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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 various stories in Gene Wolfe's Wolfe Archepeligo.

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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 various stories in Gene Wolfe's Wolfe Archepeligo.

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Gene Wolfe book club

By aure entuluva - Apr 10 2020
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It's like having a small book club . . . where the other two people did much more research on the book than you did . . . and you can take it with you and even participate sneakily in public . . . and when you occasionally yell at their interpretation, they do not yell back. Phil and Metz make Wolfe fandom more accessible without at all dumbing it down. I don't always agree with their interpretation (or take on Catholic teachings), but I appreciate hearing their views and their obvious love for this author. (Also the tiny brain is cute!)

A must listen for fans of literary SF

By Sammy_Doc - Jun 27 2018
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Brian and Metz help you unravel the most tangled of SF stories.

iTunes Ratings

92 Ratings
Average Ratings
87
3
1
0
1

Gene Wolfe book club

By aure entuluva - Apr 10 2020
Read more
It's like having a small book club . . . where the other two people did much more research on the book than you did . . . and you can take it with you and even participate sneakily in public . . . and when you occasionally yell at their interpretation, they do not yell back. Phil and Metz make Wolfe fandom more accessible without at all dumbing it down. I don't always agree with their interpretation (or take on Catholic teachings), but I appreciate hearing their views and their obvious love for this author. (Also the tiny brain is cute!)

A must listen for fans of literary SF

By Sammy_Doc - Jun 27 2018
Read more
Brian and Metz help you unravel the most tangled of SF stories.
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Alzabo Soup

Latest release on Sep 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

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!

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

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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.

Sep 02 2016

46mins

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Rank #2: Halfway Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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.

Nov 25 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #3: Chapter 36 - Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun

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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.

Feb 21 2020

1hr

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Rank #4: Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Forlesen

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

Mar 03 2017

1hr 23mins

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

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

Sep 02 2016

58mins

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Rank #6: Numbers 16 and 17 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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."

Nov 04 2016

56mins

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Rank #7: Chapters 3 and 4 - Gene Wolfe's The Claw of the Conciliator

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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.

Mar 16 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #8: Chapters 1 and 2 - Gene Wolfe's The Claw of the Conciliator

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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.

Mar 09 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #9: Numbers 24, 25, and 26 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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."

Dec 23 2016

56mins

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Rank #10: Numbers 6 and 7 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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."

Sep 02 2016

48mins

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Rank #11: Chapter 39 - Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun

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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.

Mar 13 2020

1hr 19mins

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Rank #12: Chapters 7 and 8 - Gene Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch

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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.

Feb 01 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #13: Number 31 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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."

Jan 06 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Title Novella Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus

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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.

Jun 02 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #15: Chapter 1 - Gene Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun

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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.

Aug 30 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #16: Numbers 42, 43, and 44, Compiler's Note, and Discussion - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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.

Feb 10 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #17: Chapter 31, part 2 - Gene Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch

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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.

May 17 2019

1hr 52mins

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Rank #18: Numbers 35, 36, and 37 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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."

Jan 20 2017

53mins

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Rank #19: Chapters 11 and 12- Gene Wolfe's The Citadel of the Autarch

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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.

Feb 15 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #20: Number 8 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

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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"

Sep 07 2016

53mins

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