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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

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Keeps me company

By Zombie farmer man - Jan 21 2020
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I recently switched jobs from one that I didn’t particularly like, but had good companionship, to a new role in which I don’t really know anyone and spend a lot of time driving. I would normally hate this job, but I love this podcast so much that I’m actually happy to do it. Andrew and Craig are hilarious and I find myself laughing out loud in the car. I’m a huge nerd, especially in anything related to literature, and I feel like their show is a perfect mix of talking about books and pop culture references. My goal is to work my way through all of them and catch up (I’m on December 2014 now!) I love the show guys, keep it up!!

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By meganlikesrocks - Dec 12 2019
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I love listening to these two nerds talk about books.

iTunes Ratings

1413 Ratings
Average Ratings
1250
57
28
30
48

Keeps me company

By Zombie farmer man - Jan 21 2020
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I recently switched jobs from one that I didn’t particularly like, but had good companionship, to a new role in which I don’t really know anyone and spend a lot of time driving. I would normally hate this job, but I love this podcast so much that I’m actually happy to do it. Andrew and Craig are hilarious and I find myself laughing out loud in the car. I’m a huge nerd, especially in anything related to literature, and I feel like their show is a perfect mix of talking about books and pop culture references. My goal is to work my way through all of them and catch up (I’m on December 2014 now!) I love the show guys, keep it up!!

Funny!

By meganlikesrocks - Dec 12 2019
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I love listening to these two nerds talk about books.
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Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

Rank #1: Ep 300 - Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

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We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our 300th episode than with a *biting* discussion of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster hit Twilight.

Will klutzy cipher Bella Swan and perfect baseballboy Edward Cullen make it? Can you practice abstinence in the world that gave rise to Fifty Shades? And when you become a vampire, does it make you HOT?

Find the answers to these questions and more in our tricentennial extravaganza!

May 21 2018

1hr 38mins

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Rank #2: Ep 050 - Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

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Strap yourselves in and pick a good safe word, because Andrew and Craig both read Fifty Shades of Grey for this, our landmark 50th episode! Boy are they sorry!

A warning up front in case you're not familiar: this is a book that is mostly about a BDSM relationship. Our show this week has swearing and pretty graphic descriptions of sex, so keep that in mind while listening.

Mar 03 2014

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: Ep 200 - Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace

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Here it is: the big two-hundo! This week, Andrew tackles David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest in a show that is nearly 2.5 hours long and yet somehow still not quite long enough to get to everything.

We break down the plot and the structure, such as they are, and we also dive deeper into the role of addiction and depression in the book and the book’s at-times antagonistic relationship with the reader. It’s a book worth reading, but perhaps more than anything we’ve yet done for the show, it resists being read.

Sep 26 2016

2hr 25mins

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Rank #4: Ep 072 - Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

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This week, we take another run at Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is, in Andrew's words, "a book where a bunch of people eventually get married to each other.

"It's also more than that, of course—it gives us an opportunity to talk about class, wealth, social standing, love, the institution of marriage, Milton Bradley jingles, and one Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Fitzy to his friends).

Aug 05 2014

59mins

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Rank #5: Ep 338 - Twilight: Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer

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If you can't stand how hot these werewolves are, get out of the kitchen! This week we head back to Forks for the third of the four main Twilight books, and while we had kind of made our peace with reading these in our New Moon episode, we question the wisdom of that decision this time around.

Jan 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #6: Ep 320 - Twilight: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

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Just like Bella can't resist her vampire beau Edward, we couldn't resist returning to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. So we sharpened our fangs and grew out our wolfbeards for a lengthy discussion of the second book in the series, New Moon.

We bemoan the dearth of quality humans in Bella's life. We discuss our #TeamJacob leanings despite some concerns about his "Nice Guy" persistence. And we express our frustration with a book that doesn't WANT to be a metaphor for power dynamics despite being about a teenage girl DEALING WITH SUPERNATURAL MONSTER BOYS.

Sep 24 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #7: Ep 351 - Twilight: Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer

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Our journey through Stephenie Meyer's world of werewolves, vampires, and teens has come to a close! We wrap up the story of Bella, Edward, and Jacob with Breaking Dawn. It's a book that could probably be at least two books and definitely suffered by the odd pacing of the series' prior entries.

Join us for a discussion of the mind internet, fan fiction and world-building, and just how much we HATE werewolf imprinting.

Apr 08 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #8: Ep 182 - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

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This week Andrew completes the Brontë trilogy with Charlotte Brontë's seminal novel Jane Eyre.

Is it a romance? Is it spooky? Do we like Mr. Rochester or does he well and truly stink? We'll attempt to answer these questions and more in between revisiting #MomSwears, solving some Scooby Doo mysteries, and traveling through Internet tubes.

This week's episode is brought to you in part by Kinyo Poetry and Squarespace.

Jun 13 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: Ep 161 - It, by Stephen King

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Stephen King's It deserves most of the praise it gets - it's an incredibly long, incredibly detailed book that tells two long intertwined stories and a bunch of short ones besides, and in one section it made Andrew physically uncomfortable. Mission accomplished, Stephen!

But it's not all good; the book is longer than it probably needs to be and it lingers on certain aspects of pre-teen sexuality just a BIT more than seems advisable.

Anyway, come on down and enjoy this week's episode! We all float down here.

And you'll float, too.

Feb 15 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: Ep 117 - Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon

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What better way to discuss Diana Gabaldon's genre-straddling, time-traveling historical fiction novel Outlander than by confining ourselves to the same room? Live (not really) from Craig's kitchen, we're happy to bring you an episode chockablock with bad Scottish accents, interdimensional romance, and plenty of Highland sex tips.

Jun 08 2015

59mins

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Rank #11: Ep 150 - Fifty Shades Freed, by E.L. James

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We're back to finish the fight - this week we take on the third and final book in EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
It's not that a book about a BDSM relationship (complete with graphic sex scenes) can't be good, it's just that THESE books are intensely frustrating. The repetitive prose and awkward sex end up back in our crosshairs, but this time around we pay especial attention to Ana and Christian and just how frustrating they are as characters.

Dec 14 2015

1hr 18mins

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Rank #12: Ep 131 - The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

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This is the first entry in our four-part journey down the J.R.R. Tolkien rabbit hole that so many of you wanted us to journey down. Andrew and Craig have both already read The Hobbit, the shorter, lighter prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so Craig's sister Jillian joins us for the ride.
Join us for a talk about Tolkien, bedazzled dragons, and one weird trick that giant spiders will HATE.

Aug 31 2015

1hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Ep 087 - Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

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Have you read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, or seen the major motion picture currently in theaters? Because if not, you probably should turn back: we're in full-on spoiler mode this week, and this story hinges on its twists. 

Also on the show this week: Christmas Creep, the writing process, and our brand-new Tickle Me Mario doll.

Nov 17 2014

57mins

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Rank #14: Ep 100 - Fifty Shades Darker, by E.L. James

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100 episodes! That means we've read and talked about 100 books, which isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things but it sure feels like a lot for our little podcast.

For our last milestone episode, we read EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey. Now that we've done another 50 shows (and since the major motion picture is in theaters now), we've gone back to the sexy, sexy well to read Fifty Shades Darker.

Our frustrations with the original book are joined by some new complaints, and just like last time you can find some nearly-compelling threads amid the wreckage if you try hard enough. We also talk a little about the actual BDSM community, and how poorly Christian Grey would fit in among real-life practitioners. One of our listeners provided us with some links, which we've included below for added reading.

Added reading:

"Feminists can be kinky too" from Femmeuary: https://femmeuary.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/feminists-can-be-kinky-too/

"The two mantras of BDSM" from The Kink Factory: http://thekinkyfactory.com/bdsm-for-beginners/ssc-rack/

Feb 16 2015

1hr 21mins

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Rank #15: Ep 067 - Bossypants, by Tina Fey

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Tina Fey is a prolific, talented, outspoken comedian with a track record to rival the best in the business. She’s also a keen observer of the human condition, and her 2011 memoir/essay collection Bossypants covers with wit and humor a wide range of topics including the ins and outs of television comedy writing, motherhood, and becoming a woman in the late 20th century.

Just as her infamous 2008 portrayal of Sarah Palin sparked many a cable news conversation (some productive, some frustrating), Bossypants spurred a smorgasbord of conversations (some productive, some frustrating) between us. So listen this week as we talk about sitcoms, remember terrible jobs, mull over gentrification, and continue to wrestle with that thorny thing called Privilege.

Jul 01 2014

49mins

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Rank #16: Ep 272 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by JK Rowling

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For this week’s show, we attempt to figure out what we can add to a conversation about one of the most-discussed books in all of modern literature! Join us for a chat about what JK Rowling’s first book does well, how useful we find the concept of “sorting” real-world people in different contexts, and the nature of fandom. 

Nov 27 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #17: Ep 089 - The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

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For the second week in a row, we've decided to read a book about a dystopian society—Animal Farm was about the oppressed overthrowing and then becoming the oppressors, but The Handmaid's Tale is about an already oppressed group getting even more oppressed.

Margaret Atwood has a lot to say about women and feminism in this book, and we've got a lot of things to say about pie and things to misunderstand about Canada. Also on the docket: sexy John Adams, the LongPen, and analogies about Lost.

Dec 01 2014

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: Ep 190 - Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

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This week Andrew reads Rainbow Rowell’s pitch-perfect YA novel Eleanor and Park, and it spurs a discussion of 80s nostalgia, first kisses, censorship, body image issues, and teen life.

Aug 01 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #19: Ep 228 - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

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It's time to travel to the magical land of Narnia! It's Craig's first time journeying through C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and it's EVERYONE's first time eating Turkish Delight!

Find out what the opposite of delight is, how a lion can be Jesus, and just what happens to Susan when she reaches the Narnia equivalent of the pearly gates.

Mar 06 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #20: Ep 118 - Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy

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Cormac McCarthy is a writer in the vein of Hemingway or Faulkner, a person whose prose you can spot from a mile away. That can be a good or a bad thing, as we discuss in our show on his 1985 book Blood Meridian.Join us for a discussion of scalping, war, and the special Internet that only Cormac McCarthy knows about.

Jun 17 2015

59mins

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Ep 397 - Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (Bailey School Kids #1) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Jones (w/ Alli from SSR)

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The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids commence with a new teacher who just MIGHT be a vampire! It's time to get to the undead bottom of this...or is it?

We recorded this week's show with Alli from the SSR Podcast, a great show you should check out if you want a trip down memory lane to your middle school library. We were really honored to be included in SSR's "Manuary" lineup this year, and we hope you enjoy this hot collab!

Jan 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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Ep 396 - The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood

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To put it mildly, a lot of stuff has happened since we released our episode on The Handmaid's Tale back in 2014. Among that stuff is the release of The Testaments, the 2019 sequel to the original book and a companion piece of sorts to the Hulu television series.

Jan 13 2020

58mins

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Ep 395 - The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli

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It is better to be feared than loved. The ends justify the means. King Louis sucked. These are the (clearly) famous quotes from Machiavelli's classic yet innovative work of political science. It's time to talk power, political satire, and the wonderful translation by Tim Parks.

Jan 06 2020

59mins

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Ep 394 - Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore (Bonus Episode)

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Inspired by the raunchy humor and biblical events of Christopher Moore's take on Jesus, we recorded a rowdy bonus episode with our rollicking Patreon chat. 

Want to join us for the next bonus recording? Head to patreon.com/overduepod to find out how.

Jan 04 2020

1hr 1min

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Ep 393 - The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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The Mists of Avalon is a seminal work of fantasy fiction that centers the women of Arthurian legend such as Morgan Le Fay. Its author was a terrible person. We talk about the terrible stuff first, and then we try to unpack why the book has entertained and resonated with so many.

Also - don't spend any money on this book! Donate to www.rainn.org instead.

Dec 30 2019

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Ep 392 - Home for Hanukkah (Sexy Sylvie #1), by Celine Banks

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Book one in the one-book Sexy Sylvie series isn’t about a sexy Hanukkah miracle where one night’s worth of personal lubricant lasts for eight nights, but we had fun with it anyway.

Dec 23 2019

54mins

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Ep 391 - The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

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The Eyre Affair is the book that you would get if Ready Player One were about literature instead of the 1980s, and also if Ready Player One was more engaging or half as clever as it thought it was.

Dec 16 2019

57mins

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Ep 390 - The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

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George Selden wrote a charming story about a charming cricket named Chester who just charms the pants right off everyone living in New York City - including a cat and a mouse. And the illustrations by Garth Williams are also charming!

You know what's not so charming? Liverwurst.

Dec 09 2019

56mins

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Ep 389 - The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

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Andrew's got the week off so Craig's wife Laura joins the show again to talk about Kate Grenville's award-winning novel The Secret River.

The story is an an attempt to tell more truthfully the British settlement of Australia, as through the eyes of one man sent to the penal colony that would ultimately become the country we know today. The violence he witnesses - and participates in - against Aboriginal people defines him as well as the generations that come after.

Dec 02 2019

1hr 4mins

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HELLBOYS - Episodes 5 & 6

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Welcome to another installment of HELLBOYS, a Divine Comedy podcast from the boys here at Overdue! We're continuing our journey through Robert and Jean Hollander's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy a few cantos at a time.

Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we combine them for general consumption. This combo episode carries us through the first two thirds of the Purgatorio, covering Cantos I-XXII. We climb up God's "Learn Your Lesson" mountain, meet a bunch of Dante-thirsty paparazzi, and encounter one "hell" of a Virgil stan.

Find out more about how to get these episodes monthly at patreon.com/overduepod.

Nov 30 2019

1hr 41mins

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Ep 388 - The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand

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Elements of Ayn Rand's Objectivist worldview hold a lot of sway in conservative American politics, so we go back to one of Rand's most significant works to see what all the fuss is about.

Nov 25 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ep 387 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey (w/ The Librarian Is In)

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This week, we're joined once again by Gwen and Frank from the New York Public Library's The Librarian Is In podcast, this time to talk about Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (and the movie of the same name). It's a discussion of narrator reliability, "boy books," and the long and fruitful career of Louise Fletcher.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 8mins

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Ep 386 - On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

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What's up, daddio? Dig this, you cool cats: a podcast, burning with the soul of American individualism and the poetry of the open highway. Kerouac's legendary novel defined the Beat Generation, and it's chock-a-block with hallmarks of the era. Join us for a road trip back to the late 1940s -- an era of sweaty jazz, discarded marriages, and Benzedrine.

Nov 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep 385 - James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (w/ Natasha from UNSpoiled!)

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James Henry Trotter has a hard life. He's suffered loss. He's been mistreated. But things start looking up when a giant peach and a menagerie of bug friends come into his life! Roald Dahl's classic story of a typically-sized boy and his atypically-sized fruit is a real crowd-pleaser, even if there's a bunch of stuff we didn't remember from our childhoods.

Natasha from the UNSpoiled! Show joins us to kick off Remember November festivities, wherein we read books at least one of us has read before. Breaking our own rules - how rebellious!

Nov 04 2019

1hr 5mins

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Ep 384 - The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton (Bonus Episode)

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This is Halloween. This is Halloween! Halloween. Halloween.

Join us for a bonus episode that includes a frightening chat, horrifying drawings, and a spooky spelunk through the world of Tim Burton's (children's book?) The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Nov 01 2019

52mins

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Ep 383 - Psycho, by Robert Bloch

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Stop me if you've heard this one: a strange man who runs a motel with his mom (maybe) commits several murders before people get wise to him. At least one of them is in a shower. It's very creepy. Were you thinking of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho? Well we're not talking about it! This is a book podcast, silly!

Actually we do talk a bit about what the movie lifted from the book, but we also dive into topics such as the murders that inspired Bloch, Norman Bates' murder swamp, and the prolific writer/musician Chet Williamson.

Oct 28 2019

59mins

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Ep 382 - Penpal, by Dathan Auerbach

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Come on into our spooky kitchen and let us cook you up a big steaming bowlful of creepypasta! This week's book began life as a series of Reddit posts that were later Kickstarted into a book self-published on Amazon, which is maybe the most early-2010s sentence that has ever been written. Join us for a lesson in creepy story etymology, and also a lesson in Skinhorse, the inside-out horse.

Oct 21 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep 381 - The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

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Ever wanted to marry a ghost? Then boy do we have a book for you! Spooktober continues with Yangsze Choo's debut novel about a young woman in late 19th-century Malaya who winds up promised to a spectral groom.

It's a fun book that is almost overflowing with hallmarks of different genres. Coming-of-age concerns, supernatural fantasy, historical fiction, romance: it's got a lot going on! But the heart of it all is Li Lan's entertaining exploration of the afterlife, its characters, and its bureaucracies.

Oct 14 2019

56mins

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Ep 380 - From Hell, by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

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We rip our way into Spooktober 2019 with From Hell, a 90s graphic novel from writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell about Jack the Ripper. The book presents one (possible, but unlikely) solution to the mystery, and our research leads us through a lot more.

Oct 07 2019

57mins

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Ep 379 - Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

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Please, sir, I want some more podcast! Dickens' classic novel about a lovable urchin named Oliver Twist is equal parts social novel, mystery, and bildungsroman -- or so Charlie thought. We dive into what works and doesn't work about its depictions of London in the Industrial Revolution, Oliver's moral compass, and the titular twist.

Sep 30 2019

58mins

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iTunes Ratings

1413 Ratings
Average Ratings
1250
57
28
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48

Keeps me company

By Zombie farmer man - Jan 21 2020
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I recently switched jobs from one that I didn’t particularly like, but had good companionship, to a new role in which I don’t really know anyone and spend a lot of time driving. I would normally hate this job, but I love this podcast so much that I’m actually happy to do it. Andrew and Craig are hilarious and I find myself laughing out loud in the car. I’m a huge nerd, especially in anything related to literature, and I feel like their show is a perfect mix of talking about books and pop culture references. My goal is to work my way through all of them and catch up (I’m on December 2014 now!) I love the show guys, keep it up!!

Funny!

By meganlikesrocks - Dec 12 2019
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I love listening to these two nerds talk about books.