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Alzabo Soup is a podcast where we (Phil and Metz) do deep readings of high quality speculative fiction.  We update every week on Fridays.

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The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe is in progress now as we work through the third volume, The Sword of the Lictor. Here's what you need to know:

  • We are using the 1994 "Shadow & Claw" and "Sword & Citadel" edition of the work.

  • We will read 1-2 chapters per episode (so 1-2 chapters per week).

  • We will be doing a "minimal spoilers" reading of the book (you can't guarantee no spoilers with an author like Wolfe), so it should be pretty safe to read along your first time with us.

  • We plan on doing all four books in the Book of the New Sun in order, followed by The Urth of the New Sun. We will probably take over a year to complete this read from start to finish.



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Dec 30, 2016

Intro: Phil thanks Metz for a lovely side of corned beef.

Content (1:16): Discussion of letters 27, 28, 29, and 30 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Dec 23, 2016

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 16, 2016

Intro: Phil tries to understand the hype behind Hamilton.

Content (10:06): Discussion of the second half of letter 23 from Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Dec 9, 2016

Intro: Phil and Metz discuss the classic cartoons of Hanna Barbera.

Content (2:59): Discussion of the first half of letter 23 from Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Dec 2, 2016

Intro: Metz and  Phil discuss minority casting of traditionally white male superheroes in comics.

Content (6:15): Discussion of letters 21 and 22 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."