2017 A Year In Review.

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2017 A Year In Review.

Postby schaferwhat‽ » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:08 am

Early 2018 we will be reviewing the year that we are currently experiencing.

But we can't do this without you. So this December we need you to nominate your best picks for Black Library releases in 2017. Pick your options, write a few sentences about why they're your choice and your viewpoint could be used in our end of year review.

You have until the 31st of December to make your choices. It'd be useful if make only one post in this thread your nominations (but feel free to edit them if you get a Christmas gift of a book that blows your mind end of December) so that we don't miss anything when filtering through the chat that will undoubtedly follow.

The Categories for our picks of the year are as follows.

Short Story of 2017: Your Favourite Short Story released in 2017.

Novel of 2017: Your Favourite Novel released in 2017

Audio of 2017: Your favourite Audio release of 2017

Author of 2017:Maybe it is the Author who wrote one of your other picks, maybe it is the author who was consistently second pick across all the categories. Maybe it is the Author who saved your child from that runaway bus in April. Pick someone and let us know why.

Scene/Concept of 2017:Trying not spoil anything if there was some idea or scene or piece of worldbuilding that delighted you. Let us know roughly what it was and ehere you found it.

Non 2017 release of 2017: To read piles are ever increasing so some of what you've read wasn't released this year. It could still have been good. Maybe you wanted to revisit an old favourite, or refresh yourself with a series before the latest release came out this year. Whatever the reason a non 2017 release may have been something worth celebrating as a really good read/listen you had this year. We'd like to know that as well.

So there you have it let us know what you liked about this year. But remember expressing opinions on this thread is going to be considered permission for us to use those opinions alongside your username in the blog post about what the community enjoyed this year.
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby Major Rawne » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:37 pm

Despite what I say below I am fully open to bribes of all kinds.

Short Story of 2017: I'll need to think on this one, the list is probably as big as the numbers of fingers on one hand. But there is one I have in mind.

Novel of 2017: This one is hopefully easy. Watchers of the Throne: The Emperor's Legion by Chris Wraight.

Audio of 2017: Not listened to any yet, but the Christmas advent did just go live and will be chock full of Audios!

Author of 2017: At the moment I think i'll have to give this one to Guy Haley, not only did I finally read the brilliant Death of Integrity but also the superb Dante. He was also a thoroughly nice chap to meet again at the Weekender. WAAARRRGGHH!!!

That being said I think Robbie MacNiven is not far behind, if only for the cracking Dawn of War 3 tie in. Was like being back with old friends again and reliving the many hours playing the games as a teenager.

Scene/Concept of 2017: Another one that needs a think. I might have to go back through my #AmReading tweets to refresh my mind of some of the cool stuff I have read this year. There was a lot of cool stuff that I read.

Non 2017 release of 2017: So far this award goes to the brilliant Malodrax by Ben Counter. Though there is a title from late last year that could beat it if I actually get round to it.


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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby Lord of the Night » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:49 pm

Short Story of 2017: Eminence Sanguis by Guy Haley - Loved the reveal of the Angels Encarmine and their secret, and how the Blood Angels view such an act. Really showed that not every Chapter deals with the Rage and Thirst in healthy ways, and that despite their dark impulses the Blood Angels really are a noble Chapter.

Novel of 2017: Carcharodons: Red Tithe. I've loved the Sharks ever since the Badab War supplement and finding out they were getting a novel had me over the moon, even more so when the antagonists were revealed as my boys the Night Lords! And Robbie absolutely hit it out of the park with the brutal and inhuman Space Sharks fighting the sadistic Night Lords in an underground prison, and the Maori/Pacific islander cultures that Robbie used to flesh out the Carcharodons made them feel so unique for more than just their chilling approach to warfare.

Audio of 2017: Hand of Darkness by Gav Thorpe. Brilliant voice acting for the Eldar, especially the Visarch, and the fascinating relationship between Yvraine and her shadow the Visarch made for an enjoyable audio. And more prominent female characters is always a big plus!

Author of 2017: Robbie MacNiven takes this one for being the author who put out Carcharodons: Red Tithe and The Last Hunt, plus he's an all around cool guy!

Scene/Concept of 2017: Black Legion - Abaddon vs Sigismund. Nothing more needs to be said.

Non 2017 release of 2017: Slayer by David Guymer - An epic and heartbreaking close to the saga of Gotrek and Felix. Guymer utterly nailed how G&F should have ended, although I do wish that the End Times hadn't necessitated it be a bittersweet ending.


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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby MalkyDel » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:18 am

Short Story: "The Greater Evil". Once again Peter Fehervari takes what we think we know and twists it into something beautifully dark and mad, combining his two great sweeping arcs of work on both Tau and Genestealers.
Runners up: "In the Grim Darkness" by Guy Haley, for almost singlehandedly saving Belisarius Cawl for me. Also, "Execution" by Rachel Harrison. A drum-taut story of necessity and heroism that screams 40k and inspired worldbuilding.

Novel: "The Carrion Throne" by Chris Wraight. A stunning insight into Terra itself and the trials facing the inquisitors that reside and fight there. Characterful, deep, and with an inspired take on one of my favourite codex plot-hooks.
Runners up: "Resurrection" by John French, for showing the inquisition as it ought to be. Not as space detectives, but as the divided architects of humanities survival. "Red Tithe" by Robbie MacNiven. An organic and brutal slog through one of the sleeper-hit chapters of the Imperium. A novel with true kick and some wonderful culture development.

Audio: "The Binary Succession" by David Annandale. Politics, intrigue, titans. It has it all. Some wonderful voice and effects work elevate this to something truly transcendent.

Author: Joshua Reynolds continues to impress with his lively fan engagement, his incredible AoS worldbuilding and musings, and his insightful and meditative works which transcend mere bolter porn.

Scene/Concept: Either the final confrontation in "The Carrion Throne", or the fact that a book called 'My Desire to Generate Children With You is Only Exceeded by My Devotion to Him" exists.

Non 2017 Release: Primogenitor. This novel still has a hold on my mind and heart, and still features in my Facebook profile pic. I will die on the hill of quoting and requoting the "deadlier than the male" segment.
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby Death Nikorps » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:07 pm

Short Story of 2017: I don't read much of short stories (too expensive and I don't like digital stories), but Restorer by Chris Wraight was pretty good.

Novel of 2017: Carcharodons: Red Tithe, an excellent book on a very interesting chapter.

Audio of 2017: I don't listen audios.

Author of 2017: Robbie MacNiven, in only 2 books (Carcharodons & The Last Hunt) he's now on my top 5 authors.

Scene/Concept of 2017: Abaddon vs Sigismund in Black Legion. It was so cool.

Non 2017 release of 2017: Legends of the Dark Millennium: Deathwatch by Ian St Martin, I bought it when released but read it months later. It was a good surprise for me, a good book with a good story.
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby Xisor » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:08 pm

Audio of 2017: The Binary Succession by David Annandale. Easily outstanding. Everything else is a distant second, even all of the below! Massive politics, utterly beautiful production values, crushing and moving. It's an absolute masterpiece. A profound sadness for anyone who's not up for or otherwise able to listen to it. It's also available on audible for only £9, so there is absolutely no excuse (except, y'know: sensible excuses. Like "£9 still isn't cheap" and "not everyone likes to throw money about like a madman". Still: I'd recommend the investment, even if it's sizeable in tight times.)

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Short Story of 2017: Execution by Rachel Harrison. I'm always keen to experience fresh writing, and this ws impeccable. Not my usual choice for topic of a story (I often find commissars a bit dull, or improperly done for my tastes), but I couldn't fault this - it dealt with the right emotions, the right motivations and so forth, and did it very well.

Novel of 2017: The Emperor's Legion by Chris Wraight. Earlier in the year, I had an inkling that the books The Carrion Throne or Resurrection would likely top the list - but I'm sad to say I was wrong. Not too sad, though, as without those two I'm not sure the ground would have been laid for the sheer thrill and horror that TEL yields. It's beautifully done, and combines brilliantly with a few of the other more political novels (such as all those in The Beast Arises, or even political pieces of novels - such as Dark Imperium). It's not surprising, as it's the same author that gave us all the White Scars goodness from the Horus Heresy, but it's astonishing to see it so competently sustained and dealt with in various ways. A compelling surprise entry just missing out on the top spot is David Guymer's Eye of Medusa. I have a deep worry that, on re-reading and distance from the shocks, I might reverse the order and place Eye of Medusa higher. It's a glorious book too - but I've a review of it I need to push out there sharpish so I won't waffle on about it here, save to say: it's highly recommended.

Author of 2017: Following on the last one, I think Chris Wraight takes the top-spot of everything I've read this year. That said, a close joint-third is John French (with Resurrection & shorts) and Gav Thorpe - his Jain Zar was sublime (with Ghost Warrior being an amazing treat), and certainly a candidate for novel of the year)and I have a suspicion that Guy Haley might be being neglected by me - mainly as I've not read Dante or The Devastation of Baal that have been released this year. Still, getting The Emperor's Legion and The Carrion Throne out in the same year, hell, in the space of a couple of months, is no small feat at all.

Scene/Concept of 2017: The Binary Succession. Again, the audio breathes life into it, but David's insight into the nature of the issue, the implications of it and the stunning turns the plot takes to explore it... it's utterly glorious. An honourable second mention to Gav's 'The Library of Biel Tanigh' in [/i]Jain Zar[/i], and its humble janitor and extraordinarily depressing and creepy librarians.

Non 2017 release of 2017: Valedor by Guy Haley. If Jain Zar, Ghost Warrior, The Emperor's Legion and Dark Imperium do stunning things now with relatively recent material, Valedor read in amongst it (January or February this year, I thin I read it) looks like the work of some demented but genius prophet. It's a beautiful book, deeply poetic and moving, but also an absolute riot of ideas and themes and... emotions. It's cracking.
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby Robbie MacNiven » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:49 am

Very much surprised to find myself on any of these lists, thanks guys! :mrgreen:
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby schaferwhat‽ » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:24 pm

I'm trying to cram as much extra reading in before I put up my full list. It'd be unfair on folks like Robbie for have my book of the year before I read Carion Throne. I don't want to give false hope by editing too much.

That said this placeholder for all my votes can open with my pick for Author of 2017

The ever regrettable Josh Reynolds.

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Josh Reynolds is my rock. He writes fun romps sure. He does great world building playing with themes and notions that speak to me and my fandom and headcanons. He has the audacity to throw shade at male space marines in a line that also works as a bluff that he has read some Kipling. But what I mostly rate in his output is his pandering to me on social media. He isn't the hero I deserve, but he is the one I have right now.
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby Xisor » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:07 am

It's weird; my foremost thought on Josh is "daft joker" but that really doesn't capture it. The beauty he managed for the dwarfs in Neferata & The Skull Road (two books but writing that I also would like a Harry Potter-style series, perhaps about rival houses of witches and wizards at witching college... no idea where that thought came from...)

The intensity of emotion conveyed for the dwarfs, and the general subduing of their comic qualities is massively endearing. Him, Werner & Guymer are safe & skilled hands I think.

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I also finished "Overlords of the Iron Dragon" - it doesn't unseat any of the points I made earlier, but it is a hell of a good read for 2017, so worth ensuring it's mentioned here!
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Re: 2017 A Year In Review.

Postby schaferwhat‽ » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:24 pm

I'd be tempted to say that Josh has hidden depths but then he displays them in the books he writes so they aren't really hidden.
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