If you haven’t read Mary’s latest novel, Of Noble Family, this episode contains many spoilers, and you’ll get a lot more out of the discussion if you read the book (or listen to the book) before listening.
Of Noble Family is set in Mary’s Glamourist Histories universe, an alternate history setting, on the island of Antigua. Our discussion focuses primarily upon the research that Mary did, and the way she tested and then applied that research to the story. This includes how the research touched on the magic system of the Glamourist Histories, and how linguistic and cultural differences might affect the use of Glamour.
- The sailing scene that puts Glamour on a ship — Word docx file OR online at Mary’s webpage
- The reference book Mary made note of during the episode: Slave Women in Caribbean Society, 1650-1838, by Barbara Bush
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Of Noble Family, by Mary Robinette Kowal, narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Robin Miles, and Mary Robinette Kowal
Writing Prompt: Take something common, an activity or object that you're familiar with, and then have a character describe it to someone who has a completely different frame of reference.
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