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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 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 578: A Little Hatred (by Joe Abercrombie)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave get their book reading game back on as they dive into the world of the First Law, created by Joe Abercrombie. Join Brett (White Raven), Greg (claudiusthefool), Alex (LuckyCharms), and Zach (Alias) as they talk about how they got into this series of fantasy novels, share why they enjoy them so much, and do an in-depth review of the most recently published book, A Little Hatred.

This podcast contains spoilers for all books in the First Law series. Spoilers for A Little Hatred begin at 27:50. 

Aftershow starts at 1:40:45

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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You can purchase A Little Hatred, the earlier books in the First Law series, or any other book you want at Southhampton Sag Harbor Books

Art by Whichever Flower

VoK 548: Deadwood (HBO series) – Season 2



Please join (most of the) The Ambulators (Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Dana (taindana), Dermot (tomred) and Thomas (FTWard) ) as we discuss the second season of the HBO series Deadwood.

Before going completely off the rails we do discuss gender, race, class, technology, politics and religion as well as other important topics like Anzac desserts, turkey fucking and how best to spend our tax refunds. (Spoiler – https://southamptonsagharborbooks.com)

Aftershow @ 1:35

Credits:
Edited by FTWard

Intro:
Calling All Angels
Performed By: k.d. lang and Jane Siberry
Written By: Jane Siberry

Outro:
Froggie Went a Courtin’
Performed By: Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band
Written By: Unknown

Audio clips thanks to http://deadwoodchronicles.com/

@sepinwall Uproxx Deadwood Reviews/Commentary

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VoK 543: DragonCast – “The Iron Throne” (S08E06 Review) [Game of Thrones Series Finale]



Dragoncast gets together to talk Thrones one last time for the series finale. The end of this journey through televised fan fiction.

Aftershow at 1:17:00

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Bina (Bina007), Matt (Varley), Katie (Lady Griffin), Brett (White Raven), and Greg (claudiusthefool).

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 531: DragonCast – “The Long Night” (S08E03 Review)


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Join Bina, Katie, Michal, Varley, Adam and Brett for a rapid-response take on this week’s epic episode. At 57m we’re pod crashed by Greg, Casey, and a very shell-shocked Zack and Duncan from Ice and Fire Con.

The night is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of Game of Thrones.

Music credits: Alpine Universe.

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VoK 523: Dragoncast – “Winterfell” (S08E01 Review)



Game of Thrones is back after more than 18 months away and brings with it Dragoncast. How does this premiere compare to other season premieres? Join us for drinks and dragons.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Casey (blue-eyed-queen) Michal (inkasrain), Matt (Varley), Katie (Lady Griffin), and #Greg (claudiusthefool).

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 502: Deadwood (HBO series) – Season 1


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Please join The Ambulators (Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Matt (blu3arm0r), Dana (taindana), Dermot (tomred) and Thomas (FTWard) ) as we meander through the muddy streets of Deadwood.
Along the way we discuss and debate US Geography, the impact of S.C.U.B.A. diving on Western culture, what we should call “Kristen Bell”, why Bina is our Cornland expert and the proper technique for Tanker Wanking.
One cocksucker said “It’s been a super fun conversation but it’s going to be a shitty podcast to listen to…” but eventually we do manage to mention Season One of the HBO series Deadwood.

After Show; 1:35:00

Music –

Intro
“The Farmer and the Cowman”
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Performed by: taindana

Outro
“Not Dark Yet”
Songwriter: Bob Dylan
Performed by: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

Credits:
Edited by FTWard

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VoK 501: A GameShow of Thrones (ASOIAF Trivia)



The vassals continue their 500 revelry with a heated round of ASOIAF trivia! Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Zach (Alias), Greg (claudiusthefool), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), and Nadia as they go head to head in a battle of wits, wills and White Walkers.

Who will be crowned champion and who will be fed to the dogs? There’s only one way to find out…

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 500: The Dance of the Vassals V



The curators of Vassals of Kingsgrave celebrate their 500th episode!! Join Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Zach (Alias), Greg (claudiusthefool), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Duncan (Valkyrist), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), and Nadia as they answer listener-submitted questions about the books, the podcast and the fandom of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Topics include: our favorite episodes, meetup experiences, Westerosi survival tips, best and worst tinfoil theories, dream podcast guests, stalking George, how the series has affected our lives, and what the future holds.

Stick around for the Aftershow (at 2:31:51) for an interview with Amin Javadi from “A Podcast of Ice and Fire,” in which he elaborates on the early years of the ASOIAF fandom and the origins of VOK.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music from Age of Empires

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VoK 483: Ice & Fire Con 2018 Recap




Hey, remember Ice and Fire Con? We finally got a podcast out about it. Get an inside look at what it’s like at this wonderful event as Vassals Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Matt (blu3arm0r), Greg (claudiusthefool), Zach (Alias), Dan (Witless Chum), Thomas (FTWard), and Jon (eigenvectorjon) recap and share their experiences of Ice and Fire Con 2018.

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Music by Alpine Universe and DrumurBoy

Ice and Fire Con Links
Ice and Fire Con 2019 Tickets
Ice and Fire Con and Vassals of Kingsgrave Instagram pages for more pictures from the event
Westeros: An American Musical
The Rains of Castamere in Russian by Pasha
Mallory/Sanxrian’s Art
The Broken Man by Scad from Davos Fingers
The Floppy Fish by Tom o’Sevens
Ser Duncan the Tall vs Rohanne Webber Rap Battle

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VoK 472: Chinchilla-Dick and the Scuttlebutts aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 71)


Dany bursts in to discovers the dragons are gone. Irri is dead

Join OG Vassals – Bina007, Brett/Whiteraven, Hashtag Greg/ClaudiusTheFool, Matt/Varley and Podcast Lurker Amberrocks – as well as the delightful new Podcast host QueenJames  – as they continue VOK’s epic linear re-read. In this episode we cover Dany 3 from A Dance With Dragons, wherein Ducksauce Declares War; Davos 2 from Dance, in which he reaches White Harbor; and Jaime 2 from Feast in which all the Tyrells have left. These events take place on the 25th and 27th of February 300 AL.  Also please be warned that this episode is smuttier than usual.

The podcast contains spoilers for all published works in ASOIAF but not for Game of Thrones.

For those following along at home the next episode of the re-read is will be hosted by Sarah/LADY WEAVER and will cover Arya 1 (AFFC), Tyrion 3 (ADWD), and Sam 2 (AFFC).

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VoK 459: Ready Player One [2018] (Review)


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Join Adam/DrownedSnow, Bina007 and Greg/ClaudiusTheFool as they discuss the Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One based on the novel by Ernest Cline. This podcast spoils both the book and film, although a more detailed discussion of the former is available in VOK 158.

The after show begins at 45m.

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VoK 456: Snow Day aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 63)


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The Vassals complete their reread of A Storm Of Swords, with four chapters –  Sam 4, Jon 11, Sam 5, and Jon 12 – that see the election of the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. These events take place on the 9th and 10th February 300 AL.

Your hosts are Bina007; the OG VOK Curator Glen/Dagos Rivers; the legendary Hashtag Greg aka ClaudiusTheFool; Varley Mo Varley/Matt; Ser Patrick The Tall and Podcast Lurker, Amberrocks!

Beware! This podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in the A Song Of Ice and Fire series including very briefly TWOW preview chapters. It does not spoil the show.

Music – Alpine Universe
Artwork – HBO

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VoK 426: Stranger Things (Netflix series) – Season 1


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This podcast will spoil all of season 1 and the trailers for Season 2 of Stranger Things.

Credits:
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Music credits: Music by: Music promoted by Royalty-Free Music for Your Videos https://goo.gl/tgZky7 Contact the artist : https://goo.gl/amZBKi

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VoK 425: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (by John le Carré)


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Bina007 and Hashtag Greg aka ClaudiusTheFool discuss John Le Carre’s iconic 1974 spy thriller about a Russian mole at the heart of the British secret service – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. No chinchillas were left hungry during the taping of this podcast.

Music credits: Geoffrey Burgon’s sublime score for the 1979 TV Miniseries is available to buy on iTunes and other sellers.

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VoK 421: It [2017] (Review)


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Join vassals Sarah (Lady Weaver), Adam (drownedsnow) & Greg (claudiusthefool) as they discuss and review “It”, directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King.  Be forewarned for book & movie spoilers, bad Australian accents, and “borging”.

Edited by Greg

Music: “Throwing Stones” by The Grateful Dead.
Words by John Barlow, Music by Bob Weir.

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VoK 417: Dragoncast – “The Dragon and the Wolf” (S07E07 Review)



Dragoncast closes the season out with a long discussion of this very long episode. We also have some bonus trivia in the aftershow and we discuss Greg’s use of chains in his bookstore.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Katie (Lady Griffin), Brett (White Raven), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Matt (Varley), Alexi (Czar Alexi), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Amber (amberrocks), and Greg (claudiusthefool).

After show and trivia start at 2:17:00. Honestly, you probably just want to skip to that.

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 *edited while watching Ballers*

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VoK 401: Dragoncast – “Eastwatch” (S07E05 Review)



Dragoncast regroups once again for the 5th episode, Eastwatch, of Game of Thrones, season 7. Join us for Sansa-love, show logic complaints, and Michal’s ever-ringing clock.

Hosts: Casey (blue-eyed-queen) Greg (claudiusthefood), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Katie (Lady Griffin), and Paul (SerDinnerRoll).

After show at 1:15:24

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: Casey

Music Credits: Alpine Universe

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VoK 400: The Dance of the Vassals IV



To celebrate their 400th podcast, the curators of VOK break bread in the smoky halls of the Twins and toast a joyous marriage to Edmure Tully and Roslyn Frey.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Bina (Bina007), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Zach (Alias), Adam (drownedsnow), Nadia, and Greg (claudiusthefool) for a one-night only performance of Catelyn VII from George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords (aka the “Red Wedding”). And stick around backstage for a postmortem discussion of the chapter.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

02:20 – Full Cast(le) Recording #13: The Hole Where Our Hearts Had Been
33:32 – Catelyn VII (ASOS) Chapter Discussion

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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