Our next episode will cover The Secret of Platform 13, by Eva Ibbotson! Coming out next week.
It’s time for the Dragon Babies Election Day special featuring a discussion of racial prejudice and police biases in fantasy literature. Terry Pratchett and Thud! provide plenty of parallels to discuss between Sam Vimes’ approach to troll and dwarf tensions in the city of Ankh-Morpork and human rights violations and inequities in our own society. Listeners can also enjoy an argument about math, discussion of bacon as a lone food source, and a background on Madeleine’s love of vampires.
This episode is a listener request - thanks, Julian!
If you’re a Terry Pratchett fan, check out our other Discworld episodes:
We FINALLY managed to read our alethiometer correctly and were told it was high time we covered The Golden Compass! We joined Lyra, Pantalaimon, Iorek (Grace’s new Favorite Bear) and a couple of the worst parents we’ve encountered in fantasy to transcend this universe and eat a ton of raw seal meat along the way. Discussion ranges from the religious controversy surrounding His Dark Materials to how Lyra offers a fresh take on a child hero to our own analysis of why we weren’t huge Compass fans as children (and why that’s all changed). Grace has already started reading The Subtle Knife again and Madeleine is angry about Dust - and we’d love for you to join us. Enjoy!
This episode was a listener request - thanks, Jenny! If you’d like to request a book, shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Madeleine’s childhood edition which put her off the book (maybe we are just jerks [we are] but this design seems inexcusably terrible) -
Feel like doing a super deep inspiration dive and reading Paradise Lost? Here it is in its entirety!
We’re rereading The Raven Ring, by Patricia C. Wrede! Travel with us to Lyra, where there’s a super engaging fantasy murder mystery afoot and endless D&D-esque quests popping up in your path. Have you ever attempted to leave a city again and again, only to be beset by thieves, sworn mortal enemies, and an annoyingly persistent lord? You’ll relate to Eleret as she applies careful logic to the chaos surrounding her, all while navigating the emotional fallout of her mother’s suspicious death.
This episode has a whole lot to offer, from an in-depth discussion of being a woman warrior in fantasy (and why Patricia C. Wrede gets it right), to the timeless appeal of an impish rogue, to a noble’s breakfast that leaves Madeleine feeling nauseous and recalling memories of bad clams. Grab your raven’s feet and make sure nobody’s blocking your throwing lines - trouble’s afoot in Ciaron!
Our childhood edition, whose cover we discuss:
This is a mini episode for your mini enjoyment! We rewatched the 2009 film adaptation of Coraline, directed by Henry Selick - and we chatted about it! Check out our full-length Coraline episode for an in-depth discussion of Neil Gaiman’s superbly creepy novella.
Shout-out to the Ink to Film podcast, who happened to be covering Coraline at the same time as us and who also happen to be pretty cool dudes whose stuff we think you’ll enjoy!