Books That Burn: YA Fantasy

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Creation Date December 17th, 2019
Updated Date Updated May 7th, 2020
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Episodes of Books That Burn which discuss Young Adult Fantasy novels.
  1. Stand-Alone

  2. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (31:45). --- Read the transcript here. If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  3. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (40:55). --- Read the transcript here. If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  1. The Old Kingdom

  2. Our first episode is about the book Sabriel, book one in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. Topic 1: Touchstone's PTSD and loss. Begins at (1:30), CW for loss (family, culture, identity), PTSD, mocking nickname, death, ritual sacrifice. Topic 2: Sabriel dealing with human death. Begins at (11:25), CW for death, loss of family member, animal death, swearing/language. Topic 3: Sabriel dealing with the loss of her father. Begins at (20:06), CW for death of a parent, grief, denial of loss. Spoiler-free recap and ratings: Begins at (32:20). --- Read the transcript here. If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  3. Our second episode is about the book Lirael, book two in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. Topic 1: Mr. Cochrane and dealing with existential horror. Begins at (0:45), CW for death, violence, mention of psychotic break. Topic 2: Lirael and parental abandonment. Begins at (14:35), CW for death, parental loss, abandonment, loss of identity. Topic 3: Lirael and depression/suicidal tendencies. Begins at (22:02), CW for death, abandonment, implicated suicide attempts, TW for suicidal ideation. Spoiler-free recap and ratings: Begins at (38:17). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  4. Our third episode is about the book Abhorsen, book three in the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. Topic 1: Nick and kidnapping/gaslighting. Begins at (0:55), CW for death, violence, mention of psychotic break. Topic 2: Sam as a Wallmaker. Begins at (11:58), CW for death, discussion of queer/closeted trauma, mention of queerbaiting, mention of whitewashing. Topic 3: Sam and fear of Death. Begins at (25:34), CW for death, PTSD, physical trauma, confronting an abuser. Spoiler-free recap and ratings: Begins at (34:11). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  5. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (38:00). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  6. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (18:00). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  7. 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. --- Read the transcript here. If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  1. His Dark Materials

  2. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (31:07). --- Read the transcript here. If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  3. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (28:15). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  4. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (31:10). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  1. The Hunger Games

  2. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (41:00). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  3. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (40:30). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission. 
  4. 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 recap and ratings: Begins at (35:00). --- If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn).Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission.

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