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Episode 39 - Kajira of Gor by John Norman, with SPECIAL GUEST!

We have a very special treat for you this episode! Miss Honey Analverkehr of My Mum is a Pornstar joined us all the way from Australia to talk about a book that had a big impact on her as a young person, John Norman's Kajira of Gor. Note: unfortunately, we had some audio issues with this one (we keep trying different things for these pandemic episodes but they keep on having different problems!) but we felt the content was so great we had to release it even though every time we talk over each other it sounds like we're bobbing for apples. It's fine, they were great apples! Miss Honey is fantastic and much more charismatic than we are, so you're not going to want to miss this one.
 Tiffany is the world's stupidest perfume counter girl who gets groomed and then abducted to Gor, where men are men and women dribble the oils of submission! She spends the majority of the book thinking about how much she wants to get enslaved instead of thinking about how she is OBVIOUS…

Episode 32 - Dragonflight

Let us make your social distancing easier with tits and dragons!  (Dragons and tits, dragons and tits, I'm gonna get me some dragons and tits!)  Join us in your isolation suite with my last 4 for 40 - Anne McCaffery's Dragonflight.

Lessa is a seriously filthy, stank, greasy, dirty, rancid, matted teenager (this book is very big on using body odor as a barometer of how well a society is doing) under the thumb of evil usurper Fax when dragonmen come on Search to find the next Very Special Sex Lady - surprise, it's her!  Join Lessa, the only person in this with a name that won't give you an eye spasm, as she has Special Sex, a Special Dragon, and Special Time Travel!

This book has the kind of relationship where the man is always throwing the woman around but it's not presented as abusive?  It also has the kind of involuntary sex you see more in shifter romances - when the dragons do it, the humans do it, like it or not, and there's some indication (later, not in the moment) that it was not a great day for Lessa.  Also, the space-dog dies.

So I specifically remember reading my first Anne McCaffery book from the school library I was at in sixth grade - I started with Dragonsong, a book that would now be YA (at the time that wasn't so much a publishing category) but immediately picked up every other book I could find by her.  Y'all, this was my JAM.  Dragons AND fucking - that's even better than horses and fucking!  I read these way past when I should have stopped reading these - McCaffery, fair warning, is one of those authors who you need to put a pin in after a certain number of books but as young people we all read far, far past that point.  (Mercedes Lackey, I am also looking at you. Piers Anthony, I now realize that that number of books is to the left of zero on the number line.  Whoops.  Lesson learned.)

I didn't understand at the time that McCaffery was a huge big deal.  She was the first woman to win a Hugo for fiction (for the novella that she later turned into the first half of this book, which is why this book is sooooo tonally weird) and her third Pern book was one of the first science fiction books to make the New York Times bestseller list.  (Weird trivia - she used to make the Nebula trophies by hand.)  She was an absolute powerhouse - in addition to her dragon books I was also totally into her crystal singers and ships made out of women with disabilities (?!) and lady psychics with fierce outfits running interplanetary shipping.  She was all about women's stories, even if they feel a little.... regressive to modern readers sometimes.  She's great, although I'm not sure that this book is the best way to try her out.  It's... shaggy.  Courtney hated it!

This episode is brought to you by The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries, book 2 of the Duke Dynasty series.  Check it out wherever you get your books!


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