We continue our trip around the world by following Amsterdam with a jaunt to Palo Alto, or anyway James Franco’s grimdark version of Palo Alto. If you’re still thrilled every time somebody says “Hi kids! Do you like violence?” this book may contain the pages you’ve been waiting for. If Sammy Hagar singing “you’re like […]Read more "108 — Palo Alto"
Who’s the guy who made the Cold War … cool? Why, the American James Bond, Nick Carter, of course! And it doesn’t get much cooler than Nick Carter, Killmaster: Amsterdam, a plot-light traipse through some of the more scenic parts of the Netherlands—and not a few excursions through some rather gratuitously described nether regions.Actually, it […]Read more "107 — Nick Carter, Killmaster: Amsterdam"
The latest entry in the ever-popular “Actually, Focusing Exclusively on Yourself Is the Best Thing for Everybody” sweepstakes is Jordan Peterson’s lengthy tome 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which doesn’t promise to unlock the life-changing magic of tidying up, but does tell you what to do if you have snakes in your […]Read more "106 — 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos"
Watery but not quite grave, it’s Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror that we’re sinking our rows of nine-inch teeth into this time around. Giant prehistoric sharks known as megalodons butt themselves into ships throughout, making them, we guess, megs of ram, and oh boy do our heroes have a hard drive escaping […]Read more "105 — Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror"
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"