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Morph Club: An Animorphs Podcast!

Two friends revisit the Animorphs! Join us while we laugh and cry about sad morphing teens and the horrible aliens who hate them.

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MorphClub - episode 63 - Ellimist Chronicles

Brace your pods, Megan and Carey read the Ellimist Chronicles with Hanni Brosh! (@saffronscarf)Honestly, who foresaw that the Ellimist's backstory was being a bird person who lived on a hovering crystal and plays endless games of Spore? But now that we're here, there's no choice but to get our hearts broken by a horrifying and strangely hopeful space adventure. Wanna think about the nature of life vs entropy? Want to feel the clock ticking down before one of our fave kids straight-up dies? Most importantly: wanna get nostalgic for the feeling of reading this book at age 13?? Join us!Intro & interstitial music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 46mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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MorphClub - episode 55 - book 41

Megan and Carey read about Big Jake getting Big-ed in Animorphs 41! With special guest Dante Shephard! (survivingtheworld.net/ and @danteshepherd on twitter)We have hit one of the most nonsensical books so please join us try to make sense of things as Jake has the worst dream/alternate reality adventure/multidimensional vision quest? in the chaotic worlds that is New Yeerk City.Our conversation with Dante starts at about 30 minutes in, if you want to skip our recap!Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 31mins

12 Dec 2017

Rank #2

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MorphClub - episode 59 - book 45: The Revelation

It's the beginning of the end and Marco has a very terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Join us as we talk about Animorphs #45: The Revelation. We recommend checking this book out before listening, it's worth wading through a bunch of filler for. We're coping with the intense stakes and heartbreaking consequences by focusing on things like: Ax eating a bunch of oreos purchased by a dog robot family and the fact that canonically, the kids all got to hang out with some nice dogs for a while there. While, you know, Marco's heart broke into 10 million peices.Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 22mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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Morph Club - episode 45: Visser

Megan and Carey both read Visser for the first time(!) Do you want a story that combines beach volleyball, courtroom drama, psychological trauma, war, forming a cult and 80's Hollywood? Welcome to Visser! We dive in to the book that has a holographic Visser 3 on the cover, but has a homicidal Visser 1 as its star. please note: we give a brief content warning early in the episode, since this book deals with some heavy topics (like the gulf war, suicide, addiction) so proceed with care!Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 45mins

25 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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MorphClub - episode 49 - book 38: The Arrival

We got to the girl andalite book!!! Is there anything more relatable than one of her first """missions""" on earth just consisting of slamming a bunch of jelly beans and flipping out at the mall? You gotta taste those mouth pleasures while you can before the inevitable reveal of your nefarious plan. We understand.We talk this all out with the excellent Claire Hummel (@shoomlah, www.shoomlah.com/) at about 40 mins in, if you would like to skip ahead to that! Also tiny tiny warning: we curse a lil bit during that convo in case you are listening with kids! We got too excited about those morph kid memories.Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

2hr 14mins

20 Sep 2017

Rank #5

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MorphClub - Episode 26 - Book 21: The Threat

Megan and Carey read Animorphs book 21: The Threat, with guest Coleman Engle! (@Coleman_Engle on twitter and instagram, http://colemanengle.tumblr.com/)Join us for David continuing to be a bad kid, ray-ban ray guns, Visser 3 planning a party, drawn-out flea antics, confusing column physics and a dramatic tiger vs. lion fight.(If you want to skip our recap, our conversation with him starts at about 53 minutes!)Intro and interstitial music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 45mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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Morphclub - Episode 3: The Encounter

Megan & Carey read the third and most emotional Animorphs book so far! Join us and cry about the the continued rough times for good bird boy!! Also mentioned: local ads, mall gymnastic meets, thermals, giant space straws, and the joys of eavesdropping on controller grunts.Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

59mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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MorphClub - episode 39 - book 30: The Reunion

We read book 30: The Reunion and mostly we want to know: why must everything be so bad for Marco. Would it be so terrible for these kids to have a nice time. Just once? Just once. Can't he just skip school to watch a movie in peace. Does Visser 1 HAVE to resurface again. Not that we don't enjoy her and Visser 3 sniping at each other but. Look, can't this interstellar war just be settled with a dance-off. Anyway we do love the tragedy a little bit, so enjoy us talking about poor, poor Marco taking a dark character turn and also morphing a goat.Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 20mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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MorphClub - Episode 27- Book 22- The Solution

Megan and Carey read Animorphs book 22: The Solution! We talk about: the worst mall trip ever, how bad David is at identifying animals, a horrible lunchroom confrontation, the perils of not sleeping, Rachel's identity crisis, a brief good cousin hug, how hard it is to fight an Animorph, a bad trip to Taco Bell, one horrifying MouseTrap adventure, and oh, Cassie. Nobody is happy with this. Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 42mins

8 Nov 2016

Rank #9

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Morphclub - Episode 4: The Message

Carey & Megan read Animorphs book 4: The Message. Suddenly things feel a little more fantastical! Listen for discussion about: mysterious dreams, how cool Cassie is, Dolphin F•R•I•E•N•D•S, super bad plans, whale songs and the final Animorph showing up! finally!Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 5mins

29 Mar 2016

Rank #10

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Morphclub - Episode 5: The Predator

Megan & Carey read Animorphs book 5: The Predator, in which Marco has some pretty good times and some VERY bad times. We talk about: going to the mall in the 90s, too many gross morphs, Ax's introduction to flavortown, why being an ant is no good and Visser 1's big entrance!Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 17mins

5 Apr 2016

Rank #11

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MorphClub - Episode 64: book 48: The Return

Megan & Carey read book 48: The Return! In which: Rats are irresponsible financiers. Teens are foolishly trusting. Wartime challenges are considered. Morals are grappled with. So are horrible controllers, because Rachel and Visser 1 have an all-out, no-holds-barred cage match*! *Rachel is imprisoned in a literal cage. Nobody has a good time. Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr

1 May 2018

Rank #12

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MorphClub-episode 57-book43: The Test

We knew from the image of the Taxxon on the cover that this book would be rough, but we weren't really ready for....this. Megan & Carey survive The Test, wherein Tobias and friends are having a REALLY bad time. Like, seriously, a traumatized-by-war level bad time. Join us in clinging to the fun of Computer Club in the Woods, food court feasts and Rachel picking a cool girl outfit. But life's getting real tough out there for our favorite andalite bandits.Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 6mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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MorphClub - Episode 29 - Book 23: The Pretender

Megan and Carey read Animorphs book 23, The Pretender! Check yourself into one of a popular hotel chain's fine rooms and probably also get ready to cry with us as we discuss: Tobias's terrible (and also kinda good?) birthday, hawk and rabbit metaphors, where Visser3 is now on our sliding scale of horrible, crocodiles with toupees, how much we ship Tobias/Rachel and Ax continuing to be a Very Good Shorm.Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 31mins

6 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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MorphClub - episode 42 - Book 33: The Illusion

Megan and Carey read Book 33: The One Where Tobias Is (no joke) Literally Tortured. There's some very sweet and good stuff in this book, but the middle third of it is Very Rough, so: heads up. THAT SAID, join us for: a beautiful school dance; a good bird date; Ax's continued love affair with cotton candy; Visser 3 cameos; a very good controller break room; and a really interesting one-off villain who maybe starred in the video for Blank Space. Maybe. Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 23mins

13 Jun 2017

Rank #15

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Morph Club- Episode 48- Book 37: The Weakness

Megan and Carey read Animorphs #37, The Weakness! Listen. This book, was, maybe, not, the FINEST quality. It was maybe a bit of a rehash. And not like, a tasty sweet potato and fried egg hash. Like, a hash of heavy-handed cobbled-together bits that retread some familiar ground for Rachel, Empire King, who honestly deserves better. BUT: WE UNDERSTAND, these things happen on deadline! AND ALSO ax is a treat, there are some good emotional beats where the kids talk through taking responsibility for your mistakes, and visser 3 has a FAST RIVAL!!! who is maybe sonic the hedgehog?? jury's still out. Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

57mins

5 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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MorphClub- episode 54: Megamorphs 4

We read Megamorphs #4 with special guest star Gale Galligan (http://galesaur.com/; https://twitter.com/robochai)! This is a good one, folks. I mean: obviously every episode of Morph Club is a good episode, and guest star eps especially so, but in this case, also, the book was very good. You should read it. Join us for a frank discussion of time paradoxes great and small, honest delight in seeing the core of these kids preserved even without the whole morphing thing, and the sweetness of remembering how much we really do love these books.We start things off with a cliff notes plot summary, but skip ahead to about 20 minutes in if you'd like to hear our discussion with Gale. Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) and outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 14mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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MorphClub - episode 33 - book 26: The Attack

Megan and Carey take a Ellimist feild trip to a duplo block alien planet with special guest Zack Morrison! (http://paranatural.net/ and @paranaturalzack on twitter)We discuss: The Lion King?! Multidimensional beings playing chess with living beings, Iskoort beliefs about fictional characters, our ongoing attempts to figure out what the heck aliens look like, and more kisses than you would expect.Our conversation with Zack starts at about 30mins in, if you'd like to skip ahead!Intro & interstitial music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

1hr 22mins

31 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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MorphClub-episode 47-book 36: The Mutation

We read Animorphs #36, The Mutation! Things are not great for Jake. Or for those random orcas that follow the gang on the mission of the week. Also going bad: Life as an underwater mutant. And as a hork-bajir. At least things are looking up for Visser 3, who added a new horrible morph to his morph wardrobe? So that's??? something???Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

57mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #19

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MorphClub - episode 50 - Book 39: The Hidden

Megan and Carey read Animorphs # 39: The Hidden!Hey. Heyyyy. Hey. You know how animorphs is like, heavy on the body horror, as a series, in general? Friends, we're here to say: this has some of the worst of it yet. It's very effectively chilling and creepy! So if you're ready to get spooked, buckle up. But like, spooked existentially in addition to by graphic descriptions of horrible creatures that the ellimist could not bear to look upon. BUT: ALSO: ax learns a very important Human Skill, and everything was worth it all along!Intro music is a clip from "All of Us"(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…04_-_all_of_us) outro music is a clip from "We Are The Resistors" (freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Ski…_the_resistors)both are by Eric Skiff(freemusicarchive.org/music/Eric_Skiff/), available under CC BY 3.0. (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/#)

50mins

3 Oct 2017

Rank #20