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 167: The Legend of Korra (“Reunion” Review)


The unstoppable Korrasami-Wuko mecha assembles! Vassals Amin, Stephanie (gsdg), Katie (Lady Griffin) and Michal (inkasrain) cross the border into love for this week’s review of S4E07: “Reunion.”

Edited by Katie

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VoK Bonus: Monty Python and the Tower of Joy


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In this “bonus” episode of VOK, jed o’white hart presents a stirring rendition of the Tower of Joy scene from George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, with all of the key parts recast by Monty Python.

Bonus episodes of VoK are bite-sized podcasts (such as songs, sketches or mini-discussions), which are under 20 minutes in length. If you have a similar project you would like submit or organise via VOK, then please contact us, or let us know on the forums.

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VoK 166: VOK Book Club (Vol.3): Station Eleven (by Emily St. John Mandel)


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Join the vassals for the third meeting of the VOK Book Club.  We review and discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award (that’s right, literature!).

Join hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Amber (amberrocks), Zach (Alias), Michal (inkasrain) & first-time podcaster Alex (LuckyCharms) as they try to make sense of this “hopeful” post-apocalyptic world in which 99% of the world’s population has been killed by a super-flu and yet Shakespeare (and comic books) have survived.

Come journey the empty weed-ravaged roads of what once was Michigan with the Traveling Symphony and its motley group of eccentric musicians and performers as well as visit The Museum of Civilization with its exhibits from a gone-away world.

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 Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.  Station Eleven Comic by Nathan Burton.  Logo from The Adventures in Bookland Blog.

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VoK 165: The Legend of Korra (“Battle of Zaofu” Review)


Wipe that smarmy grin off your face! The Vassals are here to….get thoroughly stomped. Join Amin, Stephanie (gsdg), Michal (inkasrain), and Katie (Lady Griffin) as they nurse their pride and review S4E06: “Battle of Zaofu.”

Edited by Katie

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VoK 164: The World of Ice and Fire (by Martin, Garcia & Antonsson) – First Impressions


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In this (not)161st podcast the crew gather around a coffee table to give their first impressions on GRRM’s The World of Ice and Fire. They lay down plans for more podcasts on this book. In after show they do an impromptu review on Brad Pitt’s Fury. Discussion is mostly kept spoiler free.

0:00 Pre Podcast Discussion (minor spoilers for GoT season 5)
9:20 Podcast Begins
1:12:00 After show

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

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VoK 163: The Silmarillion (Part 3) – Oaths Before Bros


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Join the Vassals of Kingsgrave for the third part of the ongoing Silmarillion re-read project.  Today we recap chapters 7-12 of the Quenta Silmarillion which covers “The Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor” through “Of Men”.

The action picks up in earnest as the light of the Two Trees are extinguished by Melkor and his giant spider, the Noldor swear a terrible oath, the Valar create the Sun and Moon, and the Dwarves (Stunted People) and Men (The Sickly) finally come into the story.

Hosts Greg, Matt, Shane, Brett & Matthieu debate the dickishness of Feanor, the haughtiness of Elves in general and the unintended consequences of unbreakable oaths made in haste.

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Edited by Greg

Image art of the “Kinslaying at Alqualonde” by Ted Nasmith

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