Monday, August 23, 2021

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 85! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 16 of The Book of Life

We went a bit literal with this image, but hey -- stock photos -- If you know, you know.

Take 85 - The One With the Book Witch

Description: Chapter 16 offers us a much needed off-ramp to the familiar roads we are used to traveling on; books, libraries, labs. Miriam is there to gain control of the situation, and Gallowglass is present to lighten the mood of the situation in question. Diana is getting warmer as far as the missing page(s) trail, and Matthew is finding his feet in Chris Robert's lab. We meet a new friend, and we even had the opportunity to crash into the ditch a few times. Enjoy!

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.
The Voynich manuscript facsimile is pictured below. It was published by Yale University Press in the autumn of 2016. The book is by Raymond Clemens, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and our own Deborah Harkness authored the book’s introduction. Even her writing there rings true as the author we all know and love. As we've said, it's a pleasantly familiar voice on the page!

In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:15) Intro/Patreon sponsorship
  • (05:05) Main discussion - ch 16 of The Book of Life - sponsored by Suzanne Stevenson
  • (1:01:03) Housekeeping Thank you Michelle, Brigit, and Barbara! Sponsored by Patricia Smith
  • (1:09:46) Save It For the Show - Topic: Social Media etiquette  - Sponsored by Sarah McCatherine
  • (1:19:03) 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.
  • (1:20:35) Last thoughts/Outro. 

The famous Beinecke Library central book tower

Chapter 16, The Book of Life
  • We meet lucy! Yay! πŸ₯³
  • We reduce Diana to “Karen” 🀨πŸ€ͺ
  • Diana will be monitored by a curator . . .  she’ll have to formulate a plan πŸ€”
  • Diana goes on to study “witchy” books instead.
  • It seems Sarah and Em were correct!
  • We have a self-directed French lesson complete with horrifically botched pronunciation (self-direction is not the best idea, but hey -- the Pierre music lives on!) πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
  • Angela describes her experiences at the Beinicke
  • Valerie has a Matthew swoon moment.❤️
  • Matthew continues the bash the architecture 
  • Next day, and Diana tries again.
  • Diana catches a big break!
  • Let’s study the Voynich — Diana-style. We start with smelling it.
  • It turns out Edward Kelly had tucked something away in it!
  • Diana starts casting spells in front of a human…eek!
  • The spell works, and the human is OK!
  • “You’re a witch — what a relief!” πŸ˜„
  • The Voynich reveals that it once encased the three pages from A782
  • Lucy is on board! She’s off to get the sales information
  • The three pages: a refresher
  • Lucy and Diana have devised a relatively sloppy map of the Voynich’s history
  • Diana’s got a Dr’s appt. She’s gotta go…
  • Gallowglass is on as Diana’s security detail
  • We’re in the lab stabbing manuscript pages!πŸ“–
  • Miriam is there being very cranky in the lab
  • Gameboy and Matthew spend quality student/teacher time.
  • We seriously dive into the the ditch once the wrestling is brought up
  • Easter egg — a Hercules connection
  • Christopher points out that Matthew is born teacher. πŸ‘¨πŸ»‍🏫
  • Miriam and Christopher is left “arguing” in the lab
  • Gallowglass is quite observant … about the flirting.πŸ’ž
  • Will Yale survive the vampires?
  • FIN

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