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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.

 

 

Please Note: This podcast is intended to be listened to in chronological order by title.  Please pick the title you'd like to listen to from "categories" start with the oldest episode of your title first!

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Apr 28, 2017

Intro: Phil asks Metz to go more in-depth about his interests in pattern-based comedy.

 

Content (8:28): Discussion of Pages 11-22 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.


Apr 21, 2017

Intro: Metz gets Phil to discuss the decline of political cartooning in the US.

Content (6:35): Discussion of Act II, scene vii of Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard.

 


Apr 14, 2017

Intro: Metz and Phil argue about the value of the Muppets to society.

Content (8:40): Discussion of Scenes II.v. and II.vi. from "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.


Apr 7, 2017

Intro: Phil and Metz discuss the videogame "Undertale."

Content (8:54): Discussions of Scenes I.iii. and I.iv. of "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard.