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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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Oct 26, 2018

Intro - Metz makes Phil watch an uncomfortable video

Content (10:30) - Discussion of Chapters 22 and 23 of The Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe.

Oct 19, 2018

Intro - Phil has his first experience with Texas Roadhouse.

Content (11:57) - Discussion of Chapters 20 and 21 of The Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe.

Oct 12, 2018

Intro - Metz tells Phil about an exciting flight.

Content (9:18) - Discussion of Chapter 19 of The Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe.

Oct 5, 2018

Intro - Metz exposes Phil to a new movie trailer

Content (9:15) - Discussion of Chapters 17 and 18 of The Sword of the Lictor, by Gene Wolfe.