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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 304 - Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson

6/18/2018
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What was it about the first Mistborn book that netted Brandon Sanderson a job wrapping up the Wheel of Time series? That's the central question we attempt to answer in our discussion of Brando Sando's acclaimed novel. Join us for a discussion of allomancy, burning orange soda, fantasy heists, self-help magicians and more.

Duration:01:05:50

Ep 303 - Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke

6/11/2018
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Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke’s first successful novel, starts as a story about a surprisingly chill (if mysterious) alien invasion, but eventually it’s also about the end of the human race. It’s not the aliens’ fault, for once! But they’re definitely, you know, AROUND for it.

Duration:00:59:58

Ep 302 - I Heard the Owl Call My Name, by Margaret Craven

6/4/2018
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Margaret Craven's 1967 novel I Heard the Owl Call My Name is about a young Anglican vicar's work with a First Nations parish in British Columbia. The simplistic tale centers on the problems facing a culture at risk of disappearing and the work of those who fight to save it. Talking points include white saviors, romanticized myths, and a run of tree puns that will leaf you breathless. ALSO: Come see us in Philly on June 23rd! Tickets available at bit.ly/overdue2018.

Duration:01:04:52

Stop! Homer Time - Episodes 1 & 2

5/31/2018
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Welcome to a new experiment! For this new show-within-a-show, Craig and Andrew will be reading Emily Wilson's new translation of The Odyssey a book at a time and having a more in-depth chat about it than they do about most books. Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. First you'll hear our introduction to the show (and the translation) and our chat about Book 1. Then our journey across the wine-dark sea continues...

Duration:01:18:10

Ep 301 - The Power, by Naomi Alderman

5/28/2018
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What would you do if you could suddenly zap someone with an electrical charge? What would you do if someone you knew could do it, but you couldn't? What would you do if the world got flipped entirely upside down because said electrical power inverted the world's power dynamics? Well, you're about to find out!

Duration:00:57:32

Ep 300 - Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

5/21/2018
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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!

Duration:01:38:18

Ep 299 - Rock and Roll Mystery (Choose Your Own Adventure)

5/14/2018
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We head back to the Choose Your Own Adventure well this week to solve some rock and roll mysteries - will we get brainwashed by a cult? Will we save rock and roll? You'll have to listen to find out!

Duration:01:05:47

Ep 298 - Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, by Betty MacDonald

5/7/2018
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If your kid's all strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? PIGGLE-WIGGLE! Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series chronicles a kindly magical lady as she helps all manner of parents with all manner of difficult child. Won't bathe? Make them a garden! Won't share? Make them a pariah! Join us as we celebrate Children's Book Week 2: A Podcast and share our concerns about parenting in the magical 1940s.

Duration:01:05:26

Ep 297 - Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald (Bonus Episode)

5/3/2018
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For April, we covered W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz, a dense yet moving novel about a man discovering his stolen past. The book's themes get a little heavy at times, but thankfully our rowdy chat is always ready to help lighten the mood. Talking points include death by pun, stolen time, and Craig's "real" name.

Duration:01:02:58

Ep 296 - Peyton Place, by Grace Metalious (w/ The Librarian Is In)

4/30/2018
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Who better to help us discuss Grace Metalious' 1956 novel about small-town scandal than a couple of Big Apple librarians like Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius? Our friends from The Librarian Is In were in Philly, so we invited them over for an uncut discussion of misbehaving teens, skeletons in cellars, and...jimmy caps.

Duration:01:23:21

Ep 295 - Passion's Promise, by Danielle Steel

4/23/2018
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Kezia Saint Martin is an unwilling heiress, a woman who uses multiple pseudonyms so she can do the work she loves. Lucas John is a paroled convict, a strapping Patrick Warburton type who fights for reform in the prison system. Danielle Steel's 1977 novel Passion's Promise shows us how these two unexpected lovers are both alike: the prison of society's expectations is literally the same as actual prison!

Duration:01:02:42

Ep 294 - The New Life, by Orhan Pamuk

4/16/2018
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"I read a book one day and my whole life changed," opens Orhan Pamuk's best-selling novel The New Life. Like much of Pamuk's work, The New Life dives deep into how we attempt to process the world around us, drawing specifically on the tensions of the East-West dichotomy. Other talking points include dangerous buses, life-changing books, and in-fiction fiction.

Duration:01:04:02

Ep 293 - Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

4/9/2018
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Put another quarter in the coin slot folks, because it's time to talk about Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. Topics include bad fan culture, the narrowness of the characters' "exhaustive" knowledge of 80s popular culture, and why the critical response to this book has shifted so much in just a few short years.

Duration:01:06:12

Ep 292 - "A" is for Alibi, by Sue Grafton

4/2/2018
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Sue Grafton's Alphabet Mystery series stars Kinsey Millhone, a no-nonsense private eye operating in California. "A" is for Alibi is the first book for feature Kinsey, so we spend much of the episode talking about how it sets up the series and how Kinsey fits into the pantheon of crime fiction protagonists. Also, Andrew comes up with his OWN alphabetic mysteries. This podcast cannot be used for evidence in a court of law. PLUS: We updated our Patreon project! Check it out:...

Duration:01:00:43

Ep 291 - Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

3/26/2018
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Gone With The Wind is an American classic, both in that it is a classic book written by an American author and in that it does a bad job wrangling with America's original sin, slavery. We try to justice both to Mitchell's characterization and sense of place while also accounting for her blind spots.

Duration:01:30:55

Ep 290 - Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

3/19/2018
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E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is a beloved classic for plenty of reasons. It's got bloodthirsty spiders, hungry hungry rats, and some terrific, radiant, humble pig named Wilbur. But somehow Craig hadn't read it until THIS WEEK. Other talking points include: otter tacos, animal sentience, and the saddest feelings anyone's ever felt about a spider.

Duration:01:01:19

Ep 289 - The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett

3/12/2018
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the Earth were flat and also being carried by four gigantic elephants who were all standing on the back of a giant space turtle? Us too! Which is why Terry Pratchett's Discworld series remains relevant 35 years after its inception in this week's book, The Colour of Magic.

Duration:00:57:30

Ep 288 - The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

3/5/2018
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Audrey Niffenegger's novel The Time Traveler's Wife is equal parts romance and sci-fi. It's a love story about the limits of free will and the power of destiny. It is also a way hornier book than we gave it credit for. Talking points include James Cameron's avatar, time-travelling hi-jinks, and chrono-impairment as a metaphor for absence, loss, and the gravitational pull of love.

Duration:01:03:34

Ep 287 - The Cranes Dance, by Meg Howrey (Bonus Episode)

2/28/2018
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For February's bonus episode, we spin, twirl, and jump our way through a conversation about Meg Howrey's The Cranes Dance. This book about sisterhood and ambition draws heavily on the author's experience as a successful professional dancer.

Duration:00:58:28

Ep 286 - Kindred, by Octavia Butler

2/26/2018
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Octavia Butler’s Kindred is ostensibly a sci-fi/fantasy novel about time travel, but it also draws heavily from the tradition of first-person slave narratives. Butler’s characters, whether white slaveowners, the slaves themselves, or the time travelers in between are all allowed ample nuance, even as Butler puts the brutality and inhumanity of the era on full display.

Duration:01:01:45