Mid November Reviews (2023)


Welcome to the Books That Burn Fortnightly Roundup! Releasing every two weeks (one week early for Patrons). Remember to head to Transcripts That Burn for all available transcripts of the podcast. The newest transcript for our episode discussing Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is now available.

News and Events

I track upcoming book releases by authors we've previously covered on a shareable google calendar.

Notable November Releases:

  • A Power Unbound by Freya Marske (November 7th)

  • Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree (November 7th)

  • Godly Heathens by H.E. Edgmon (November 28th)

Signal Boost

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Recent Reviews

A STUDY IN DROWNING by Ava Reid is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Young Adult. Effy is the only woman in the architecture college, denied her dream of the literature college due to her gender. Told in Third Person with Single POV.

UNDER THE SMOKESTREWN SKY by A. Deborah Baker, book 4 of The Up-and-Under is Fantasy marketed as Young Adult. Avery and Zib head to the Land of Ash and Embers to look for the Queen of Swords. Told in Third Person with an Omniscient Narrator.

SOUL JAR by Annie Carl is Fantasy/Sci-Fi, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. This anthology contains thirty-one stories by disabled authors. Told in an Anthology with multiple POV styles.

DRACULA (Dracula Daily edition) by Bram Stoker is Horror marketed as Adult. Jonathan Harker travels to a distant Count and gets more than he anticipated. Told in First/Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

THE SECRET LIVES OF COUNTRY GENTLEMEN by K.J. Charles, book 1 of The Doomsday Books is Historical/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Sir Gareth Ingsley inherits his estranged father's property and title, and discovers his week-long fling in the city is a smuggler in the Marsh. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

Reviews forthcoming for OUT THERE SCREAMING (edited by Jordan Peele) and IF I HAVE TO BE HAUNTED by Miranda Sun.


No DNFs this fortnight, I lucked out and liked everything I tried (or at least liked everything enough to finish it).

No Review (Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, etc.)

As part of the Cool Zone Media Book Club, I listened to a reading of "The Lost Roads" by Sim Kern.

Current Reads

I'm still working my way through THE DIABLO'S CURSE by Gabe Cole Novoa, I'm enjoying it but I have a while before the review is due so I haven't prioritized it. I made progress in IMMORTAL LONGINGS by Chloe Gong.

THE REANIMATOR'S HEART by Kara Jorgensen is delightful, I'm getting through it quickly and having a great time.

I'm reading an ARC of A QUANTUM LOVE STORY by Mike Chen. I love time loop stories and this is great so far.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read HELL FOLLOWED WITH US by Andrew Joseph White, a story about a trans boy turning into a biblically accurate angel during the apocalypse. I love it and I can't quite believe it's been a year since I reviewed it.

Pluggables and Podcast News

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Speaking of Bookshop, I've put together top picks lists for 2021 onwards. Books are included based on the year they were published, so occasionally older lists might get new titles. To be in the Top Picks list a book needs to get a five-star rating from me, and be published in the year of the list. You can find the 2023 list here, and I've begun the 2024 list with ARCs I'm reviewing.

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