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February 26, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 55: There’s a Form for That

On this week's episode, we're talking about bureaucracies! Macey brought a fun little game so Alex and Freya could use their imaginations! We're also talking about two great tentpoles: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett and the Harry Potter fanfic “Little Red Courgette” by blamebrampton.

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu 

astolat

Joy of Life

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Untamed

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

“Little Red Courgette” by blamebrampton

Tor.com

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke

The New Oxford American Dictionary

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Cambridge Analytica

Leverage

The IT Crowd

A Memory Called Empire

Machineries of Empire series

BtS Episode 7

Loreena McKinnit

Jupiter Ascending

Bureaucracy Scene

Zootopia

Three Parts Dead

Harry Potter book series 

Little Britain

“The Office Job” Leverage ep.

City of Blades

BtS Episode 29

The West Wing

Parks and Rec

Yes Minister

The Thick of It

Veep

For Next Time

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

 

Transcription

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

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February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 54: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

On this episode, we're discussing portal fantasies! We're yelling about how mad we are at Aslan! We're finding out Freya's middle name! We're talking about some great tentpoles: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire, and the 2005 movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women 2019 movie

Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

Our Story’s Just Begun by aishiteru

Flesh and Blood exhibit

“Sunflowers” by Anselm Kiefer

The Untamed series

etymologyplayground on AO3

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Every Heart a Doorway“ by Seanan McGuire

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie

Danger Mouse series

Silk and Steel anthology

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Wayward Children by Seanan Mcguire

‘The Girl That’s Never Been’ Filk song by Vixy & Tony (Michelle Dockrey)

‘Wicked Girls’ song by Seanan McGuire

Restoree by Anne McCaffrey

Isavalta series by Sarah Zettel

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Doctor Who TV series

Quantum Leap TV series

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Stargate film & TV series

Farscape TV series

Star Trek Voyager TV series

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Naruto anime

Dreaming of Sunshine by Silver Queen

The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Homestuck webcomic

The Sims videogame

 

 

For Next Time

Little Red Courgette by blamebrampton

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you as always to our beauteous, heroic scribes for making this happen!

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January 29, 2020 @ 6:01 am

Episode 53: The Untamed (featuring guest star Ruoxi Chen!)

On this episode, the Serpents are welding themselves to their bullshit with the help of a friend, glamorous guest star and kickass editor Ruoxi Chen! We're yelling about the Chinese fantasy drama, The Untamed! Welcome to Year Three of the podcast!!

 

What We’re Into Lately

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

SV Wishes by Feynite

Letterkenny

“Linger in the Sun” by etymologyplayground

 

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Macmillan Publishers

The Lymond Chronicles series by Dorothy Dunnett

Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat.

Tor Publishers

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by 墨香铜臭

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi audio drama

Guardian

Oh My General

A Civil Combpaign” by Ariaste (two combs reference)

Tall Once More In The Spring Wind by Fayjay

Books by Robert Jackson Bennett

Nirvana In Fire 

Count of Monte Cristo

NIF on Viki

Empresses in the Palace

 

For Next Time

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

 

Transcription:

The transcript for this episode is available here. We're dramatically grabbing the wrists of our darling scribes (Tess, Sara, Kelle, Millie) and staring yearningly into their eyes as they play our love song on a hill somewhere.

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January 22, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Bonus Episode: Strange Horizons Special!!

WHAT'S THIS? An episode on a Wednesday that isn't an Episode Wednesday!? Yes, it's true! Last year we pitched in to help our esteemed colleagues at Strange Horizons with their Kickstarter by pledging to do a special episode if they reached a certain landmark amount of donations. This week, we're bringing you that episode and talking about three amazing short stories that Strange Horizons published! The tentpoles this week are “Hunting the Viper King” by Kathryn Harlan, “Regret, Return, Reignite” by Audrey R. Hollis, and “Truth Plus” by Jamie Wahls.

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Altogether by Brill Harper

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

Hoshigaki by writer168

Five Kingdoms for the Dead by Evil Is A Relative Term

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

The Good Place

Hadestown

Good Omens

Connections (TV series)

Schitt’s Creek

The Great British Bake Off

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

Connections by James Burke

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Supernatural

The Legend of Taliesin

Many Hearted Dog and the Heron Who Stepped Past Time

A Paradise Built in Hell 

What We Named the Needle” by Freya Marske, in Analog

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Road: A Fairytale

Super Little Dead Girls” by Nino Cipri

Remains” by Basingstoke

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Wrap Me in Oceans Wide” by Marissa Lingen

Notes on a Resurrection” by Natalia Theodoridou

The Wind Whispers Secrets To The Sea” by Jordan Kurella

“Sequestration; Vitrification” by AJ Lucy

“The King’s Mirror” by M.K. Hutchins

“Cassandra Draws the Four of Cups” by Ruthanna Emrys

“Who Has Never Loved a Gentle House?” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu

“Sublet” by Ian Kappos

 

For Next Time

It's back to your regularly scheduled on-our-bullshit with next week's episode, which is still about The Untamed!

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. BONUS THANKS to our scribes for taking on this bonus episode!

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January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 52: Let Us Tell You Our Thoughts on Yaoi…

On this week's episode, we're reminiscing about some of our favorite anime and talking a little about how it influenced our writing! The tentpoles for this episode are: Hikaru no Go, Yakitate!! Japan, and Princess Tutu

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Untamed & Untamed fic

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles

Mutual Admiration Society: Howby Mo Moulton

The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Thief by Ava March

Mo Dao Zu Shi donghua

Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Prince of Tennis

Naruto

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

Shaman King

Pokémon

D.N. Angel

Gravitation

Yami no Matsuei

Great British Bake Off

Coppelia (ballet)

Midsummer Night’s Dream  (ballet)

Romeo and Juliet (ballet)

Nutcracker (ballet)

Swan Lake (ballet)

Ugly Duckling (ballet) 

Cinderella (ballet)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Sailor Moon

Bleach 

Full Metal Alchemist

Yuri!!! On Ice 

Run with the Wind

Digimon  

Beyblade

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Ouran High School Host Club

Junjō Romantica

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Tokyo Babylon

X/1999

Hannibal

 

For Next Time

The Untamed

 

Transcript

The transcript of this episode is available here. We cherish our scribes so much, and you should too!

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January 1, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 51: How to Romance Your Dragon

On this episode, we're talking about dragons, specifically dragons that shapeshift into a hot person so you can kiss them. Well, ok, in one of the tentpoles a girl smooches the actual dragon-shaped dragon, but we'll get to that. The tentpoles this week are In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, the movie On Drakon, and “O Captain, My Captain” by novembersmith.

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Untamed

The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore

Civilisations

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Beauty and the Beast

The Sound of Music (1965)

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

How to Pronounce Smaug

King Uther Pendragon

Hamlet’s King Claudius

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Three Things One Can Do with a Dragon

 “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” 

Beauty and the Beast

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Be The Serpent Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony 

Cruel Enchantment, a short story collection by Janine Ashbless

“The Dragon’s Bride” by Janine Ashbless

Treasured” by Dira Sudis, Sealcat

Sherlock

 

For Next Time 

Princess Tutu

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Picture us throwing bouquets of roses at our wonderful scribal team!!

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December 18, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 50: Extravaganza (Agony Aunt Special)

On this week's episode, we're playing Agony Aunt to fictional characters! What sort of problems have we been presented with this week, and how many times can we suggest "threesomes" as an answer?

 

What We’re Into Lately

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang

The Untamed

“i blinked (and there you were)” by Della19

Waves by IncompleteSentanc

 the lone traveller, standing strong by bubblewrapstargirl 

before you by theformerone

Docile by K.M. Szpara

Captive Prince fic

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Mass Effect (game series)

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

GlitterShip

The Princess Bride

Anne McCaffrey

For Next Time 

In the Vanisher's Palace by Aliette de Bodard

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Blow some kisses to ur local scribes!

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December 4, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 49: And I Shall Sit Here Consumed With Lust for the Rest of the Evening

On this week's episode we're discussing another of our favorite tropes of all time: enemies-to-lovers! The tentpoles are Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (specifically the second book, Prince's Gambit), the 1995 miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the fanfic Lumos by birdsofshore.

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

Transformers fanfic by astolat

One Strange Rock

The Purge (TV series)

Wu Tang: An American Saga

Watchmen

Docile by K.M. Szpara

The King’s Avatar

 

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sword Art Online

Runescape 

Vorkosigan Saga 

“Rest in FUCKING PIECES, Mr. Darcy”

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Pride & Prejudice (2005) (Kiera Knightley version)

Harry Potter series

Gideon the Ninth

Glinda/Elphaba from Wicked

Eclipse fanfic

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 

Bones

K.A. Doore’s The Perfect Assassin

Once Upon a Time

The Bachelor

Episode 44 of Be the Serpent

Black Sails

 

 

For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Episode 50 Extravaganza!

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Big smooches to our wonderful scribes!

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November 20, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 48: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (And Stab Things)

On this week's episode, we're talking about female reimaginings and digging into some gender stuff! The tentpoles are rageprufrock’s The Least of All Possible Mistakes, Ghostbusters (2016), and the pilot episode of Elementary.

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Bon Appétit Test Kitchen’s Youtube channel

Return to River Cottage (referred to by Macey as Back to the Cottage, one in a series of documentaries by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Adventure Zone

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Demonology and the Tri-Phasic Model of Trauma: An Integrative Approach by Nnm

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

Black Sails 

The Goblin Emperor  by Katherine Addison

Rule 63 (misidentified as Rule 23 by Freya)

Rule 34

Due South

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Salt (2010)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Spy (2015)

BBC Sherlock (2010–)

Children of Earth (Torchwood, season 3)

The Least of All Possible Mistakes podfic by Lazulus

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Star Wars (1977-)

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Naruto (2002-2007)

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

 Belgariad series by David Eddings

The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

For Next Time

Prince's Gambit by CS Pacat.

 

Transcription:

The transcript of this episode can be found here. We are forever in awe of our amazing scribes!!!

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November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Episode 47: Clothes Maketh Man

On this week's episode we're discussing the use of fashion and clothing in works of deep literary merit! The tentpoles are Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal, the 2015 film Cinderella, and the graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

A piece of news!! Macey is running a kickstarter for SILK AND STEEL, an amazing fantasy anthology of queer women! Come getchur sword lesbians! 

 

What We’re Into Lately

Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale

Spellbound by Allie Therin

Derry Girls

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens by Jack Weatherford

The whistleblower complaint, annotated by CNN

How to Belong with a Billionaire by Alexis Hall

Lucifer

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

 The Fifth Element (1997)

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Contouring 101 by Sailor J

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Into the Woods (2014)

Hustlers (2019)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir    

The Goblin Emperor  by Kathrine Addison

The Magnificent Century (2011-2014)

Empresses in the Palace  (2015)

 

For Next Time

Ghostbusters (2016)

 

Transcription

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

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