Answering the question “Wha happens when you try to write a taut horror-thriller but forget to finish it and just publish your initial collection of scenes and scenarios instead?” it’s … You Were Warned, a couple hundred pages of hard and fast incompetence from the minds of James “The Franchise Maker” Patterson and Howard Roughan, […]Read more "085 — You’ve Been Warned"
We don’t normally do this, but given current events, we figured there’d be no better time to dig back through the archives and re-release a classic episode, Bill O’Reilly’s batshit thriller “Those Who Tresspass”, with special guest Jeb Lund. Please, join us in 2014; a time before Collision, before segments and fun little jingles. Listen […]Read more "[FLASHBACK #1 — THOSE WHO TRESPASS]"
This episode, we’re hitching a ride on up to Boston to tag along with a sassy, tough-guy grandpa private eye, as he attempts to get to the bottom of a mystery involving real estate fraud, a dead gay banker, the dead gay banker’s young widow, her boyfriend, a lot of ancillary characters that don’t make […]Read more "079 — Widow’s Walk"
As foretold in ancient scrolls, Clsn and J. fulfill the grim prophecies and embark on a quest most dire: get somehow through the dullest book we’ve seen in ages: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragons of Autumn Twilight: DragonLance Chronicles Volume One. Like listening to somebody misexplain the plot of a movie you’ve already seen, […]Read more "063 — Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance Chronicles, Vol. 1"
Say what you will about Led Zeppelin and the average rock bio, but this particular rock bio is (a) about Led Zeppelin and (b) full of hot air. Join us as we talk about the granddaddy of all trashy rock books, Stephen Davis’ Hammer of the Gods, a bizarre work of fanfic about a mid-tier […]Read more "054 — Hammer of the Gods"
Get your wings, along with J. and Collision, as the author of definitive 70s artifact Jonathan Livingston Seagull struggles to follow up his mega-hit with…this. In this thin volume, Richard Bach teaches us all that the best thing about flying is that it lets you look down on everyone. Bach proves that he’s hella hardcore, […]Read more "047 — Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"
Happy holidays! Fresh from our wonderful listeners voting us into the AV Club’s Top 10 Podcasts, IDEOTVPOD scrapes the bottom of the barrel — no, the part actually touching the ground, where it’s gross and grubby and slimy — and gives the people what they want: Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Extra-special music, live-and-in-person dialogue trees, […]Read more "045 — Snow Crash"
This episode, join J. and Collision and special guest Lauren Parker as we roll the dice — and lose — with Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. We return to the thrilling days of the Cold War, when Great Britain stood alone against the Soviet menace, and the only way to way to […]Read more "042 — Casino Royale (w/ Lauren Parker)"
There’s a single question that has driven most of the great books in history: “What would happen if young, unpleasant people acquired property?” That’s the question at the heart of this book, a searing indictment of MFA graduates everywhere. Come for interesting, well-drawn characters like the magical elf-woman who can’t use a coffee maker, check […]Read more "041 — Condominium"
In this episode, the fish truly don’t fry in the kitchen, and the beans don’t burn on the grill. It’s a sizzler this time around, as J. and Collision read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, the memoir that dares to combine dirty dishes with Motley Crüe’s The Dirt. Sit down with Extremely Cool Guy Anthony Bourdain […]Read more "040 — Kitchen Confidential"