Hand holding hardcover edition of City of Bones against a backdrop of Pacific Northwest forest

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

In episode 6 J & K are discussing City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which K is reading for the first time! As always, we found many things interesting, because apparently that’s what we do.

Content warning: In this episode we discuss child abuse. If you or someone you know needs help, there are resources for you. Please consider contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or ChildHelp 1-800-422-4453 for assistance

Around 4-5 minutes, you may hear a cat in the background, because Lainey, the podcat, wanted some attention. There is also a season 1 spoiler of Riverdale in this episode (not that big of a spoiler since it’s about Hermione and Hiram). Question: What are your thoughts about the religious aspects of City of Bones? There are many things mentioned in the episode that aren’t part of the book, and here are the links to all of those:

  • Here’s a look at the racial bias in marijuana enforcement from the ACLU
  • The difference in the way the US teaches slavery and Germany teaches the Holocaust from NPR’s Code Switch
  • Lindsay Mack’s Tarot School in case anyone is interested in learning more about tarot
  • For anyone interested in learning more about Beyond Good and Evil  by Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Or more about moral relativism
  • We have mentioned Carry On by Rainbow Rowell in a couple of episodes, so if you haven’t read it yet, here’s a reminder to add it to your TBR *update – 6/25/20 – there are a lot of issues with Rainbow Rowell’s writing that we didn’t know about at the time when we recommended Rainbow’s books. We won’t be recommending them in the future, and we won’t be reading them for the podcast*
  • There are two episodes of Witch Please that talk about werewolves and their connection to illness. Please listen to them both! (I can’t remember which episode they talk about Lupin in Prisoner of Azkaban, but all episodes of Witch Please are amazing).
  • If you haven’t already, watch 13th for a look into the ways in which the today’s prison system is modern day slavery.
  • Here are a couple articles about the rituals and history of tattoos from PBS, The Smithsonian, and Tattoo.com
  • If you didn’t know there is both a TV show and a movie based on The Mortal Instruments Series (J & K have only seen the movie)

Transcript to come Spring 2021

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