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Alzabo Soup

Alzabo Soup is a literary analysis podcast where we literally become our favorite authors by devouring portions of their brains. We do chapter-by-chapter analysis of our favorite speculative fiction, researching the details and discussing the implications.We are currently covering The Book of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Introduction and Letter 1 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Welcome to the first episode of Alzabo Soup, a podcast about speculative fiction. Here begins our in-depth discussion of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House." We introduce ourselves, the author, and the book in general, then dive right into Letter Number 1.

46mins

2 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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Halfway Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Metz and Phil explore the concept of word mashups (and come up with a terrible patent) Content (3:15): What we know and don't know so far at the halfway point of The Sorcerer's House.

1hr 18mins

25 Nov 2016

Rank #2

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Chapter 36 - Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun

Intro - Metz asks Phil to explain The Trusty Servant Content (7:52) - Discussion of Chapter 36 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr

21 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Forlesen

Content: Discussion of the first half of the short story "Forlesen" by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 23mins

3 Mar 2017

Rank #4

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Numbers 4 and 5 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Metz Talks about Jim Butcher Content (1:45): Discussion of letters number 4 and 5 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

58mins

2 Sep 2016

Rank #5

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Numbers 16 and 17 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Metz and Phil talk about the musicals they acted in during high school. Content (7:41): Discussion of Letters 16 and 17 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

56mins

4 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Chapters 3 and 4 - Gene Wolfe's The Claw of the Conciliator

Intro - Phil talks about his recent move and the wonders of Ikea. Content - Discussion of chapters 3 and 4 of The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 29mins

16 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Chapters 1 and 2 - Gene Wolfe's The Claw of the Conciliator

Intro - Metz and Phil will be at this year's MileHiCon in Denver! Content - Discussion of Chapters 1 and 2 of The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 20mins

9 Mar 2018

Rank #8

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Numbers 24, 25, and 26 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Phil talks about Dark Souls and their Wolfeian methods of storytelling. Content (11:56): Discussion of letters 24, 25, and 26 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

56mins

23 Dec 2016

Rank #9

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Numbers 6 and 7 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Phil attempts to crystallize the three act structure in film for our listeners. Content (3:34): Letters numbers 6 and 7 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

48mins

2 Sep 2016

Rank #10

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Chapter 39 - Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun

Intro - Metz makes Phil taste test foreign junk food. Content (10:43) - Discussion of Chapter 39 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 19mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Chapters 7 and 8 - Gene Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch

Intro - Metz makes Phil explain one of his unique family traditions at Christmas. Content (7:14) - Discussion of Chapters 7 and 8 of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 15mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Number 31 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Phil and Metz try and convince adult fans of literary speculative fiction that they should be watching Steven Universe, a cartoon show geared at tweens. Content (11:15): Discussion of letter 31 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

1hr 2mins

6 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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Title Novella Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

Intro: Metz regales Phil with the time that his wife took their house cat to a cat show. Content (3:12): Post-read discussion of the title novella in The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 5mins

2 Jun 2017

Rank #14

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Chapter 1 - Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun

Intro - Phil and Metz talk about their favorite sequels. Content (7:42) - Discussion of Chapter 1 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 15mins

30 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Numbers 42, 43, and 44, Compiler's Note, and Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Phil gives some practical drawing advice. Content (7:45): Discussion of letters 42 through 44 and the Compiler's Note of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House." Afterward, a discussion of the novel as a whole.

1hr 9mins

10 Feb 2017

Rank #16

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Chapter 31, part 2 - Gene Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch

Intro - Phil talks about how fun it is to walk around an anachronistic mall. Content (11:39) - Discussion of part 2 of Chapter 31 of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 52mins

17 May 2019

Rank #17

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Numbers 35, 36, and 37 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Phil probes Metz on the musical Cats, and gets more musical theatre history than he bargained for. Content (14:20): Discussion of letters 35, 36, and 37 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

53mins

20 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Chapters 11 and 12- Gene Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch

Intro - Phil questions one of Metz's post-holiday shopping endavours. Content (9:08) - Discussion of Chapters 11 and 12 of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.

1hr 18mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Number 8 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

Intro: Metz talks about his experience seeing Finding Dory. Content (4:45): Discussion of letter number 8 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House"

53mins

7 Sep 2016

Rank #20