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VoK 168: The Kingkiller Chronicle (by Patrick Rothfuss)


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The Vassals pay their jots and take a seat in The Eolian to discuss the first two books in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle series, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. Sympathy, Tinkers, the Amyr, and the Chandrian are discussed, as well as the story’s principle characters. They also take a look at the many theories the books have spawned and what they might mean for the final installment.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)
Hosts: Brett (White Raven), Michael (Mordion), Sif (reg.roone), Chris (Issen), and Zach (Alias)
Music from Mark Haas’ The Name of the Wind: The Unofficial Soundtrack

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VoK 151: The Sopranos ReWatch (Part 1) – Since the Ducks Left


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What happens when four wiseguys walk into a psychiatrist’s office? Join vassals Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Michael (Mordion), and Mattias (Maca) as they hijack and dismantle the first two seasons of HBO’s crown jewel – The Sopranos.

This is the first podcast in a three-part retrospective of the series.

02:51 – Cultural Impact
22:22 – Season 1 Discussion
1:02:33 – Season 2 Discussion

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all aired episodes of HBO’s The Sopranos

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by HBO

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VoK 131: CricketCast (Vol.1) aka “The Bowler’s Holding the Batsmen’s Manwoody!”


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In the first ever CricketCast, the Vassals discuss everything from Test Matches to T20 – spot-fixing to Bodyline – and recreate the Tourney of the Hand from Game of Thrones as commentated on by the Test Match Special team. And special bonus geek-cred to the first commenter who guesses the origin of this episode’s sub-title!

Podcasters: BrumRiverlander (Kelvin); Bina007; VKalra23 (Vidur); MadScientist22 (Surya); Jed O’White Hart (Jed); the Podcast Umpire aka Teddard (Eddie); and our guest ‘Murcan Mordion (Michael).

Editor: VKalra23.

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VoK 125: The Princess Bride [1987] (DVD Commentary) – Abridged Version


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Bina007, Alias (Zack) and Mordion (Michael) provide a DVD commentary to Rob Reiner’s 1987 cult classic movie The Princess Bride. Written by William Goldman the movie puts a witty before its time post modern take on the fairy tale.

Please note that this episode will be published in two editions.  VoK 124 is the full DVD Commentary for people who want to watch with the movie on in the background and has a running time of 1h 41m.

This episode, VoK 125, is for those who want to just listen to our mindless babbling and don’t have access to the movie. It edits out the sporadic silences and has a running time of 1h 23m.

Edited by Bina007.
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VoK 124: The Princess Bride [1987] (DVD Commentary) – Full Version


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Bina007, Alias (Zack) and Mordion (Michael) provide a DVD commentary to Rob Reiner’s 1987 cult classic movie The Princess Bride. Written by William Goldman the movie puts a witty before its time post modern take on the fairy tale.

Please note that this episode will be published in two editions. The first is the full DVD Commentary for people who want to watch with the movie on in the background and has a running time of 1h 41m.

For those who want to just listen to our mindless babbling and don’t have access to the movie, check out episode 125 which edits out the sporadic silences and has a running time of 1h 23m.

Edited by Bina007.
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VoK 123: The Magicians series (by Lev Grossman)


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The Vassals discuss Lev Grossman’s Magicians series of portal fantasy novels. Topics include millennial ennui; impotent gods; the plight of being a fantasy fan; and how the rules of magical top-trumps aren’t entirely clear.  This episode spoils the Magicians series (including the short story in Dangerous Women) and also discusses Narnia, Harry Potter, Brideshead Revisited and Tolkien.  (Aftershow begins at 1h 20m).

Podcast hosts:  Bina007, Katie (Lady Griffin), Brett (WhiteRaven), Michael (Mordion) and Greg (Claudius The Fool).

Edited by Bina007 using Geoffrey Burgon’s marvellous score to ITV miniseries of Brideshead Revisited and Queen’s It’s A Kind of Magic.

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VoK 122: The Pillars of the Earth (by Ken Follett)


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Journey back to the 12th Century as the Vassals discuss the 1989 Ken Follett novel, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’.

VOK’s answer to Siskel and Ebert (when it comes to Ken Follett books) returns as Glen (Dagos_Rivers) and Michael (Mordion) are joined Steven (SJLee) and tackle some thought provoking discussions such as
‘The best way to ruin a wedding’, ‘How to make a dramatic exit’, and ‘Did the White Ship JUST sink?’.

The Vassals also discuss (whilst fearing persecution by listeners to the podcast) the history of witch craft,  currency in the 12th Century, and are saved by SJLee intervening in the ‘name change’ by Ken Follett of one of the historical Monarchs.

The character storylines and plot synopsys are briefly discussed before we realise how complicated the plot is, and
wish to avoid the podcast sounding like the monty python sketch ‘Summarise Proust Competition’.

Running Time: 02:14:34

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[Monty Python sketch] Watch the Monty Python ‘Proust Competition Sketch’

[Oprah] Pillars of The Earth on Oprah’s Book Club

VoK 118: The Rogue Prince (by George R. R. Martin) – “The Blacks” Edition


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Fashionably late as only the Blacks can be, vassals Duncan (Valkyrist), Zach (Alias), Nadia, Peter (Shellfish), Leigh (LordManderBlee), and Michael (Mordion)  review and dissect the latest novella by George R. R. Martin, entitled The Rogue Prince.

During the episode, they lament Daemon Targaryen’s transformation from “cool dark” to “scumbag dark,” the implications of Martin’s new Wikipedia-writing style, and the arcane origins of dragonglass.

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

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 109: Ice & Fire Con 2014 Recap


VoK Ice & FireThe Vassals of Kingsgrave recap the 2nd Annual Ice and Fire Con at Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio. Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Jasmine (jazzimen08), Michael (Mordion), and Thomas (FTWard) as they cover the events of their A Song of Ice and Fire-themed weekend, including very long car rides; panel discussions; various Game of Thrones drinking games; cosplay; board game tournaments; Cards Against Westeros; trivia contests; auctions; a Game of Thrones dance party; and of course meeting Amin and Ashley (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire) in real life.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, HBO’s Game of Thrones, as well as one spoiler chapter from The World of Ice and Fire, and all of the craziness of Ice and Fire Con 2014.

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Edited by claudiusthefool

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VoK 75: The Hedge Knight (by George R. R. Martin)


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The Vassals raise their pavilions at Ashford Meadow to discuss The Hedge Knight, the first story in George R. R. Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg series of novellas. Topics include the role of smallfolk in Westeros and the main story, knights and knighthood, how coinage and the economy of Westeros functions, the age old question of who has a right and claim to rule, and why fahrenheit is better than celsius. Zach (Alias), Bina (Bina007), Vikram (FortyTwo), Amanda (MiddleCyclone), Michael (Mordion), Leigh (LordManderblee) and Nadia (Nadia) also consider various theories that the story has spawned and how they relate to the A Song of Ice and Fire world at large.

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Edited by Zach (Alias)
Music excerpts taken from the soundtrack of HBO’s Game of Thrones, composed by Ramin Djawadi

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Legends (The Hedge Knight)
The Hedge Knight Graphic Novel
Legends II (The Sworn Sword)
The Sworn Sword Graphic Novel
Warriors (The Mystery Knight)

VoK 68: House of Cards (Netflix series) – Seasons 1 & 2


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Beware of Spoilers, the following podcast discusses Season 1 and 2 of House of Cards in detail.

Join the Vassals as they review and discuss the first and second season of Netflix Original Series “House of Cards”. Quorum includes Fortytwo, FTWard, Mordian, Shellfish and Bina007.

Credits:
Edited by Vikram aka Fortytwo
Outro is “Whatever Became of Hubert” by Tom Lehrer

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VoK 65: Fall of Giants (by Ken Follett)


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*Spoiler warning to potential fans of Ken Follett*

Mordion (Michael) and Dagos_Rivers (Glen) discuss the 2010 book release, ‘Fall of Giants’ by Ken Follett, decide to spoil every single sentence in the book, discuss other adult authors like ‘Child Lee’, Dan Brown and Jeffrey Archer, and discuss and value for money when using Audible.

Other topics of discussion:
-Marry, one night or join the Russian Army
-Scottish Referendum
-The perils of Downton Abbey-esque Housemaids
-TV adaptations

Credits:
Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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VoK 21: The Wire (HBO series)


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Join our four guest hosts for a spoiler-filled explicit discussion of HBO’s seminal TV series The Wire, as well as all things A Song Of Ice and Fire.  Mordion aka Michael, Valkyrist aka Duncan, The Parsnip Knight aka Will and Bina007 aka Bina take a critical look at each of the five seasons in turn, before a more light-hearted after-show discussion.

Running order:

00:00  Introduction to the hosts, how we found the show, season ranking and favourite characters.

13:00 Season One –  The pOlice start to investigate the Barksdale crew and we discuss how The Wire measures up to standard cop shows; the character development of Prezbo and Daniels; and the who we were rooting for.

26:00 Season Two – Union leader Frank Sobotka tries to keep the dockworkers in business by making a deal with “The Greek”.  We also discuss how The Wire tackles female characters, equal opportunities for white drug dealers, and whether Ziggy or Herc is the biggest idiot.

46:40 Season Three  – We discuss the pros and cons of Bunny Colvin’s Hamsterdam plan, the comedy of drug dealers recognising the chair in co-op debates, and the tragedy of the rivalry between Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale.

1:10:40  Season Four – The Wire delves into the parlous state of public education in Baltimore as Prezbo becomes a teacher and we debate how far Chris is a “bad guy” and why The Wire didn’t achieve the commercial success of shows like Mad Men, let alone Game of Thrones.

1:38:40 Season Five – We discuss how plausible the McNutty storyline is, and whether the journalism story is too rushed for its own good.

1:50:00  Aftershow –  In which we discuss who the biggest badass of the show is, who the biggest dumbass is, and whether Herc would be a gentle lover, Stringer Bell would cuddle, whether you can say “shiiiiiiiit!” in an English accent and which characters in The Wire resemble characters from A Song Of Ice and Fire.

Credits: Edited by Bina007 with music taken from the soundtrack album “…All the pieces matter – Five years of music from The Wire.”

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The Aidan Gillan Game Of Thrones/Wire Mash-Up Video