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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 Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe begins 10/6/17. 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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Oct 27, 2017

Intro - Metz and Phil discuss the signature dishes they're known for cooking at home.

Content - Discussion of Chapter 6 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Oct 20, 2017

Intro - Phil asks Metz for advice on his singing.


Content - Discussion of chapters 4 and 5 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Oct 13, 2017

Intro - Metz asks Phil about the experience of going on a cruise.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 2 and 3 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Oct 6, 2017

Intro - Phil asks Metz to describe his ideal adaptation of The Shadow of the Torturer.

Content - Introduction to our approach and discussion of Chapter 1 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.