Overdue episodes

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 Episode 212: The History of Love

November 28, 2016

The History of Love is littered with catchphrases. Bazinga! Time to make the donuts! Not the Mama! That is to say, our episode on The History of Loveis littered with catchphrases. The 2005 novel by Nicole Krauss stars …


Overdue Episode 211: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

November 21, 2016

Neil Gaiman started 2013’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane as a novella for his wife, who “doesn’t really like fantasy.” This gives the book a different vibe from some of Gaiman’s other work, though any book that …


Overdue Episode 210: 2016 Election (Bonus episode)

November 18, 2016

No book for this month’s bonus episode, gang, and we’re also releasing it at the same time for both patrons and everyone else in the interest of being timely. We were both deeply saddened by the results of last week’s …


Overdue Episode 209: Snow Crash

November 14, 2016

What does pizza murder have to do with a linguistic virus that dates all the way back to Ancient Sumeria? Find out as we discuss Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Other talking points include Stephenson’s “Multiverse,” anime, and “pooning.” Thanks again …


Overdue Episode 208: Magic Bites

November 7, 2016

Magic Bites, the first novel in a longrunning series by wife-and-husband writing team Ilona and Andrew Gordon (known collectively as Ilona Andrews) does throw out some interesting ideas. The relationship between magic and science is neat, and some of the …


Overdue Episode 206: Ring

October 31, 2016

Hold on to your VHS tapes! It’s time to talk about Koji Suzuki’s Ring, the 1991 novel that inspired that movie everyone’s heard of with the tape and the phone call and the seven days until your death. He may …


Overdue Episode 205: Werewolf of Paris

October 26, 2016

It’s time to get very professional with the fourth book of Spooktober 2016! Guy Endore’s Werewolf in Paris is widely regarded as The Werewolf Novel, but it isn’t all full moons and silver bullets. Set in and around in the Paris …


Overdue Episode 204: The Haunting of Hill House

October 17, 2016

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as “the greatest haunted-house story ever written.” The house itself is vile. It’s dark and impossible to navigate. It’s dripping with blood. So why are four people trying to spend …


Overdue Episode 203: Hook (Bonus Episode)

October 15, 2016

Come Peter Panning with us as we discuss the 1991 Steven Spielberg film Hook, inspired by the classic book Peter Pan (Episode 165). It’s time to name as many movies as we can, discuss the perils of overstaying your welcome …


Overdue Episode 202: The Woman in Black

October 10, 2016

We get Spooktober rolling in earnest this week with Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, a ghost story written in the 1980s that intentionally invokes Gothic and Victorian storytelling techniques and language to create a tale that feels timeless.


Overdue Episode 201: Howl’s Moving Castle

October 4, 2016

This week is the start of Overdue’s third-annual Spooktober spookfest, a month full of scary (or at least somewhat spooky) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween! Our first book is Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle, …


Overdue Episode 200: Infinite Jest

September 26, 2016

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 …


Overdue Episode 199: Tuck Everlasting

September 19, 2016

It’s my life…and it’s now or never. I ain’t gonna live forever! OR AM I? Natalie Babbitt’s beloved children’s novel Tuck Everlasting tackles the tough questions. What would happen if I could live forever? What will I do with the …


Overdue Episode 198: The Magicians

September 12, 2016

What if magic were real? What if your favorite fantasy world was a place you could actually go? Would you be happy? Could you be happy? These are the questions posed by Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, an en*gross*ing urban fantasy …


Overdue Episode 196: Watership Down (Live from Philadelphia)

September 2, 2016

If you came out to our second-ever live show at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival, you’ve already heard this one! But for the rest of you, settle in for a conversation about bunny theology, rabbit puns, tattooed moms, and our normal …


Overdue Episode 195: The Beggar’s Opera

August 29, 2016

With The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay attempted to skewer 18th-century British government, the rich, and Italian operas. Did his satire succeed? Maybe you’ll find out on this rather free-wheeling episode. Off-topic topics include: the firm of Borowitz, Onion and Yankovic; …


Overdue Episode 193: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

August 15, 2016

What happens when you take some Ray Bradbury, add some undead, stir in a pinch of Doctor Who, sprinkle with dark humor, and bake in the eternal flames of Hell? You get Jonathan L. Howard’s Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, the …