Thursday, February 26, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 67

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
And now, up to ruling 65 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Sean T. Collins, well known co-host of your favorite ASOIAF podcast "Boiled Leather Audio Hour", author of the blog of the same name and freelance writer.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 66

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 66 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Javi Marcos, a previous judge of the Supreme Court and one of the admins of http://lossietereinos.com/, the biggest web about ASOIAF and GoT in Spanish. He had a collaboration in the Special Edition of Tower of the Hand: A Flight for Sorrows.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 65

Thursday is court day! This week, in honor of Valentine's Day, we take in not three, not four, but five questions with a context of love. Enjoy! And don't forget the damn roses.
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 65 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Anton Jumelet, a philosophy student living in Amsterdam. He is usually not an active member of the fandom, but does ferociously follow everything ASOIAF-related. He is also a staunch advocate of replacing Machiavelli with Martin in all university curricula.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Day in Life, analyzed (Game of Thrones season 5)

So, A Day in Life - a documentary covering a day of shooting of Game of Thrones - has arrived, and besides giving some interesting looks into the process of actually producing the show, it also gives us some crucial new information about the storylines playing out. I will analyze them based on the information we're getting in the trailer. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 64

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 64 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Calvin (aka KCenturion), he lives in the UK and is the copy editor for encyclopedia entries on Tower of the Hand. You can also follow him on Twitter @CassiusGren.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Telltale's "Game of Thrones", episode 2 (The Lost Lords) review

Spoilers for the first and second episodes of Game of Thrones following. 

Telltale finally released the second episode to their "Game of Thrones"-adventure game. After the first episode provided a good introduction to the characters with a shocking twist in the end, the second episode takes the pace back a step and provides a slower buildup. After the death of Ethan in the first episode, we're in desperate need of a main character who makes some tough choices, and he is presented via a little "Deus Ex Machina"-device: Rodrik Forrester is in fact not dead, but delivered literally to the Forrester's door step. From there on, he has to try to cope with the new political status quo, which, to quote Dr. Horrible, is not quo. 
"Damn", thought Jon, "I sure look good."

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 63

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 63 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Jeff, otherwise known as BryndenBFish. He is the creator of a dedicated A Song of Ice and Fire Blog known as Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire. His personal interests in the series are strongly tied into the political machinations of the characters as well as the military strategy and tactics used by the major and minor players of the game of thrones.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 62

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 62 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Johnny from Philadelphia. He began reading the series after the 1st season of Game of Thrones and began listening to BLAH and APOIAF. He is on the forums at APOIAF as The Smiling Knight. A while after his first read he began getting a few friends together to form a book club. Two of them were reading for the second time and the other two were first time readers. Throughout the books he took detailed notes for discussion at the meetings, which he has posted on the forums. This is his second time as a member of the Supreme Court of Westeros.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"A Hymn for Spring", the next Tower of the Hand ebooks, comes out

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As the photo suggests, the long-awaited sequel to the excellent collected volume, Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows, will be published April 15th, with pre-orders starting a month early. Tower of the Hand: Hymn for Spring features some of the best writers from the ASOIAF community, including Steven Attewell of A Race for the Iron Throne, Amin Javidi of the Podcast of Ice and Fire, Jeff Hartline, founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire, and many more.
Hymn for Spring also features several essays from me! The first one is a character study of Barristan Selmy, while the second one concerns itself with the question of whether you should judge theories on their textual or narrative basis. Hey you in the second row, I see you snorting there! Wake up, this is interesting stuff! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Boiled Leather Audio Hour 37

The Theory of Everything: Analyzing Popular Theories from a Narrative & Thematic Perspective

A Song of Ice and Fire fans are a meticulous, scholarly lot. That first baby step into the wider world of fandom that we all take instantly introduces us to an eye-popping array of theories about past, present, and future events in the story that our fellow fans have painstakingly assembled from hints and clues embedded within the text. We all have our favorites and our least favorites, theories we think is a sure thing and theories we break out our tinfoil hats to discuss.

In this episode, Sean and I vote yay or nay on many of the biggest, coolest, and crackiest — from R+L=J to fAegon, from Tyrion Targaryen to the Bran-tichrist, from “Oberyn poisoned Tywin” to the eternal question “Where do whores go?” — but with a twist. Our main metric: Does this theory make narrative and thematic sense?

Even the most beautifully constructed theories constructed from tantalizing tidbits in the text often fall apart when theorizers focus on how but ignore the why. Would this theory make for a satisfying story? Does it support the series’ primary thematic concerns or undermine them? Does it have a point at all beyond being a secret to uncover? Forget about why Roose Bolton or Obery Martell or Varys the Spider might do whatever’s being theorized about — Why would George R.R. Martin want them to do it? This has long been the approach both of us take, and we had a blast going full-throttle with it in this episode. Hopefully, you will too.

One quick note: Right at the end of the episode Sean and I begin discussing a recently discovered note in the publicly available manuscript for A Dance with Dragons that appears to spoil a much speculated-about theory in a way neither of us are quite comfortable declaring was intentional on the part of Martin or his editor/publisher. We give ample spoiler warning at that point, so feel free to bail on the episode during those final moments if such a thing makes you uncomfortable.

Mirror here.
The r/asoiaf Reddit thread that contains that semi-leak spoiler mentioned above (caveat lector) here.
Previous episodes here.
Podcast RSS feed here.
iTunes page here.
Sean’s blog here.
Stefan’s blog here.

A Flight of Links

- Second Sons
- Wertzone reviews Breaking Bad season 3 
- The new Avengers 2 trailer explained
- Tower of the Hand counts down the most favored characters of the fandom. I did the profiles on Sansa, Jaqen H'Qar and Quentyn Martell, so keep your eye out. 
- Lost season seven in the making? 
- Lost was thought up on the fly. Does this surprise anyone?
- Sean T. Collin's review of The Wire goes on
- Animating the Universe
- Spiderman will appear in the Marvel Crisis movies
- I really have to check this out
- Total War: Warhammer? Interesting. 
- Shadowrun Returns returns, or something
- GTA V and their lack of good tutorials
- Idris Elba is making a trilogy in Edgar Allan Poe fighting demons, because of course he is
- Taken analysis. It's basically dadsploitation. 
- The Man in the High Castle got a pilot
- Worst boardgames ever invented
- Children's movies are full of death
- Definitive article on Casterly Rock

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 61

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 61 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Michael, previous judge and member of the community. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Supreme Court of Westeros, ruling 60

Thursday is court day!
Welcome to the Supreme Court of Westeros! Every week, three pressing questions from the community will be answered by the esteemed judges Stefan (from your very own Nerdstream Era) and Amin (from A Podcast of Ice and Fire). The rules are simple: we take three questions, and one of us writes a measured analysis. The other one writes a shorter opinion, either concurring or dissenting. The catch is that every week a third judge from the fandom will join us and also write a dissenting or concurring opinion. So if you think you're up to the task - write us an email to stefan_sasse@gmx.de, leave a comment in the post, ask in the APOIAF-forum or contact Amin at his tumblr. Discussion is by no means limited to the court itself, though - feel free to discuss our rulings in the commentary section and ask your own questions through the channels above.
One word on spoilers: we assume that you read all the books, including the Hedge Knight short stories, and watched the current TV episodes. We don't include the spoiler chapters from various sources in the discussion, with the notable exception of Theon I, which was supposed to be in "A Dance with Dragons" anyway.
Casting Call: We're searching for guest judges again! If you like to participate, even if you have been part of previous rulings, send us an email.
And now, up to ruling 60 of the Supreme Court of Westeros! Our guest judge this week is Alex, a member of the community.