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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Squiggle » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:55 am

Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders. Really good read and a unique take on the Space Marines with some truly unlikely behaviours on display - Chun I think you would enjoy this one.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Major Rawne » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:05 pm

Squiggle wrote:Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders. Really good read and a unique take on the Space Marines with some truly unlikely behaviours on display - Chun I think you would enjoy this one.

Oooo that's a cracking Space Marine novel.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Chun the Unavoidable » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:49 pm

Squiggle wrote:Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders. Really good read and a unique take on the Space Marines with some truly unlikely behaviours on display - Chun I think you would enjoy this one.

Thank'ee. I shall look it up.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Lord of the Night » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:33 pm

Squiggle wrote:Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders. Really good read and a unique take on the Space Marines with some truly unlikely behaviours on display - Chun I think you would enjoy this one.

One of the best BL books period in my opinion.

Started reading The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley but finding it very hard to get into, Hurley's typical lack of background on important matters and insufficient description/explanation on things that shouldn't be left to interpretation, plus a story that just isn't pulling me in, makes this hard to like. Decided to put it aside, may revisit it later, and dive into The God Fragments #2: Princess of Blood by Tom Lloyd.


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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Squiggle » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:53 pm

I read one of her books. didn't really get on with it despite much hype. as you say - a certain lack of depth.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Chun the Unavoidable » Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:38 pm

After reading some more C L Moore shorts (which were very much enjoyed), I'm now about Stephen Baxter's sequel to The War of the Worlds, namely, The Massacre of Mankind. There's not many authors I would trust with this, but, after thoroughly enjoying his sequel to The Time Machine, I'm looking forward to the experience.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Vivia » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:05 pm

Finished The Tower of the Swallow.
These books are not good. Proof the writer has a chip on his shoulder, the famous "the eagles are coming!" popped up somewhere in one book. Yes, it could be funny, but I hardly noticed it. Whatever. It isn't like we didn't see it coming considering that the entire series reads like a "proper" rewrite by Better Ficcer of LotR. Or is it? *snark"
Writers who grew up in the '90s are the worst for this.

A lot of the story is a massive whatever. The so-called villain is boring, all the bad guys are not even worth mentioning. The secondary character dump continued, they added nothing to the story. And oh, the witcher is barely in the three books. True, it's gritty and gory, and not much else.
As usual, the last chapter was the best and maybe because it meant the novel ended.
The books are a weird mix of light and heavy reading, with heavy it means the lack of structure.

For some reason the books makes me think of LGRs 17 Worst PC Games and his mockery of the so-called better programmers. XD
"The plot is lame, the music is horrible, the sounds are worse and the levels are confusing! And holy crap, the repetition is enough to make you vomit."

Buy the books only if they're heavily discounted (9 SEK), they aren't worth it. Better still, get them at the library.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:24 pm

The Power was a good read in the end. Would recommend. It's relatively light. Again, the subtext is almost blatant. Very enjoyable if you just go with the characters and narrative.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Mussbello » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:46 pm

Currently reading "The Empire Omnibus". I had only previously read one of these stories before - Warrior Priest by Darius Hinks.

The first story - Iron Company - was Chris Wraights first for Black Library I think. If that's correct then it's clear why he has went on to do so much more. I felt this was a really great Warhammer story - right tone, great action and depiction of an Empire army on campaign, bit of mystery and characters who had more than one dimension.

Just started the second novel in the collection - Grimblades. Interesting to see it set further back in the history of the Empire.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby ribbons69 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:44 am

As part of my Gaunts Ghosts reread I finished Only in Death last weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it again, the whole haunted house aura that resonates through the novel really gives it a different edge. Moved onto the Hatchett part works version of Angels of Darkness, something I hadn't read before. Another enjoyable read and I look forward to Ravenwing when I receive it as part of the series. One particular line did make me smile though. Something along the lines of " the order had kept this vigil for countless millennia. You mean ten?
Started The Return of Nagash yesterday. The first Warhammer novel I have read for a very long time. Having to constantly google stuff like "Ungor" though.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Chun the Unavoidable » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:49 am

Next: War Factory, Neal Asher.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:51 pm

Read The Beast in the Basement by Jason Aarnop.

I have a lot of time for this guy. He writing is really easy to get into. The characters are clear. The plot is tight (if a little predicatable in this one). I'd heartily recommend this one.

I'm really struggling to find 'the next book' that I really want to read.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Lord of the Night » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:42 pm

Finished The Horusian Wars: Resurrection by John French, and it was utterly stunning! Truly a worthy successor to Eisenhorn and Ravenor, but also the original Inquisition trilogy featuring Jaq Draco as noted in the Afterword.

Apparently French emulated a lot of that long-ago series, the 2nd Edition Imperial Codex and the Inquisitor Sketchbook in the book through the settings, characters and scale of the plot. And while I haven't read any of those, I can still damn appreciate the research and passion that has gone into this book.

It genuinely feels like the Inquisition is making a comeback. Eisenhorn and Ravenor were written both a decade ago, and Bequin has been stalled for nearly five years now (and I'm starting to doubt it will ever be finished), and since then we've had little with the Imperial Inquisition. But The Carrion Throne and Resurrection have both been fantastic and hopefully their success means we'll see more Inquisition novels in the future.


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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby ribbons69 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:58 am

Lord of the Night wrote:Finished The Horusian Wars: Resurrection by John French, and it was utterly stunning! Truly a worthy successor to Eisenhorn and Ravenor, but also the original Inquisition trilogy featuring Jaq Draco as noted in the Afterword.


My copy arrived last week,along with Shroud of Night . However this morning the postman dropped off the latest six Warhammer Legends hardbacks (off the top of my head Dark Apostle,Demon World,Thousand Sons,Ravenwing,Cadian Blood and er ..False Gods I think.) I've almost finished The Return of Nagash so after that I'll do Cadian Blood which is quite short (especially for ADB) then Resurrection.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Rob P » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:42 pm

Started The Bone Collector yesterday. Good so far, but still building.

I got the first 4/5 in the series on 99p deals so must resist the urge to bltiz through them.

Also my holiday reads have now both arrived ready for my break next week. I have The Upanishads (though disappointed to note that it is extracts rather than the whole thing) and Ursula Le Guin's Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story. Had a flick through both and I know i'm going to enjoy them.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Vivia » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:40 pm

Sorry in advance to all Lord Dunsany lovers:

I took up quite a lot of his books, most of them are the fairy tale collections.
Well, the mystery is solved, now I know where Tanith Lee & co, and Lovecraft, got their love for purple prose. That's not a good thing!
Ugh.
The Gods of Pagona is nigh unreadable, I'm just not in the mood. Only Goodreads book challenge keep me going.
The best was The Book of Wonder, that's the one I read in the Swedish translation. It has that dreamy dark fairy tale thing going on, the prose is less clogging. The worst was Tales of Wonder (I can barely keep the titles apart), it's so pointless. The ones I truly hated were A Tale of Sea and Land and The Bad Old Woman in Black, truly stories of less wonder and more nothing, plot optional. Extreme cases of much faffing about.
I totally agree with the reviews on GR about Dunsany's lack of plot and characters, not to forget the old-fashioned writing style. Also, barely a woman in his stories, most of the collections seemed to be author self-inserts. The dreamer! Who could it be? >_>

More questionable prose :My Dad Wrote a Porno is back for a third season. Yay!
Next on my list The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian. An M/M romance novel, seems cute enough. I'm going with the iBooks because I give up on finding DRM-free ebooks and I'm not giving Amazon my money unless I have to.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Xisor » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:21 pm

I've been doing a ton of DW and Inquisition bits this week. The precursor Horusian Wars shorts were a delight. The shorts in the Deathwatch: Ignition anthology were surprisingly *very* good, especially as an ensemble. Deathwatch: Swordwind was a fascinating short story, and now just about finished Deathwatch (strictly, Deathwatch by Ian St Martin, not to be confused with Deathwatch by Steve Parker - they missed a good chance to call it "Deathwatch 2: Deathwatcher").

It's one of the bleakest books going. Presents a fairly unpleasant view of the Imperium and the Deathwatch (and the Inquisition) and deals directly with some problematic stuff. It also *doesn't* deal with more problematic stuff, so I could happily tolerate a talkier, far less action-oriented book. (Under, the best bits by far are away from the action.)

Cross reference with The Beast Arises on that front - good stuff is politicking and moral(e) threats. Less good is hitting and shooting a shopping list of baddies, at length.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Aristedes Colettas » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:06 pm

Finished Legacies of Betrayal. Good anthology. My favourite was Kryptos by Graham McNeill. I loved the elite team of Nykona Sharrowkin and Sabik Wayland.

Reading Black Crusade: Red Path by Chris Dows.
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby Lord of the Night » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:23 am

Started Shroud of Night yesterday with some trepidation. The Alpha Legion are one of my absolute favourite subjects in 30k/40k because they are just so different from everything else, no other Legion wages war like they do or has a culture even remotely like theirs, but they are rarely explored in the novels and when they are, the authors don't really seem to understand them. Rob Sanders proved he understands them completely with The Serpent Beneath and The Harrowing, and John French proved it with Praetorian of Dorn.

And it seems Andy Clark understands them as well because The Unsung are brilliant so far. Secretive, elite and mysterious, yet they have a good camaraderie with each other and each member of the Harrow feels like a true individual, especially given their wittled down numbers. The Serpenta cant style of conversing, taking on the roles of each other in meetings with outsiders, debating mission strategies and questioning objectives, and their commando-style approach to objectives; these are all the things that I was hoping to see.

Interestingly they don't seem to do the "I am Alpharius" bit with allies/enemies
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Re: What Are You Reading?

Postby David Earle » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:11 am

Read Signal to Noise by C.Z. Dunn. This had potential to turn into a genuine spiritual crisis for the Black Templars but ended up being a joke on a grumpy Chaplain. Which was not a bad read! And made some good points about what happens when you censor history. But we missed out on:

Chaplain: Brothers, listen now to the words of the God-Emperor!

Emperor: Is this thing on? Listen you f***s, religion is a cancer on Mankind, got it? Here's five hours explaining all the problems I've got with you little-

Chaplain: cut the feed Cut the feed CUT THE FEED


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