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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.

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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Episodes

Ep 324 - Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (w/ the Unfriendly Black Hotties)

10/22/2018
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This week's episode, on Thomas Olde Heuvelt's English-language debut novel, is a good reminder: don't accuse a woman of being a witch, kill her, and then taunt her as she despondently traipses through your small town. Bad things will happen. This seems pretty self-evident but apparently it's not.

Duration:01:13:11

Ep 323 - Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die! by R.L. Stine

10/15/2018
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R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series has been spooking tweens since 1992, selling millions of copies and spawning numerous offshoots and film projects. This week we discuss one of the earliest in the series: Say Cheese and Die! Find out what happens when a group of kids stumble upon an evil camera and just can't. stop. taking. PICTURES! We apologize in advance to any fans of the early 90s Ford Taurus. We kid because we love.

Duration:00:57:44

Ep 322 - The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov

10/8/2018
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What's scarier than an authoritative government that censors and corrupts its artists? The literal devil! This week we're talking about The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, a seminal work in the 20th-century Russian canon and an exploration of just how weird stuff needs to get for the devil to introduce you to Pontius Pilate. Spooky talking points include witch cream, vices, and Joseph Stalin's Haunted House.

Duration:00:58:21

Ep 321 - Carrie, by Stephen King

10/1/2018
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Welcome to Spooktober 2018! Our first book this year is Carrie, Stephen King’s first published novel. Even if you know what happens—and you have probably at least encountered the pigs-blood-prom-night thing through cultural osmosis at this point—the way King builds to and follows that iconic scene keeps this book plenty spooky.

Duration:00:59:14

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 5 & 6

9/29/2018
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After reading a whole bunch of books, we’ve finally gotten to the odyssey part of the Odyssey! Giants, dead people, sort-of-goddesses—these books have it all.

Duration:01:26:27

Ep 320 - Twilight: New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

9/24/2018
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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...

Duration:01:29:56

Ep 319 - Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon

9/17/2018
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What can be said about Thomas Pynchon's postmodern classic Gravity's Rainbow? Well, it's nearly a thousand pages long so what CAN'T be said, am I right?? Join us for a slightly longer than normal conversation about sexual antics, post-war war machines, and the difficulty of Difficult Books About Difficult Men.

Duration:01:15:29

Ep 318 - The Walking Drum, by Louis L'Amour

9/10/2018
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Louis L'Amour's The Walking Drum, a historical novel set circa the 12th century in Europe and the Middle East, is less concerned with being an adventure story and more concerned with telling the reader about worlds that are different from their own. Mathurin Kerbouchard isn't always the most complex character, but the things he learns, the places he goes, and the people he meets all come together to form a novel that evokes American Westerns but is set far away from the American West.

Duration:00:58:37

Ep 317 - Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie (Bonus Episode)

9/8/2018
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How far would YOU go for your kids? asks Craig DiLouie in Suffer the Children. Would you listen to a whole podcast about KIDS WHO EAT BLOOD?! This episode was recorded live over the Internet with some of our Patreon supporters in the audience. Find out more about our Patreon project at patreon.com/overduepod.

Duration:01:06:15

Ep 316 - Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes (w/ Natasha from Unspoiled)

9/3/2018
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Johnny Tremain is sort of Revolutionary War fan-fiction and sort of World War II propaganda, but it nevertheless remains a part of the canon because it shows us a side of these characters that most elementary school history books exclude. Natasha from the Unspoiled podcast joins us for a journey through this occasionally extremely violent childhood classic.

Duration:01:25:53

Ep 315 - Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue

8/27/2018
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If you want to relive the 2008 financial crisis, this is the book for you! Behold the Dreamers is the story of the crash through the eyes of immigrants who work for bankers, but Imbolo Mbue resists making any individual character into a hero or villain. That might not always be satisfying, but it makes for a more nuanced story.

Duration:00:58:10

Ep 314 - Love Story, by Erich Segal (w/ Two Bossy Dames)

8/20/2018
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NOTE: This episode does contain explicit language. Welcome back to our good friends Margaret and Sophie! They're here to tell you all about Erich Segal's classic tearjerker Love Story. Get ready to hear about tears, jerks, and unfortunate fate of the original cool girl. Other talking points include: saying you're sorry, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and preposterous privilege.

Duration:01:13:49

Ep 313 - The Hardy Boys #1: The Tower Treasure, by Franklin W. Dixon

8/13/2018
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This week we solve a mystery with the Hardy Boys, the indistinguishable sons of a famous detective. They’ll conquer men in wigs, slightly worse detectives, and Hobo Johnny on their way to earning a thousand bucks. Good night!

Duration:01:02:53

Ep 312 - The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

8/6/2018
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The Diary of a Young Girl, frequently referred to as The Diary of Anne Frank, chronicles the author's time hiding with her family during the German occupation of Amsterdam in the 1940s. It's also a shockingly personal account of a young woman's quest for self-knowledge. Anne shows remarkable candor as she battles to be her best self while enduring the most trying of circumstances.

Duration:01:05:44

Ep 311 - The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

7/30/2018
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Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is slave fiction with just a hint of magical realism mixed in to heighten the stakes. Whitehead uses a slightly fluid sense of time and location to better highlight the links between the institution of slavery and race in America throughout its history.

Duration:01:05:33

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 3 & 4

7/27/2018
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The experiment continues! It's the show-within-a-show where we read Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey a few books at a time and having a more in-depth chat about it than they do about most books. These episodes cover Books 4-7 of The Odyssey. First, Telemachus gets oiled up and talks to some more people about his dad, and the gods finally free Odysseus from his long torment. But he'll make it home now, probably! Probably. Then we chill with Odysseus as he meets the lovely...

Duration:01:19:50

Ep 310 - Mystic River, by Dennis Lehane

7/23/2018
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You may remember Dennis Lehane's 2001 novel Mystic River from the award-winning 2003 film of the same name. What elevates this murder mystery from other crime procedurals is its attention to human detail, its exploration of our collective moral failings and how they intersect. LISTENER BEWARE: We do spoil the heck out of the ending so that we can get into a conversation about youth violence and the American cultural conversation about guns. Unless you're just DYING to read it, we think you...

Duration:01:10:58

Ep 309 - The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells

7/16/2018
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Just what the heck is a Ya-Ya, anyway?? We tackle this and other topics—including physical abuse, parenthood, midlife crises, and other topics we have little-to-no direct experience with—as we cover Rebecca Wells' best-known novel.

Duration:01:05:03

Ep 308 - A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

7/9/2018
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V.E. Schwab's popular Shades of Magic series started with this novel about Kell, a magic man with a magic jacket, and Lila, a thief who dreams of becoming a pirate. They're brought together against forces conspiring to destroy *multiple* Londons, and their journey is one of power, blood magic, and hidden potential. Talking points include Multiple Clevelands, elemental magics, powerful bloodlines, and how to snag that million dollar podcast deal.

Duration:00:59:55

Ep 307 - Redwall (Live from Philly), by Brian Jacques

7/2/2018
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This week's episode on Brian Jacques' Redwall was recorded live at the 6th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Thanks to everyone who was able to join us and to the festival for having us back! We hope you enjoy our wide-ranging discussion about this animal adventure, which includes a quiz about GWAR, good mice and bad rats, the questionable size of ANYTHING, and how badly we stan for Constance the Badger.

Duration:00:55:36