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Episode 47 - Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin

Happy lunar new year!  We rang in the Year of the Ox with Butterfly Swords , which was Jeannie Lin's first book.  It won the Golden Heart Award back in 2009 and started her illustrious career. Ai Li is to be married to the powerful and hawt Li Tao, a scheming jiedushi.  When she discovers his treachery and his murder of her brother she escapes to warn her father, the Tang Emperor.  Except her father isn't really all that fussed about it?  She's helped along the way by Ryam, Noted White Guy.  They travel all around China meeting people and running away from people and hitting people with swords, which is delightful. There's really no content to be concerned about in this book (it's a more recent book!) - if you dig action packed historical romances there won't be anything in here that's an unpleasant surprise.

Episode 12: "Imzadi"


Welcome to March Madness, which is soon gonna be April Madness, where we read outside our normal parameters!

First up, MAKE IT SO!

We're going where we won't slut shame you if several men, a few women, and the odd salt vampire have gone before!  We're talkin' bout Darmok and Jalad between the sheets!  That's right - we read Imzadi!

Courtney doesn't know shit about Star Trek.  Sara has a tattoo in Vulcan.  Neither of us are really down for a book with FOUR GODDAMNED FRAMING DEVICES and at least, at LEAST, four? timelines.

So.  Ugh.  God.  Like, you know Troi and Riker are exes, right?  (Courtney, that's The Hair and The Beard.)  Let's say this is the book about their prior relationship and leave it there.  Let's not discuss the <checks notes> time travel plot that ends up with somebody going bowling with Data's head, the completely unnecessary device of starting the book at the end of "The City on the Edge of Forever", the fact that you have to remember throughout this book that we're talking about Beardless Riker, and the cringeworthy conversation between Admiral Riker and Captain Crusher about how all the dudes used to jack it to Troi's ridiculous outfits.

Thankfully, the rapeometer is set at zero with this one because I don't have the emotional bandwidth for that.  (Late note: AS WE WERE PODCASTING we realized that it's possible, but we're kind of unclear on it, that there was a sexual encounter where one of the participants was a shapeshifter pretending to be somebody else, which is obviously fucked up.  I guess not quite as fucked up as the idea that you can write a book where somebody MIGHT have been raped by misrepresentation but the last quarter of the book is so confusing that nobody is sure.)

Here is some pictorial proof that I, Sara, am a big ol' nerd.  @ me if you want but don't you fucking dare try to gatekeep me.  I watched Enterprise and did not once hit "skip intro", bitches.  If "Faith of the Heart" couldn't break me no Redditor will.



Our musical guest today is Warp 11; we used their song "Yeah Brother" but pretty much all of their "I'd like to fuck some Star Trek babes in the butt" songs would have been appropriate.  I personally dig "That's Why I'm In A Star Trek Band" and "Everything I Do I Do With William Shatner".  You can find them in all the usual places - Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc.  Here's their album Red Alert:




I was searching for this funny video of Troi making "empath" faces and they put in fart noises, right?  Well it turns out if you Google "video troi fart" that there are way more of these than there really should be and so now I feel kinda weird about it.  And y'all don't even know what it means for me to feel weird about a fart joke.  I mean we got Fart Trek: The Next Flatulation, we got A Christmas Fart in the Turbolift - I am not making this up - then we got Star Trek Fartershop Quartet but anyway like here's this (and please understand I am not endorsing misspelling "Counselor".)

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  1. @Sarah, Are you Single? Asking for a friend.
    If no, I mean... Sometimes the walls have to fall, like Shaka.

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