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Title: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on December 09, 2019, 09:32:34 PM
She Who Reigns Over Us All In Crimson Cheer recently suggested that I should post more of my blog here... so remember, its her fault ;) Starting a thread to keep it contained (for now at least)

On Violence and Fig Leaves (https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2019/12/on-violence-and-fig-leaves.html)
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Bender on December 10, 2019, 01:05:37 AM
Link doesn't work?
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: hexa on December 10, 2019, 01:53:33 AM
Click on Peat's username
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on December 10, 2019, 07:33:42 AM
Link doesn't work?

Oops! Fixed now.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: ScarletBea on December 10, 2019, 07:56:00 AM
She Who Reigns Over Us All In Crimson Cheer
ohmygawd I need to use this ;D

And people, read it, yes, totally worth it!
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on December 14, 2019, 09:52:38 AM
A review of Robert Silverberg's The Book of Skulls aka one of the most metal books ever - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-book-of-skulls-by-robert-silverberg.html

She Who Reigns Over Us All In Crimson Cheer
ohmygawd I need to use this ;D

And people, read it, yes, totally worth it!

Yes, yes you do :D And thank you for your support!


Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on December 18, 2019, 10:47:03 PM
The Bone Ships by RJ Barker - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-bone-ships-by-rj-barker.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: ScarletBea on December 19, 2019, 05:53:53 AM
Ooh I still need to read his previous trilogy, before starting the new one.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: cupiscent on December 19, 2019, 07:00:17 AM
Ooh I still need to read his previous trilogy, before starting the new one.

I know, right? It's on the list and I'm even looking forward to it, but at this rate the author's going to have eight books out before I know if I like his style at all.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on December 20, 2019, 12:05:34 PM
Ooh I still need to read his previous trilogy, before starting the new one.

I know, right? It's on the list and I'm even looking forward to it, but at this rate the author's going to have eight books out before I know if I like his style at all.

That just means you've got the right-sized list!

I would say bump up Age of Assassins/The Wounded Kingdoms. The Bone Ships, its fun, but Age of Assassins might make my best of decade list. It's like he took everything that was cool about 80s/90s Epic Fantasy, updated and condensed it for the modern age, then did it extremely well.

I also can't think of an author whose voice varies so much from book to book. Its slight, but noticeable - captures each protagonist really well.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on January 03, 2020, 06:28:14 PM
Some more blog posts

A review of Marie Brennan's Turning Darkness Into Light - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/01/turning-darkness-into-light-by-marie.html

And THE HOGFATHER - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-hogfather-by-sir-pterry.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 03, 2020, 07:14:54 PM
A review of Marie Brennan's Turning Darkness Into Light - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/01/turning-darkness-into-light-by-marie.html
Yay, I've been looking at this book for ages, so glad to see that Marie continues to write great books :D
Hey @Nora, have you read this one?
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Nora on January 04, 2020, 06:58:56 PM
A review of Marie Brennan's Turning Darkness Into Light - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/01/turning-darkness-into-light-by-marie.html
Yay, I've been looking at this book for ages, so glad to see that Marie continues to write great books :D
Hey @Nora, have you read this one?

Nope! haven't yet! Hope you enjoy it, and hope it holds up to the original series.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on January 11, 2020, 06:36:25 PM
My top 10 of 2019 - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/01/top-10-books-of-2019.html

And my recs for new fantasy readers - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/01/recs-for-new-fantasy-readers.html - any advice on improving this welcomed!
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Bender on January 14, 2020, 07:59:25 PM
Makes a nice read. Learnt about some books I'm hearing first time too.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: cupiscent on January 15, 2020, 02:11:27 AM
I chipped in some thoughts on the recs post because I have many opinions... shockingly :D
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on January 15, 2020, 10:15:17 PM
I chipped in some thoughts on the recs post because I have many opinions... shockingly :D

Yessssss. I love comments!

Although it was the one on the other article that really made my day  ;D
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on January 30, 2020, 12:13:29 AM
The Traitor by Seth Dickinson - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-traitor-by-seth-dickinson.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on February 07, 2020, 11:50:12 PM
Friday Five Reviews - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/02/friday-five-comfort-and-challenge.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on April 21, 2020, 12:48:39 AM
Been a while since I've updated as a lot of articles have been a bit waffly, but I figure this one might be of general interest

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/04/thief-of-time-by-pratchett.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 23, 2020, 09:12:15 AM
Wrote some comments in a couple of articles there :)
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: eclipse on April 23, 2020, 09:49:05 AM
https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/04/if-book-titles-were-bands.html

It’s just another blogger going on about WoT and Tolkien 😛
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on April 23, 2020, 10:55:31 AM
https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/04/if-book-titles-were-bands.html

It’s just another blogger going on about WoT and Tolkien 😛

Hey, some of us gotta rep old school man  8)
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on May 01, 2020, 11:20:20 PM
Couple more reviews

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-winter-king-by-bernard-cornwell.html

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-library-of-unwritten-by-aj-hackwith.html

And this one, this one I think @cupiscent will particularly enjoy

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/04/if-books-were-drink.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: cupiscent on May 02, 2020, 01:13:44 AM
I did INDEED enjoy your alcoholic selections, though now I want a beer and it's only just gone ten in the morning here...

Though I feel like Discworld really needs to be some sort of ridiculous tiki cocktail with a sparkler and an umbrella and a plastic monke--sorry, orangutan in it.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on May 26, 2020, 10:56:16 AM
I did INDEED enjoy your alcoholic selections, though now I want a beer and it's only just gone ten in the morning here...

Though I feel like Discworld really needs to be some sort of ridiculous tiki cocktail with a sparkler and an umbrella and a plastic monke--sorry, orangutan in it.

There's no reason an apple brandy cocktail couldn't also be a ridiculous tiki cocktail!


Anyway, I haven't been keeping this fully updated due to volume of articles, but here's a few I think people might enjoy/I'm very proud of

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/05/daughter-of-empire-by-re-feist-and.html

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/05/servant-of-empire-by-re-feist-janny.html

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-summer-tree-by-guy-gavriel-kay.html

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/05/art-artists-and-separation.html

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/05/cold-forged-flame-by-marie-brennan.html

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/05/epic-vs-high.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: ScarletBea on May 26, 2020, 08:48:06 PM
Your epic vs high made my head hurt ???
I'm still not clear on the distinction, or even sure if it makes sense.

Can't we just talk about plot-driven vs. character-driven?
I keep thinking about this, and I think it was you who mentioned it, and I think I'm moving towards character-driven, meaning I need to care about the characters to care about the plot.
In Priory of the orange tree I loved the characters and was heavily invested - and I still love it, despite having read a few reviews highlighting plot problems. I contrast that with Weeks' Lightbringer series, this gave me the words to explain why I really liked the first 3 books but found the last 2 very meh: I cared about the characters in those initial books, but then he changed their personality, some more than others, and I didn't really like them anymore, and that really brought my enjoyment down...
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on May 27, 2020, 10:52:30 AM
Your epic vs high made my head hurt ???
I'm still not clear on the distinction, or even sure if it makes sense.

Can't we just talk about plot-driven vs. character-driven?
I keep thinking about this, and I think it was you who mentioned it, and I think I'm moving towards character-driven, meaning I need to care about the characters to care about the plot.
In Priory of the orange tree I loved the characters and was heavily invested - and I still love it, despite having read a few reviews highlighting plot problems. I contrast that with Weeks' Lightbringer series, this gave me the words to explain why I really liked the first 3 books but found the last 2 very meh: I cared about the characters in those initial books, but then he changed their personality, some more than others, and I didn't really like them anymore, and that really brought my enjoyment down...

I'm going to start a Character vs Plot driven thread up in Main forum as I think it's too interesting a discussion to keep here.

As for Epic and High... well I'm never sure if anything about fantasy genres make sense! But I'd boil it down to one being about this Epic life-altering event like a war, or a great natural disaster, and the other being about somebody's collision with the supernatural. The rest is just extrapolation.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: ScarletBea on May 27, 2020, 10:58:49 AM
Yes, please do! Thanks
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on June 11, 2020, 12:20:02 AM
https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/06/inside-sample-mountain-early-june.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on October 10, 2020, 01:35:43 PM
I've been bad at updating but I've got some vexation to share

https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-most-damning-flaw-in-watch-trailer.html
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: cupiscent on October 11, 2020, 12:09:06 AM
Certainly a whole pile of vex to be had from that source. :(
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on October 11, 2020, 11:09:52 AM
Certainly a whole pile of vex to be had from that source. :(

I'm intending to pretend it doesn't exist from now on. Only good reason for me to acknowledge it is if I wanted to have some carthatic schadenfreudetastic grandstanding nerd rage, and I mostly don't want to be that person - leave it for those who can enjoy it - so I think it's best to wash my hands off it.

Certainly incredible though that a show manages to give so many reasons not to believe in it before it's even on the screen though.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Lady Ty on October 11, 2020, 11:13:14 PM
Read more about how they have meddled w roles and wanted to cry. Going Postal and Hogwatch so well done years back.

BUT this is BBC America which explains this disaster. All subtlety lost. Hate it with a vengeance and I am usually tolerant of new versions of old favourites. Cannot bear having my beloved characters destroyed. Will ignore as well. Commiserations Peat,  with you all the way.
Title: Re: The Peat's Blog thread
Post by: Peat on October 13, 2020, 11:39:50 AM
Why Sam Vimes has the greatest character arc in fantasy - https://peatlong.blogspot.com/2020/10/why-sam-vimes-has-greatest-arc-in.html