Thursday, May 2, 2019

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 50! | Character Discussion on Miriam Shephard

Miriam, who are you?

Take 50 - The One With the Enigma

Description: In this episode we turn our focus on Miriam as our character "on the tens!" We got to see her in action on the TV show, and learn more facets of her personality in Time's Convert, but in the end ... what do we exactly know about her? Hence, the title of the episode: The Enigma. Still, it's engaging to imagine what she's seen and done in her past as we look forward to learning more in the future!

SPOILER ALERT! We (The Daemons) approach this podcast with an assumption that the listener has read All Souls universe books, including the trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), and  Time's Convert + snippits from The World of All Souls. If you haven't, and you don't mind, we certainly don't mind!  Please be advised, we will approach the television series (A Discovery of Witches) the same way when it is released in the US/Canada. 😊  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'

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For newcomers to the series:
  • Our Daemon Guides to the All Souls Trilogy are available for download: ADOW, SON, TBOL 
  • If you'd like a ready-reference from the author herself, be sure to download the All Souls Real-Time Reading companion (free e-book at online booksellers via Penguin and Headline books). For a more in-depth view of the trilogy, The World of All Souls is available at all major book sellers, as well as the continuation volume into this world, Time's Convert.
  • Deborah Harkness usually conducts a real-time reading on her Facebook Page (starting in September), and shares her posts across social media. Check out her website for all of her social media links, and of course all that she has to offer her readers! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter while you are there!
  • To see what's available on the web as far as the All Souls universe fandom, check our links page.
A version of Miriam's "Stand back, I'm going to try science" t-shirt. This particular one can be found here
In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:15) Intro/Patreon sponsorship
  • (03:28) Discusser emails/Speakpipe - Thank you Brenna, Christine, Chloe, Chi and Melanie
  • (09:30) Main discussion - see topic below
  • (49:10) Housekeeping - Thank you Julie B. & Renee R.
  • (54:03) Save It For the Show - Welcome, AMC and BBC America watchers!
  • (1:06:11) Promo break - scroll down, or click here to get a hold of us and/or become a Discusser -- information on joining our Facebook group also located on that page. Those of you with US numbers can text ADOW to 444999 to become a Discusser. 
  • (1:07:20) Last thoughts/Outro. 
Character Study - Miriam Shephard
  • We first met Miriam in the Bodleian with this: “A diminutive girl was stacking up papers and file folders in the second alcove. She was dressed in a long, baggy brown sweater that reached almost to her knees. When she turned, I was startled to see a full-grown adult. Her eyes were amber and black, and as cold as frostbite.”
  • Our impressions: Jean describes her as efficacious , Angela describes someone she knew that reminded her of Miriam. We also discuss her small stature.
  • Matthew’s tell? Why was he nervous?!
  • Valerie pictured her as a Goth-y girl.
  • We discuss how we tricked ourselves into thinking she was a subordinate/assistant - it didn’t help that she was often paired up with Marcus.
  • We talk about the dichotomy of her description in ADOW vs. TWOAS
  • Her scents give clues of her origins.
  • Miriam on the TV show did come across as book Miriam to us.
  • We discuss the errand that Matthew sent her on to pace Diana when she goes to lunch.
  • We discuss the conversation held between Marcus, Miriam and Matthew in the TV show, and how long Miriam has been involved with the subject of Diana.
  • Miriam is in charge ALL labs!
  • Jean and Val have been watching Friends (full disclosure!) - and Angela says we were integrating the story lines of that and Real Genius with A Discovery of Witches.
  • We discuss the scene in the TV show where Matthew is worrying over Diana’s first deliberate time-walk, and Miriam’s reaction.
  • We discuss how the TV show brought out Marcus and Miriam as stand-outs.
  • We discuss our Miriam encounters in the Book of Life, and how she was upset/scared over Benjamin, and how she took over the lab in New Haven.
  • Miriam was sure to deliver truth bombs everywhere. (And TV Gillian! She still walks the earth).
  • We love the book bits (scrabble, film noir, keeping notes/score on debates/discussions).
  • Her Chris flirtation/affair.
  • Angela’s adventures in New Haven (see links below).
  • TWOAS - Name: Hebrew - wished for child, Rebellious. We discuss the fact she is a clan head.
  • Her role of watching over Matthew.
  • We speculate when Matthew entered her life.
  • Her marriage/mating with Bertrand
  • Miriam’s parenting style.
  • Miriam’s dead daughters.
  • We discuss the dialogue with Sonia.
  • We discuss the fact that she’s godmother to Rebecca.
  • We veer to Baldwin for a few…
  • Killing small animals and killing people on Sims -- don't ask! Refer to Aftershow 27
  • The purple notebook! Audience, any guesses as to who the purple notebook is about? Contact info below
  • We cannot wait to hear anything about Miriam in the future!

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