Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters.

Series 6, Episode 4: Extras - Scott Westerfeld

October 5th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Extras” by Scott Westerfeld. 

Book CW for anxiety and gaslighting. 

Topic 1: Frizz - Compulsion. Begins at (0:50), CW for compulsion, gaslighting, discussion of trauma response, anxiety. 

Topic 2: Aya - Social Anxiety. Begins at (8:15), CW for anxiety. 

Topic 3: Aya - Loss of Privacy. Begins at (21:21), CW for loss of privacy, anxiety. 

Promo for Crit Chat; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (37:50). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 6, Episode 3: Specials - Scott Westerfeld

September 21st, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Specials”, book three of the Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld. 

Book CWs for ableism, discussion of eating disorders, major character death. TW for self-harm. 

Topic 1:  Specials, Shay, Tally - Emotional extremes (emotional inhibition). Begins at (0:50), CW for self-harm, medical condition description, medical abuse. 

Topic 2:  Zane - Ableism. Begins at (18:42), CW for ableism, discussion of cosmetic surgery, character death. 

Topic 3: Shay - Cutting/self-harm. Begins at (33:48), CW for self-harm, medical condition description, medical abuse. 

Promo for Bad Songwriter Podcast; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (48:18). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 6, Episode 2: Pretties - Scott Westerfeld

September 7th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Pretties” by  Scott Westerfeld. 

Book CW for for discussion of eating disorders, self-harm. 

Topic 1:  Zane - Brain damage, headaches/migraines. Begins at (0:50), CW for physical injury, memory loss, abuse, drowning. 

Topic 2:  Tally and Zane - Surveillance, loss of privacy. Begins at (13:51), CW for abuse by control, privacy violation. 

Topic 3:  Tally - Food denial behavior. Begins at (27:01), CW for anorexia, bulimia, purging, food control, self-harm. 

Promo for Drinking and Screaming; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (39:28). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 6, Episode 1: Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

August 24th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld, the first book in the Uglies Quartet (shout-out to anyone who remembers when this was officially a trilogy). 

Topic 1: David - Loss of home. Begins at (1:25), CW for loss of parents, loss of home. 

Topic 2: Tally - Self Esteem. Begins at (11:26), CW for surgery, lack of self-esteem based on looks, intentionally cruel nicknames, systemic cruelty. 

Topic 3: Tally - Consent. Begins at (25:51), CW for surgery, coercion, lack of consent. 

Promo for Midwest Meltdown; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (43:55). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 5, Episode 3: The Kingdom of Gods - N. K. Jemisin

July 13th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Kingdom of Gods”, book three of The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin. 

Topic 1: Kahl - Abandonment. Begins at (0:50), CW for abandonment. 

Topic 2: Sieh - Loss of Innocence. Begins at (17:00), CW for loss of innocence. 

Topic 3: The Arameri - Cycle of Violence: Colonialism Edition. Begins at (27:20), CW for slavery, colonialism. 

Promo for Too Many Captains; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (39:25). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon. Patrons at any level will receive the bonus Epilogue episode for this series.

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

 

Series 5, Episode 2: The Broken Kingdoms - N. K. Jemisin

June 29th, 2020

This fortnight we're discussing "The Broken Kingdoms", book two of "The Inheritance Trilogy" by N. K. Jemisin. 

Book TW for body horror, massacre, genocide. 

Topic 1: Shiny - Suicidal Tendencies. Begins at (0:50), CW for suicide, self-harm, mention of cutting, death, murder. 

Topic 2: Oree - Kidnapping. Begins at (12:08), CW for kidnapping, ableism, indoctrination, threat of murder, loss of autonomy. 

Topic 3: Oree - Guilt / Body as a weapon. Begins at (25:03), CW for weapons, mention of sex, death, loss of autonomy, guilt. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (39:07). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon. Patrons at any level will receive the bonus Epilogue episode for this series.

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 5, Episode 1: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N. K. Jemisin

June 15th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms”, book one of "The Inheritance Trilogy" by N. K. Jemisin. 

Topic 1: Enslavement and Constraint. Begins at (1:30), CW for enslavement, incest mention, "one drop rule" mention, torture, death, description of magical disembowelment, visceral description of physical torture. 

Topic 2: Yeine - Ostracization, Isolation. Begins at (24:00), CW for ostracization, death, abandonment. 

Topic 3: Yeine - Atmosphere of Cruelty. Begins at (34:45), CW for description of physical magical disembowelment, animal cruelty example, murder. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (46:00). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon. Patrons at any level will receive the bonus Epilogue episode for this series.

You can check out Robin's written review of the book at Reviews That Burn

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 4, Episode 3: Oath of Gold - Elizabeth Moon

May 4th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “Oath of Gold”, book three of "The Deed Of Paksenarrion" trilogy by Elizabeth Moon. 

Topic 1: Duke Phelan - Loss of Identity. Begins at (0:50), CW for loss of identity, death. 

Topic 2: Paksenarrion - Physical Torture. Begins at (14:30), CW for physical torture, emotional torture, sexual assault, graphic descriptions and discussion. 

Topic 3: Paksenarrion - Coercion. Begins at (27:45), CW for physical torture, emotional torture, sexual assault, graphic descriptions and discussion, discussion of coercion, discussion of consent. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (38:30). 

--- 

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). 

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 4, Episode 2: Divided Allegiance - Elizabeth Moon

April 20th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “Divided Allegiance”, book two of "The Deed Of Paksenarrion" trilogy by Elizabeth Moon. 

Topic 1: Socks - Physical abuse. Begins at (0:50), CW for animal abuse, magical compulsion, description of scars. 

Topic 2: Paksenarrion - Gaslighting and forced combat. Begins at (16:52), CW for graphic violence, religious mentions, magical coercion via food/drink. 

Topic 3: Paksenarrion - Dismissal of autonomy. Begins at (29:20), CW for magical surgery, loss of control, dismissal of autonomy, violation of trust, description of loss of limb, descriptions of lack of supportive care. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (38:35). 

--- 

Read the transcript here.

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). 

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Series 4, Episode 1: The Sheepfarmer’s Daughter - Elizabeth Moon

April 6th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “The Sheepfarmer's Daughter”, book one of "The Deed Of Paksenarrion" trilogy by Elizabeth Moon. 

Topic 1: Cal - Torture and Castration. Begins at (1:30), CW for castration, torture, description of genitals. 

Topic 2: Paksenarrion - Survivor's Guilt. Begins at (14:15), CW for loss, helplessness, death, guilt, abandonment, survivor's guilt, discussion of sex. 

Topic 3: Paksenarrion - Sexual Assault/Physical Assault. Begins at (26:00), CW for physical assault, attempted sexual assault, descriptions of physical and sexual injuries, drugging. TW for discussion of rape and sexual assault, physical injuries. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (43:00). 

---

Read the transcript here

If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). 

Find all our links on our LinkTree

Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

Play this podcast on Podbean App