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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

Mar 2, 2018

Into - Phil asks Metz to react to his favorite version of Peter Pan.

Content - Discussion of A Number, by Caryl Churchill

Feb 23, 2018

Intro - Metz makes Phil defend one of his tweets about a property recently acquired by Disney

Content - Discussion of "The Faery Handbag" and "Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link.

Mar 10, 2017

Introduction: Discussion of the Terry Gilliam movie "Brazil."

Content (6:15): Discussion of the second half of the short story "Forlesen" by Gene Wolfe.

Mar 3, 2017

Content: Discussion of the first half of the short story "Forlesen" by Gene Wolfe.