Books That Burn

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

Series 7, Episode 1: Rhapsody - Elizabeth Haydon

November 30th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Rhapsody: Child of Blood” by Elizabeth Haydon. 

Book CW for murder, mass death, child death; TW for use of "prostitute" when describing sex workers. 

Topic 1: Rhapsody and Emily - Sexism. Begins at (1:30), CW for sexism, virginity as a construct, sex, rape, sexual abuse. 

Topic 2: Achmed and Grunthor - Racism. Begins at (16:03), CW for cannibalism, genocide, fantasy racism, talk of microaggressions. 

Topic 3: Jo - Ritual sacrifice and child abuse. Begins at (24:30), CW for descriptions of child murder, child mutilation, parental death. 

Promo for Half Damage; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (33:35). 

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Highlight 4: A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony

November 16th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “A Spell for Chameleon” by Piers Anthony. We were joined by Matthew of the podcast Unintelligible Design. There was a lot to discuss in this very sexist book, we recommend you check out our spoiler-free wrap-up before deciding whether to read this one. 

Book TW for bullying, sexism, misogyny, toxic masculinity, transphobia, dysmorphia, racism against fictional races, colonialism, mention of suicide, discussion of rape, body horror, assault, death. 

Topic 1: Rape Trial. Begins at (1:30), CW for rape, rape accusations, victim blaming. 

Topic 2: Bink: Toxic Masculinity. Begins at (18:40), CW for mutilation, toxic masculinity, fantasy incel culture, lack of consent, objectifying women, rape mention, murder mention. 

Promo for Happily Ever Haunted; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (56:30). 

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

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Bonus; Patron Series A, Episode 1: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

November 2nd, 2020

Hello Patrons and welcome to the first ever Patron-only bonus episode! Well, that was the plan, anyway. This will actually go out to everyone because it's debuting in place of a regularly scheduled episode. In this episode we are discussing "The Lightning Thief", book one of the series "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" by Rick Riordan. Our special guest for this episode (and this series, over on Patreon) is David from almost a year ago, so he sounds quite a bit younger than you may have heard on the monthly Q&A livestreams

Topic 1: Sally Jackson and partner abuse. Begins at (0:50), CW for physical abuse, emotional abuse, child kicked out of home, financial abuse. 

Topic 2: Percy Jackson and separation from peers. Begins at (13:15), CW for loss of friendship, parental death, attempted murder, discussion of parental pressure. 

Topic 3: Percy Jackson and false accusation. Begins at (25:30), CW for mention of police, betrayal, hunting, mention of sex. 

Spoiler-free recap and ratings: Begins at (37:30). 

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

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Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 

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