VOK Book Club #6: Perdido Street Station


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The VOK Book Club Crew gathers (actually gathered back in September 2015) to discuss China Mieville’s weird fiction masterpiece, “Perdido Street Station”.

Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Steven (SJLee), Brett (WhiteRaven), Alex (LuckyCharms), Amber (Amberrocks) & Zach (Alias) assemble to discuss the myriad inhabitants of New Crobuzon, it’s political structure, the true meaning of The Weaver’s ramblings, the effects of Dreamshit & just who the hell was Jack Half-A-Prayer.

Beware of spoilers for Perdido Street Station but not for the other books in the Bas-lag series.

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VoK 346: HBO’s Westworld Season 1 Ramblechat


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Join Alix/Aiwendil, Adam/DrownedSnow, Bina007, Matt/VarleyOnTheForums and Michael/Mordion as they review season 1 of HBO’s Westworld and speculate about season 2.

This podcast contains spoilers for the HBO series and original movie.

The aftershow begins at 57 minutes.

Music and picture credit: HBO & Barenaked Ladies.

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VoK 345: Rhaegar’s Re-roll aka The Great ASOIAF Linear Re-read Part 31


chapter_54___a_clash_of_kings_drawing_project_by_apoiaf-d5oa75pIn this Cockneycast edition of the Great Linear ASOIAF Re-read, the Vassals discuss the aftermath of Theon’s sack of Winterfell, Jon hearts Ygritte, and Dany makes a fateful decision to go to Slaver’s Bay. We finally get our first A Storm of Swords chapter (Dany 1), and continue with Jon 6, Theon 5 and Jon 7 from ACOK, corresponding to events from the 9th to 12th September 299.

Your hosts are Bina007; Eddie (Teddard); Joe; Noah (Pops88); Tanja (Scilens); and honorary Spurs fan Steve-on-the-forums.

For listeners playing along at home, the next episode will cover Cat 7 ACOK, Jame 1, Cat 1 ASOS and Sansa 8 ACOK.

Beware! The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin, but not for the HBO Show Game of Thrones.

Music credit: Alpine Universe.
Picture credit: The A Podcast of Ice and Fire Drawing Project: ACOK Jon 6 by Jesicka309.
The aftershow begins at 1 hr 20m.

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VoK 344 – The Female Box aka The Great Linear ASOIAF Re-read Part 30 / Blackwater Part Two


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The Battle of the Blackwater continues and concludes with the next episode of the ASOIAF linear reread.

Join hosts Blue-Eyed-Queen/Casey, Nymeria/Marie, Munrojock2/Jock, White Raven/Brett, drownedsnow/Adam, IronRuhail/Ruhail, Ser Patrick the Tall/Patrick, and Bina007/Bina.

This episode will cover Sansa 6, Tyrion 14 and Sansa 7 – finishing the events of 7th September 299. We see a little bit into the making of Cersei, Tyrion’s battle skills, and the last interaction between Sansa and Sandor Clegane before he flees Kings Landing. These are all consecutive chapters in the published order of A Clash of Kings.

This podcast contains spoilers for all published works of ASOIAF.

The aftershow begins at 1 hr 24 minutes.

Picture credit: The A Podcast Of Ice And Fire drawing project – Sansa 7 by Jenn Rose.
Music credit: The Podcast Bard – Jed O’White Hart.

The next reread will be hosted by Bina and will have our first chapter of A Storm of Swords. The chapters will be Dany 1 (ASOS), Jon 6, Theon 5, and Jon 7, all from ACOK.

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VoK 343: Poisoned Memories in ASOIAF (audio essay)


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In this mini-episode Valkyrist explores themes of grief and addiction in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, focusing in particular on the characters of Robert Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister and Aeron Greyjoy.

Contains spoilers for all published books in A Song of Ice and Fire

Credits:
Written and Edited by Valkyrist
Music from HBO’s Game of Thrones soundtrack

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VoK 342: ’25’ by Adele (Album Review)


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One year ago, British music artist; Adele, after a 3 year hiatus, released her third studio album which defied all expectations and set records all over the world. To date, with the album, she has achieved Diamond status in America (thanks to streaming; actual sales: 9.1 Million) and the U.K. (over 3 million sold).

Glen (Dagos_Rivers) hosts a solo podcast, all on the Anniversary of when Adele disproved “people don’t buy albums anymore”, and reviews the album with the help
of many musical samples.

Also discussed:
-The three Amy’s and Adele prominence.
-Appreciation of 19 and 21 – story of why albums are called that.
-Leadup to 25 (X Factor advert)
-Woes of buying Beatles album.
-Lemoncake rating; and rank of albums 19, 21 and 25

Track by Track (with song samples):
1) Hello:
2) Send My Love
3) I Miss You
4) When We Were Young
5) Remedy
6) Water Under the Bridge
7) River Lea
8) Love in the Dark
9) A Million Years
10) All I Ask
11) Sweetest Devotion

Duration: 00:26:48

Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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VoK 341: Blackwater Part Uno aka The Great Linear ASOIAF Re-read Part 29


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The Flagship that is the ASOIAF re-read sails on into episode 29, like Davos into Blackwater Bay, and one can only hope that there isn’t any wildfire or Imp to use it.

Join hosts Patrick the Tall; MunroeJock/Jock; Nadia; Shadowbaby/Hannah; and (later) Nymeria/Marie as they discuss Sansa 5, Davos 3 and Tyrion 13 from A Clash of Kings.

The podcast is dark and full of spoilers for all published works in ASOIAF.

The aftershow begins at 2 hr 19 minutes.

The artwork is from the A Podcast Of Ice and Fire drawing project on Deviantart, and is Sansa 5. The music extracts are by Alpine Universe and is available to purchase on iTunes

For listeners playing along at home, the next episode will cover the end half of the Battle of the Blackwater Bay, hosted by Casey, and will cover Sansa 6, Tyrion 14 and Sansa 7.

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