Category Archives: Books & Novellas

VoK 666: Creature Chat – Demons



The Vassals delve deep into devilry, and hope to escape with their souls intact. Why is it goats?

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Adam/drownedsnow
Zach/Alias
Kat/kitkathistory24601
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 655: Creature Chat – Werewolves



Absolute lunacy erupts as the Vassals come face to face with werewolves! Is the beauty of this beast more than skin-deep? Topics include the history of werewolf tales, possible inspirations, shapeshifters around the world, and general human-canine relations.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Adam/drownedsnow
Matt/Varley
Kit/kgcanary
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 651 – Klara and the Sun Book Review



Join Bina007 and Zach/Alias as they discuss the latest novel from Kazuo Ishiguro in a spoiler filled review.

Topics include: the notion of a sympathetic AI POV; the nature of religious faith; predicting remote learning and disrupted socalisation; lifting as a comment on helicopter parenting and the college admissions scandal; the future of work in a world of advanced AI and robotics; and the nature of love; the nature of service.


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VoK 650: LOTR Reread – Fellowship Part 4


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In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join Vassals Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley) and Adam (drownedsnow) for chapters 6 through 10 of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2. We journey through Lothlorien and to the falls of Rauros, with many tangent discussions on Lembas, cherry tomatoes, and fantasy along the way.


Credits:
Edited by Marie

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VoK 649: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 3) – Monsters


In the third installment of A Seminar of Ice and Fire—the VoK series that examines A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts—the Vassals take on Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s essay “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).”

We talk about what makes a monster, what monsters we see (or don’t see) in a Song of Ice and Fire, and what particular types of monsters might suggest about the culture that created them.

Hosts:
Sara/DrBlood
Ben/KingJucio
Varley
Peter/Shellfish
Wilson/The Wandering Prophet
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

A PDF of the Cohen reading is available here. For more reading on some of the other topics mentioned in the episode, you can start with Bauman, Zygmunt, Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (2000); and Tajfel, H., “The achievement of inter-group differentiation” (1978).

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VoK 648 Witcher – The Tower of the Swallow Pt 1


Join the Vassals as we meander along with some beekeepers and avoid assassins sent by dangerous sorcerers…a normal day for a Witcher. 
Discussion brought by Adam/Drowned Snow; Bing/Shoeshiner; David/Davidhhh; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin; Marie/Nymeria

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, Adam/Drowned Snow, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

Edited by: Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 647: Creature Chat — Vampires


Creature chat discusses vampires!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/The Lord Baron
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Abby/daceymormont
Matt/Varley
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Content Warning: This episode contains discussion and descriptions of sex and sexuality, bodily fluids, decaying corpses, murder, torture, animal distress, and very bad vampire impressions.

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

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VoK 646: Fevre Dream (by George R. R. Martin)



The Vassals (and Bastards) review Martin’s second published novel, the  steamboat horror story Fevre Dream. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist) and Zach (aka Alias) as they sail down the vampire-infested waters of the Mississipi.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist and Amin

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VoK 645: Witcher – Baptism of Fire


The Vassal Witchers go on a wild romp around the continent and pick up new members of our company along the way in true Baptism of Fire style. Join as we discuss the 3rd novel of the Witcher Saga by Andrej Sapkowski. 

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, Adam/Drowned Snow, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin and Katie/Lady Griffin

Edited by: Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 641: LOTR Reread – Fellowship Part 3



In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join Vassals Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil), Zach (Alias), and Adam (drownedsnow) for chapters 1 through 5 of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2. We convene for the Council of Elrond and head into Moria as the journey to destroy the Ring begins.


Credits:
Edited by Zach

Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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VoK 640: The Hunger Games – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes


Recorded 9 months ago, fresh reaction to the latest installment in The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins. Tributes Abby (DaceyMormont), Adam (drownedsnow), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Katie (Lady Griffin), Brett (White Raven), Kevin (Nuncle Kevin), and Zach (Alias) provide a review and discuss each of the three parts of the Book.

Credits:
Edited by Glen and Abby.

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VoK 639: Creature Chat – Dragons



The Vassals convene to chat about magical reptiles of various shapes and sizes. So grab your ceiling wax and look out for sharkdoors.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Michal/inkasrain
Sara/DrBlood
Amber/amberrocks
Zander/The Lord Baron
Marie/Nymeria
Ben/King Jucio
Adam/drownedsnow

Credits:
Edited by Peter

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VoK 638: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “The Glass Flower” and “The Stone City” (Review)



The Vassals (and Bastards) conclude their voyage into George R. R. Martin’s science fiction universe. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Michael (aka Mordion), and Zach (aka Alias) as they review two more short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “The Glass Flower” and “The Stone City.”

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 636: LOTR Re-read – Fellowship part 2


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In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join us for chapters 7 through 12 of the Fellowship of the Ring. We meet Bombadil, Strider and Glorfindel as we travel to Bree, Weathertop and the ford to Rivendell.

Hosts: Alix (Aiwendil), Adam (drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria)

Credits:
Edited by Nymeria

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VoK 635: Book Club (Vol.7) – The Darkness That Comes Before (by R. Scott Bakker)



The VOK Book Club reconvene to review the dark fantasy novel The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker (the first book in The Second Apocalypse series). Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Zach (Alias), Alex (LuckyCharms), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Steven (SJLee), Duncan (Valkyrist), Adam (drownedsnow), and lurkers Casey (blue-eyed-queen) and Amber (amberrocks), for an in-depth discussion on grimdark fantasy, amoral characters, historical parallels, and existential philosophy.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 633: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “The Way of Cross and Dragon” and “And Seven Times Never Kill Man!” (Review)



The Vassals (and Bastards) continue their voyage into George R. R. Martin’s science fiction universe. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Michael (aka Mordion), and Zach (aka Alias) as they review two more short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “The Way of Cross and Dragon” and “And Seven Times Never Kill Man!”

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 630: Witcher – Time of Contempt



Join the Rats — er, the Vassals — as we discuss The Time of Contempt, the fourth installment in Andrezj Sapkowski’s Witcher saga. Featuring “Sorry Mom, I started a riot,” relationship advice, what the hell happens on Thandd, sad quotes, and little horses.

Please note that this episode contains frank discussion of rape and sexual trauma, beginning around the 1 hour and 10 minute mark.

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Adam/DrownedSnow and Marie/Nymeria

Edited by: Michal/inkasrain

Music: Lady Of Worlds by Miracle Of Sound

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VoK 629: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 14 – Order of the Phoenix 3)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to continue the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Zander (The Lord Baron), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 12-16.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits: Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper

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VoK 628: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 13 – Order of the Phoenix 2)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to continue the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), jock (munrojock2), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 7-11.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper 

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VoK 622: LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring part 1


The Vassals of Kingsgrave once again explore Middle Earth in this new reread of The Lord of the Rings. Join us for the first 6 chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, following the hobbits from Bag Eng to the Old Forest.

Hosts: Alix (Aiwendil), Tanja (scilens), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria)

Credits:
Edited by Marie (Nymeria)
Check out the Alliance of Arda for discussions about race, sexuality, gender identity, and disability through Tolkien and his works.

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