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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 637: Bridgerton (Season 1)


Review of Season 1 of Bridgerton, a show watched in over 82 million households worldwide.

Hosts: Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Bina (Bina007), Marie (Nymeria), Hannah (shadow_ baby), Matt (Varley)

Credits:
Edited by Glen.

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VOK 627 – The Crown Season 4


Drop a curtesy and grab your Ibble Dibble wine cork because it’s time for the VOK review of season 4 of Netflix’ historical drama, The Crown. Season 4 takes us from 1977 to 1990 and we cover the lesser royals, the between The Queen and Mrs Thatcher, and the marriage of Charles and Diana.

Hosts: Bina007, Maria/Nymeria, Jock/MunroJock2, Hannah/Shadowbaby, Adam/Drownedsnow and Zack/Alias.

Spoilers for The Crown passim.

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VOK 625 – Deadwood The Movie


Dissent! Dispute! Disagreement! Daggers at dawn! No not really. But the Vassals DO have vastly differing reactions to the Deadwood movie. Join Michael, Thomas, Dana and Bina as they wrap up their rewatch. Strong language and spoilers throughout.

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VoK 623: Deadwood Season 3


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A podcast episode is never late. It arrives precisely when it means to. And so with characteristic timeliness, VOK releases its review of the HBO series Deadwood’s third and final season a mere fourteen years after its initial release. Join Dana, Michael, Thomas and Bina for a spoiler-filled discussion of plot and character. Then join us for an uncharacteristically long after show where we discuss the constitutional politics of the USA and UK.

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VoK 621: Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)


Hey, you single? Join Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Tanja (Scilens), and Matt (Varley) as we discuss Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, the reality dating sensation that’s sweeping several nations. Who’s our favorite match candidate? Why do people get married anyway? Would we go to a face reader? What’s up with the molecular gastronomy? And will Vyasar hang out with us, pleeeeease?

In the aftershow, we’re joined by Bina007 to go in-depth on her take on the series, as well as Indian culture, diaspora, and the role that matchmaking plays in Indian life around the world.

Credits:
Edited by Michal (inkasrain)

Music: Marrakesh Market by Parry Music 
(We note that Marrakesh is in Morocco, not India, but this music was used in the show and it slaps.)

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VoK 618 – I May Destroy You


Bina007 and Hannah / Shadowbaby discuss Micaela Coel’s provocative, powerful TV series, I May Destroy You. The discussion is full of spoilers, but also discusses sexual assault and rape in detail. Listeners are encouraged to exercise self-care.

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VoK 617 – Return of the King Extended Edition Fan Rewatch Part 2


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The Vassals finally head Into The West with the final part of their Return of the King Extended Edition rewatch. This part begins at the Muster of Rohan, 1hr49m into the film. Learn how the movie did Gandalf and Faramir AND Aragorn dirty, but that the absence of the Scouring of the Shire isn’t actually a problem.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Matt/Varley, Marie/Nymeria, Alias/Zach and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 616 – Return Of The King Extended Edition Fan Rewatch Part 1


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The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Join the Vassals on their rewatch of the Extended Edition of The Return of the King. As the film is so long, they watch the pre-amble to the final battle, and leave as Gimli enters the Paths of the Dead (to the end of scene 33) and just before The Muster of Rohan.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Alias/Zach and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VOK 614: Two Towers EE Fan Watch


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Following on from our LOTR AltHistory discussion, the ReRead crew get together to watch the Extended Edition of The Two Towers. They ramble chat and occasionally offer insights into why Faramir is dreamy.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Marie/Nymeria, MunroJock2 and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VOK 613: The Fellowship Of The Ring Fan Watch


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Following on from our LOTR AltHistory discussion, the ReRead crew get together to watch the Extended Edition of Fellowship of the Ring. They ramble chat and occasionally offer insights on why Boromir is the most under-rated character in LOTR.

Hosts: Bina007, Adam/DrownedSnow, Nadia, Matt/Varley, Paul/Ser Dinner Roll and O.G of the M.E. Peter/Shellfish.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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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 606: The Plot Against America (HBO miniseries)


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The Nerdywells discuss Philip Roth’s 2004 alt-history novel and the recent HBO series based on it. Spoilers for both within.

Topics:
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10 mins in – the romantic idealism of Herman Levin and the tragic cynicism of Alvin Levin
27 mins in – the strength of Bess Levin and vacuity of Evelyn Finkel
36 mins in – Interlude: what really happened at the end?
46 mins in – the assimilationist politics of Rabbi Bengelsdorf
58 mins in – Sandy, Philip, Seldon and Alt history as a genre
1 hr 11 mins in – the ending again! Seriously if any of you can explain this to us please write in.

Hosts: Bina007, Matt/Varley, Greg/ClaudiusTheFool, Adam/DrownedSnow, Abby/DarceyMormont and Jock/MunroJock2.

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VoK 604: Will Winter Ever Come? aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead FINALE (Part 107)


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Join the Vassals for the final episode of the reread! We begin with Bina007 delivering some nerd stats about who has hosted which episode. At 16 minutes in we move to a Dance With Dragons trivia quiz hosted by Pops88/Noah. And finally 24 minutes in we delve into a thematic discussion of Dance hosted by Khal Wadege/Michael.

The themes are:
– failing to rule the peace (24 minutes in)
– the journey to yourself (40 minutes in)
– what isn’t there – the others and the dragons (52 minutes in)
– all things prophesy (1hr 3mins in)
– Southern ambitions (1hr 10 mins in)
– Greyscale and Marwyn (1hr 19 mins in)
– The Grand Northern Conspiracy (1hr 29 mins in)
– The rising power of religion (1hr 46 mins in)
– The children of the forest (1hr 55 mins in)
– Thoros of Myr (2hrs 5 mins in)
The hosts are rounded out by Marie/Nymeria – Michael/Khal Wadege – Varley/Matt – Matt/Blu3arm0r and Jock/MunroJock2.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
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VoK 603: Westworld (HBO series) – Mid-Season 3 Discussion


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Join Bina007, Matt/Blu3arm0r, Adam/DrownedSnow, Dana/Taindana and Jock/MunroJock2 as they review the first half of season 3 of HBO’s Westworld. Spoilers throughout.

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VoK 600: The Dance of the Vassals VI aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 106)


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Welcome to the 600th episode of the Vassals of Kingsgrave! We begin with some chat from the VOK Curators  about the status of the fandom and what will come next for VOK in the absence of a new book. Your hosts are Casey/Blue-Eyed-Queen; Hashtag Greg/ClaudiusTheFool; Adam/Drownedsnow; Zack/Alias; Bina007, the Podcast Bard/Jed O’White Hart and a guest appearance from Nadia.

At 41m, we move to the penultimate episode of the reread but the final chapter episode!  We cover the final two linear timeline chapters of A Dance With Dragons – Dany 10 and Jon 13 – both taking place at an unspecified time in late July to – late August 300 AL.  To do so we reunite some of the hosts of the first two episodes of the reread – published back in August 2015 – Thomas/FTWard; Brett/Whiteraven; Michael/Mordion; Matt/Varley and Bina007.  And we also get two special songs from the Podcast Bard.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 598: Jon Snow’s Endgame aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 105)


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Join us for the penultimate chapter episode of this epic reread! It’s all Jon all of the time as we cover the events of August 13th to 17th 300 AL – Jon 10 (4 minutes in), Jon 11 (38 mins in) and Jon 12 (55 mins in) of A Dance With Dragons. The aftershow begins at 1hr28mins with Game of Thrones spoilers at 1hr29mins.

Your hosts today are Bina007, Nymeria/Maria, DrownedSnow/Adam, Inkasrain/Michal, Blue-Eyed-Queen/Casey and DrBlood/Sara.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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VoK 597: Pipe Down in the Peanut Gallery aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 104)


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As we approach the end of our epic re-read we take time out to wrap up the final TWOW preview chapters. We ended episode 102 with Asha being reunited with Theon in Stannis’ camp in Theon 1. So we begin this episode with the Theon chapter from TWOW that takes place a day later on August 10th We then cover the Alayne 1 (29m) and Mercy (54m) chapters, even though we’re not sure where they fit in the timeline. What this does is finish off the stories (so far!) of the remaining Winterfell kids.

Your hosts today are Bina007, Matt/Blu3arm0r, Varley, Abby/DarceyMormont, Jock/MunroJock2 and Michael/Khal Wadege.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but for Game of Thrones, the TV show.

Music credit – Alpine Universe.
Picture credit – HBO’s Game of Thrones

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