TOWER OF THE HAND
A Hymn for Spring Revealed
Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring is a little over two months away, so we figured we’d better start divulging all its secrets to help while away this final stretch. And what better way to kick things off than by revealing the book’s complete lineup and cover art?
Here we go:
“Machiavellianism for a Purpose” – Steven Attewell, founder of Race for the Iron Throne
The logic of revolution applied to rulers, reformers, and “noble fools”
“What Does the Fox Say?” – Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor
The role of House Florent in the southron war against the Others
“It Is Known: Words Are Wind” – Amin Javadi, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire
How cultures of Ice and Fire and Martin’s personality are revealed through their repetitious sayings
“Westeros Side Story” – John Jasmin, co-founder of Tower of the Hand
How the Lannisters and Starks are this generation’s Jets and Sharks
“House of Thrones, Game of Cards” – Mimi Hoshut, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire
The political paralleling of George Martin: Aegon as Lincoln, Robert as Kennedy, and Cersei as Bush
“Corn Code: The Cipher That Predicts Death” – Jeff Hartline, founder of Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire
The book within the books you should be reading
“The Walking Dead” – Alexander Smith, co-founder of Tower of the Hand
Why Gregor Clegane, Benjen Stark, and the other Reborns will be the ultimate victors of the game of thrones
“Gaming the Game of Thrones” – Aram Lecis, editor-in-chief of TotalPlayStation
How the Song of Ice and Fire videogames are the truest expression yet of Martin’s original vision
“The Patriarchs of Westeros” – Stefan Sasse, essayist at Tower of the Hand and co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour
Examining the toll the great lords exact from their families, their smallfolk, and from progress
A Hymn for Spring goes on sale on June 19th, exclusively at Amazon, for $6.99. A print edition will follow shortly thereafter.
Episode 136 for the week of March 2nd, in which we continue the longest running reread of A Clash of Kings, covering chapter 55 (Tyrion XII) and chapter 56 (Catelyn VII). We are joined by Elena (Lady Grey), one of the main writers and singers in our APOIAF Christmas Filks episodes.
Notes: Despite what was said, any comment made on any of our 2014 podcast episodes (deadline is Season 4, Episode 1) will qualify for the (US only) free Game of Thrones t-shirt contest sponsored by T-shirts.com. In other news, let us know if you are confirmed to be attending Ice and Fire Con 2014 or Anime North 2014.
Episode 135 for the week of February 16th, in which VOK guest hosts Katie and Michal fill in to help host Stefan Sasse, co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour, Lord of the Nerdstream Era, and author of It is Known: Season 3 Deconstructed. We discuss one of Stefan’s upcoming contributions to Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring, specifically his essay The Patriarchs of Westeros: Examining the toll the great lords exact from their families, their smallfolk, and from progress. We also cover chapters 52 (Jon VI) and 54 (Jon VII) of A Clash of Kings.
Notes: Stefan’s essay is currently available at Amazon, as it is included as part of Remy Verhoeve’s Waiting for Winter: Re-Reading A Clash of Kings, published by Blue Buddha Media. The eagle video can be found on youtube. In other news, Ashley‘s computer has been repaired: she and the other hosts will be returning in full force in March.
Episode 134 for the week of February 16th, in which we interview Damon Stone (Game Designer) from Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). We chat about FFG’s A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, as well as ASOIAF and other geeky topics.
Notes: As usual, this episode has spoilers for all five books in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The rules for the card game can be found at FFG’s online tutorial, including video instructions.
Episode 133 for the week of February 9th, in which the gentlemen record a thematic episode for Valentine’s Day. We are joined by Duncan (Valkyrist), one of the curators from Vassals of Kingsgrave, the Australian branch. We cover chapter 53 (Sansa IV) of A Clash of Kings, and now wait to receive further listener inspired artwork.
Episode 130 for the week of Jan 5th, in which we conclusively complete the holiday season by releasing our second Christmas Filks episode, continuing the yearly tradition. Ashley, Amin, and Kyle are joined by BOK and VOK guest host Leigh (Lord Manderblee) to cover chapter 48 (Arya IX) of A Clash of Kings. We thank Greg from Restaurant of the Mind books for sending us The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister.
Notes: For the full lyrics and list of writers and singers for this year’s Christmas Filks, check out the relevant forum thread. Congratulations to the Walking Dead Cast for winning the Entertainment category at the 2013 Podcast Awards. Thanks to all our fans and listeners for nominating us this year and voting daily for us. If there were an award for best podcast listeners, we are sure you would collectively win it!
Episode 129 for the week of December 29th, in which we cover The Princess and the Queen, or, 1000 Pregnant Rats and a Bear. In a spoiler filled episode, the four podcast hosts reunite to cover George RR Martin’s epic contribution to the anthology Dangerous Women.
Notes: Kyle emailed us about stone babies after this episode.
Happy Holidays everyone! Full lyrics and singer list are located in this forum thread.
Episode 128 for the week of December 15th, in which we interview Jason Walden (Game Producer) from Fantasy Flight Games. We talk about FFG’s A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, 2nd edition, as well as the variants and expansions A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, in a shorter sequel episode to the massive Episode 92.
Notes: As usual, this episode has spoilers for all five books in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The fan mad expansions mentioned can be found here. Our Princess and the Queen episode will definitely be released in December.
Episode 127 for the week of December 8th, in which Amin and Kyle continue our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapter 46 (Catelyn VI) and 47 (Bran VI).
Notes: Pod’s Plight APOIAF theories artwork can be found here. Stefan Sasse’s ebook analyzing Season 3 of Game of Thrones can be found here. Christmas Filks are being submitted in our forum thread, get them in to us by December 18th, ideally. Our podcast store has free Amazon and other website affiliate links running for your holiday season shopping.
Episode 126 for the week of November 24th, in which Amin and Kyle are joined by another Vassals of Kingsgrave podcaster Julia (No True Lady). We continue our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapters 44 (Jon V) and 45 (Tyrion X).
Notes: We are collecting songs for another Christmas Filks episode this holiday season. Check out the forum thread and last year’s award winning episode for more information. Our podcast store has free affiliate links running for your holiday season shopping. Finally, check out the recap from the first ever APOIAF listener meetup in Australia.
Episode 125 for the week of November 17th, in which Ashley and Amin are joined by another Vassals of Kingsgrave curator, Katie (Lady Griffin). We continue our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapters 42 (Tyrion IX) and 43 (Davos II).
Notes: Supreme Court of Westeros decisions featuring Amin, Stefan, and guest judges (two decisions released so far) can be found at the Nerdstream Era. Thank you for supporting us with votes for the podcast awards! The results will be released in January. The first Australian listener meetup is scheduled for November 29th in Melbourne. Check out the forum thread or comment here if you wish to attend. Finally, if you have questions for our upcoming Fantasy Flight Games podcast episode related to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, submit them here or in the forum thread.