Episode 101 - A Darker Shade of Magic

Join us as we venture into a series of magical Londons in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series! This episode, we're talking about A Darker Shade of Magic, the first in the series and the introduction of Lila bard, the queen of our hearts, and Kell, a mess. We're also talking about symbols and the function of fantasy and more!

Warning: A bit of language, here and there. 

To get right to the conversation, fast forward to right around 35:50.

What Missy's Been Up To



  • salt. by Nayyirah Waheed


  • Spider-Man 2

  • Sorry to Bother You

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Listening To:

  • Mabel 


What Merri's Been Up To


  • Great British Baking Show

  • Doctor Who

  • Star Wars Resistance

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (Part 1) by Emily Asher-Perrin

“In Search of Doors”: Read V.E. Schwab’s 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature 

 5 Questions for the End of A Darker Shade of Magic by Emily Asher-Perrin 

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Episode 36 - Apologies

We’re back after a whirlwind weekend at Emerald City Comicon with a late episode on apologies. What makes a good apology? How do you learn from your mistakes? Aren’t we all just too oversensitive? (No. No we’re not.)

As a heads up, this episode contains spoilers (with warnings) for The 100 and Star Wars Rebels. There are also spoilers for Life is Strange and Supernatural, which we forgot to warn for—they’re vague enough that you might not notice, but we probably ought to let you know anyway.

Mistakes: When Merri says that Felicia Day died, she means her character. Felicia Day is alive and well.

What Missy’s Been Up To:

Listening To:
  • The Message

  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • Another Castle by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau
  • Dirty Diamonds, edited by Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman

  • Undertale

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

  • Star Wars Rebels

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Dave Filoni Interview With IGN
  • Jason being asked about Shawna Benson lurking online forums and responding with a non-answer
  • Sorry Not Sorry: How to Non-Apologize by Laura Beck