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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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Jul 27, 2018

Intro - Phil tries to explain the adrenaline rush of being faster at a JRPG than any of your friends.

Content - Discussion of The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K Le Guin

Jul 20, 2018

Intro - Metz and Phil hold a business meeting on-air and announce their upcoming Reddit AMA!

Content - General discussion of The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe.

Jul 13, 2018

Intro - Metz forces Phil to defend a tweet and makes an ill-advised search on Etsy.

Content - Discussion of Chapter 31 of The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe.

Jul 6, 2018

Intro - Metz and Phil discuss the questionable merits of a specialized Kickstarter.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 29 and 30 of The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe.