Books Undone

Books Undone

Some books are more than a simple story. They hide timeless themes and allegories full of meaning that are always worth discussing—but doing so requires dedication and keen eye for details. Join Australia-based author Livia J. Elliot as she deep-dives into the themework present on different pieces of speculative fiction to find what lays beyond the plot, decipher their invisible meaning, and reflect on their symbolism. If you are a fan of fantasy or sci-fi books, new or old, traditional or self-published, this is the show for you! Be mindful. Books Undone contains spoilers for the books discussed, which vary in each episode.

Episodes

July 10, 2024 68 mins

Today, we're discussing the most Borgesian short-story Borges himself wrote—Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. My guests today are Varsha (from Reading by the Rainy Mountain), José (from José's Amazing Worlds), Jarrod (from The Fantasy Thinker), AP Canavan (aka, The Critical Drgaon), and Javier (from JamReads).

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In this episode, I answer Britton's question of Why are we so fascinated by tragedy? by discussing readers' perceptions of utopia and dystopia/grimdark settings. This is a short-spoiler-lite episode, but I still include some quotes from books as well as my own thoughts.

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June 5, 2024 68 mins

An interview with author B.S.H. Garcia about her prequel novellas From the Ashes and From the Depths, both of which are part of her epic fantasy series, The Heart of Quinaria. Full disclosure: there are spoilers in this podcast, but only regarding the novellas.

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Storytelling and world-building in TTRPGs, video-games, and books (especially fantasy and science) have a lot in common... but also enough difference to be a completely different experience for writers and readers/players alike. Join me in this episode as I chat with game master and writer Gregory Wunderling about key differences between both mediums.

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In this episode, I discuss the five stages of human connections as presented in the novelisation of the famous videogame, Death Stranding. The discussion contains elements of both the books (it's a duology) and mechanics of the game. As usual, this is my subjective opinion, and may or may not be what Kojima (the creator) intended.

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April 25, 2024 33 mins

Today, I'll argue that the First Ideal of the Knight Radiants' Immortal Words can be interpreted according to the Stoic principles. As usual, this is my subjective opinion and may or may not be what Sanderson intended. Full disclosure: there are spoilers in this podcast, but more importantly, what you will hear is my subjective opinion of it. You are allowed and entitled to disagree and differ.

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April 4, 2024 55 mins

Today's episode is Guests Talk #3, and we're chatting about The Library of Babel, a short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. My guests today are Varsha (from Reading by the Rainy Mountain), José (from José's Amazing Worlds), Susana Imáginario (author of Timelessness series, and booktuber at Den of the Wyrd), and Jarrod (from The Fantasy Thinker).

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March 21, 2024 51 mins

Today we have another Spotlight! This time, I interview author Karl Forshaw about his fantasy debut book, Renia, part one of the Luna Ruinam series. Full disclosure: there are spoilers in this podcast, but more importantly, they only cover Renia, and no subsequent books.

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March 10, 2024 51 mins

Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today we have another Spotlight. Alongside Varsha from ReadingByTheRainyMountain, we interview author Susana Imaginario about her slipstream mythological series Timelessness.

Full disclosure: there are spoilers in this podcast, but more importantly, they only cover Timelessness, and NOT her upcoming book Oublié.

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February 22, 2024 81 mins

Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot and today we have our second Guest Talk, featuring a book that was a five-stars read for me. Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson... and yes, that's the author of Malazan Book of the Fallen.

The guests today are: Varsha from Reading by the Rainy Mountain, Jarrod from The Fantasy Thinker, Susana from Den of the Wyrd (and author of the Timelessness...

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February 15, 2024 33 mins

Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today we will discuss "Rejoice: A Knife to the Heart" by Steven Erikson. It's a utopia, published in 2018 but written like classical scifi and verging on political philosophy. Full disclosure: there are spoilers in this podcast, but more importantly, what you will hear is my subjective opinion of it. You are allowed and entitled to disagree and differ.

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February 8, 2024 44 mins


Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot. Today we are starting a new series--Authors Spotlight! Here, I interview authors to do deep-dives into the themes in their works... and we are starting with Joshua Walker, one of #thebreakins and debut author of The Rest of the Gods, a prequel novella to his world The Song of the Sleepers.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today I have something new four you--the first Guests Talk of the podcast! In this series, I'll invite authors, reviewers, BookTubers and Bookstagrammers to join me on deep-dives of different books and stories, from short-fiction (like today!) to full novels.

Today, alongside Varsha (from Reading by the Rainy Mountain), José (from José's Amazing Worlds...

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January 10, 2024 24 mins

Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today we will discuss Newspeak, the fictional language that is under development in the famous novel 1984, written by George Orwell. It's a classic dystopia, but it is so deep, that I couldn't fit it entirely in a single chapter... so today, we'll only focus on language-related elements.

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December 13, 2023 27 mins

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today we will discuss BABEL-17, a classic sci-fi by Samuel  R. Delaney. I came across it thanks to a recommendation of a BookTube channel I watch regularly, @johanareads. In this episode, I will discuss the book's central theme of linguistic relativism.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today we will discuss FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keys, and we will discuss the many heart-breaking realisations discussed in a sci-fi masterwork centred on neurodivergency and trauma.
 
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October 13, 2023 33 mins
Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and today we will discuss one of my favourite books - "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. In this episode, I will share my thoughts on what I believe lays beneath the book's face value of book burning and censorship, to discuss its underlying theme of simplification of reasoning.    Full disclosure: there are spoilers in this podcast, but more importantly, w...
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October 8, 2023 3 mins

Hello everyone, and welcome to Books Undone. I'm your host, Livia J. Elliot, and as the title says - this is Episode Zero of my bookish podcast. Today, I will tell you a bit about my motivations for starting Books Undone, what content you will find here, and what schedule I will follow.

I can’t wait to deep-dive into the coming episodes (and books!) with you!

 

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