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Ep 621 - All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1), by Martha Wells
November 27, 2023

When you make an AI too smart, you also give it anxiety and depression and an appetite for serialized television. These are the things that motivate Murderbot, the protagonist of the many Murderbot Diaries stories that Martha Wells has released in the sho

Ep 620 - The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2), by Rick Riordan
November 20, 2023

Percy Jackson and his pals are back in another mythology-packed middle-grade adventure story, this time (mostly) patterned after the voyages of our old pal Odysseus.Our theme music was composed byNick Lerangis.Advertise on OverdueSee Privacy Policy

Ep 619 - The Stranger, by Albert Camus
November 13, 2023

Mssr. Merseault only likes a few things, unfortunately he must live his life doing plenty of other things for people he doesn't particularly care about. Such is the story of this seminal work of 20th-century fiction and absurdist philosophy. Join us as we

Ep 618 - A Night in the Lonesome October, by Roger Zelazny (Bonus Episode)
November 10, 2023

What if a dog was your POV character? What if that dog's owner was JACK THE RIPPER? What if there was a game but you didn't know who was playing? All of these questions and more get asked in our Spooktober bonus episode. To join us for future bonus recor

Ep 617 - Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros (w/ Heaving Bosoms!)
November 06, 2023

We joined Melody and Sabrina for episode 300 of Heaving Bosoms, where we all chatted about the made-to-order, big-on-TikTok, new-adult romantasy that is Rebecca Yarros' Fourth Wing. (It may be about the fourth wing, but it's the first of a planned five bo

Stop! Homer Time: The Iliad - Episode 0
November 03, 2023

For this new show-within-a-show, Craig and Andrew will be revisiting Ancient Greece through Emily Wilson's new translation of Homer's The Iliad. We'll be reading it a few books at a time and having a more in-depth chat about it than we do about most books

Ep 616 - The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty
October 30, 2023

Based on the hit film--just kidding. Blatty's novel was swiftly turned into a landmark film adaptation just a few years after its release. And it's easy to see why: hauntings, sad priests, the patriarchy's fears about the social mobility of women. People

Ep 615 - Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice
October 23, 2023

How would the "breakdown" phase of an apocalypse novel function if the characters involved had already survived through multiple apocalypses? That's the perspective that this week's book brings, in addition to the subtle spooks that come from anticipating

Ep 614 - The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
October 16, 2023

What if H.G. Well's classic tale of humanimals created by a mad scientist were recontextualized in southeast Mexico? Would you find yourself saying that the Yucatan is less an island and more of a peninsula? Sure, you might say that - but why waste time o

Ep 613 - The Island of Doctor Moreau, by H.G. Wells
October 09, 2023

If you've ever done surgery on a dog to make it more like a guy, only to set it loose in the wilderness and gradually watch it shift back into being a dog, maybe you'll have some sympathy for Doctor Moreau. Otherwise it's pretty hard to get fully onboard