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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.  

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe is in progress now as we work through the second volume, The Claw of the Conciliator. 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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May 26, 2017

 Intro: Phil explains why he hates the term "World Building."

 

Content: Discussion of Pages 66-81 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.


May 19, 2017

 Intro: Metz tries to entice Phil into reading Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.

 

Content: Discussion of Pages 51-66 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.


May 12, 2017

 Intro: Phil tells Metz about The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.

 

Content: Discussion of Pages 36-50 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.


May 5, 2017

 

Intro: Metz asks Phil to describe the merits of interactive fiction.

 

Content: Discussion of Pages 22-36 of the First Orb Edition of The Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe.