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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 fourth volume, The Citadel of the Autarch. 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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Dec 29, 2017

Intro - Phil complains about the video of Peter Pan that Metz made him watch.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 22 and 23 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Dec 22, 2017

Intro - Metz tries to get Phil to talk about Super Mario Odyssey, but accidentally ends up segueing into another critique of contemporary television.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 20 and 21 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Dec 15, 2017

Intro - Phil asks Metz about the history of Gelatin.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 18 and 19 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Dec 8, 2017

Intro - Metz introduces a new feature called "Defend Your Tweet."

Content - Discussion of Chapters 16 and 17 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.

Dec 1, 2017

Content - General discussion and discussion of Chapter 15 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.