty Anna-Marie McLemore

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan

The infamous Only One Bed trope

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Runaway Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Books by Alisha Rai  


For Next Time

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark


Content Warnings:

The Duke Who Didn't concerns protagonists encountering racism (both ambient and direct).

She Who Became The Sun interrogates gender essentialist prejudice accurate to its historical setting.

Raybearer deals with themes of child abuse/neglect.



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you, scribes!!

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