Top Rated Literature Podcast Episodes

Episode 7 :: Ready Player One

  • about 6 years ago

Grab your oscillation overthruster and shove some garbage in your Mr. Fusion, ’cause we’re blasting off into 1980s obscurity! This month’s community read-along is Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One a book tailor-made for any geek nurtured in the neon womb of 80s excess and schooled on some of the greatest nerd-centric pop culture ever made. But is a book written by a nerd for nerds a good thing? Can carefully catered niche references go too far? And how does its sci-fi story stack up against its contemporaries? Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, and Tony for another adventure into the dog-eared pages of Nerdy Show Book Club. Find out what other books we’re reading and what we think about ’em. Get in on the fun and read along with us! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 10 :: Go BZRK with Michael Grant

  • about 5 years ago

If you grew up in the 90s, chances are you read some Animorphs. This shape-shifting sci-fi series was a seminal read for legions of nerdy teens; some of whom may have grown up to host podcasts. Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate (the writing duo better known to Animorphs fans as K.A. Applegate) are back! In this episode we review their latest joint book, Eve and Adam, and interview author Michael Grant who’s recent solo work includes the mega-hit young adult series, Gone and the balls-to-the wall adult sci-fi trilogy: BZRK. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Jessica as we learn about he and Katherine’s crazy life in the world of young adult fiction, the origins of Animorphs, and Grant’s latest projects including the forthcoming conclusion to the BZRK trilogy and the upcoming Messenger of Fear. As always, we discuss what other books we’ve been reading and review our findings. Plus- in this episode there’s not one, not two, but three dramatic readings! Hear us read from Eve and Adam, Star Wench, and the mid-90s parody abortion: Vegemorphs: The Fungus Among Us! You can change your pants… but can you change into a plant? For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 14 :: A Handmade Tail

  • over 1 year ago

As we brace ourselves for our forthcoming dissection of the disturbingly relevant Handmaid's Tale, we first divert into greener and more peculiar pastures by talking about the other things we've read. Join Cap, Denika, Brandon, and Jess as they unload on a wide expanse of literary explorations. Discover a genre specifically about faeries being dicks, explore the world of video game translation and The Legend of Zelda to a point of fascinating minutia, learn what's the opposite of Death Note, and gird your loins for the Funky Pickle. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

S3E1: D!ck GIF

  • over 1 year ago

They’re out of Hogwarts, and Draco has found a way to still make *snap* judgments, while Harry is about to release a chamber of secrets all his own.

Yer a Wizard, Harry – Book 4, Episode 4: Back to the Burrow

  • over 1 year ago

Take us hooomeee wizard roads to the Weasley’s great aboooode – this week we head Back to the Burrow! The Tri-Quizzard tournament has us fatigued, but still fightin’. We also talk through an extremely long (ie. incredibly short) chapter in which there are dangerous candies very cavalierly distributed, and try to really nail down the physics of wizard housing. Find us on Twitter at @potterpod or shoot us an email at

2. Always Leaving (with Jack Kerouac, Hailey Gates, Erica Ehrenberg, Shelly Oria, Donnetta Lavinia Grays)

  • over 1 year ago

A visit to Jack Kerouac’s house ends with the story of Buddha; Hailey Gates reads a poem by Erica Ehrenberg about love and moving on; and MY WIFE, IN CONVERSE, Shelly Oria’s tale of marriage, poetry, and cooking class, as performed by Donnetta Lavinia Grays.

Episode 12 :: Journey Into Mythic Fiction

  • almost 3 years ago

From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community. It's been an obscene amount of time since we cracked open Book Club, but neither hell, nor high water, nor the waning attention spans of modern man can hold us back from our quest for enthralling brain-pictures. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Denika as they share what they read during our long absence and we discuss our community read-along: Neil Gaiman's grim fairytale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Explore the dark truths of Denika's late night reading, Colin's frustrations with Earthsea, and a true story of a sexual awakening from The Shaggy Dog while growing up raised by early 20th century pseudoscience. Then, indulge in an exhilarating reading from read the Gooflumps classic, Stay Out of The Bathroom. And finally wander into the haunting and beautiful world of our featured book with a spoiler-free discussion (and a safely quarantined spoilerific one at the end) as well as a dramatic reading. What's the difference between mythic fiction, magical realism, and other arbitrary literary genres? Discover the answers (or not) within! For links and more info, head tot he main episode page: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 15 :: Read-Along: The Handmaid's Tale

  • over 1 year ago

This episode is dedicated entirely to Margaret Atwood's landmark dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale. It's a horrifying story that gets closer to reality with each passing day - in which America has been overthrown by religious fundamentalists and anyone not male, white, and heterosexual is killed or subjugated. We experience this awful reality through the eyes of a woman trapped in sexual servitude; her existence reduced to being a walking womb to compensate for the future's low birth rate. Join Cap, Denika, Jess, and Brandon for an overview of the novel, a dramatic reading, and then spoiler-intensive discussions on both the book and the recent television adaptation. We discuss the challenges of the world, and the narrative itself, as well as the novel's massive cultural impact, parallels in our own reality, and even manage to make some jokes to soften the blow of how hard this book hits. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 4 :: Nothing is Free in Riverworld

  • over 6 years ago

Nerdy Show Book Club returns with a vengeance! We’re hairless, naked, hopped up on dreamgum, and lookin’ to go all Lord of the Flies on ya. This month we read Philip Jose Farmer’s legendary existential historical fiction sci-fi, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the fist book in the Riverworld series. It’s like if Allan Quatermain took bath salts and played Myst! Join Cap, Hex, Brandon, and Colin on uncanny journey into this and other nerdy literary adventures – including an excerpt from a novelization of another watery world. A “Waterworld” you might say… Read on! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 5 :: More Stories About Sex in the Future with Casper Kelly

  • over 6 years ago

Nerdy Show Book Club is back and this time with a very special guest! This time around our book of the month was More Stories About Spaceships and Cancer by Casper Kelly, a brilliant collection of short stories. Casper is a writer for some of Adult Swim’s finest (Too Many Cooks, Aqua Teen, Squidbillies, Harvey Birdman, and more) and we had the pleasure of having him with us for the entire episode. Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, and special space friend, Casper, as we spiral into madness, consciousness, and one of our best dramatic readings yet! Read on! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 6 :: Children From the Stars

  • over 6 years ago

Nerdy Show Book Club returns! Join Cap, Brandon, Colin, and newcomer Germaine as we discuss what books we’ve read, and the community read-long book: Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Shadow – a book that runs parallel to his classic, Ender’s Game. It’s the story of a genius street urchin who gets sent to Battleschool to defend humanity. And since we’re already up there, we pay a visit with another child from space, he’s a real star you might say. Tune in for the dramatic reading weirdness you love, as well as a world-premiere: the first chapter of the Nerdy Show-penned Weekend at Bernie’s 3: Night of the Living Bernie read aloud for your pleasure! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 11 :: Read 'Til You Puke!

  • over 3 years ago

From the pages of Nerdy Show - it's Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community. It's been an eon since Nerdy Show Book Club last convened and we're backed up with awesome books to talk about! We're rekindling the Book Club flame - not just as a returning segment of Nerdy Show, but as its own standalone program. Join Cap and Colin for this catch-up episode where they share their favorite reads from this unexpected hiatus. We've got follow-up discussions from our interviews with Michael Grant (Animorphs, BZRK) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Rain of the Ghosts), heavy reading, hard-boiled pulp stories, and a dramatic reading of 90s literary masterpiece: Gooflumps: Eat Cheese and Barf! So click on the reading lamp, catch up on our belated community read-along, and crack open this new episode of Book Club! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 2 :: The Dark One’s Taint

  • almost 7 years ago

Book Club is now a regular segment on Nerdy Show! In each episode we’ll share what books we’re currently reading, and even have a monthly read-along with listeners. This first episode is double-length ’cause there’s a literary project very relevant to your nerdy interests that needs discussing. Singularity & Co. is a new company dedicated to digitally publishing obscure science fiction novels that would never otherwise see publication in any form. Their Kickstarter has been endorsed by i09 and Neil Gaiman, to name a few. In this episode we interview Singularity co-founder Ash Kalb, and discuss the project’s origins, the first sci-fi he read, and more. Then, join Colin, Cap, Hex, Brandon, and Luke to hear about the books they’re reading and other galactic funk! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 8 :: De Niromancer

  • almost 6 years ago

In this episode of Nerdy Show Book Club we take on a nerdy novel classic William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Thirty years ago this novel redefined science fiction, and to this day it continues to indelibly influence… just about everything. Including your day-to-day life! This is the kernel from which all of cyberpunk exploded and infected the world’s psyche with digital consciousness. It’s a must read. …And none of us had read it. So we’ve fixed that and hopefully you’ve joined us as we plunged headfirst into the Sprawl. We share our thoughts on this landmark novel and its complex worldbuilding, discuss what you thought about the book, share what else we’ve been reading, and, of course, do a dramatic reading from Neuromancer as well as a reading from a film novelization. Join Cap, Hex, Brandon, Jon, and Colin as we crack the ICE on this new book club adventure. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 3 :: Sometimes You Just Gotta Hit the Road

  • almost 7 years ago

Put on your imagination helmets, Nerdy Show Book Club is blasting off again! In this episode we debut our amazing new Book Club theme and crack open some sweet reads, new and old. Join Cap, Hex, Colin, Brandon, Luke, and Jon for discussion on the latest books we’ve read, from sci-fi- to fantasy, to everything in between. In this episode we have our first discussion on a book we read along with the community, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. Now that you’ve read the book too, head over to the forums and let us know what you think! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 9 :: Sick Puppies

  • over 5 years ago

Nerdy Show Book Club returns! We share the books we’re currently reading, discuss the book we read along with you guys, and do some of our famous dramatic readings. It’s a sexy party in the library, and you’re the guest of honor. This episode our Community Read-Along is a black comedy set in the Sunshine State, Carl Hiaasen’s Sick Puppy! Our home state is notorious for all the crazy that goes on here, and Hiaasen’s fictional Florida distills that crazy into a fine drinking liquor suitable for sipping at both South Beach poolsides and in seedy panhandle barrooms – either way, you wake up naked somewhere unexpected. Join Cap, Colin, Brandon, and Tony as we hit the road with an insane cast of characters including a lovable environmental terrorist, a barbie-fondling ex-drug dealer, a Governor turned avenging-nomad, a hit man with some very special mix tapes… and that only scratches the surface! For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 1 :: Nerdy Show Book Club

  • about 7 years ago

You know what we don’t talk about enough on Nerdy Show? Books. And that’s a damn shame. We’re not talking about comic books, we’re talking about honest to got letters-on-a-page books. They’re the original nerd medium! Turns out, most of us here at Nerdy Show are avid book junkies. So it’s about time we started up a book club – in podcast form of course! This episode comes to you courtesy of Nerdy Show listener Jobarda, who might be a visionary for opening the book (as it were) on Nerdy Show’s book love. Join Cap, Hex, Colin, and Brandon for some much-needed booking out. For links and more info, head tp the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 13 :: Into the Pop Culture Garbage Hole

  • over 2 years ago

From the pages of Nerdy Show – it’s Nerdy Show Book Club! In these literary episodes, we share the books we’re currently reading, do dramatic readings from the best and worst nerd literature, talk with notable geek authors, and discuss a book we’ve read along with the community. When you consume a ton of media, it's inevitable that you'll come face-to-face with some tentacle-waving garbage monster of obscure pop culture. The question is: is it bad bad or good bad? Will you find surprising brilliance to unnecessary direct-to-video sequels of classic films? Can a blatant sampling of the best-known sci-fi media of the past 30 years provide a fresh perspective? Real monkey/ typewriter/ Shakespeare kinda stuff. Join Cap, Colin, Denika, and Brandon as they plummet into the recesses of the pop culture garbage hole: an inevitably frequent stopover for any nerd with a media addiction. Our Read-Along Book for this episode is Ready Player One author, Ernest Cline's Armada. Can this modern day retelling of The Last Starfighter (and many other nerd staples) stand aside his dazzling debut? We also dabble in dystopian fiction, discuss the metaphysics of simulation theory as told by a thought-form entity, and read from a young reader adaptation of Mortal Kombat: the movie. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 9: The Dark Answers

  • almost 2 years ago

A farmer whose wife is dying is befriended by the dark. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

73-Japanese Folklore: I will find you

  • over 1 year ago

A young woman's father is taken, and she decided to go to the edges of the known world to get him back, to a faraway island harboring a dark and terrible secret. The creature this week is skunk ape! He's 0% skunk, 0% ape, and 100% into stealing your produce. Sponsors: Carvana: now you can buy a car online and either have it delivered to you (yes) or go pick it up from a car vending machine (an even bigger yes). Check out (code LEGENDS) for more info. Away: The suitcase that powered our store at a con and the only one I have that I trust with our expensive sound equipment. Seriously, it's a well-designed, sturdy, and smart piece of luggage that you will wonder how you lived without. Check out Music: "Two Dollar Token" by Blue Dot Sessions "These Times" by Blue Dot Sessions "Slow Casino" by Blue Dot Sessions "Yellow Dust" by Rolemusic "In My Head" by Podington Bear "Down and Around" by Podington Bear "Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie "Cylinder Five" by Chris Zabriskie "Drone Thistle" by Blue Dot Sessions "What Does Anybody Know About Anything" by Chris Zabriskie

71B-Sinbad: Snake Eyes

  • almost 2 years ago

Whether it's deadly literary references, sticky cows, or extremely inappropriate eulogies, the stories of Sinbad have it long as by "it all" you're looking for a story of how a rich (and, let's face it, not-so-smart) guy for whom everything pretty much always works out. It's like Mr. Magoo without the nearsightedness and with much, much more impalement and cannibalism. The creature the creature this week is a great excuse to keep your house well-stocked with red peppers and pet crabs. ---------- Sponsors: Blue Apron: For fun, fresh ingredients and recipes delivered to your house weekly, check out to get your first three meals free with free shipping. Loot Crate: The theme for June is alter-ego, with stuff from Spider-man, the Hulk, DC Comics, and more. Be sure to subscribe at (code LEGENDS) by the 19th at 9PM PST.! ---------- The clip from Planet Earth II: ---------- Music: “Patched In” by Blue Dot Sessions “Brass Buttons” by Blue Dot Sessions “Diner Gothic - Dasher” by Blue Dot Sessions "Downhill Racer” by Blue Dot Sessions “Floor Shine” by Blue Dot Sessions “Inventio” by Blue Dot Sessions “Midday” by Blue Dot Sessions “Slider” by Blue Dot Sessions “Sweetly” by Blue Dot Sessions “Wax Paper Jewel” by Blue Dot Sessions “Gorgon” by Jesse Spillane “Harbor” by Kai Engel “Front Runner” by Podington Bear

82A-Arabian Nights: I'll Most Likely Kill You in the Morning

  • over 1 year ago

(Have you checked out Fictional? Check out Fictional! There are three episodes waiting for you. Go to for more info.) The collection known as "Arabian Nights" actually has an overarching story. And it is...interesting. Full of djinn, demons, kings, and slaves, it's an incredibly interesting way to set up one of the best known collections of folklore. The framing narrative (a way to set up a story-within-a-story) is actually much more interesting than many of the stories it sets up, with betrayal, trickery, and probably the most sex and violence we've encountered so far on this podcast. The creature this time is a wise old owl...who doesn't have a problem bringing it in the fight against demons trying to steal your fingernail clippings. ----- Sponsors: Loot Crate! August's box was great, and September's looks even better with the theme of Robotic. Check out (code LEGENDS) to get $3 off your first crate. Spotify: Find the world's most popular podcasts on Spotify. Check out ----- Music: "Changing Reality" by Kai Engel "Modum" by Kai Engel "All the Colors in the world" by Podington Bear "Don't Go" by Podington Bear "Everybody" by Podington Bear "Falling Falling" by Podington Bear "Turning to You" by Blue Dot Sessions "When in the West" by Blue Dot Sessions

81-Trolls: Breakups

  • over 1 year ago

An episode with a story from Scandinavia about trolls. Not the internet kind. No, these are the less annoying ones that will murder you in the forest.  Two creatures this week! And they are dogs! And Myths and Legends will ruin dogs for you, too! Sponsors: Check out for a free 30-day trial membership (and to get a free audible book). If you play your cards right, you could get 62 hours of Stephen Fry narrating Sherlock Holmes. I was an English major so this will only be a rough estimate, but I believe that breaks down to $0/per hour to listen to Sherlock Holmes for 62 hours. Audible has a massive catalog, excellent actors, and exclusive content. Check them out. Also, we're on Spotify! Go to and find us down in the storytellers category. It's a great app and an excellent way to find the most popular shows.

71C-Sinbad: There and Back and There and Back Again

  • almost 2 years ago

If you've ever wondered about giving that strange old man a piggy-back ride in the woods, the philosophical nuances of way too much grave robbing, or how many people are necessary to take down a four-story-tall baby bird, well, then this is the episode for you. Sinbad finishes up his epic tale of epicness and we see what led to him falling back on his plan "B" of living a life of leisure on his near-infinite wealth. The creature this time is the reason you should take a giant bat with you everywhere you go. Sponsors: Casper Mattresses. They are really comfortable mattresses that you will miss when you are away from home and want to letters to telling them such but that would be for naught because mattresses don't possess thumbs or sentience. If you want to give this whole "amazingly comfortable mattress" thing a try, you can for 100 days risk free at home. Check out (code LEGENDS) to get $50 off a mattress purchase. Dollar Shave Club. You can get razors for only a few dollars a month. They are super-smooth, close shaves and you don't even need to leave your house to get them. Well, the razors, that is. You generally don't leave your house to shave. Unless you're stately, plump Buck Mulligan shaving on the roof. Don't be Buck Mulligan, though. That guy was a jerk. If you're interested in really great razors and not hassling tortured artists, check out You can get a $15 value for only $5. Music: “Decompression” by Blue Dot Sessions “Liptis” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Sunday Lights” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Toppler” by Blue Dot Sessions   “Across the River” by Podington Bear   “All the Ways” by Podington Bear   “Just Watching” by Podington Bear  

80A-Medusa: Golden Child

  • over 1 year ago

Hey! Have you subscribed to Fictional? Go subscribe to Fictional! You'll love it, and it will be an amazingly huge help to us. Thank you!! You can find it at: for Apple Podcasts for Google Play for Stitcher  --- Medusa is probably the most misunderstood villain in all of Greco-Roman Mythology, famous only for being a monster...and the hero's quest to kill her. We'll learn all about her background and follow the quest of one fated to clash with her. Also this is Greek mythology so everyone is terrible all the time always. The creature this week is the floating head and he's kind of like Pac-man...if Pac-man had a taste for people and delicious chestnuts. --- Sponsors: Lootcrate! The theme for this month's crate is Kingdom, with stuff from Adventure Time, Lord of the Rings, and the Legend of Zelda. Check out code LEGENDS, to get $3 off any new subscription today. Spotify: My preferred way of listening to podcasts, check out to get started there today. --- Music: "Toppler" by Blue Dot Sessions "Soothe" by Blue Dot Sessions "Seamless" by Blue Dot Sessions "Partly Sage" by Blue Dot Sessions "Old Skin" by Podington Bear "Little Dipper" by Podington Bear "Astrisx" by Blue Dot Sessions "Comet Trails" by Moon "Orbs of Light" by Moon     --- Disclaimer: Non-graphic talk of Zeus impregnating a woman by turning into a shower of gold (?) and non-graphic talk of how Poseidon raped a woman and then the woman was blamed for it because she was irresistible.