Throw us a bone, here, people, and don’t unleash a pack of “IDEOTVPod has gone to the dogs” jokes, just because we’ve finally managed to collar a couple copies of Spencer Quinn’s entirely endearing, even fetching novel Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. You’d have to be one sick puppy to be mean […]Read more "126 — Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery"
What is the sound of a skull batting again and again at the hardest wall any coconut failed to crack? Why, it’s the sound of your pals reading Harry Stephen Keeler’s When Thief Meets Thief! This legendary underground author works through his obsessions (skulls, coincidences) and takes us through a long tour of his racial […]Read more "125 — When Thief Meets Thief"
It’s real original yacht rock time over here, folks: Belly up to the groaning board and get ready to pig out, because the buffet we’ve got ready for you, courtesy of Jimmy Buffett, is called Swine Not! Buffett hams it up as our eyes glaze over, and the porcine puns have, lamentably, just begun. It’s […]Read more "124 — Swine Not? A Novel Pig Tale"
In the far-flung future, faster-than-light “skipships” carry soldiers in “hibo capsules” and our hero “Scur” needs to save what human knowledge she can in everybody’s titular … Slow Bullets, and even if you’re not already overloaded on made-up words and silly names, you’d be forgiven for muttering “hooo booooy” when you get to the part […]Read more "123 — Slow Bullets"
For this holiday season, we’ve got a gift for you! It’s a box with a cat in it—but you will never know if kitty lives and breathes or not, because this time around, we’re schlepping up the hills and through the pages to get to Stephen King’s mammoth Pet Sematary. Semi-appealingly dickish young doctor Louis […]Read more "122 — Pet Sematary"
Long nights, impossible odds, keeping your eye to the keyhole, that’s what it’s like to spend your nights within Nights at Rodanthe. Our first encounter with the redoubtable Nicholas Sparks has our home fires burning bright, with our tightest, least-digressive episode ever!* An oft-told tale, this, in which a nice woman snaps her daughter out […]Read more "121 — Nights at Rodanthe"
Feel a glory in so rolling on the human heart a stone entitled The Czar of Fear* as IDEOTVPod lives out a long-term dream and finally hops on the running board with the Man of Bronze himself, Doc Savage, as he and his Good Friends in Adventure go forth to right the wrongs of … […]Read more "120 — The Czar of Fear (A Doc Savage Adventure)"
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a heartwarming tale of fleet-footed deliverers of Native American corn, it’s The Maize Runne—I’m being told that that’s incorrect, and what we actually read was derivative semi-hit The Maze Runner, which doesn’t really have anything to do with Thanksgiving. But we are thankful we only had to read it once. […]Read more "119 — The Maze Runner"
John Steakley’s Vampire$ stakes out territory we have seen before, but nobody would dare bite this book’s remarkable style. Pitting vampires against the Catholic church might have been done before, but never with belt buckles quite this big, nor blues guitar quite so searing! We’re heading to Texas, to clean out vampire nests one hometown […]Read more "118 — Vampire$"
It had to happen eventually: The world turns, the back issues pile up, and the opinions, the opinions just have to find release, and no place has more opinions per page than the oeuvre of Mr. Chuck Klosterman, as evidenced by the fairly representative collection hilariously named after a Led Zeppelin album, IV. From the […]Read more "117 — IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas"