Category Archives: Books & Novellas

VoK 571: Is Bill the Hottest? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 8)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start reading the fourth book in the series, The Goblet of Fire. Join Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Abby (DaceyMormont), and Zach (Alias) as they cover the first 10 chapters in the book.

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

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 568: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 1) – Totemism



VoK’s very own Dr Blood begins a series of academic examinations through a Song of Ice and Fire. To start, we take a look at Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life–specifically the excerpts where he discusses totemism.*

In addition to sigils and house symbolism/identity, we touch on everything from ethical questions (e.g. the “wolves” and “lions’ ravaging the Riverlands) to tinfoil (just how close are the Targs to dragons??), as well as more character-centric considerations (Dany, her silver, and her eggs; the Starks and their direwolves, etc.)…and anything else we can come up with! What would have happened if the Starks had found another Direwolf for Theon? Is Victarion Greyjoy a Raiders fan? Isn’t the Flayed Man such a bad brand that it would have been changed at some point?

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), Wilson (The Wandering Prophet), and Michael (Khal Wadege).

*Totemism: A system of belief in which humans are said to have kinship or a mystical relationship with a spirit-being, such as an animal… (Britannica.com)

Here’s a link to the Durkheim selections we focus on:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wO5AfgU9rDYdkQ21kI6MvrLO-3g6PRMq

This might also be helpful, especially 4&5: http://durkheim.uchicago.edu/Summaries/forms.html

http://bestiary.ca/

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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VoK 566: Gaming the Thrones – Euron Greyjoy



In this episode we will be covering the show Game of Thrones and how it ended certain plots as well as where those plots stand going into “The Winds of Winter”. Will be discussing the effectiveness of the show’s arc as well as the potential impact, if any, on Martin’s future books. Join us as we try to separate fact from fan fiction.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Kevin (creepy nuncle kevin), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Kevin (Gaiden), Sara (DrBlood), and Matt (Blu3arm0r).

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of Game of Thrones

Editor: Adam

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VoK 555: Good Omens (Amazon miniseries)


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The Vassals discuss the new Amazon TV show and the cult fantasy book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman on which it was based.

Aftershow at 1hr 8m.

Hosts – Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Dana/Taindana, Michal/Inkasrain, Jock/Munrock2 and Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

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VoK 552: Marauder Madness aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 7)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to conclude their re-read of the Prisoner of Azkaban. Join Marie (Nymeria), Small Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Abby (DaceyMormont), Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Paul (Pod’s Plight), and Zach (Alias) as they enjoy the usual laughs and jokes, but also engage in some serious discussion on some of the many complex characters this series has to offer.

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

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Azkaban Soundtrack – 07 A Window to the Past

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VoK 551: Brienne in the Badlands aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 87)


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Bina, QueenJames, Abby/DaceyMormont, Jock and Dan/WitlessChum roll into the penultimate Feast episode as Brienne shouts a word in Brienne 8, Cersei writes a letter to Jaime in Cersei 10 and Theon’s POV is named Reek for the last time.

Reek 3 (1m) – Brienne 8 (21m) – Cersei 10 (34m) – Safe for all aftershow (58m) –  TWOW spoiler aftershow (1hr4m) –  GOT spoiler aftershow slash dirge (1hr7m30s)

Music credit – Alpine Universe & The Boss; Picture credit – HBO

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VoK 549: Words Cut Deeper than Swords (Ice & Fire Con Panel)



In their first ever panel at Ice & Fire Con, the Vassals of Kingsgrave rank their favourite passages from A Song of Ice and Fire. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Casey (blue-eyed-queen) and Dan (Witless Chum) as they reflect on some of the most powerful moments of Martin’s dialogue and examine the meaning behind his prose – from Sansa’s twilit snow castle, to Dany’s desert hallucinations, to Catelyn’s fevered flight from Storm’s End.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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