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In 2006, the Geek Syndicate was born. And who came roaring out but a pair of crazy-yet-loveable geeks by the names David “Monts” Monteith and Barry “Nuge” Nugent. Producing a weekly (well most of the time) podcast celebrating and commenting all aspects of geek life GS is one of the longest running geek related podcasts in the UK. It’s critically acclaimed, irreverent, touching, intellectual, nonsensical, fairly drunken, incredibly sexy, hilarious…er…and stuff.

Nov 7, 2011

Scrolls Book Group: A Song Of Ice And Fire

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

If you feel inspired to carry on the conversation, come and join in on the Geek Syndicate Discussion Boards on Facebook.
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Links mentioned in the show include 
the foody site for Westerosi dishes, and the article from Tiger Beatdown about how creepy George RR Martin is.

What are you doing still reading this blather?  Click on the linky-links and start listening!