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Dragon Babies

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Dragon Babies

Dragon Babies

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Two sisters reread their favorite YA fantasy classics and discuss why they may be even better for adults.

Latest Episodes

The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander

Head out on an adventure while a magically large house cat lays eternal chase - we’re covering The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander. The third book in the Chronicles of Prydain makes excellent use of Alexander’s well-developed, charming characters as they get into scrapes outside of the series’ main storyline. Eilonwy determines her own path and every character investigates their identity - but sadly, Gurgi rarely opens his everlasting food wallet. Many listeners have requested that we cover more Lloyd Alexander, and we’re more than happy to comply - we’re hoping to continue the Chronicles in the not-so-distant future! If you have a request, email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. We also open this episode with a call for your favorite YA fantasy books by Black authors as well as other authors of color - please share! We are looking to diversify our very white podcast catalogue and would love to hear them. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

58 MIN3 w ago
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The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

Continue your quarantine reading adventures with a magical trip to Venice! The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke offers up plenty of capers, endless ice creams and a surprisingly complex look at class issues. Follow a group of runaway kids living in an abandoned theater as they outsmart and ultimately befriend a quirky detective - and seek out a mysterious stolen carousel with long-rumored magical powers. Just look at that last sentence - how can you resist?? We certainly can’t. This episode was a listener request - thank you, Nina! If you’d like to make a request, leave a comment or email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

62 MINMAY 26
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The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

We revisit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and conclude that we are currently down a much less fun rabbit hole. Grace and Madeleine attempt to draw a link from Lewis Carroll’s works to the existence of Hot Topic, unpack some of the book’s historical context to better inform its many controversies and consider what a treacle mountain might look like. While we may not have any groundbreaking insights to offer, we do have Adventure Time and Oblivion references! This episode was a listener request - thank you, Angela! If you’d like to request a book for us to cover, get in touch at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. Note: This episode features brief discussion of some adult themes (drug use, the ongoing debate over Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s sexual preferences). MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

59 MINMAY 12
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia A. McKillip

We’ve found the perfect quarantine reread! A lyrical, masterful meditation on solitude, power and the glory of big cats and magical boars, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip is a delight. Grace and Madeleine discuss the appeal of going it alone in your crystal wizard dome vs. the more realistic outcome of heading to Sirle to get married. Whether you’re in total isolation or holed up with your foster son, riddle master boar and insatiable yearning for the Liralen, we think you’ll enjoy this one. Also, BLAMMOR. Content warning: mentions of sexual assault. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

62 MINAPR 28
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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia A. McKillip

The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

Return to the warm embrace of a beloved childhood classic that’s surprisingly disturbing and sad! The Borrowers by Mary Norton is a weird, fun read for human beans of all ages. Madeleine and Grace explore the complex messages, tiny foodstuffs and flawed worldviews that make up Arrietty Clock’s life. Plus: was Parasite inspired by The Borrowers? Do you love shrimp salad? And a bonus Easter egg hunt interlude! MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

65 MINAPR 14
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The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Has a kitten recently approached you and demanded that you perform increasingly dangerous pranks? Get everything you need to handle the situation (including a step by step exorcism!) with The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Grace and Madeleine explore Snyder’s subtle blurring of the line between fantasy and reality, indulge in a TV dinner reverie and even return to Madeleine’s Law Corner. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

59 MINMAR 30
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The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (Anthology)

Just in time for quarantine: a super-sized Dragon Babies special! We’re covering the anthology The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Ease yourself into the soothing power of the wood and leave your troubles behind. Unfortunately, this episode does have a few sound issues - our apologies! Guess the wood sprites weren’t into us discussing their secrets. Works included in this anthology: - Going Wodwo by Neil Gaiman - Grand Central Park by Delia Sherman - Daphne by Michael Cadnum - Somewhere in My Mind There is a Painting Box by Charles de Lint - Among the Leaves So Green by Tanith Lee - Song of the Cailleach Bheur by Jane Yolen - Hunter’s Moon by Patricia McKillip - Charlie’s Away by Midori Snyder - A World Painted By Birds by Katherine Vaz - Grounded by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller - Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera by Gregory Maguire - Joshua Tree by Emma Bull - Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was) by Carolyn Dunn - Remnants by Kathe Koja - The Pagodas of Ciboure by M. Shayne Bell - Green Men by Bill Lewis - The Green Word by Jeffrey Ford MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

78 MINMAR 17
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The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (Anthology)

The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones

Grace and Madeleine continue on in their quest to become the preeminent Diana Wynne Jones podcast by diving into the warped, nihilistic worlds within The Homeward Bounders. We discuss why this may be Diana Wynne Jones' best book, Helen's unparalleled Look, and the joys of Jamie's first person narration. Whether you've found Home again or you're still out searching for the next Bound, hopeless or still with a kernel of optimism somewhere in your soul, this incredible book has something to offer. This episode was a listener request - thanks, Ramsey! If you'd like to make a listener request, email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

65 MINMAR 3
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The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones

Wolf Tower, by Tanith Lee

Ready to leave the House behind and head off on an endless journey with an obnoxious prince? Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee gives us access to the thoughts of relatable, tenacious Claidi through her journal entries. She travels across the not-so-horrible-after-all Waste while ruminating on young love, the pointlessness of human rituals and her true identity. Madeleine and Grace get into just why Claidi is so appealing, and why the CLOCK is now their personal religion. Join us! Note: this book is titled Law of the Wolf Tower outside the U.S. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

57 MINFEB 18
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Wolf Tower, by Tanith Lee

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

We’re traveling to Trewissick to embark on the best summer holiday of our young lives! Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper brings the battle between the forces of Arthurian good and evil to the sunny Cornwall coastline. We dive headlong into our own summer reminiscences, recalling childhood conspiracy plots and wishing we’d had some real-life Withers rogues to battle along the way. Plus, some particularly robust Pretend Food and discussion of fantasy on the fringes of a good ol’ mystery adventure. Parting words of wisdom: if you’re going to need to search a seaside cave for a grail, bring along a small child to do the dirty work for you. This episode was a listener request - thank you, Dan, Jenny and Aileen! If you’d like to request a book for us to cover, email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/lice...

61 MINFEB 4
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Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Latest Episodes

The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander

Head out on an adventure while a magically large house cat lays eternal chase - we’re covering The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander. The third book in the Chronicles of Prydain makes excellent use of Alexander’s well-developed, charming characters as they get into scrapes outside of the series’ main storyline. Eilonwy determines her own path and every character investigates their identity - but sadly, Gurgi rarely opens his everlasting food wallet. Many listeners have requested that we cover more Lloyd Alexander, and we’re more than happy to comply - we’re hoping to continue the Chronicles in the not-so-distant future! If you have a request, email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. We also open this episode with a call for your favorite YA fantasy books by Black authors as well as other authors of color - please share! We are looking to diversify our very white podcast catalogue and would love to hear them. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

58 MIN3 w ago
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The Castle of Llyr, by Lloyd Alexander

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

Continue your quarantine reading adventures with a magical trip to Venice! The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke offers up plenty of capers, endless ice creams and a surprisingly complex look at class issues. Follow a group of runaway kids living in an abandoned theater as they outsmart and ultimately befriend a quirky detective - and seek out a mysterious stolen carousel with long-rumored magical powers. Just look at that last sentence - how can you resist?? We certainly can’t. This episode was a listener request - thank you, Nina! If you’d like to make a request, leave a comment or email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

62 MINMAY 26
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The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

We revisit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and conclude that we are currently down a much less fun rabbit hole. Grace and Madeleine attempt to draw a link from Lewis Carroll’s works to the existence of Hot Topic, unpack some of the book’s historical context to better inform its many controversies and consider what a treacle mountain might look like. While we may not have any groundbreaking insights to offer, we do have Adventure Time and Oblivion references! This episode was a listener request - thank you, Angela! If you’d like to request a book for us to cover, get in touch at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. Note: This episode features brief discussion of some adult themes (drug use, the ongoing debate over Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s sexual preferences). MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

59 MINMAY 12
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia A. McKillip

We’ve found the perfect quarantine reread! A lyrical, masterful meditation on solitude, power and the glory of big cats and magical boars, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip is a delight. Grace and Madeleine discuss the appeal of going it alone in your crystal wizard dome vs. the more realistic outcome of heading to Sirle to get married. Whether you’re in total isolation or holed up with your foster son, riddle master boar and insatiable yearning for the Liralen, we think you’ll enjoy this one. Also, BLAMMOR. Content warning: mentions of sexual assault. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

62 MINAPR 28
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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia A. McKillip

The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

Return to the warm embrace of a beloved childhood classic that’s surprisingly disturbing and sad! The Borrowers by Mary Norton is a weird, fun read for human beans of all ages. Madeleine and Grace explore the complex messages, tiny foodstuffs and flawed worldviews that make up Arrietty Clock’s life. Plus: was Parasite inspired by The Borrowers? Do you love shrimp salad? And a bonus Easter egg hunt interlude! MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

65 MINAPR 14
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The Borrowers, by Mary Norton

The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Has a kitten recently approached you and demanded that you perform increasingly dangerous pranks? Get everything you need to handle the situation (including a step by step exorcism!) with The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. Grace and Madeleine explore Snyder’s subtle blurring of the line between fantasy and reality, indulge in a TV dinner reverie and even return to Madeleine’s Law Corner. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

59 MINMAR 30
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The Witches of Worm, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (Anthology)

Just in time for quarantine: a super-sized Dragon Babies special! We’re covering the anthology The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Ease yourself into the soothing power of the wood and leave your troubles behind. Unfortunately, this episode does have a few sound issues - our apologies! Guess the wood sprites weren’t into us discussing their secrets. Works included in this anthology: - Going Wodwo by Neil Gaiman - Grand Central Park by Delia Sherman - Daphne by Michael Cadnum - Somewhere in My Mind There is a Painting Box by Charles de Lint - Among the Leaves So Green by Tanith Lee - Song of the Cailleach Bheur by Jane Yolen - Hunter’s Moon by Patricia McKillip - Charlie’s Away by Midori Snyder - A World Painted By Birds by Katherine Vaz - Grounded by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - Overlooking by Carol Emshwiller - Fee, Fie, Foe, et Cetera by Gregory Maguire - Joshua Tree by Emma Bull - Ali Anugne O Chash (The Boy Who Was) by Carolyn Dunn - Remnants by Kathe Koja - The Pagodas of Ciboure by M. Shayne Bell - Green Men by Bill Lewis - The Green Word by Jeffrey Ford MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

78 MINMAR 17
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The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (Anthology)

The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones

Grace and Madeleine continue on in their quest to become the preeminent Diana Wynne Jones podcast by diving into the warped, nihilistic worlds within The Homeward Bounders. We discuss why this may be Diana Wynne Jones' best book, Helen's unparalleled Look, and the joys of Jamie's first person narration. Whether you've found Home again or you're still out searching for the next Bound, hopeless or still with a kernel of optimism somewhere in your soul, this incredible book has something to offer. This episode was a listener request - thanks, Ramsey! If you'd like to make a listener request, email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

65 MINMAR 3
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The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones

Wolf Tower, by Tanith Lee

Ready to leave the House behind and head off on an endless journey with an obnoxious prince? Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee gives us access to the thoughts of relatable, tenacious Claidi through her journal entries. She travels across the not-so-horrible-after-all Waste while ruminating on young love, the pointlessness of human rituals and her true identity. Madeleine and Grace get into just why Claidi is so appealing, and why the CLOCK is now their personal religion. Join us! Note: this book is titled Law of the Wolf Tower outside the U.S. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

57 MINFEB 18
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Wolf Tower, by Tanith Lee

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

We’re traveling to Trewissick to embark on the best summer holiday of our young lives! Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper brings the battle between the forces of Arthurian good and evil to the sunny Cornwall coastline. We dive headlong into our own summer reminiscences, recalling childhood conspiracy plots and wishing we’d had some real-life Withers rogues to battle along the way. Plus, some particularly robust Pretend Food and discussion of fantasy on the fringes of a good ol’ mystery adventure. Parting words of wisdom: if you’re going to need to search a seaside cave for a grail, bring along a small child to do the dirty work for you. This episode was a listener request - thank you, Dan, Jenny and Aileen! If you’d like to request a book for us to cover, email us at dragonbabiespodcast@gmail.com. MUSIC - Pippin the Hunchback and Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) - Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/lice...

61 MINFEB 4
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Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
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