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Episode 36 - Fanta C

If you follow us on social media you've already seen this episode - we released a Very Special Plague Episode back in May (when WAS May?  Did we have a May?  What happened in May?  Am I thinking of June?  Time has no meaning!) on YouTube, so you could see our beautiful faces!  We're now releasing just the audio, because many of you never saw the YouTube version and just subscribe via a podcast app.  You can get both versions here!  I recommend the YouTube one just because I wore my finest housecoat for you.

It sounds like that because we did it on Zoom.  By this time, y'all should be used to this.

Welcome to Sandra Brown's Fanta-C, which should have been a sweet contemporary romance from the 80's but is actually kind of fucking disturbing in the weirdest and most unexpected way.  Meet Elizabeth, a prissy lady who wears pantyhose and slips and owns a store that sells potpourri for your mistress, and Thad (THAD!), a silver fox who has puppies at his house.  This is a…

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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