Books That Burn

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

Highlight 5: Ender’s Game/Shadow - Orson Scott Card

January 25th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow” by Orson Scott Card. These books cover approximately the same span of time and most of the same characters as each other. We focused our discussion on three events/traumas which are shown in both books from the perspective of their respective main characters. We're discussing these as books we used to love (and might still) but do not recommend to new readers.

Book TW for antisemitism, racism, homophobia, ableism, ableist slurs, assault, murder, eugenics, genocide

Topic 1: Abuse and PTSD. Begins at (1:30), CW for abuse, bullying, ptsd,

Topic 2: Murder and PTSD. Begins at (21:30), CW for murder, bullying, abandonment, emotional isolation, gaslighting

Topic 3: Genocide and Consent. Begins at (34:52), CW for violation of consent, ptsd, genocide, mental health crisis, emotional breakdown, coma mention

Promo for Book Reports Pod; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (53:05).

Recommended books to read instead:

Animorphs by K. A. Applegate

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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Stand-Alone 6: NOS4A2 - Joe Hill

October 19th, 2020

This fortnight we’re dipping into horror with a discussion of “NOS4A2” by Joe Hill. Nicole read just part of this and Robin made it through the whole thing (but it took a month). 

Book TW for torture, sexual assault, child abuse, necrophilia, self-harm, animal death, death. 

Topic 1: Christmasland Kids. Begins at (1:30), CW for casual cruelty mention, physical torture, TW body horror (teeth, dismemberment), animal cruelty. 

Topic 2: Lou - protection/self-sacrifice. Begins at (11:28), CW for death, heart attack mentions, assumptions of mental illness by characters. 

Topic 3: Vic - attempted rape, kidnapping, not being believed about her own trauma. Begins at (17:35), CW for attempted rape, kidnapping, kidnapping of child, assault, death, murder, necrophilia, self-harm, animal death, “bury your gays”. 

Promo for Deep Dark Truth; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:22). 

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Series 3, Episode 3: Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

February 24th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “Mockingjay”, book three of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 

Topic 1: Peta - Gaslighting. Begins at (0:50), CW for descriptions of chemical gaslighting, betrayal, reality distortion. 

Topic 2: Katniss - Institutional cruelty. Begins at (15:30), CW for mention of nuclear weapons, food restriction, rebellion. 

Topic 3: Katniss - Death. Begins at (25:15), CW for mention of nuclear weapons, food restriction, rebellion. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (35:00). 

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Series 3, Episode 2: Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

February 10th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “Catching Fire”, book two of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 

Topic 1: Cinna. Begins at (0:50), CW for physical violence. 

Topic 2: Katniss - "Hollywood" PTSD. Begins at (12:55), CW for mention of decapitation, blood, descriptions of violent scenes, PTSD, flashbacks, nightmares. 

Topic 3: Katniss - Self-Sacrifice. Begins at (29:20), CW for suicide, suicidal ideation, gaslighting, mention of death, objectification, dismissal of agency. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (40:30). 

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Series 3, Episode 1: The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

January 27th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you “The Hunger Games”, book one of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. 

Topic 1: Katniss’s mother - Widowhood and depression. Begins at (0:50), CW for abandonment, parental death, hunger, depression, child caregiver, strained parent/child relationship. 

Topic 2: Katniss - Fake Relationship. Begins at (13:15), CW for possessiveness, toxic relationships. 

Topic 3: Katniss - Starvation, food defensiveness/insecurity. Begins at (25:30), CW for starvation, food hoarding, food defensiveness, descriptions of starvation, TW for descriptions of feelings of starvation, food defensive ideation. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (41:00). 

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Stand-Alone 2: Coraline - Neil Gaiman

January 13th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you our discussion of "Coraline", a stand-alone book by Neil Gaiman. 

Topic 1: Ghost Children. Begins at (0:50), CW for theft of self, kidnapping, theft of identity. 

Topic 2: Coraline and gaslighting. Begins at (9:15), CW for gaslighting, abuse, christian language as abuse, dismissal of self, body horror, mutilation, abandonment. 

Topic 3: Coraline and neglect. Begins at (19:43), CW for neglect, abandonment. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (40:55). 

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Series 2, Episode 3: The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman

December 30th, 2019

This fortnight we bring you The Amber Spyglass, the conclusion of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. 

Topic 1: Pantalaimon and Kirjava. Begins at (0:50), CW for abandonment, death. 

Topic 2: Lyra's kidnapping. Begins at (12:05), CW for repressed memories, kidnapping, torture, lying by omission, drugged sleep, loss of innocence. 

Topic 3: Will and death. Begins at (22:45), CW for parental death, suicide, murder, discussion of gaslighting. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (31:10). 

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Series 2, Episode 2: The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

December 16th, 2019

This fortnight we bring you The Subtle Knife, book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. 

Topic 1: Ghost Children. Begins at (0:50), CW for warzone, death, parental abandonment, survivors guilt. 

Topic 2: Will as a caretaker. Begins at (11:15), CW for stalking, neglect, child caregiver, imaginary threats, escalation of horror. 

Topic 3: Will and Murder. Begins at (15:45), CW for death, murder, bully mention, description of combat. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (28:15). 

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Series 2, Episode 1: The Golden Compass (Northern Lights) - Philip Pullman

December 2nd, 2019

This fortnight we bring you the first episode of a series as we discuss The Golden Compass, book one of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. 

*This book was originally published as "Northern Lights" and was published as "The Golden Compass" in the USA. 

Topic 1: Tony Makarios. Begins at (1:35), CW for alcohol abuse, abandonment, neglect, death, lack of a parent, abduction, castration, medical experimentation on children. Contains a minor spoiler for book three, The Amber Spyglass. 

Topic 2: Lyra and abandonment. Begins at (13:50), CW for neglect, mentions of parental death, parental abandonment. 

Topic 3: Lyra and control. Begins at (22:00), CW for controlling abuse, parental abuse, manipulation, kidnapping, betrayal. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (31:07). 

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