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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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Ep 271 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

11/20/2017
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Strap in and blast off to space with us Ender Wiggin, the pint-sized protagonist of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game. It's the story of an ultra-talented youth pushed to the limit as he fights to save humanity. The book's chockablock with laser tag, future school, and telepathic aliens! It's also written by an author who has put in substantial time and effort to oppose same-sex marriage, as well as espouse some other harmful views that seem to run counter to the lessons at the core of...

Duration: 01:18:46


Ep 270 - The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

11/13/2017
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This week we put on our flapper outfits and dance back to the Roaring Twenties! F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby bears us ceaselessly back into the past, and we use the Jazz Age as a backdrop for a conversation about the American Dream and also the cartoon Rugrats.

Duration: 01:03:32


Ep 269 - A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

11/6/2017
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Travel through time and space with us to the planet Camazotz and beyond! Learn about love, dictatorships, and cosmic Christian centaurs with us and Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Other topics include meeting your husband on Broadway, Grand Moff IT, and the worst government job ever: Tesseract Tester.

Duration: 01:11:42


Ep 268 - Ghost Stories and Urban Legends #2 (Bonus Episode)

11/3/2017
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Trick or Treat! We tricked you - it's a treat! Here's an all-new batch of spooky stories and educational hauntings. The podcast is coming from inside the house! We have camping trip guidelines, the Highgate Chicken Ghost, Harry and the Woman in the Toilet, and tales about Haunted Ohio and Robert Johnson.

Duration: 01:00:45


Ep 267 - Interview With The Vampire, by Anne Rice

10/30/2017
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This week's penultimate Spooktober entry is Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire, a first-person vampire story that has spawned nearly two dozen sequels, spin-offs, and connected stories. The actual interview gimmick doesn't add much, but that doesn't mean the book doesn't have interesting things to say about the nature of morality and immortality.

Duration: 01:02:22


Ep 266 - Bag of Bones, by Stephen King

10/23/2017
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This week, Natasha of the Unspoiled Book Club podcast joins us to hash out Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, a book about being a middlebrow fiction writer, small towns, and ghosts. So, you know, most Stephen King novels. This week’s show brought to you by Squarespace and Hello Fresh.

Duration: 01:21:52


Ep 265 - House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

10/16/2017
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Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves is out to get you. It is an antagonistic book that's larger on the inside than it appears on the outside. It's also a book about a book about a film about a house that may or may not be a portal to a hellish labyrinth. Confused yet? Join the club. Join us for a discussion of metatexts, evil Zillow listings, and FOOTNOTES OH GOD THE FOOTNOTES.

Duration: 01:04:42


Ep 264 - Murders in the Rue Morgue and Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe

10/9/2017
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This week we take a double-dip into Edgar Allan Poe's spooky catalogue—Craig reads about the Murders in the Rue Morgue, and Andrew sips from the Cask of Amontillado. Both are sort of spooky in their way, but they're also deeply strange horror stories that raise questions like "what animal would be the most likely to kill you" and "what would someone have to do to you for you to wall them up in a cellar."

Duration: 00:56:07


Ep 263 - Overdue Q&A #2 (Bonus Episode)

10/6/2017
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This episode we dive back into the mailbag! We didn't read a book but we did read a bunch of great questions from you about how we make the show, how we program it, and what we eat while we're reading. As always, thanks to our Patreon supporters for making these bonus episodes possible!

Duration: 01:10:47


Ep 262 - 99 Fear Street (The First Horror), by R.L. Stine

10/2/2017
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Are you ready to get SPOOKY??? It's the first week of our 2017 Spooktober spectacular, and we're here to talk about R.L. Stine's teen horror series 99 Fear Street. This entry, The First Horror, is the story of Cally and her family, who move into the most clearly haunted house that you could ever imagine. Needless to say...things go poorly for the Frasiers. Additional talking points include haunted TV shows, economic mobility, and phantasmagorical realtors.

Duration: 00:58:23


Ep 261 - Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding

9/25/2017
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Books read 1, alcohol units 4 (bad), chuckles 179 (excellent). This week we tackle Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, a book that's carried a long way by its narrator's voice; we also talk about Livejournals we may or may not have had, feminism, neuroses, and how we know basically nothing about dating in the modern era.

Duration: 00:56:21


Ep 260 - The Traitor, by Michael Cisco

9/18/2017
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How Weird do you like your fiction? Do you bogeymen who eat ghosts? Narrators who repeat themselves all the time? How about soul-crushing nihilism that implicates the reader in the demise of civilization? Well then Michael Cisco's The Traitor might be the book for you! Other discussion topics include new iPhones, Magic Eye books, and the Thong Song.

Duration: 01:00:08


Ep 259 - Girl at War, by Sara Novic

9/11/2017
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Sara Novic's Girl at War has all the confidence and impact of a firsthand account, despite the fact that it was written almost entirely from secondhand accounts. Detailing one girl's experience in the early 90s Croatian War of Independence and her life in America afterward, it's a compelling account of internal and external conflict from a character who has two homes and doesn't quite belong in either.

Duration: 00:56:39


Ep 258 - Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

9/4/2017
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This week, four conventionally-sized young women approach adulthood in Louisa May Alcott's seminal novel Little Women. It's time to wonder who will marry Laurie, who will sell their novel, and who will frustrate us with their moral lessons. Also: what's the deal with the limes?!

Duration: 01:01:34


Ep 257 - Dying of the Light, by George R. R. Martin

8/28/2017
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You might know George R. R. Martin from an obscure little HBO series called “Game of Thrones.” This week, we go back to his very first (and pre-ASOIAF) novel, the science fiction/romance story Dying of the Light. This book showcases Martin’s gift for organic, engrossing world building, but the material is let down a bit by its characters and its protagonist in particular. All in all, a good first effort from the guy who would go on to write one of modern fantasy’s biggest...

Duration: 01:01:38


Ep 256 - Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

8/21/2017
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We’re enjoying a summertime break this week, so we hope YOU enjoy our Philly Podcast Festival show about Anne of Green Gables from last month!

Duration: 00:56:07


Ep 255 - 10:04, by Ben Lerner (Bonus Episode)

8/17/2017
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Ben Lerner's novel 10:04 is about a man named Ben trying to write a novel. Yes, it's meta. Yes, it can get navel-gazey. But there's an underlying humanity and economy that keeps the book afloat. Discussion topics include gatekeeping, listening, dinosaurs, and superstorms.

Duration: 03:23:50


Ep 254 - Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

8/14/2017
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Ranking on multiple Saddest Books Ever lists, Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is a classic young adult novel. A young boy makes a new friend, and their friendship blossoms despite the daily grind of middle school. Then someone dies. Weep along with us as we swap sibling stories, chat about teacher feelings, and make at least *two* Will Smith references. This episode is brought to you in part by Squarespace.

Duration: 03:02:54


Ep 253 - The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

8/7/2017
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The Talented Mr. Ripley is a book about apprehension and grifting and murder, which makes it feel like a great selection for this, the Year Of Our Lord 2017. You never like Tom Ripley, exactly, but he’s a fascinating character to inhabit for a few hundred pages.

Duration: 02:31:46