VoK 148: Podcast Roundtable


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Make some room in your MP3 players, cause the vassals are reviewing their favorite Podcasts. They talk about how they got into podcasts, list their favorites and list podcast they hate as well.

Credits:
Edited by Vikram (fortytwo)
Hosts: Alias, Amberrocks, Valkyrist, Claudiusthefool and Fortytwo
Intro Music: “hmm ok” by Gablé
Various other music: Chris Zabriskie’s Discography

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VOK 147: The Silmarillion (Part 1) – Meet the Valar


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave kick off their Silmarillion Re-read series.  Before discussing the book itself we break down the troubled history of the publication and the development of the text of what eventually became The Silmarillion as it was published in 1977, four years after the death of J.R.R. Tolkien.  We also analyze the letter that Tolkien wrote in 1950 to a friend in which he explained his reasoning behind writing The Silmarillion and what he hoped it would mean to England.

Join hosts Greg, Brett, Shane, Alix & Matt as they try to get into the head of Eru Iluvatar and his musical selections.

Put on your finest raiment and hearken to the tales of the Music of the Ainur and the Valaquenta.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image from the Melkor Was Here Tumblr from March 12, 2014.

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VoK 146: Jack The Ripper (Part 2) – It All Leads to Lizard People


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Join Julia (NoTrueLady), Thomas (FTWard) and Bina007 in the second part of their investigations into the Whitechapel Murders of 1888. In this part, they discuss the main serious suspects in the Jack the Ripper case, some crackpot theories, and the cultural impact of the murders.

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Further reading on Jack the Ripper:
[Paul Begg's book] A concise rundown of the facts with no spurious finger-pointing
[Emily Marsh] The woman who might’ve spoken to the author of the From Hell letter
[The Crawford Letter] The letter that mentions that Druitt’s family consider him to be the killer
[The Kosminski book] The best researched book making the case against Kosminski
[The Devil and the White City] A superb book on H H Holmes and the 1893 Chicago World Fair

Cultural echoes:
[Pandora's Box] The 1929 Louise Brooks movie in which Lulu is killed by Jack The Ripper
[Penny Dreadful] The contemporary TV show featuring Jack the Ripper as one of many aspects of gruesome Victoriana
[The Crimson Petal and the White] Michel Faber explores everything bizarre about Victorian attitudes toward women, sex and prostitutes

VoK 145: Jack the Ripper (Part 1)


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In the first part of our Jack the Ripper discussion, Julia (NoTrueLady) and Bina007 discuss the social conditions at the time of the Whitechapel Murders and make their observations on the deaths of the victims – claimed and canonical. They then discuss the main members of the police investigation and the alleged Ripper letters.  Finally, Thomas (FTWard) teleports in from the future to give us his take on the victims and the Ripper letters.

Warning – this podcast contains discussion of violence and prostitution that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

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VoK 144: The War Of The Roses and ASOIAF


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Join Nadia and Bina007 as they discuss parallels between A Song of Ice and Fire and the War of the Roses.  We discuss whether Henry VI was as mad as Aerys II; whether Edward IV was as drunken a lech as Robert Baratheon; how far Richard III echoes Stannis; whether Elizabeth of York used shadow babies to stop her uncle marrying her; and whether Dany will marry Gendry and reunite the realm just as Henry Tudor did.

Spoiler warning: A Song of Ice and Fire, The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince as well as fifteenth century British history.

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[The Hollow Crown] Dan Jones’ newly published book on The War of the Roses

VOK 143: Book Club (Vol.1): Half a King (by Joe Abercrombie)


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Join the vassals for the second meeting of the VOK Book Club.  We review and discuss Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.

Join hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Amber (amberrocks), Brett (White Raven), Alix (Aiwendil) and Duncan (Valkyrist) as they review the first book of Abercrombie’s planned Shattered Sea Trilogy.  A high fantasy adventure of epic proportions full of betrayal, vengeance, slave revolts, pirates, savages, ancient ruins and blood oaths.

Unshackle your slave collar and join us on our sojourn around the Shattered Sea.

Be sure to vote on the forums for the next pick of the VOK Book Club!

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Jacket image and map taken from the US Hardcover Edition published by Del Rey 2014.  Artwork by Jon McCoy from the Subterranean Press limited edition.

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VoK 142: Movie Roundtable (Vol.1)


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Heat up some popcorn, cause the vassals are heading to the cinema! Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), Imogen (Imogen.OB), and Joseph (Ciao_Gamer) as they riff about optimistic armageddons, plagiaristic lions, urban gunslingers, and the live-action prequel to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.

07:55 – The Postman (Kevin Costner, 1997)
29:47 – The Lion King (Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff, 1994)
45:33 – Dirty Harry (Don Seigel, 1971)
1:06:30 – Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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Links:
Similarities between The Lion King and Kimba the White Lion
Montage Overload: The Insanity of Rocky IV
The Best of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room