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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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 112 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.

    RUR, by Karel Capeck

    RUR, by Karel Capeck

    Intro - Phil and Metz have a no bones day Content (6:47) - Discussion of RUR by Karel Capek.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    General Discussion - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    General Discussion - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Intro - Phil admits that his son has become a fan of Cookie Clicker. Content (12:58) - General discussion of Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Chapter 13, Part 2 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Chapter 13, Part 2 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Intro - Phil talks about cooking using meal kits. Content (8:22) - Discussion of Part 2 of Chapter 13 of Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chapter 13, Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Chapter 13, Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Intro - Metz talks about his mother-in-law reading the Wizard-Knight Content (6:11) - Discussion of Part 1 of Chapter 13 of Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

    • 51 min
    Chapter 12, Part 2 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Chapter 12, Part 2 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Intro - Phil and Metz sample a variety of root beers. Content (14:04) - Discussion of Part 2 of Chapter 12 of Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chapter 12, Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Chapter 12, Part 1 - Gene Wolfe's Lake of the Long Sun

    Intro - Metz and Phil discuss the Netflix series Centaurworld. Content (10:18) - Discussion of Part 1 of Chapter 12 of Lake of the Long Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

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.

Koz2421 ,

Loving the Nightside the Long Sun

As I have recently started rereading Long Sun it has been a delight to have Phil and Metz to guide everyone through the nooks and crannies of each section chapter by chapter. An entertaining walkthrough that I binged over a series of afternoons. Oreb is the true star, and I love your commentary on our winged friend thus far. The only missing star is due to a pronunciation debate I have with you two, Phil and Metz, over Chenille. My ears must be full of fish heads because it sounds like “Chan-el” rather than “Che-neal”, ie a vowel lowering rather than the French pronunciation of Chenille (we Wolfe readers are something else, huh?). I bring this up because the way that French is used in Long Sun seems very deliberate, and along with the then phonetic similarities between S-il-k and Chen-il-le... it feels like an intentional guild by Wolfe that it should be pronounced as such, and not the unintentional Chanel commercial I seem to be hearing in your show. But I’m sure you’ll come around once you’re Lakeside. “Show, good?”. “Yes! Good! Good show!”

aure entuluva ,

Gene Wolfe book club

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!)

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