Category Archives: Books & Novellas

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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VoK 620: The Witcher Saga – Blood of Elves (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


Join the Vassals for more swords and sorcery as we discuss the second half (chapters 5-7) of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Blood of Elves”. Also, are councils good or bad? And who needed that old shack anyways!

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

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 619: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 12 – Order of the Phoenix Start)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 1-6.

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 

Reclaiming Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Advocate for Trans Rights
‘Harry Potter’ Helped Me Come Out as Trans, But J.K. Rowling Disappointed Me
Opinion: Harry Potter’s Magic Fades When His Creator Tweets
Combatting Transphobia from a Clinical Psychology Perspective with Oak Reed

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VoK 615: The Witcher Saga – Blood of Elves (Part 1) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



Join the Vassals for more swords and sorcery as we discuss the first half (chapters 1-4) of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Blood of Elves”. Also, how does book translation work? Where’s #Greg?

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Zach/Alias, Adam/DrownedSnow and Abby/DaceyMormont

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VOK 612: LOTR ReRead Reunion – Counterfactual History


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Many of us are comfort-reading LOTR right now, so Bina007 decided to gather up the Vassals who hosted the LOTR re-read back in 2013 to discuss what would have happened if Faramir had attended the Council of Elrond rather than Boromir; if Sauron had never found the Ring; if Theoden hadn’t helped Gondor; what if Sauron won; and what if Saruman never went bad.

Thanks to Matt’s Air Con and Paul playing LOTR online this isn’t the cleanest of audio files but we thought The Listener would still like to hear OG Vassals Shellfish, Nadia and EastTexasDirewolf back on the airwaves.  Quotidian hosts include Matt/Varley, Bina, Brett/Whiteraven, Adam/Drownedsnow and Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 611: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



The Vassals discuss the second half of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Sword of Destiny including the short stories “A Little Sacrifice,” “Sword of Destiny,” and “Something More.” Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 610: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 1) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


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The Vassals discuss the first half of the second book of The Witcher series – Sword of Destiny – in an episode that spoils the book but not the Netflix show.

Topics:
: 30 Intro and general reviews
09:45 The Bounds of Reason
41:25 A Shard of Ice
1:04:30 Eternal Flame
1:31:40 General discussion

Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Edited by davidhhh

Music credits:
Geralt of Rivia:
Original Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Toss a Coin to Your Witcher:
Original Music by Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Lyrics by Jenny Klein, Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli
Performed by Joey Batey

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VoK 609: Remember Cedric Diggory? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 11)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the fourth and final part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Jock (munrojock2), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 31-37 and complete 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 608: A GameShow of Thrones #2 (ASOIAF Trivia)



What started out as a wholesome round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia, quickly descends into drunken, isolation-induced mayhem. Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), Adam (drownedsnow), Hannah (shadow_ baby), David (davidhhh), and Abby (Daceymormont) duke it out for supremacy. Listen at your own peril! 😜

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 607: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm” (Review)


The Vassals (and Bastards) launch 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 short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “Bitterblooms” and “In the House of the Worm.”

Credits:
Edited by Amin and Valkyrist

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