Books That Burn

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

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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Stand-Alone 5: Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

July 27th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds. Robin has been looking forward to this episode all year, ever since it was recommended to them by a very helpful librarian when they went home for Christmas 2019. We're pleased to report that the book was as good as they were told, and we're excited to share our discussion with you. 

Topic 1: Mom - Death of family members. Begins at (1:30), CW for self-harm, gun violence, murder, revenge killings, death of family members. 

Topic 2: Will - Premeditation of murder. Begins at (11:30), CW for ideation about death and violence. 

Topic 3: Will - Cycle of violence: Revenge edition. Begins at (22:00), CW for gun violence, revenge killing, trauma on readers. 

Promo for Infectious Groove; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:10). 

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Stand-Alone 4: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein

May 18th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you our discussion of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", a stand-alone book by Robert A. Heinlein. 

*A brief vocabulary note: The term "Loonies" is used throughout the book (and our discussion) as a term for residents of the moon. This term has a historically ableist context in modern English but is not used derogatorily in the book. 

Topic 1: Marie Lyons - Rape and murder. Begins at (1:30), CW for rape, gang-rape, murder, police mention, mention of sex slavery. *Discussion contains an explicit quote from the text. 

Topic 2:  Mannie - Racism. Begins at (20:35), CW for racism, police/jail mention, discussion of deportation, mention of assault. 

Topic 3: Mannie - Ableism. Begins at (32:30), CW for ableism, description of missing limb, loss of autonomy. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (53:35). 

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Stand-Alone 3: In Fury Born - David Weber

March 9th, 2020

This fortnight we bring you our discussion of "In Fury Born", a stand-alone book by David Weber. You may know the second half of this book as "Path of the Fury". "In Fury Born" adds a book-length prequel and edits some sections of the original text. Our discussion covers the expanded and edited book. 

Entire book: TW for descriptions of combat and violence. 

Topic 1: Character Descriptions. Begins at (1:30), CW for character death, explicit wounds mentioned, mention of funerals, military life descriptions. 

Topic 2: Massacre. Begins at (13:30), CW for character death, slaughter, massacre, loss of close friends, physical combat, military life descriptions, loss of family members. 

Topic 3: Betrayal. Begins at (25:15), CW for death, betrayal, PTSD. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (36:40). 

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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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Stand-Alone 1: The Supernaturalist - Eoin Colfer

November 18th, 2019

Our episode this fortnight is about the book "The Supernaturalist", a stand-alone book by Eoin Colfer. 

Topic 1: Ziplock, slavery. Begins at (1:30); CW for physical abuse, emotional abuse, abuse through food restriction/manipulation, slavery mention, chain/handcuffs mention, suicidal tendencies, self harm, human experimentation; TW for description of physical torture. 

Topic 2: Cosmo, paradox of choice. Begins at (10:15); CW for dismissal of identity, abuse by control, human experimentation, dismissal of autonomy. 

Topic 3: Cosmo, test subject. Begins at (22:45); CW for dismissal of identity, abuse by control, human experimentation, dismissal of autonomy. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (31:45). 

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