Posts Tagged ‘Games Workshop’

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New Books (and a few old ones)

August 16, 2008

Storm of Iron is an older book, but this book leads directly into the ultramarines omnibus and as such deserves a mention. Graham McNeil is one of the black library’s finest writers and he doesn’t fail in this drop down drag ’em out sci-fi battle. The Hordes of Chaos have descended on Hydra Cordatus and a scratch defence is hastily erected. This book has it all Heroism, Courage, Disgrace, Defeat. The very fact that Graham Mcneil treats all characters with respect and gives each of them a valid part to play on his stage makes him one of my top 5 authors.

Now, after Storm of Iron I picked this book up and considering that it’s three books in one and about one of the chapters that when I worked for Games Workshop I absolutely despised I thought I may be a bit disappointed. For me the very subject matter of the ultra marines didn’t fill me with excitement. They don’t have the nordic influence of the Space Wolves, The inherent creepiness of the Dark Angels or the Noble but savage vamipiric nature of the Blood Angels. But then I started to read and realised that unlike every other chapter of the Space Marines they see themselves as the protector of man, and also with some sadness that man has a inherent nobility of character that because they are lesser mortals makes it all the more special.

This book for me cements why Graham Mcneil is a talented author. His ability to make you feel for both the supermen and the normal man is amazing.

Right, back to the book. The trilogy follows Sergeant and then Captain Uriel Ventris as he is thrust into more and more dangerous missions. From the Necron warriors to the horrors of the Tyranid to exile and death quest in the eye of terror.

This is the latest book from Graham Mcneil, it follows the furthering adventures of Captain Uriel Ventris.

This is a hard book to quantify, it has all the usual work that makes me rant about Graham Mcneil, but then it has me wondering, Could he have made a successful horror writer. I don’t know if he intended it or not but there are one or two shudder moments where you pause and go phew I am in the room and not in the book. There are parts that remind me of Japanese Horror, and I suppose that’s a plus sign, but I like My Sci-Fi Dark but also Sci-Fi. Now don’t get me wrong I loved the book and I loved the fact that these characters are true hero’s and when the mission is concluded you grip you hand and go yes, So in conclusion I did like this book.

For years I avoided the single issue books that made up this anthology, I never seemed to have the time or the cash to spend on it. But when your feeling down and need something to read this was that book for me.

It is written By Dan Abnett & Mike Lee, and let me tell you this, if you purchase any book that I recommend let it be this series. Dan Abnett is a superb writer (and I’m biased) but apart from the sensational Fell Cargo, i had never been drawn to his fantasy side. What a schmuck I was. Malus Darkblade is evil, sarcastic, self serving and those are all the reasons that you’ll love this book. Dan (whether intentionally or unintentionally) had me laughing all through this book. Don’t get me wrong, this in itself is not a comedic book, but rather a book of dark fantasy. But the one liners, the snide banter. The Character reminds me of My Mate Gez.

Malus is a typical Dark Elf, evil conniving, sarcastic and those are his good points, After being possessed by the demon Tz’arkan he is given a stark choice recover 5 items of legendary power or loose his soul.

This continues the adventures of Gez (sorry Malus). I can’t say too much about this book or the fifth book in the series without spoiling it but in short Malus Darkblade must foil his brother to retrieve a sword, look for the usual dark humour,the biting comments and the dark fantasy that Dan Abnett does so well.

The fifth book of the series. I must point out that I love this series and the only bad point was the flips to the current day, but hey I’m not an author who’s sold millions and writes some of my favourite comics, but it’s just a niggle. Malus sinks further into depravity and his year is almost up, follow Malus as he battles to save his soul, Make some money and further his rise into the ranks of notoriety

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Book Reviews

July 5, 2008

Well I have been reading like crazy this week.

First up is.

Rogue Trader Lucian Gerrit learns the true meaning of profit and loss! Andy Hoare presents an epic adventure in his debut novel for the Black Library. Lucian Gerrit is a rogue trader – a starship captain granted ancient trading rights along the Eastern Fringe of Imperial space. But his family’s fortunes have been steadily declining for many generations and his inheritance amounts to little more than a pile of debt and misery. In a final desperate gamble to restore his family’s former glory, Gerrit strikes a deal on a forgotten Imperial world to aid its commander in a long-standing war with his rival. As Gerrit commits his family’s assets to the escalating conflict, he may lose more than his livelihood.

I Really like space opera, I especially like space opera set in the 40k Universe. This is a good book that even if you don’t know the 40k universe it is still accesable.

Rogue trader patriarch Lucian Gerrit and his family get swept up in an Imperial Crusade to track down and exterminate the alien tau. Having crossed the desolate area of space known as the Damocles Gulf, the fleet arrives on the borders of the tau empire. Can Gerrit’s resourcefulness save the day when the Imperial forces find themselves outnumbered and outgunned, thousands of light years from home?

This being the followup, works well. Now comes my problem with the Black Library. Try contacting them you get a stock answer. These books are popular but they won’t commit the writers to finish series. OK that may be harsh but thats my observation, you may have years between books.

First Officer Ward of the Imperial Navy cruiser Relentless, on patrol in the Eastern Fringe, is less than pleased when a new commander, hardliner Captain Becket, is appointed above him. To protect his own corrupt schemes and ambitions, the first officer arranges to have the new captain assassinated.

Unbeknown to him, though, Becket survives and embarks on a ruthless campaign to fight his way up through the ranks to seize back control of his ship.

This is Richard Williams first work and foray into the Warhammer 40K universe and as such I was surprised at how the characters unfold and how effortlessly he jumped into the subject matter.

First let me just say that I love books about Rome, And I really loved this book. However after reading Simon Scarrows series I did kind of feel that I had been here and seen it before. That being said, this is a first rate book and one I would recommend anyone who is a fan of Rome to read.

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Hammer Of Daemons

March 3, 2008

hammer-daemons.jpgThis is the third part of the grey knights saga by Ben Counter. Firstly a bit of background about the series. The grey knights are¬†psychic marines who’s main function are to face down daemonic threats throughout the imperium. The first two books are well paced and this is no let down in this book. Justicar Alaric of the grey knights is tasked with his squad to help defend a imperial world against the coming of chaos. There follows a brief struggle and Alaric sees a chance to stop the Chaos onslaught in it’s tracks, by killing the chaos lord in command. In short Alaric is beaten and taken back to a world in the eye of terror and made to take part in gladiatorial games with the aim being to turn him from his faith and turn him into a pawn of chaos.

Ben Counter has a great flair for the big scene. Builds his characters well and keeps things moving at a reasonable pace. His Soul Drinkers series is a real joy as was his contribution to the horus heresy series. I really enjoy reading Bens work and long may it continue