33% Pulp

Hosted ByLinzi & Daniel

On 33% Pulp, hosts Linzi, Daniel, and a guest host each read a different third of a pulp novel, then recap it over three episodes — piecing together the plot and laughing at the prose. Join us for tales of teleportation, giant crabs, and super awkward descriptions of sex.

Some Sort of Spell Part 1: Testicular Prints

Our show reconstructs books that have been divided into thirds and assigned to three different hosts. We then recap the book in full over three episodes.

In this episode, Linzi recaps the first third of Some Sort of Spell by Frances Roding. In this episode, we meet the Bellaire family and our protagonist Beatrice. We also learn about salmon moose, what Londoners use as weapons, and the most unnerving thing one can do after you try to scratch their eyes out.

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From the back cover:


She didn’t ask to be rescued.

Beatrice’s half sister had done a lot of crazy things, but inviting Elliot Chalmers to temporarily share their home while his was being renovated–that was the limit!

Everyone knew that Beatrice and Elliott had never seen eye to eye over her dedication to her orphaned siblings. He’d even nicknamed her “Cinders.”

Well, handsome prince or no, she hadn’t invited him to interfere. And although silently grateful for the added household discipline, Beatrice drew the line where Elliott seemed most intent on crossing–her personal life!

Some relevant characters:

  • Beatrice Bellaire: aka “Cinders” and “the runt of the litter.” Raised her siblings after they were orphaned. Isn’t a good driver at the best of times (is not Rain Man). Cooks, cleans, and has endemic breasts that knock over bystanders.
  • Elliot Chalmers: under 6′. Has GIANT hands. Extremely presumptuous and creepy. NOT related by blood to Beatrice.
  • Lucilla: Beatrice and Elliot’s half-sister. Not nice.
  • Mirry: Beatrice’s sister. Mime?
  • William: Beatrice’s brother that isn’t a twin. Thinks Playboy gives you pimples.
  • Benedict and Sebastian: Beatrice’s twin brothers. Largely interchangeable.

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