Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters. Part of the Certain Point of View network.

Stand-Alone 20: “The Atrocities” by Jeremy C. Shipp

June 6th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing the horror novella “The Atrocities” by Jeremy C. Shipp.

Apologies for the odd episode schedule, the next two episodes will be a month apart, then we should be back to our usual fortnightly schedule after that.

  • TITLE: The Atrocities

  • AUTHOR: Jeremy C. Shipp

  • PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press-3PL

  • YEAR: 2018

  • LENGTH: 112 pages

  • AGE: Adult

  • GENRE: Horror

  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for child abuse (backstory), mental illness, medical content, medical trauma, child abuse, emotional abuse, domestic abuse, body horror, gore, self harm, animal death, animal cruelty (backstory), child death, death.

Topic 1: Mental Illness. Begins at (1:35), CW for mental illness, physical abuse, emotional abuse, child death, death.

Topic 2: Kidnapping. Begins at (15:00), CW for kidnapping, institutionalization, mental illness, child death, death.

Topic 3: Child Death. Begins at (22:25), CW for kidnapping, mental illness, child death, death.

Promo for Another Pass from CPOV; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:55).

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Stand-Alone 19: The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

April 18th, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman.

  • TITLE: The Forever War

  • AUTHOR: Joe Haldeman

  • PUBLISHER: Gollancz

  • YEAR: 1974

  • LENGTH: 238 pages

  • AGE: Adult

  • GENRE: Science Fiction, War

  • RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book TW for cursing, grief, xenophobia, chemical control of sexual orientation (nonconsensual), homophobia, acephobia (ambiguous), ableism, mental illness, sexual content, sexual assault (not depicted), rape (brief), medical content (graphic), medical trauma (graphic), alcohol, drug use, vomit, blood, gore, violence, gun violence, eugenics, genocide, torture (brief), suicidal thoughts (brief), animal death (brief), murder, parental death, death.

Topic 1: Compulsory Homosexuality. Begins at (1:35), CW for homophobia, conversion therapy, compulsive sexuality, war, death.

Topic 2: Suicidal Thoughts. Begins at (14:42), CW for suicidal thoughts, war, death.

Topic 3: Future Shock. Begins at (22:58), CW for homophobia, war, death.

Promo for CPOV - Men of Steel; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (35:42).

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Stand-Alone 18: Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace

March 21st, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Firebreak” by Nicole Kornher-Stace. If you enjoyed this you should check out “Archivist Wasp” and “Latchkey” (in that order), since they’re part of the same universe.

  • TITLE: Firebreak
  • AUTHOR: Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • PUBLISHER: Gallery / Saga Press (Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
  • YEAR: 2021
  • LENGTH: 416 pages
  • AGE: Adult
  • GENRE: Science Fiction, Dystopian
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for rationing, confinement, cursing, alcohol, excrement (brief), blood, gore, fire/fire injury (graphic), medical content (graphic), medical trauma (graphic), gun violence (graphic), violence (graphic), child abuse (backstory), police brutality (graphic), torture (graphic), parental death (backstory), child death, major character death, death.

Topic 1: B - Kidnapping. Begins at (1:30), CW for kidnapping, death.

Topic 2: Mal - Dehydration. Begins at (9:55), CW for death, dehydration.

Topic 3: 22 - Medical Experimentation. Begins at (20:25), CW for medical trauma, violence, child abuse, child death, death.

Promo for Men of Steel; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (30:14).

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Stand-Alone 17: Cemetery Boys - Aiden Thomas

February 21st, 2022

This fortnight we’re discussing “Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas. Yadriel gets a bit more than he was expecting when he summons the wrong ghost.

  • TITLE: Cemetery Boys
  • AUTHOR: Aiden Thomas
  • PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads
  • YEAR: 2020
  • LENGTH: 344 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Fantasy, Romance
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for cursing, ableist language (brief), grief, racism (brief), transphobia, misgendering, deadnaming, alcohol (brief), blood, self harm (brief, religious ritual), domestic abuse (backstory), child abuse (backstory), gore (brief), violence (graphic), medical content, parental death (backstory), murder, major character death (graphic), death (graphic).

Topic 1: Child Abuse. Begins at (1:35), CW for child abuse, physical abuse, fire/fire injury (burns).

Topic 2: Transphobia. Begins at (11:00), CW for sexism, misogyny, transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering

Topic 3: Murder. Begins at (21:30), CW for murder, blood, death.

Promo for Farragut Forward IndieGoGo; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (32:00).

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Stand-Alone 16: Thirsty - M.T. Anderson

November 1st, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Thirsty” by M.T. Anderson.

In THIRSTY, everyone sucks. Suddenly learning you're a vampire doomed to brief madness before death or (best case scenario) a long life of cannibalism will ruin anyone's day. Looks like it's going to ruin Chris's month.

TITLE: Thirsty
AUTHOR: M.T. Anderson
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press (MA)
YEAR: 1997
LENGTH: 237 pages
AGE: Young Adult, Middle Grade
GENRE: Fantasy, Horror
RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book TW for queerphobia (brief), ableist language, misogyny, bullying, anxiety, mental illness, stalking, vomit (graphic), self harm (graphic), gore (graphic), blood (graphic), violence, cannibalism, animal death, lynching, murder, child death, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Child Death. Begins at (1:30), CW for Murder, child murder, ritual human sacrifice.

Topic 2: Bullying. Begins at (16:10), CW for Bullying, child death, murder.

Topic 3: Cognitive deterioration. Begins at (29:00), CW for ableism, self-harm, auto-cannibalism, cognitive deterioration, suicide mention, murder, suicide by cop, mention of lynching.

Promo for Crit Chat; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (41:00).

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Stand-Alone 15: Early Departures - Justin A. Reynolds

October 4th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Early Departures” by Justin A Reynolds. We discuss a toxic relationship, abandonment, and death in this YA sci-fi novel about grief, loss, and second chances. Robin read this as an ARC last year and is pleased to report that their re-read of the final version held up.

TITLE: Early Departures 
AUTHOR: Justin A. Reynolds
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
YEAR: 2020
LENGTH: 480 pages
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Science Fiction
RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for ableist language (brief), toxic relationship, grief, vomit, pregnancy, drowning, car accident, parental death, major character death, death.

Topic 1: Toxic Relationship. Begins at (1:35), CW for Toxic relationships.

Topic 2: Abandonment. Begins at (13:10), CW for Parental death, death, abandonment.

Topic 3: Death. Begins at (22:05), CW for Parental death, death.

Promo for Half Damage by Crit Chat; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (33:00).

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Stand-Alone 14: Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

September 6th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, many people's first shockingly sad childhood book.

TITLE: Bridge to Terabithia
AUTHOR: Katherine Paterson
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
YEAR: 1977
LENGTH: 192 pages
AGE: Middle Grade, Young Adult
GENRE: Realistic Fiction
RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book CW for ableist language, bullying, homophobia (brief), fatphobia, sexism, grief, child abuse (not depicted), domestic abuse, violence, child death, major character death, death.

Topic 1: May Belle - Domestic Abuse. Begins at (1:35), CW for domestic abuse, mention of death.

Topic 2: Leslie - Misogyny. Begins at (8:15), CW for misogyny, mention of homophobia, mention of child death.

Topic 3: Jess - Survivor’s Guilt. Begins at (22:24), CW for misogyny, child death.

Promo for CPOV Autographs; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (31:16). CW for mention of homophobia.

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Stand-Alone 13: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea - Maggie Tokuda-Hall

August 9th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA” by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, a young adult fantasy novel set on the islands and high seas.

  • TITLE: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
  • AUTHOR: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  • PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
  • YEAR: 2020
  • LENGTH: 368 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Fantasy, Mythology
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for homophobia, colonialism, racism, sexual assault (not depicted), mutilation, child abuse, vomit, blood (graphic), self harm, slavery, torture (graphic), child death, murder (graphic) major character death, death (graphic).

Topic 1: Rake - Colonialism. Begins at (1:30), CW for colonialism, mention of parental death.

Topic 2: Evelyn - Sold by her parents. Begins at (7:17), CW for non-consensual marriage, colonialism, discussion of character death.

Topic 3: Flora/Florian - Mutilation. Begins at (18:41), CW for mutilation, death, description of physical wounds.

Promo for CPOV -  Men of Steel; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (28:48).

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Stand-Alone 12: The Midnight Bargain - C.L. Polk

July 12th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “The Midnight Bargain” by C.L. Polk. This book does for discussions of sexism in a magical aristocratic setting what the The Kingston Cycle does for classism in the same.

TITLE:  The Midnight Bargain
AUTHOR: C.L. Polk 
PUBLISHER: Erewhon
YEAR: 2020
LENGTH: 384 pages
AGE: Adult
GENRE: Fantasy
RECOMMENDED: Yes

Book TW for pregnancy, vomit, death (not depicted), sexism, violence.

Topic 1: The Circle - Loss of security. Begins at (1:35), CW for misogyny.

Topic 2: Ysbeta - Allocishetnormativity. Begins at (16:00), CW for misogyny, aphobia.

Topic 3: Beatrice - Misogyny. Begins at (25:00), CW for misogyny, discussion of birth control side effects.

Promo for CPOV Saturday Morning Confidential; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (37:05).

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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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