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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:49 pm

Evening all,

A couple of new posts if anyone fancies taking a look:

Track of Words at 500 - yep, my 500th post on Track of Words! It's a quick look back at what's gone and a little look ahead to what's coming up...
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... ds-at-500/

Vengeance of the Immortal - Gav Thorpe
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... av-thorpe/

This was a bit weird - it's a good story, but the synopsis on the BL site led me to believe it was going to be something completely different to what it actually was. It's as though the synopsis was based on a first draft, or even the original pitch - it references the protagonist as being male, not female as she actually is, and makes a point of talking about how the story features Reavers and Warhounds...except it actually features two Warlords as well as some smaller Titans. Very odd. Still, don't let that put you off!

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Dennis the Hamster » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:36 pm

Neverborn wrote:It's as though the synopsis was based on a first draft, or even the original pitch


Sadly, I think it was - as BL asked me to resend the pitch doc when they were doing the marketing material :!:

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:24 pm

Dennis the Hamster wrote:Sadly, I think it was - as BL asked me to resend the pitch doc when they were doing the marketing material :!:

Gav

That's a shame, and a bit of an odd thing for BL to do...but doesn't detract from a good story!
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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:23 pm

Duke_Leto wrote:Was just wondering when we will see part two of the Laurie Goulding interview?

The first one caused quite a stir (in a good way) on B&C :)

Apologies that it took so long...but here it is:

https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... -part-two/

Let me know what you think :)

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:05 pm

Evening all,

Today's short story is another Titan tale - HEAVILY influenced by AD-B's Betrayer, but good fun nonetheless...

The Ember Wolves by Rob Sanders
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... b-sanders/

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Duke_Leto » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:50 am

Neverborn wrote:Evening all,

Today's short story is another Titan tale - HEAVILY influenced by AD-B's Betrayer, but good fun nonetheless...

The Ember Wolves by Rob Sanders
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... b-sanders/

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So the lead character is called Voltemond! As in one of the planets in Ghostmaker ;)
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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Duke_Leto » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:51 am

Neverborn wrote:
Duke_Leto wrote:Was just wondering when we will see part two of the Laurie Goulding interview?

The first one caused quite a stir (in a good way) on B&C :)

Apologies that it took so long...but here it is:

https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... -part-two/

Let me know what you think :)

NB.


Another great interview (well same interview but you know what I mean). The first part was ,ore "exciting" due to what it revealed about BL and GW but this was certainly interesting. Laurie seems like a genuine good guy. Thanks for doing this neverborn.
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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:56 pm

Duke_Leto wrote:Another great interview (well same interview but you know what I mean). The first part was ,ore "exciting" due to what it revealed about BL and GW but this was certainly interesting. Laurie seems like a genuine good guy. Thanks for doing this neverborn.

My pleasure, I hope you guys have all enjoyed both parts! The first part was certainly the one that I imagined people getting most excited about (funny that) but I loved chatting to Laurie about all the different things we covered, and I think there's loads of interesting stuff across both parts :)

Every time I've spoken to Laurie he's been an absolute delight - super enthusiastic, clearly as much (if not more) of a hobby fan as the rest of us, and happy to answer as many questions as he can. Really cool guy.
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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:19 pm

Evening,

If you've been following my Forgotten Texts reviews, where I look at SUPER old BL stories...this week I've taken a look even further back in time than usual.

Lacrymata by Storm Constantine
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... nstantine/

Loved this one, even if it is pretty off-beat for a 40k story.

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:59 am

Morning all, happy Sunday!

I've rather struggled through this book, but now I've finished I've got a review ready:

Mephiston: Blood of Sanguinius by Darius Hinks
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... anguinius/

Bit disappointed, really. Was hoping for a proper insight into Mephiston, but all I got was a standard action story. Not bad...just not what I'd hoped.

Guy Haley's Dante next - I've got high hopes for this one!

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:41 pm

Hi everyone,

So March of the Titans continues with another Digital Monday short story - it's Warhounds vs. a Warlord this time.

Hunting Ground by Ian St. Martin
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... st-martin/

Another really good story, I thought. We've seen plenty like this before but there's enough of interest here to not suffer for it.

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:52 pm

Evening all,

Having made a start on the LE hardback of Dante I couldn't resist a quick review of the exclusive short story. Hopefully this sees a full release relatively soon, as it's too good to stay relatively unknown!

Eminence Sanguis by Guy Haley
https://trackofwords.wordpress.com/2017 ... guy-haley/

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:23 am

Happy Sunday!

I finished this yesterday, and WHAT A BOOK it was!

Dante by Guy Haley
http://www.trackofwords.com/dante-guy-haley/

While you're checking that out, have a look around the site - I've migrated over to http://www.trackofwords.com now, and while there's not a huge amount that's changed, I've tidied a few things up and (hopefully) streamlined the Reviews Lists bit.

If you've got any comments or suggestions, do let me know - I'm going to be doing some more work over the coming months on the site, but I'm holding off until I've got some useful data to make decisions on.

EDIT: also, if you see any bad links either on the new site or with links elsewhere, please do let me know! Everything should redirect from the old site to the new one...hopefully!

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:41 pm

Evening,

So I thought today's Digital Monday short story might have been another Titan story, but nope. Blood Bowl instead, which is arguably even better! :)

I think I might have been a bit distracted the first time I read it - I enjoyed it, but couldn't quite get my head around it. Read it a second time on the way home and loved it.

A Last Sniff of Glory - David Guymer
http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/03/27/ ... id-guymer/

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:25 pm

Hi folks,

It's another long one, but here's the first part of my latest interview...this time with Dan Abnett.

http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/04/21/ ... -part-one/

Hope you enjoy it!

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Duke_Leto » Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:19 pm

Neverborn wrote:Hi folks,

It's another long one, but here's the first part of my latest interview...this time with Dan Abnett.

http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/04/21/ ... -part-one/

Hope you enjoy it!

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Great interview as always thanks. Very interesting. But you are such a big tease! You know what we REALLY want to read about is the BL stuff and you are saving that for soon!!!!

Did you ask about Penitient?
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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:35 pm

Duke_Leto wrote:Great interview as always thanks. Very interesting. But you are such a big tease! You know what we REALLY want to read about is the BL stuff and you are saving that for soon!!!!

Did you ask about Penitient?

Glad you liked it! Haha, I'm not just being mean, the BL stuff genuinely did fall later on in the interview!

I didn't actually ask about Penitent, but he did bring it up...

In fact, you can see for yourself - here's the second part of the interview :)

http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/04/27/ ... -part-two/

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Duke_Leto » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:39 pm

Neverborn wrote:
Duke_Leto wrote:Great interview as always thanks. Very interesting. But you are such a big tease! You know what we REALLY want to read about is the BL stuff and you are saving that for soon!!!!

Did you ask about Penitient?

Glad you liked it! Haha, I'm not just being mean, the BL stuff genuinely did fall later on in the interview!

I didn't actually ask about Penitent, but he did bring it up...

In fact, you can see for yourself - here's the second part of the interview :)

http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/04/27/ ... -part-two/

Enjoy!

NB.


The second part was AWESOME thanks very much. Really really interesting to hear how some books came about. Just shows that it doesn't always take planning to deliver an amazing book!

Shame Dan couldn't reveal a bit more about what was forthcoming but the take away was that we should be getting...

Warmaster
HH book
Anarch
And then just possibly Penitient (please, pretty please).

The great thing to read though was that he was still committed to writing the two Bequin books which is really good to hear.
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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Sun May 07, 2017 12:28 pm

Duke_Leto wrote:The second part was AWESOME thanks very much. Really really interesting to hear how some books came about. Just shows that it doesn't always take planning to deliver an amazing book!

Shame Dan couldn't reveal a bit more about what was forthcoming but the take away was that we should be getting...

Warmaster
HH book
Anarch
And then just possibly Penitient (please, pretty please).

Once again, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Chatting to Dan was a blast, he's such a nice guy. That's pretty much how I interpreted things, too. I wouldn't want to put any dates on those books, but he seemed fired up to be writing them!

Duke_Leto wrote:The great thing to read though was that he was still committed to writing the two Bequin books which is really good to hear.

Yep - I CANNOT WAIT to get those two :) As he said, they're never going to be a priority for BL like the HH or Gaunt, but he clearly recognises that there's a lot of demand for them.

Did you get chance to take a look at the final part of the interview? I had some specific questions about Ghostmaker and the Gaunt series, as part of my little Forgotten Texts series of articles. If you haven't seen it, you can take a look here:

http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/05/03/ ... hostmaker/

I've also managed to post a few more full reviews, now the interview is finished - transcribing a 90 minute interview takes a LONG time. These might be of interest, if anyone fancies taking a look:

Blood of Asaheim by Chris Wraight (first time I've read this, it's one I missed first time around...)
http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/05/05/ ... s-wraight/

Calgar's Fury by Paul Kearney
http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/05/06/ ... l-kearney/

Eye of Night by Gav Thorpe
http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/04/25/ ... av-thorpe/

Hand of Darkness by Gav Thorpe
http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/05/07/ ... av-thorpe/

As always, very happy to hear if anyone's got any comments :)

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Re: BL Reviews on Track of Words

Postby Neverborn » Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:04 pm

Happy Friday folks :)

To celebrate the upcoming weekend, how about a review of tomorrow's big Black Library release?

The Crimson King by Graham McNeill
http://www.trackofwords.com/2017/06/02/ ... m-mcneill/

Okay, so I'm a huge Thousand Sons fan...but that was brilliant! I really think it's going to be a popular one :)

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