Books That Burn

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

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). 

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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). 

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Interview 1: M. D. Neu, Part 1 of 2

June 12th, 2020

Please enjoy the spoiler-free (or at least spoiler-light) portion of our interview with author M. D. Neu. Timestamps are marked for the interview questions. 

  • Introductions (0:10) 
  • Personal history and brief overview of books written by M. D. Neu. (1:10) 
  • Do you consider your character’s physical description when writing how other characters treat them? (8:25) 
  • What is your approach to incorporating visible characters of color in your work?
  • What do you do to make it go beyond social coding, or not? (10:15) 
  • When depicting types of queerness that are not your identity, do run them by members of those communities? (20:00) 
  • How does setting influence depictions of disabilities in your stories? (26:08) 
  • Do you have a favorite book written by someone else, and if so what makes it your favorite? (31:35) 
  • What is your favorite non-traumatic thing in any of your books? (34:00) 
  • Do you have any queer authors or authors of color whose work you’d like to shout out? (37:35) 
  • Where can our audience find you? (39:10) 

Outro (44:30) 

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Check out M. D. Neu's website for more info about his writing. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, look up his Youtube channel, or check out his Goodreads profile

Major works by M. D. Neu discussed in this interview: "Contact", "Conviction", "TAD". 

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Highlight 2: Salamandastron - Brian Jacques

June 1st, 2020

This fortnight we bring you our discussion of "Salamandastron", our highlight episode from the "Redwall" series by Brian Jacques. 

*Book TW for viral outbreak and quarantine, with fever. 

Topic 1: Epidemic - Dryditch Fever. Begins at (1:30), CW for plague, fear of death, child in danger, sickness, death. 

Topic 2: False accusation. Begins at (14:45), CW for child punishment, false accusation, murder, terrorizing others, threat of physical violence, weapons. 

Topic 3: Parent/child relationships. Begins at (24:30), CW for threats of murder, child abuse, verbal abuse, rage, descriptions of violence. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (38:45). 

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Read the transcript here

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 book.

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

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