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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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Sep 30, 2016

Intro: Metz suggests a couple of graphic novels for those looking to enter the art form.

Content (13:00): Discussion of Letter 11 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Sep 16, 2016

Intro: Metz and Phil talk about their favorite books in childhood that did not age well with their tastes.
Content (13:00): Discussion of Letters 9 and 10 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Sep 7, 2016

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 2, 2016

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 2, 2016

Intro: Metz Talks about Jim Butcher

Content (1:45): Discussion of letters number 4 and 5 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."