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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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Feb 10, 2017

Intro: Phil gives some practical drawing advice.

Content (7:45): Discussion of letters 42 through 44 and the Compiler's Note of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House." Afterward, a discussion of the novel as a whole.

Feb 3, 2017

Intro: Phil and Metz discuss the origin of their friendship.

Content (9:55): Discussion of letters 40 and 41 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Jan 27, 2017

Intro: The inktober artwork of Erik He and his interpretation of "Book of the New Sun."

Content (10:43): Discussion of letters 38 and 39 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Jan 20, 2017

Intro: Phil probes Metz on the musical Cats, and gets more musical theatre history than he bargained for.

Content (14:20): Discussion of letters 35, 36, and 37 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."

Jan 13, 2017

Intro: Phil gets quizzed on his Shakespeare knowledge.

Content (11:18): Discussion of letters 32, 33, and 34 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."