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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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October 24, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 20: Extravaganza

It's time for another Extravaganza episode! This week we're taking a fantastic selection of listener questions and trying to pressure Freya into making some Weird Sounds!


What We’re Into This Week

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Band Sinister by K.J. Charles
Torn by Rowenna Miller
Wynonna Earp

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Georgette Heyer
Les Miserables
The Chinese drama Guardian
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Yellowcake (esp. “Ferryman”) by Margo Lanagan
Murder Mysteries” by Neil Gaiman
Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee
Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar
Unprimary Sources” by coveredinfeels
The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
A. Merc Rustad
John Wiswell
Salamander Six-Guns” by Martin Cahill
In The End by Alexandra Rowland
The Manor House” by Fahye
A Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Redwall series by Brian Jaques
Lord of the Rings fanfiction
The Very Secret Diaries by Cassandra Clare
Shaman King


The transcript of this episode is available here. Our wonderful scribes (Magali, Neharika, Sara, and Millie) did a fantastic job! 

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October 10, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 19: You and Me and Our Boyfriend Makes Three

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing OT3s (One True Threesomes). After all, it's twentygayteen, people! Give us more polyamory in canon media! Our tentpoles this week are “The Rundown Job” (Leverage season 5, episode 9); “Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl”, by lightgetsin (White Collar fanfic); and “Didn’t Know How Lost I Was”, by Annakovsky (Star Wars fanfic).

What We’re Into this Week

Mother of Invention edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael
The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
City of Lies by Sam Hawke
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
Ada Harper’s A Treason of Truths
1688: A Global History by John E. Wills Jr.
The Adventure Zone
The Chinese drama Guardian

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Spiders Georg
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
White Collar
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Ursula Le Guin’s story “A Fisherman of the Inland Sea”
Black Sails

For Next Time

Nothing! Next the Episode 20 Extravaganza! Catch up on your TBR pile and preorder A Conspiracy of Truths!


The transcript of this episode can be found here, lovingly crafted by Sara, Neharika, and Millie.

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September 26, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 18: Heist, Heist, Baby

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about heists and thieves and how much we love them. We almost called this episode "Sticky Fingers, Stolen Hearts". The tentpoles for this week are Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Ocean's 8, and two Inception fics by imperfectcircle: "Palm, Ditch, Steal" and "Load, Misdirection, Switch".


What We’re Reading:

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland
Witchmark by CL Polk
1688: A Global History by John E. Wills Jr.

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Nirvana in Fire
Wynonna Earp
“The Great Chinese Art Heist” article in GQ
Alex’s loathing of stage magicians
Now You See Me
Sorting Hat Chats
Be the Serpent, Episode 13: "Machiavellian Overthinkers"
Palm, Ditch, Steal” by imperfectcircle
Load, Misdirection, Switch” by imperfectcircle
Tuckman’s stages of group development
The Belgariad by David Eddings
Malloreon by David Eddings
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings
Miss the Train Before” by Fahye (incomplete)

For Next Time:

Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl by lightgetsin


The transcript of this episode is available here. Our scribes are superheroes and we do not deserve them. Thank you, Magali, Sara, Neharika, and Millie!

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September 12, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 17: A Bump in the Night (The Sexy Kind)

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about sex -- why we write about it, why we read about it, and more. Our tentpoles this week are Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles, and the entire genre of F/F fanfiction (with three great recs from us)! 

What We’re Reading

Heroine Worship (Sarah Kuhn)
A Duke by Default (Alyssa Cole)
Alex finally played Dragon Age: Inquisition!


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Hugo Awards
Bad Sex Awards from the Literary Review
The Sins of the Cities trilogy by KJ Charles
A Charm of Magpies series by KJ Charles
Bird in the Hand by novembersmith  
Truth and Measure by Telanu
Oral Histories by Telanu
Prizefight Verse by Telanu
Captive Prince
The Devil Wears Prada
Gwen/Morgana (Merlin)
How the mouth changes its shape by breathedout
Due South
Restoree by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Tiger’s Daughter by Arsenault Rivera
Docile by Kellan Szpara (Spring 2020)
The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet

For Next Time:

Ocean's 8 (2018)


The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks to Magali, Sara, and Neharika -- and a special thanks and warm welcome to the newest scribe to join our ranks: Millie!!

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August 29, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 16: A Bump in the Night, and Not the Sexy Kind

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about some creepy stuff! Guest star Ryan Boyd, of the horror podcast Rank and Vile, joins us to discuss Clive Barker's "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament", both the book and movie versions of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, and the Hannibal fanfic "Where All Ladders Start" by emungere. 


What We’re Reading

Black Sails fanfic
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles
Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles
Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic (again)
Lost Country by William Gay
Space Opera by Catherynne Valente


Stuff We Mentioned

Ryan Boyd’s podcast, Rank and Vile
Dune by Frank Herbert
Halloween Horror Nights
The Skeleton Key (2005)
“Mr. Try-Again.” by A. Merc Rustad
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Addams Family
Get Out
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stoker
“A Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Carrie by Stephen King
The Green Mile, Part 1: Two Dead Girls by Stephen King
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Episode 14 of Be The Serpent: Once Upon A Something
Saw, the movie
Glitter and Gold, a fanvid by voordeel
Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris
The Hannibal Lecter movies
The tv show Pushing Daisies
The tv show Dead Like Me
Nightmare on Elm Street 3


For Next Time:

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey


The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks to our amazing scribes, Magali, Sara, and Neharika!

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August 15, 2018 @ 8:07 am

Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony

On this episode, we're talking about horse books! It's just that a lot of the horses in these horse books have wings... and... breathe fire... so yeah. But they're horses and it's a horse book! Listen to find out why! The tentpoles for this episode are Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, You Drive Through the Dust by Dira Sudis, and the movie How to Train Your Dragon.


What We’re Reading

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic
Needs Must by thatotherperv
Rag and Bone by KJ Charles
Witchmark by CL Polk
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline


Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (and the rest of the Magic Shop series) by Bruce Coville
The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein
The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
The Abhorsen books by Garth Nix
The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Brainship series by Anne McCaffrey
How I Met Your Mother
Wizard of Earthsea from the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin
Dragonflight and The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
Generation Kill
Nirvana in Fire
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
The “Worst Cat” Tumblr
The Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey
Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thasnk you to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali!


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