Stranger Things, the Netflix-original Spielbergian YA horror show starring Winona Ryder, David Habour, & Matthew Modine is on tap this week. Every fourth week Ivan and Red break from the book club and cover something different, and this time it was an easy choice, as Stranger Things is definitely What You Should Be Watching. Next week we will return to our coverage of FeastDance.
The Boars, Gore, and Swords book club forges on with the Boiled Leather chapter order combining George R.R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. In this week’s episode, Ivan and Red cover the chapters “The Prophet” and “The Captain of the Guards” from A Feast for Crows. They discuss the religious importance of drowning, weapon-based objectophilia, and which European landmarks found their way to Dorne.
TODAY IS THE DAY WE BEGIN A FEAST FOR CROWS AND A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, books 4 and 5 of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Per the will of our bannermen and our patrons, we’ve decided to cover these books in an interleaved order organized by Sean T. Collins. The first two chapters in this new order are both of the prologues, first ADwD and then AFfC, and so that’s what we discuss in this episode.
During the podcast, Red recommends Tamora Pierce’s Beka Cooper trilogy, available here.
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With Season 6 of Game of Thrones in the bag, Ivan and Red return to their chapter by chapter book club. Using the reading guide that was provided by Bannerman Michelle Victory prior to season 5 of Game of Thrones, they finish up A Storm of Swords by covering Samwell IV, Jon XI, skipping the previously covered Tyrion XI and then going on to Samwell V and Jon XII. Next week we’ll move on to A Feast for Crows.
It’s the season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter”, and Ivan and Red are joined by Kelly Anneken to discuss Cersei’s continuing stylistic reinventions, possible GIF-based meme density, Arya pulling a Cartman, ginger pride, and the greatest ongoing debate within male culture: how many kids you could fight at once.
For “Battle of the Bastards”, Ivan and Red are joined by writer Maggie Tokuda-Hall to discuss what make-up you bring to the negotiating table, the gender dynamics of war councils, how Daenerys/Yara is the new greatest ship, and Ramsay’s fate still being better than he deserves.
It’s reunion week for “The Broken Man,” Ivan and Red discuss skateboarding preachers, Margaery’s manipulations, Yara’s immersion therapy, and how Lady Mormont is the greatest character on the show even if she’s only ten.
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On this week’s “Blood of My Blood,” Ivan and Red are accompanied by the fantastic Lisa Corrao to discuss new religious converts, bringing your north of the Wall girlfriend home to your family, Arya’s position as theatre critic, and puppets both figurative and literal.