Books That Burn

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

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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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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Series 1, Minisode 1: Mogget in The Old Kingdom

November 18th, 2019

Our full episode of Goldenhand had a missing segment due to some audio issues, here we present to you a re-recorded version of that discussion. We took the opportunity to have a more in-depth conversation about Mogget that spans the entire Old Kingdom series. 

This minisode is full of spoilers for the entire Old Kingdom series and does not have a spoiler-free section. 

CW for slavery, brainwashing. 

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Series 1, Episode 5: Goldenhand - Garth Nix

November 4th, 2019

Our fifth episode is about the book Goldenhand, book five in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. 

[Topic 1: Mogget, free will. No audio for the minor character spotlight this week, due to insurmountable audio issues. The ratings for this topic remain in the wrap-up.] 

Topic 2: Ferin, physical suffering. Begins at (1:34), CW for physical suffering, broken bones, description of injuries. 

Topic 3: Ferin, death. Begins at (10:45), CW for death. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (18:00). 

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Series 1, Episode 4: Clariel - Garth Nix

October 21st, 2019

Our fourth episode is about the book Clariel, book four in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. The story is set before Sabriel, but it should be read as book four because the narration speaks of events in the first three books. 

Topic 1: Aziminil. Begins at (0:59), CW for mentions of slavery. 

Topic 2: Clariel being abandoned and generally neglected. Begins at (16:00), CW for death, abandonment, parental abuse, and dismissal of autonomy/agency. 

Topic 3: Clariel being pursued against her will. Begins at (25:20), CW for imprisonment, abandonment, and discussion of parental neglect/abuse/death. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (38:00). 

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