In which we try to harness George RR Martin's vast, fiery beast as it spawls triumphantly across the gems of modern Fantasy. From the very first book, A Game Of Thrones, this series has proven to be one of those compulsive reads that ignite the passions of a whole generation of readers, reaching far beyond the traditional boundaries of genre preference.
Joining us for the podcast are returning special guests Matt - The Grampus from Dissecting Worlds, and Carey - she of the Two-Monkeys from Geektress.
We tackle the books one by one and focus on a particular theme for each. There are Major plot spoilers throughout and we do skip back and forth between books on occasion, so we strongly recommend that you only listen to this episode once you have finished reading Book 5: A Dance With Dragons.
Warning: contains gratuitous boobies.
Amongst the many items up for discussion are: Whose fault is it anyway, Why should you never bring your mum to work, Feuds and the Feudal system, Alternative weapons of war, Cers Ei Coyote, What's eating Red R'hllor, and The ignominous fate of bastards.
In order to do the series justice we've recorded a far longer episode than usual - but never fear! For those of you who prefer your podcasts in bite-sized chunks we have divided the episode up into approximately half-hour segments with a musical cue from the stunning HBO television series to seperate them.
The start times and themes for each section are as follows:-
2m 41s - A Game Of Thrones: Secrets 32m 57s - A Clash Of Kings: War 59m 14s - A Storm Of Swords: Betrayal 1h 28m 30s - A Feast For Crows: Religion and Magic 1h 53m 10s - A Dance With Dragons: Use of Power