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October 20, 2021 @ 5:01 am

Episode 97: A Symphony of Serpents

On this week's episode, we're discussing music! Musicians! Being gripped by the madness of creation! Selling one's soul for art! The tentpoles this week are the film Amadeus, the fanfic "String Theory" by toft,  and Ryka Aoki’s Light from Uncommon Stars.


What We’re Into Lately 

The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite
Peter Cabot Gets Lost by Cat Sebastian
The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Adderson
The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach
Compass of thy Soul by Umei_no_Mai
Campaign Skyjacks
Skyjacks: Couriers Call
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
The Wilds
‘In the Company of Gentlemen’ by Victoria Goddard

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The other two Feminine Pursuits books by Olivia Waite
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Hollow and Honeycomb by antistar_e
The Old Guard
The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
Stargate: Atlantis
Shakespeare in Love
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (“topless towers of Ilium” quote)
Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
The Phantom of the Opera
“Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré
"Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band
The Devil Went Down to Georgia (And Then Went Down on Johnny) series by notbecauseofvictories

Black Swan (2010)

Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace (unreleased)

Scheherazade (character)

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Hamilton (musical)
Fall Out Boy (band)
Crystal Singer series by Anne McCaffrey
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
Def Leppard (band)
The Velvet Underground (band)
Isavalta series by Sarah Zettel
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
The Goose Girl from Grimms’ Fairy Tales
Jack and the Beanstalk
Bonny Swans” traditional ballad
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
“The Bonny Swans” by Loreena McKennitt
Hild by Nicola Griffith
Johann Sebastian Bach
Harry Potter film score
Ramin Djawadi’s musical scores for Game of Thrones & Westworld
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


For Next Time

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


Content Warnings
Attempted suicide (in Amadeus and brief mention of it in the discussion)
On-the-page sexual assault, on-the-page hate transphobia, child abuse both explicit and referenced (in Light From Uncommon Stars)



The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you to our wondrous choir of scribes!

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