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Special Edition: To Have and to Hoax

We had the opportunity to try something new - we were asked if we'd like to interview debut author Martha Waters about her book To Have and to Hoax, you know, back then when the world was young and we were allowed to leave our houses.  Martha was really nice and we feel really bad that all her fun book release party stuff got cancelled - however, she's doing a virtual launch Tuesday April 7th on Instagram at 7 PM EST so maybe go join her there.

To Have and to Hoax is a Publisher's Weekly starred Regency romantic comedy about... well, about somebody who fakes contracting a fatal respiratory disease so, like, timely!  This is a great time to support your local bookstore, so we've linked to Martha's local Chapel Hill bookstore Flyleaf (where her party was supposed to take place) if you'd like to buy a copy.  Looks like they're doing $1 media mail shipping if you spend $25!

Episode 10 - "Silver Angel"



Silver Angel by Johanna Lindsey is evidently a book about a troll doll with boobs.  There are, let's see.  Twins.  Harems.  Corsairs.  A public fight about pubic waxing.  Assassins.  Eunuchs.  Poisonings.  A vizier.

As usual, you're definitely going to want to get a vintage copy with an older cover.  What is it with these publishers reissuing these with the worst covers?

Before you listen to this episode you should know.... this is... the CURSED.  EPISODE.  of DOOM.

First, we found out the hard way that our recorder doesn't warn us when the battery runs out.  So we rerecorded the last part of the podcast.

Then, we found out that somehow we LOST the first half.  So weeks later, we tried to remember this shit and rerecorded THAT.  Which meant we had to revisit this book.  Ugh.

Also, it seems I just can't help telling and retelling my story about getting naked in the pool at Caesar's Palace, because you're gonna hear that one again in Imzadi.  Sorry 'bout that.

The trigger warnings on this are... complicated.  There is no sexual assault actually happening in this book, surprisingly.  (I did forget - there is one of those gross virginity test scenes.)  But there is a lot of talk about it, a lot of it has happened in other places, there are a lot of threats, and it's just a general atmosphere of sexual fear.  There's also... lord I don't know how to describe it, there's some... it's kink shaming and a deeply disturbing failure to understand the psychology of sexual violence and it's all very weird and upsetting.

Also, it is racist as shit.  Obviously.  Maybe there's a captivity book about a harem that isn't racist as shit but I'm having a hard time imagining it.



Our musical guest today is Lisa LeBlanc, singing "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)" from her album Highways Heartaches and Time Well Wasted.  You can find her in all the usual places - Spotify, Amazon, etc. - as well as at her website and on Facebook.

This book is set in a fictional country (Barikeh) that's... somewhere in the Ottoman Empire, probably in North Africa, so I can't give real actual information about it.  However, there's plenty of cool fascinating stuff about the Ottoman Empire itself, like... did you know if you were the grand vizier and the sultan sentenced you to death, you could race the gardener-executioner and if you won, you got away!  Seriously, read all about it at the Smithsonian.




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