A chapter-by-chapter Queen's Thief reread podcast with commentary, news, and occasional screaming. We promise to leave no literary stone unturned, no theory unconsidered, no hand joke unmade.
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Updated June 2020
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Sophos discovers the perils of fake friends. We discuss self-image, Baby’s First Murder, Greek myths, slavery in ancient Greece, and slavery in the QT universe. Transcript available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vVt-fYkvaGT2hKEy3E_tWXY7Ll3zsWyydaW_Gv8d8-c/edit?usp=sharing
Local Teen Loses Fight With Table! We discuss this shocking development, as well as unreliable narrators, sisters, epic poetry, timelines, even more gender, and Sophos getting too down on himself. Transcript available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CZOgv4KVT0js5is585vsooK5Z4WGv3TU_9eEUKer05E/edit?usp=sharing…
As two dangerous Sounisian assailants end up in jail, we discuss flashbacks, narrative perspective, foreign visitors, and The Emperor’s New Groove. Transcript available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-CjiTTS34I1uY4l3zqitp51j8TMEiQwbxqM_1Utqc8g/edit?usp=sharing
Short story time! An overambitious juggler gets more than he bargained for. Eugenides has a night out. Back in the real world, we discuss channeling the divine, Gen being nice, the origins of horse hate, surprisingly accurate likenesses on money, the Attolian DIY scene, and big small stories.
In our first Quarantine Episode, Eugenides is King of Attolia and also sweaty and in need of a bath, so he takes one with a bunch of other sweaty dudes. It's symbolic or something. Meanwhile, we discuss push-ups, godlike influence, scars, soldiers, and babies.
“I hope that now that you have remembered me, you won’t forget me again,” Laecdomon says. Well, we forget him every time. Discussion points: extreme competence, suspense or lack thereof, Arundhati Roy, minor villains, the word “demesne,” David Sedaris, and whether being good at swords makes you a king.…
Gen commits triple murder and Costis realigns his life goals. Also on our agenda: solidarity for the useless and unwed, marching into hell, gender politics, divine retribution, and some very bad dogs.
Costis tries to clear his conscience. Meanwhile, we get into oracles, tipping, unexpected empathy, and marital games of chicken.
As our characters barrel through twenty scenes in this mammoth of a chapter, we discuss intrigue, godliness, justice, queerbaiting (?) and what these people are getting up to in the dark. Has anyone seen Sophos recently?
The attendants play pranks. Gen gets a lecture. Noelle has a definitely wrong idea about what nuns get up to in their spare time. Also on the docket: middle school, Undercover Boss, meaningful eye contact, and Costis the Awesomely Beautiful.
As Costis struggles through his first day in the incongruous dream sequence that is somehow now his life, we discuss the logistics of the Queen’s Guard, swords versus guns, fake jokes (real jokes??) and the Queen of Attolia’s never-before-seen sense of humor.
While Gen and Irene's negotiation goes, quite literally, over Costis's head, we discuss palace secrets, sneaky power, emotionally significant ink pots, and how Gen and Irene are kind of like your parents.
Costis starts to realize just what a piece of work Gen really is and clearly Gen’s reign is going super well. Chip joins us again, and we wonder: just what are all these people doing in the prologue? What’s the right way to pronounce all these new names? Is Attolia secretly jacked?
In the grand finale of The Queen of Attolia, our hero sacrifices a goat and we end up with more questions about the gods than when we started. Also featuring: Gen's humility (or lack thereof), mushy romance, the psychological impact of violence, and how hard it can be to say "I love you."
Chloe breaks an amphora, Kamet can't swim, Eugenides doesn't know how to talk to his fiancée, and Irene is skipping church. Treaty negotiations are going great. Also featuring: a brand new river, Beauty and the Beast, divine agendas, ambiguous feelings, and callbacks (forwards?) from Thick As Thieves.…
While Eddis and Attolia bond over driving the Mede army from their shores, Eugenides has another nap and realizes that his happy ending may be more complicated than he'd thought. Discussion points: gender, paragraph breaks, passive aggression, and the power of love.
Attolia finally shows Nahuseresh she’s a BAMF and we consider getting matching tattoos of this moment. As Eddis and Attolia combine forces to oust the Mede we discuss Attolia’s hatred for Eddis, the pitfalls of gendered thinking, and the nature of gifts. And just where IS this book’s climax, anyway?
Attolia makes a life-altering decision. Nahurseresh does some murder. The Minister of War gets a concussion. Meanwhile, Noelle is a dumbass who can't remember what happens in this book and we heroically resist laughing at the word "titular."
While Nahuseresh has his moment in the sun, Gen’s night goes from great to less great and Attolia’s priorities drastically realign. We discuss POV shifts, Eddisian self-sacrifice, and all of Megan’s sneaky little hints. Also, after we finished recording we found an answer to the question we couldn’t figure out here—we think the chamberlain WAS look…
Eugenides and Attolia take a romantic boat ride while we discuss water imagery, lesbian merging but with Byzantine straights (?), bluffing, power dynamics, and Hannibal Buress.
Gen accomplishes the first part of his mission and we analyze just why exactly he was able to pull it off, touching on the topics of deception, perception, feudalism, and agrarian economies. All according to plan …
While sneaking Sally– uh, we mean Eugenides, through the alley, we discuss moist men, Kill Bill sirens, wooden cannons, point of view, and whether or not anybody but Gen actually knows what the hell is going on.
In this chapter, Irene’s tragic backstory is finally unlocked and we discuss mothers, jewelry, isolation, and how to completely and totally annihilate your enemies. You know, just girly things.
What will decide the outcome of this war? Queens and kings? The gods? Sheer dumb luck? A dude who just wants to smooch a very scary lady? Find out here!
As Gen starts sword fighting again we discuss the Attolian court’s hot gossip and fashion choices, and our lesbian agenda comes out in a Freudian slip. Did you see what Eddis was wearing last week??
Our heroes have a nice picnic while civilization crumbles around them and we discuss picnics, the Magus being shifty, gendered deities, and Attolia's obvious denial. Irene SMASH.
Sounis’s navy goes up in flames, but the second cart of the series appears! We discuss Attolia’s connection to the Mede, the pluralization of cannon, and a side of Gen we’ve never seen before as we continue to gush about our fave themes of (you know it!) performance and the political vs the personal.…
It's time to put on our war pants. In this episode, Chip's here to do two things: read our intro and f-ck with our renewed resolution not to swear. We also discuss strategy, martyrdom, trousers, and the emotionally cathartic value of boat-burning.
Gen hid in a temple and all he got was this lousy message. We wonder about the size of Eddis’s library, discuss the layout of temples, and speculate about the lives of non-royal thieves in Eddis.
We discuss war, Nahuseresh, conspiracies, and an intriguing new character called Kamet, but Gen doesn't know about any of it because he is in bed. Cold out today, isn't it?
As Gen starts to recover we discuss disability and Gen’s unsupervised childhood, and we wonder whether Gen would Vine if he lived in modern times.
Disaster arrives. We return to the idea of front-loading tragedy and discuss stone, broken amphoras, rationalization, and how this is a weird time for love.
Attolia knew she shouldn’t just let him go. Her loneliness is killing her. Gen must confess, he still believes, still believes! Irene hates religious siiiiiigns, hit him baby one more time.
We barrel head-on into Book 2; Eugenides barrels head-on into a wooden board. So far, so good. Also featuring: Irene's elusive feelings, irresponsible childcare, hand puns, and our friend Chip.
In our concluding episode for The Thief, we lovingly discuss three bonus short stories, applaud the framing of the Queen’s Thief narratives, and realize Gen was wearing bell bottoms THE WHOLE TIME.
In which Gen takes a well-deserved nap and we talk about Helen, nobility, the elusive Eugenides siblings, and VOLCANO DAY. Next episode, onward to book 2!
How can Gen live with the consequences of killing another person? Does Attolia actually have feelings? How many gleeful puns about Ambiades’s death can we fit in twenty minutes? Tune into this week’s episode to find out!
Is Gen an insider or an outsider? A nationalist or an internationalist? A pacifist or a killer? A moral hero or a sneaky little jerk? This episode, we get down into the river muck with these questions and more while Gen steals the Gift again, right under our noses.
In this episode, Gen steals from the Great Goddess and lives to tell about it while we discuss emerald rings, religious awakenings, disability, and the book’s first mention of actual wine!
Spooky maze? Check. Pile of skeletons? Check. Stolen beef jerky? Check. We've got everything we need for a cozy night at the temple. In this episode, Gen makes his first attempt at finding that pesky rock, and we wonder if it's really stealing if a god says it's okay.
Everything goes south for Gen but he decides to rise above for the sake of his ambition, while we declare our undying love for the Minister of War and discuss points to load into our gun of analysis.
Is the price of immortality a bitter life? Does a position of authority make doing evil unavoidable? Can all these characters just get drunk already? We investigate.
The boys tell some tales while we freak out about the new cover and advance our bi agenda.
240 days until Return of the Thief! In this episode, we cross into Eddis, get a history lesson, and talk about two invasions, two sets of gods, three countries that are maybe one country, and gender. We miss you, innkeeper lady from chapter 3.