Books Undone

by Livia J. Elliot

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 yo ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Spotlight 4: B.S.H. Garcia

    Spotlight 4: B.S.H. Garcia

    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. If you want to get bite-sized deep-dives and prose analyses, join to my newsletter: https://liviajelliot.com/newsletter/web/ FIND BETHANY: https://www.bshgarcia.com/ READ LIVIA'S INTERACTIVE STORIES: On Android: https://bit.ly/unearthedstories On iOS: https://apple.co/48IcnYm

  • Guests Talk 4: Storytelling in Books vs Games

    Guests Talk 4: Storytelling in Books vs Games

    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. Join to my newsletter to get bite-sized bookish deep-dives: https://liviajelliot.com/newsletter/web/ GREG'S LINKS: Website: https://www.gregorywunderlin.com/ Multi book link: https://geni.us/TheSoulofChaos Camp Dragon: https://campdragononline.com/ READ MY INTERACTIVE STORIES: On Android: https://bit.ly/unearthedstories On iOS: https://apple.co/48IcnYm

  • Episode 7: Human Connection in Death Stranding

    Episode 7: Human Connection in Death Stranding

    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. Join to my newsletter to get bite-sized bookish deep dives: https://liviajelliot.com/newsletter/web/ TRANSCRIPT: https://liviajelliot.com/blog/2024/13-podcast-deathstranding/ READ MY INTERACTIVE STORIES: On Android: https://bit.ly/unearthedstories On iOS: https://apple.co/48IcnYm

  • Episode 6: Knights Radiants & Stoicism

    Episode 6: Knights Radiants & Stoicism

    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. Join to my newsletter to get bite-sized bookish deep dives: https://liviajelliot.com/newsletter/web/ TRANSCRIPT: https://liviajelliot.com/blog/2024/12-podcast-stormlight/ READ MY INTERACTIVE STORIES: On Android: https://bit.ly/unearthedstories On iOS: https://apple.co/48IcnYm

  • Guests Talk 3: Borges' Babel

    Guests Talk 3: Borges' Babel

    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). Join to my newsletter for bite-sized bookish deep dives: https://liviajelliot.com/newsletter/web/ READ MY INTERACTIVE STORIES: On Android: https://bit.ly/unearthedstories On iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/unearthed-stories/id6474701738