Thursday, July 1, 2021

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 83! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 14 of The Book of Life

Christopher Roberts, award winning scientist, a super-protective BFF, and on paper, a great friend to have; he remains a thorn in our sides.

Take 83 - The One With This Bish, Chris.

Description: This title, in our opinion, requires explanation. The word "Bish" (substitute for "Bitch". We substituted the term to avoid distributor problems; Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, etc. frown upon titling episodes with *ahem* foul language), is a description for OUR process. WE find Chris to be a conundrum. On the one hand, he's a scientist aiming to do good in the world, yet his behavior remains problematic. He's got legitimate points when it comes to racial inequities, and it's been a wild roller coaster ride trying to grapple with our understanding of the author's intent, and the in-your-face-ness of the retcon when it comes to his characterization. In other news, the coven failed the test, Vivian makes an appearance, Sarah stands her ground, and Chris, Matthew, and Diana officially team up. In the end, we embark on a journey away from the Bishop House, and we don't look back! Sol in Virgo, here we come!

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 as episodes are released in the US/Canada. 😊  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'


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1. Show notes:

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.

Segregation is NOT the answer. We absolutely agree with the troublesome scientist.
In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:15) Intro/Patreon sponsorship
  • (03:44) Main discussion - Ch 14 of TBOL - sponsored by Wendy Taylor
  • (40:32) Housekeeping - Thank you, reviewers!
  • (49:03) Save It For the Show - These 2011, 2012, and 2014 books through 2021 eyes. Sponsored by Catherine Brown
  • (1:06:17) 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. 
  • (1:07:50) Last thoughts/Outro. 
Chapter 14, The Book of Life
  • The Coven had failed the test! πŸ‘Ž
  • Abby and Caleb! We forgot their names! Anyway, sorry Caleb, the coven failed.
  • Chris stage whispers … Vivian is like “who’s this guy?”
  • Diana introduces Chris as the "colleague". 🀨 WHICH IS IT?! lol!
  • We move to the family room and settle everyone in. It's serious, now!
  • Cassie and Lydia — the cheerleaders blabbed!πŸ“£
  • Victory spells? Smart. 🀭
  • The Bishops are represented by Matthew, Attorney at Law. ⚖️
  • Sidonie von Borcke. She’s apparently impressive and intimidating!
  • Housing market ditch πŸ’₯πŸš™
  • Diana “sO yOu CaN lIe…” Diana!!! You don’t leave a paper trail of your deception!
  • Diana is trying to figure out what kind of witch Sidonie is, and Vivian is like “a powerful one”
  • Chris lays down truth, but is a bad secret keeper!
  • Bus segregation, school segregation, it’s all bad.
  • We wonder if Chris has Diana-colored glasses on - DIANA GOGGLES! πŸ₯½
  • The explanation of the covenant sounds sketchy to Chris
  • Chris has a lot of salient points, here! Then he goes ahead and moves back to his assholish comments.
  • Was Chris suggesting that Matthew was stalking her for different reasons?
  • We discuss spousal wisdom being ignored vs. the wisdom from a colleague.
  • It’s time to flee the Bishop house….where will they go? Seville?
  • Sarah….GO SARAH! πŸ™Œ
  • How does Peter get a say in his replacement?! He was kicked off!😑
  • The report on Diana, and Sarah’s brilliant answer…
  • Peter would probably love new dark spells, that’s why he’s interested in Diana.
  • An offer is made.
  • Matthew is reluctant, but eventually he agrees to Chris’s terms.🀝
  • Chris lays out his requirements…and he’s got a message for Miriam
  • We can’t wait for Miriam to hand Chris his ass…
  • Don’t look back… 🎢
  • FIN

Kline Biology Tower at Yale University. We'll get to visit in Sol in Virgo! Yay!
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