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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 Book of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe.

Alzabo Soup Philip Armstrong and Andrew Metzroth

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    • 4.9 • 137 Ratings

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.

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

    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. Check out more at alzabosoup.com.  

    • 46 min
    Numbers 2 and 3 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

    Numbers 2 and 3 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

    Intro: Phil talks about his turn as Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Content (2:40): In this episode we make our way into The Sorcerer's House in letters number 2 and 3, plus some book recommendations because why not? Check out more at alzabosoup.com.    

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

    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."  Check out more at alzabosoup.com.

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

    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." Check out more at alzabosoup.com.

    • 48 min
    Number 8 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

    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"  Check out more at alzabosoup.com.

    • 53 min
    Numbers 9 and 10 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

    Numbers 9 and 10 - Gene Wolfe's The Sorcerer's House

      Intro: Metz and Phil talk about their favorite books in childhood that did not age well with their tastes.   Content (5:40): Discussion of Letters 9 and 10 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House." Check out more at alzabosoup.com.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

baldander ,

An incredible experience

Gene Wolfe has quickly become one of my favorite authors. He can of course be a bit esoteric and his genius can fly over the heads of us mere mortals. But don’t fret, because this podcast exists! It enhances reading Wolfe to the point that I would consider it to be nearly essential if you aren’t planning to do multiple readings (or even if you are). They are very careful about not spoiling anything and dive deep into so many things that on a first read you would likely miss. Its incredible. Their passion and meticulous approach is evident from the moment you start listening. If you plan on reading Wolfe or have read Wolfe, check this out! You won’t regret it.

MicletteK ,

Helping Dummies Like Myself Out

Phil and Metz definitely helped my understanding of the entirety of BOTNS and Urth. Little details I might have missed or thought insignificant were expanded on in ways I probably wouldn’t have caught till a 3rd or 4th read.

Recommend for anyone reading the Solar Cycle! Can’t wait for their conclusion of Long and Short sun!

- Fellow Funko Disliker

colonelk ,

Fish heads!

Phil and Metz bring a perfect balance of insightful close-reading and good humor to their read-alongs of Wolfe's work. If you're a first-time reader or revisiting old favorites, you'll find new perspectives and discoveries in each episode.

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