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December 30, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 77: Sneks Bless Us, Everyone!

Happy holidays, everybody! On this episode, we're sticking with the theme of the season and discussing holidays in fiction! The tentpoles this week are the Doctor Who episode “A Christmas Carol,” the Disney film Coco, and the Scum Villain's Self Saving System fanfic “Shang Qinghua's No Good Very Bad Several Iterations Of A Day.”

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole

Four Letter Word For Intercourse by bendingsignpost

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

Hades

Helstrom

Hikaru no Go

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas

Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle

Runaway Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Yo a ti, Cas

Freya’s favorite Supernatural fic

Bastion

The Exorcist

Mermaids Monthly Kickstarter

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder under the Mistletoe 

"Ernesto de la Cruz vs. The Court of Public Opinion" by skater_of_the_surface

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù

The Deep  by Rivers Solomon

A Knight Before Christmas

The Princess Switch

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

The Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe fey conspiracy by Jodi McAlister

Orphan Black

Jupiter Ascending

The Nightmare Before Christmas

V for Vendetta

Die Hard

World Building for Masochists episode 14

reputation by Taylor Swift

 

For Next Time

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Huge thanks as always to our team of scribes!

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December 16, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 76: Structure?? I Don’t Even Know ‘Er!

On this week's episode, your Serpents were in the middle of National Novel Writing Month, so they used their smart juicy brains and planned an episode without ANY TENTPOLES WHATSOEVER. It's a craft discussion episode!!

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition” by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells

where the stars do not take sides by WitchofEndor

His Secret Illuminations by Scarlett Gale

The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex” by Tamsyn Muir

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Avatar renaissance fic

Zuko is an Awkward Turtleduck

Embers by Vathara

The Untamed OnlyFans fic

That Picture of Gwendoline Christie and Oscar Isaac

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The sequel to A Marvellous Light

The Great Emu War 

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

Chekov’s gun

Thor: Ragnarok

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

Becky Chambers

“Hallelujah” song by Leonard Cohen

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

 

For Next Time

Coco (Pixar, 2017)

 

Transcription

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December 2, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 75: Bread and Roses

On today's episode, we're talking about bards and storytellers! What is art even FOR? The tentpoles this week are Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey, “With a Conquering Air” by inexplicifics, and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo.

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Chronicles of Ghadid series by K. A. Doore

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Mad Max: Fury Road meme face

Viable Paradise roommates

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Murder wife from Luther

Chess

A Taste of Golden Iron by Alexandra Rowland

Ruoxi Chen at Tor.com

BtS Untamed episode

Taliesin

BtS Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells the Story episode

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey 

Asterix comics by René Goscinny

Only Love Proudly and Gladly and Well” by inexplicifics

 In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Empress of Salt and Fortune  by Nghi Vo

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Dragon Harper books

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

BtS Sympathy for the Devil episode

Bread and Roses protest song

Bread and Circuses phrase

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Pride

The Unstrung Harp by Edward Gorey

Atomic Blonde

The Untamed 

Symphony For the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

Captain America

The Avengers

English Folk Song Suite

Tchaikovsky (composer)

Grimm Fairy Tales

Kalevala Finnish epic poetry compilation

Waltzing Matilda

Toss a Coin to Your Witcher

4 Chord Song by Axis of Awesome

New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

Macey’s bardic piano performance at the Nebula Awards

Cats musical

Les Mis musical

The Mary Ellen Carter

 

For Next Time

Nothing! (Next time is the mid-Nano episode)

 

Transcription

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November 18, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 74: Darling, It’s Better Down Where It’s Wetter

On this week's episode, we're talking about mermaids, sirens, selkies, and other moist ladies who may or may not want to eat your whole face off! Guess what: The sea is terrifying! Fuck the sea! Tentpoles this week are The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, and the Studio Ghibli movie Ponyo.

What We’re Into Lately

Piranesi by Susanna Clark

Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Division Bells by Iona Datt Sharma

Lynchpin by ShanaStoryteller

Please miss postman by Shamelesscooper

Care and Custody by esama

Scum Villain fanfic

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

Veep

The West Wing

The Untamed fix-its

Kingsman fic

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

clipping.

How enslaved peoples escaped into the swamps

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. le Guin

On Drakon

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Fantasia

Maleficent 

The Deep” by clipping. (song)

Ride of the Valkyries” (song)

Ponyo On the Cliff By the Sea (song)

Tithe by Holly Black

Moana

Scum Villain fanfic

Eat Prey, Love by Freya Marske

Unnatural Order (upcoming short story anthology)

‘saltwashed’ by Jennifer Mace

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

Oglaf NSFW webcomic

Diamonds of the Sea mermen holiday ornaments

Macey’s mentioned NSFW Bad Dragon link can be found here

RE Mermaid Fucking research: ‘cloaca’

The Little Mermaid

 

For Next Time

Dragonsinger (Harper Hall of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks as always to our most excellent scribblin' scribes for their hard work. <3

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November 4, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 73: Game, Set, and Match

On this week's episode, we're talking about sports! The tentpoles are Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, Bend It Like Beckham, and “Thirty Years and Change” by sunsmasher.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott

Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan

Binging with Babish

Scum Villain fanfic

The Untamed fanfic

Yuri!!! on Ice fanfic (because nostalgia)

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

Scum Villain anime

Haikyuu!!

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Blaseball

Space American Idol

Fence series by C. S. Pacat

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

Bon Appetit Youtube Universe

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Welcome to Night Vale

“Street Cleaning Day”

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Billy Elliot

Charlie Jane Anders

Annalee Newitz

"Our Opinions Are Correct" podcast

Naruto

Prince of Tennis

Howl's Moving Castle

A Knight’s Tale 

Check, please! 

Sharps by K.J. Parker

Court of Fives series by Kate Elliott

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Ender’s Game + series by Orson Scott Card

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

City of Stars by Mary Hoffman

Palio di Siena

“Stargazer” by Fahye

Princess Tutu

Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun

Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate

17776

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (“show me one atom of truth” quote)

Be the Serpent Episode 72

 

 

For Next Time

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

 

Transcription

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October 21, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 72: Fangs for the Memories

On today's episode, we're getting into that Spooky Season mood and talking about the dreaded VAMPYR. Or vampire, as Macey and Freya insist on pronouncing it. The tentpoles this week are Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by Kellen Szpara, What We Do in the Shadows, and “pro bono” by astronicht.

 

Note: This episode has been edited to amend a sidebar discussion we had in response to discussion about the racist representation in A Deadly Education, which we tentpoled in the previous episode. The segment begins at 0:13:12 of the audio, and on page 9 of the transcript.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Faerie Hounds of York by Arden Powell

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

Naruto longfic

Scum Villain longfic

An easy lie by Nythtak

Say Yes to the Dress

Say Yes to the Dress: UK

Nazranaa Diaries

Curvy Brides’ Boutique

Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

Love is More Than a Word

For A Good Time, Call by ScarlettStorm

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson

Serial

Dug from Up

The Untamed

Tales from the Trunk

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Twitter thread and Goodreads review by @newamsterdame

"Racism vs Rep: Missteps of Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education" by Larissa Irankunda

Writing the Other workshop

Writing the Other book

Asians Represent

Gold Ennies

Flying Fables

Deadline City

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

Flight of the Conchords

What We Do in the Shadows TV series

Big Brother

Be the Serpent Episode 66

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by  Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett 

Pulp Fiction

Van Helsing

Elizabeth Bathory 

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Firefly

True Blood

The Vampire Diaries

Twilight

Dragon Ball

The Inherent Eroticism of Vore

Dirty Talking With Jesus

The pros and cons of cannibalism 

Sweeney Todd

Mulching the rich

Alex’s new book Finding Faeries: Discovering Sprites, Pixies, Redcaps, and Other Fantastical Creatures in an Urban Environment

For Next Time

Bend It Like Beckham

 

Transcription

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October 7, 2020 @ 5:00 am

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

On this week's episode, we're joined by glamorous guest star Naomi Novik to talk about magical boarding schools and the purposes of structured education. The tentpoles this week are A Deadly Education and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Note: This episode has been edited to include a content warning just after the introduction. Please check the transcript for the full text.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Will Darling Adventures series by K.J. Charles

The Sugared Game by K.J. Charles

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Freeport by Maldoror_Chant

Event Horizon by MonstrousRegiment

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie

Scum Villain fanfic

Motherland: Fort Salem

Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Legend of Korra

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Scum Villain animated series

The Untamed fanfic

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Twitter thread and Goodreads review by @newamsterdame

Racism vs Rep: Missteps of Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education” by Larissa Irankunda

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Organization for Transformative Works

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Time-Life books

Wizards and Witches by Brendan Lehane

Tortall Series by Tamora Pierce 

Welcome to Night Vale podcast (specifically Episode 15: Street Cleaning Day)

Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce

Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. 

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

My Life as a Background Slytherin by Emily McGovern

Transfigurations by Resonant

"House Proud" by astolat

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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

Be the Serpent Episode 1: False Utopias and… Robot Sex??

“Victory Condition” by astolat (and the quote: ‘the empire of unsheathed knives’)

The Husbands And Wives Show aka Person of Interest

 

For Next Time

What We Do In the Shadows (2014 film)

 

Transcription:

The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you to our team of scribes -- each of you is a gentleperson and a scholar.

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September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 70: Extravaganza

On this week's episode, we're taking a break to answer questions submitted by our listeners and play a fun game! It's the Extravaganza! \o/

What We’re Into Lately

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Down to Agincourt series by seperis

The Game of God by seperis

How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

What the Water Gave Me by iesika

Knock Down the House

Blaseball

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Qantas Lounge at Heathrow International Airport

The 10th Circle of Hell, ie Newark Liberty International Airport

Supernatural fandom

Hannibal fandom

What the Water Gave Me” by Florence + the Machine

Muffuletta sandwiches

I Am All Love Blaseball (And You Can Too)” by Cat Manning

Welcome to Night Vale

Haikyuu

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Yuri!!! on Ice crossovers

Lagaan

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

This guy with magnets in his nose

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

“In the Salt Crypts of Ghiarelle” by Jennifer Mace in Silk and Steel 

Sorting Hat Chats

Macey dearly missing Sentinel AUs

Yoon Ha Lee

Haikyuu!! anime

Alex’s love for the entire fictional nation of Arasht

Four Pillars Modern Australian gin

Roku gin

The Botanist gin

Fic Author Feuds on fic sites of old

Hugo Award Winning Archive Of Our Own

Campaign Skyjacks

Chloe Ting’s ab workout videos

The Chant Literary Universe (CLU) by Alexandra Rowland

Claire Rousseau’s YouTube Channel

Shmanners Podcast

Captain Awkward 

Am I The Asshole (AITA)

Buzzfeed Unsolved

Mythbusters

 

For Next Time

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

 

Transcription

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September 9, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 69: Nice Nice Nice

On this week's episode, we're putting on some mood lighting, we're pouring a glass of wine, and we're talking about some sexy things. And also about sex when it's more funny than sexy. The tentpoles for this episode are: Favorite” by astolat, Sense8, particularly episode six of season one, and The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite.

 

What We’re Into Lately

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The House of Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

Game of Thrones fanfic

Skyjacks

Slippery Creatures by K. J. Charles

Love and Luck

Caravan

Flyest Fables

Supernatural Sexuality with Dr Seabrook

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Cockney rhyming slang

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

The Decemberists

Think of England by K. J. Charles

Merlin

Grey’s Anatomy

Historical Genital Euphemism Timeline

Feminine Pursuits series 

Homestuck

"Victory Condition" by astolat

Freya’s debut A Marvellous Light, out in 2021 from Tor.com publishing

The Curious Case of Victorian pornography

A serious seven minute discussion about kink

Sex politics

 

 

For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Extravaganza! We're answering listener questions and playing games!

 

Transcription

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August 26, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 68: Who Wants to Live Forever?

On this week's episode, we are pondering the nature of mortality -- and immortality! We're discussing demigods and other sorts of very, very long lived folks. The tentpoles for this week are The Old Guard, The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, and “The god of scraped knees.” by spqr.

What We’re Into Lately

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite

Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Fiyah, issue 15

Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher

Campaign: Skyjacks

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

WorldCon

Feminine Pursuits series by Olivia Waite

Alice Payne series by Kate Heartfield

Alice Payne Rides by Kate Heartfield

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Annihilation

The Adventure Zone

The Decemberists

Our Opinions Are Correct

Episode 39 of Be the Serpent

Claire Rousseau’s Youtube channel

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

Hercules

The Witcher television show

Star Wars prequels

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Mad Max: Fury Road

Atomic Blonde

Smallville

A Memory Called Empire

Yoon Ha Lee’s books

Good Omens

Good Omens TV adaptation

The Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

MXTX

Scum Villain's Self-Saving System

Keanu Reeves definitely Not being immortal

For Next Time

"Favorite" by astolat

 

Transcription

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