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VoK 241: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 7)


Where do we go from here? The Bookhouse Boys & Girls close the case on episodes 8-9 of Twin Peaks Season 2: “Drive With A Dead Girl” and “Arbitrary Law.” Sing along with Katie (Lady Griffin), Steven (SJLee), Shane (easttexasdirewolf) and Greg (claudiusthefool) in this very…musical entry of VOK.

As with previous installments, there are no Twin Peaks spoilers past the episodes discussed.

Credits:
Edited by Katie

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VoK 235: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 6)


Uh-oh. The Bookhouse Boys & Girls have a bad feeling about episodes 6-7 of Twin Peaks season 2: “Demons” and “Lonely Souls.” Greg (claudiusthefool) shoots his television, Shane (easttexasdirewolf) reveals a terrible secret, Steven (SJLee) educates everyone about Northern Territories, and Katie (Lady Griffin) sticks around for the curtains. Beautiful, swaying red curtains.

As with previous installments, there are no Twin Peaks spoilers past the episodes discussed.

Credits:
Edited by Katie

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VoK 230: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 5)


Who will you meet in Valhalla? Bookhouse Boys & Girls Greg (claudiusthefool), Steven (SJLee), Katie (Lady Griffin), and Shane (easttexasdirewolf) reconvene in the Roadhouse for some rabbit chili and episodes 3-5 of Twin Peaks season 2: “The Man Behind Glass,” “Laura’s Secret Diary,” and “The Orchid’s Curse.”

As with previous installments, there are no Twin Peaks spoilers past the episodes discussed.

Credits:
Edited by Katie

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VoK 228: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 4)


How long were we out? The Bookhouse Boys & Girls return from their bullet-induced hiatus to review the first two episodes of Twin Peaks Season 2: “May The Giant Be With You” and “Coma.” Friendly Giant Katie (Lady Griffin) takes over vaguely helpful spectral hosting duties from Bina (Bina007) as fledgling agents Greg (claudiusthefool), Shane (easttexasdirewolf), and Steven (SJLee) search for their missing rings and try to remember….something.

As with previous installments, there are no Twin Peaks spoilers past the episodes discussed.

Credits:
Edited by Katie

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VoK 218: DragonCast – “Mother’s Mercy” (S05E10 Review)


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DragonCast is back, despite continuing technical nonsense, to review the tenth and final episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, “Mother’s Mercy”.

Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Bing (Shoeshiner), Steven (SJLee), Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Paul (Pod’s Plight),  Alex (LuckyCharms), Brett (White Raven), and Zach (Alias) for one last time (this year).

Apologies for  the audio problems on this one. The recording had some choppiness and a persistent echo at times.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

0:50 – Introduction and Ratings
7:31 – Stannis’ Camp & Winterfell
31:27 – Braavos
36:19 – Dorne
42:22 – Meereen
48:46 – King’s Landing
56:53 – The Wall
1:21:02 – Aftershow

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Kellen the Undying by Drumurboy

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New York Times GoT Finale Post

VoK 211: DragonCast – “The Gift” (S05E07 Review)


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DragonCast is back to discuss the latest Game of Thrones episode, “The Gift”, and how the show is doing gearing up for the final stretch of season 5.

Join Alex (LuckyCharms), Adam (drownedsnow), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Matt (Varley),  Greg (claudiusthefool), Bing (Shoeshiner), Steven (SJLee), and Zach (Alias) for another Game of Thrones review.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Music: The Dornishman’s Wife by Yunck

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VoK 208: DragonCast – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (S05E06 Review)


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DragonCast returns to give their thoughts on the latest Game of Thrones episode. Stay for the aftershow, where we unwind as only the dragons can. #Greg

Join Greg (claudiusthefool) , Matt (Varley), Bing (Shoeshiner), Steven (SJLee), Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain),  Paul (Pod’s Plight), and Zach (Alias) for yet another Game of Thrones review.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

00:38 – Introduction and Ratings
10:40 – Braavos
21:50 – Essos
31:13 – King’s Landing
57:32 – Dorne
1:07:45 – Winterfell
2:01:10 – Aftershow

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Music: Kellen the Undying by Drumurboy

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S.S. Abandoned Plotlines
Game of Thrones S5E6 – Atlantic Roundtable
Alyssa Rosenberg on S5E6

VoK 198: DragonCast – “High Sparrow” (S05E03 Review)


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DragonCast is back to review the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, “High Sparrow”.

Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley), Bing (Shoeshiner), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Steven (SJLee), & defector from WolfCast Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) for an in depth and highly intelligent review and analysis in traditional VOK style.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Episode image created by Zach

Music: “Baby Elephant Walk” by Lawrence Welk

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VoK 196: DragonCast – “The House of Black and White” (S05E02 Review)


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DragonCast is back to review the second episode of Game of Thrones Season 5, “The House of Black and White”.

Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Bing (Shoeshiner), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Adam (drownedsnow), Michal (inkasrain), Steven (SJLee), Brett (White Raven), and Zach (Alias) for another show review that’s not offensive in the slightest.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Music: Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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VoK 195: The Walking Dead (AMC series) – Season 5


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave gather in the safety (relative) of Alexandria to review and discuss the 5th season of AMC’s The Walking Dead.  Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Amanda (Middlecyclone), Augustine (linecom1) & Steven (SJLee) as we discuss how comfortable we are with a possible Ricktatorship, are the Alexandrians dumb or just ignorant of the reality in which they live, how awesome Carl is (just kidding, he’s still awful) and generally meander our way from topic to topic much as the survivors do on the show but still end up where we are meant to be in the end.

***Warning: This podcast contains spoilers for the first five seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead as well as references and spoilers for The Walking Dead Comic by Robert Kirkman (up to the point where the show has reached in the comics.  There will be no spoilers for the comics beyond that point.)***

Edited by Greg

Audio clip copyright AMC

Song: “Zombie” – The Cranberries

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VoK 162: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 3)


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In this episode Bina007 is joined by three high roller oral surgeons from the Tri-City area, Greg (ClaudiustheFool), Shane (EastTexasDirewolf) and Steven (SJLee) to discuss the final two episodes of the first season of Twin Peaks: Realization Time and The Last Evening. As usual, we will fully spoil all episodes up to this point but will not discuss any material from Season Two, allowing our female long-distance trucker Native American listener to join along at home.

Some corrections: Who shot JR featured as a plot in Dallas in 1981 rather than 1984; viewers had to wait a mere four months between seasons 1 and 2 in the USA.  The main show ends at 1 hr 8 mins.

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VoK 159: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 2)


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What do you get if you cross a Norwegian and a Swede? For the answer to this and other burning questions, tune in for the second part of the VoK Twin Peaks Rewatch.  Bina007 is joined by VoK’s own version of The Bookhouse Boys – Sherriff SJLee (Steven), Deputy EastTexasDirewolf (Shane) and Big ClaudiusTheFool (Greg) to discuss Episodes 3, 4 and 5 of Season One – from Rest In Pain to Cooper’s Dreams.  As usual, we won’t be spoiling later episodes of the series so you are safe to follow along at home.

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VoK 156: Twin Peaks ReWatch (Part 1)


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Prompted by David Lynch’s announcement that his ground-breaking 25 year old TV show Twin Peaks will return to the air, VoK has decided to do a rewatch of the previous two series.  Join Shane (EastTexasDirewolf), Bina007, Steven (SJLee) and Greg (ClaudiusTheFool) as they discuss the Pilot and Episodes 1 and 2 of the series in depth.

This episode will NOT contain spoilers for later episodes of the show or Fire Walk With Me, allowing listeners following along at home not to be spoiled.   However, those of you looking for an overarching series discussion can tune in to our Twin Peaks episode.

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And for all you ladies, a picture of EastTexasDirewolf too sexy to button his shirt.

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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 63: Writer’s Workshop


QuillFive Vassals sit down to discuss the craft of writing and share some of their own work. Join Steven (SJLee), Michal (inkasrain), Zach (Alias), Duncan (Valkyrist), and Ace (SomeNewGuy), as they share their insights into writing, offer feedback to one another, and discuss their latest projects.

Ace shares an inspired-by-real-life comedy of life overseas in the Peace Corps. Zach and Duncan discuss their early foray into fantasy fiction. Michal’s unique cop drama, set in a world of drug-addicted dragons, captures the interest of her fellow hosts. And Steven describes his post-apocalyptic novel, which is nearing completion. The conversation covers many areas of writing:

1:55 – Part 1: General Discussion on Writing
23:15 – Part 2: Roundtable Conversation on Work [Gardeners vs. Architects; Breaking down the Fantasy Genre; Plot vs. Character; Female Characters and “Unlikeable” Protagonists; World-building; Writing Post-Apocalyptic Fiction; Publishing your Work]
1:58:10 – Part 3: Advice to Fellow Writers [including a defense for Fan Fiction]

Credits:
Edited by SJLee

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The Anxiety of Writers
Year of the Dragon by inkasrain (extract)
Quincy’s Tale by SomeNewGuy
The Knight of Leafport by Valkyrist (extract)
A Shattered World by SJLee (extract)

VoK 59: Full Cast(le) Recording #1 – We Need to Talk About Kevan


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In the inaugural episode of the “Full Cast(le) Recording” series, the Vassals of Kingsgrave don their mummer’s masks to perform a dramatic reading of the Epilogue from A Dance with Dragons.

And don’t forget to hang around backstage, as the vassals discuss the chapter, debate the morality of Kevan Lannister, and agree that Varys is hella creepy.

1:40 – Chapter Reading
39:53 – Aftershow Discussion

The Cast:
Michal (inkasrain) – Narrator
Leigh (LordManderBlee) – Ronnet Connington / Randyll Tarly
Duncan (Valkyrist) – Kevan Lannister / Tywin Lannister
Peter (Shellfish) – Mace Tyrell
Steven (SJ Lee) – Maester Pycelle
Paul (Pod’s Plight) – Harys Swyft
Brooke (Asha Greatjoy) – Cersei Lannister
Elena (Lady_Grey) – Novice / Varys
Chloe (Lady_Grey’s daughter) – Tommen Baratheon

The Crew:
Michal (inkasrain) – Host
Duncan (Valkyrist) – Editor

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