Straight out of 1979, with a cool glass of white wine and an extremely wide collar, comes Rona Jaffe’s disturbingly fictionalized account of a disturbing apocryphal tale, Mazes and Monsters. What promises to be a stirring exploration of the dangers of role-playing games quickly pivots into a fairly detailed account of … divorce being hard. […]Read more "104 — Mazes and Monsters"
There’s a few ways to get ready for The Bible Code, a giant hit from a bygone era that finally—finally!—solves the ancient puzzle: what if there were a conspiracy theory that was all Easter eggs but also absolutely no fun at all? Set the controls for the late 90s, just before the end of the […]Read more "103 — The Bible Code"
For Part One of our Big Podcast Crossover Event, we bring in Kait and Renata from the Worst Bestsellers podcast to help us out with a bestseller that is, in fact, Just The Worst: James Patterson’s The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride. It’s supposed to be something like The X-Men crossed with Twilight with hints of […]Read more "102 — The Angel Experiment: Maximum Ride (Book 1) (w/ Renata and Kait from Worst Bestsellers)"
Our first episode to be scored entirely by harp, harpsichord, and ocarina, it’s the oft-requested short side story The Slow Regard of Silent Things, a book that would describe itself as “twee as twee” and that features a character who “smiles” twice, “grins” every third paragraph, and once sweeps a staircase…up. It’s a fun read, […]Read more "101 — The Slow Regard of Silent Things"
It’s episode one hundred (!) so we knew we had to go big, and it certainly doesn’t get much bigger than six hundred pages of New York Times best-seller (nor do podcast episodes get much longer than this one). As the saying goes, “If the tome’s got girth, IDEOTVPod brings the mirth!” PowerBooks, rooms that […]Read more "100 — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Enjoy or anyway endure the bucolic splendor of Andrew Mayne’s … The Naturalist. Crisp, clean Montana air. Stars so clear and sharp they perforate your frontal lobes. The faintest tang of pine needles, the subtle rustle of a deer in a stand of trees, a tow-truck driver dressed as a bear strapping claws on to […]Read more "099 — The Naturalist"
If the Six Million Dollar Man partnered with a Navy SEAL in a CIA / DEA / Etc. partnership to go around the world assaulting drug-cartel compounds, the results might be a little (a LOT) like … Robert Cain’s Cybernarc. Enticed? Other comparisons await you deep in the bowels caverns of this episode! HINT: if […]Read more "098 — Cybernarc"
What, what exactly is Dean Koontz’ novel Watchers? A touching love story between ex-Navy-SEAL (and realtor) and hyperintelligent Golden Retriever? A thrilling adventure where an ordinary man (who was in Delta Force) gets caught between the military industrial complex and organized crime — oh, and a ravenous murdering hellbeast? A sumptuous coming-of-age tale where a […]Read more "097 — Watchers"
You wanted the best, you got the best, in the form of the trashiest trash novel we have seen yet, Jackie Collins’ Hollywood Wives. Hard sex? Check. Sprawling set of (unlikeable) characters? Check. Spaghetti-like plot that’s somehow simultaneously insultingly simple and somewhat difficult to keep track of? Check! And then we get to the third […]Read more "096 — Hollywood Wives (w/ Rachel Millman)"
Long-dead voices returning from the grave to tell you all about what they think. No, it’s not just a description of this flashback to the first episode future permanent co-host Clsn ever showed up on, it’s also the plot of Brian Lumley’s Necroscope! Please enjoy this first flight of the Legendary Lions of the Library, […]Read more "Flashback #2 — Necroscope"