Books That Burn

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

Highlight 8: Black Sun - Rebecca Roanhorse

June 28th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Black Sun” by Rebecca Roanhorse, the first book of the series "Between Earth and Sky". As of the time of recording only "Black Sun" was published".

TITLE: Black Sun
AUTHOR: Rebecca Roanhorse
PUBLISHER: Gallery / Saga Press
YEAR: 2020
LENGTH: 464 pages
AGE: Adult
GENRE: Fantasy
RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for racism, xenophobia, vomit, blood, gore, child abuse, murder, violence, suicide, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Naranpa - Coup Attempt. Begins at (1:35), CW for discussion of death, violence.

Topic 2: Okoa - Death of a Parent. Begins at (11:22), CW for death of a parent, suicide, murder.

Topic 3: Xiala - Ostracization. Begins at (19:48), CW for disability, ostracization, child abuse, dismemberment.

Promo for CPOV Screen Snark; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (27:32). CW for discussion of racism, death.

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Interview 6: Sara Codair, Part 1 of 2

June 18th, 2021

Please enjoy the spoiler-free portion of our interview with author Sara Codair, discussing three books from their urban fantasy series "The Evanstar Chronicles", specifically the books, "Life Minus Me", "Power Surge", and "Power Inversion". Timestamps are marked for the interview questions.

Patrons at any level receive part two of this interview.

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Can you talk a little about the way trauma works in your writing? (0:57)
  • Do you feel that trauma for the sake of trauma is valid for characters to go through/be put in stories or does it always need to be plot related? (1:54)
  • Have you ever started writing a trauma in one of your books, and had it take over or have more of a story impact than originally intended? (3:41)
  • Do you write in trauma for background characters without planning for it to have an impact on the story, and if so does it ever leak into the story? (4:36)
  • 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)? (7:23)
  • Do you tend to write characters with a specific orientation? Do you generally stick to depictions of queerness which match parts of your identity? (10:12)
  • What (if any) do you think is a good example of queer culture in your books? (13:03)
  • Have you ever had a character surprise you with a disability after you started writing? (15:42)
  • Do you consider your character’s physical description when writing how other characters treat them? (18:32)
  • How does setting influence culture in your series? What (if any) do you think is a good example of a marginalized culture in your writing? (20:38)
  • For our audience at home, please discuss how and whether you use queer-inclusive language in your writing. (31:55)

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  • What is your favorite non-traumatic thing in any of your books? (35:05)
  • Do you have a favorite book written by someone else, and if so what makes it your favorite? (38:13)
  • Do you have any queer authors and/or authors of color whose work you’d like to shoutout? (39:49)
  • In what order should someone read your books? (41:24)

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Check out Sara's website for more about their writing, you can also find them on their NineStar Press page. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or look up their author page on Goodreads.

The major works discussed in this interview are "Life Minus Me", "Power Surge", and "Power Inversion".

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You can find Robin's written reviews of Power Surge, Power Inversion, and Life Minus Me at Reviews that Burn.

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Stand-Alone 11: Under the Pendulum Sun - Jeannette Ng

June 14th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Under the Pendulum Sun” by Jeannette Ng, with special guest Dare! You can find them on Twitter, or check out their Linktree for more details about their various streaming and gaming exploits.

TITLE: Under the Pendulum Sun
AUTHOR: Jeannette Ng
PUBLISHER: Angry Robot
YEAR: 2019
LENGTH: 409 pages
AGE: Adult
GENRE: Fantasy
RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book CWs for sexism, alcoholism, colonialism, incest, emotional manipulation (backstory), mental illness, confinement, body horror, suicidal thoughts, animal death, child death (backstory), murder, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Disassociation. Begins at (1:35), CW for Discussion of historical harm to children and autistic people, stigmatization of autistic behaviors.

Topic 2: Religious Trauma. Begins at (11:25), CW for suicidal tendencies, religious trauma (Protestant Christianity), biblical justification for harm, death (brief mention).

Topic 3: Incest. Begins at (23:10), CW for incest, biblical justification for harm, death (brief mention).

Promo for CPOV - RMC vs CG; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (39:35). CW for eugenics mention.

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