Books That Burn

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

Stand-Alone 10: All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders

May 17th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders. We've had this on the booklist since almost the beginning and we're so excited to finally bring you this episode. 

Book TW for abusive parents, parental death, torture (implied), sex (explicit), bullying/abuse (explicit). 

Topic 1: Serafina - Emotional connection. Begins at (1:35), No major CWs. 

Topic 2: Laurence - Parental abuse: Neglect. Begins at (14:20), CW for neglect, discussion of torture, child abuse. 

Topic 3: Patricia - Parental abuse: Control. Begins at (23:55), CW for neglect, food abuse, bullying, targeting abuse, child abuse. 

Promo for CPOV Reignite; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (36:50). 

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Stand-Alone 9: Beneath The Citadel - Destiny Soria

April 19th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Beneath The Citadel” by Destiny Soria. We're joined by Christian from The Lazy Gringo Podcast

Book TW for panic attacks, violence, child abuse, suicide, child death, major character death, death. 

Topic 1: Child abuse. Begins at (1:35), CW for child abuse, dislocation, injury mention, panic attacks, suicide mention. 

Topic 2: Memory Loss. Begins at (12:54), CW for Memory loss, memory theft, loss of personality, loss of bodily function. 

Topic 3: Death and the specter of mortality. Begins at (24:35), CW for suicidal ideation. 

Promo for ComicsQuest; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (33:55). 

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Series 8, Episode 3: Battle Magic - Tamora Pierce

March 8th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Battle Magic” by Tamora Pierce. This was the third book published in The Circle Reforged, part of the Emelan series, but we recommend reading it before "The Will of the Empress" and "Melting Stones" for the best first-time experience. This series as a whole features four main characters and this time we're focusing on Briar. We're joined by Anna, one of the hosts of The Circle of Friendship Podcast where they discuss all things Emelan.

Book TW for torture, death, animal death, PTSD, war, massacre.

Topic 1: Disability. Begins at (0:50), CW for ableism, disability, PTSD, death, near-death experience. 

Topic 2: Death and Loss. Begins at (8:06), CW for war, PTSD, casualties of war, animal death, spoilers for Briar's Book. 

Topic 3: Torture (animal death). Begins at (17:30), CW for animal death, cruelty to animals, physical torture, psychological torture, threats of harm to loved ones, descriptions of torture, mention of nudity, animal abuse, slavery, PTSD, mention of the horrors of war, mention of civilian casualties. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (35:03). 

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Series 8, Episode 2: Shatterglass - Tamora Pierce

February 22nd, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Shatterglass” by Tamora Pierce. This is the fourth book in The Circle Opens quartet, part of the Emelan series. This series features four main characters and this time we're focusing on Tris. We're joined by Anna and MJ, the hosts of The Circle of Friendship Podcast where they discuss all things Emelan. 

Book TW for child neglect, child abuse, ptsd, violence, parental death (not depicted). 

Topic 1: Glaki, Yali, and Iralima (abandonment). Begins at (0:50), CW for parental death, child abandonment. 

Topic 2: Kethlun (KETH-luhn) - Near-death and disability. Begins at (15:05), CW for ptsd, cptsd, murder mention, near death experience, physical disability. 

Topic 3: Tris - Powerlessness. Begins at (28:25), CW for plague, epidemic, Covid-19 mention, serial murder, helplessness, assault. 

Promo for The Derek Duvall Show; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (41:17). 

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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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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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Series 6, Episode 4: Extras - Scott Westerfeld

October 5th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Extras” by Scott Westerfeld. 

Book CW for anxiety and gaslighting. 

Topic 1: Frizz - Compulsion. Begins at (0:50), CW for compulsion, gaslighting, discussion of trauma response, anxiety. 

Topic 2: Aya - Social Anxiety. Begins at (8:15), CW for anxiety. 

Topic 3: Aya - Loss of Privacy. Begins at (21:21), CW for loss of privacy, anxiety. 

Promo for Crit Chat; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (37:50). 

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Series 6, Episode 3: Specials - Scott Westerfeld

September 21st, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Specials”, book three of the Uglies Quartet by Scott Westerfeld. 

Book CWs for ableism, discussion of eating disorders, major character death. TW for self-harm. 

Topic 1:  Specials, Shay, Tally - Emotional extremes (emotional inhibition). Begins at (0:50), CW for self-harm, medical condition description, medical abuse. 

Topic 2:  Zane - Ableism. Begins at (18:42), CW for ableism, discussion of cosmetic surgery, character death. 

Topic 3: Shay - Cutting/self-harm. Begins at (33:48), CW for self-harm, medical condition description, medical abuse. 

Promo for Bad Songwriter Podcast; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (48:18). 

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Series 6, Episode 2: Pretties - Scott Westerfeld

September 7th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Pretties” by  Scott Westerfeld. 

Book CW for for discussion of eating disorders, self-harm. 

Topic 1:  Zane - Brain damage, headaches/migraines. Begins at (0:50), CW for physical injury, memory loss, abuse, drowning. 

Topic 2:  Tally and Zane - Surveillance, loss of privacy. Begins at (13:51), CW for abuse by control, privacy violation. 

Topic 3:  Tally - Food denial behavior. Begins at (27:01), CW for anorexia, bulimia, purging, food control, self-harm. 

Promo for Drinking and Screaming; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (39:28). 

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Series 6, Episode 1: Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

August 24th, 2020

This fortnight we’re discussing “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld, the first book in the Uglies Quartet (shout-out to anyone who remembers when this was officially a trilogy). 

Topic 1: David - Loss of home. Begins at (1:25), CW for loss of parents, loss of home. 

Topic 2: Tally - Self Esteem. Begins at (11:26), CW for surgery, lack of self-esteem based on looks, intentionally cruel nicknames, systemic cruelty. 

Topic 3: Tally - Consent. Begins at (25:51), CW for surgery, coercion, lack of consent. 

Promo for Midwest Meltdown; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (43:55). 

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