Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy #9)
In this epic story, Fulgrim author Graham McNeill tells of the civil war on Mars, and the genesis of the Dark Mechanicum. This next installment is guaranteed to keep fans hooked as the series goes from strength to strength....more
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Once again, we get one side told from the perspective of 'normal' humans, something which is overdone by this point in the s...more
Up to this point what I have read about adepts etc. Makes them all out as terrible not interesting characters. This showed their true colors :P
I'd recommend it to any heresy fan. The ending left me smacking my head, and added some interesting ideas for my fan fiction :D
Thus far I have read the entire series. The series is overall exceptional; easily the best work but out by Black Library to date. There have been a few small “bumps” along the road. I point to Descent of Angels as the low point of the series as far as catching and holding my attention as well as staying true to the feel of the other books.
My favorites of the series so far are Flight of th...more
Mr. McNeil once again proves that he is one of the best writers in the Black Library. He does well in describing the amazing creations and inovations of the Mechanicum and t...more
Mars has been ruled by the Mechanicum for thousands of years. An order of technician/priests to pray to a being called the Omnissiah, the Mechanicum have been split between those who believe that the Emperor is the embodiment...more
He made me lose sleep, he made me daydream in lecture, he made me wonder what the hell was going to happen next.
I never thought I'd care about a book on the Adeptus Mechanicum, I considered that a novel all about the 'cog boys' would be about as exciting as a depressed Ben Stein describing the sex life of a koala in a audio drama read by an irate Gilbert Gottfreid. (Ok, I'd actually listen to that just for the sheer comedy)
In truth, Mr. McNeill wrote a great book.
This truly glorious story was about the civil war that takes place on Mars at the start of the Horus Heresy, and details the fall of mars and the rise of the Dark Mechanicum.
The novel was really, really good. I read The Kaban Project before it, and the tie-ins were amazing. It provided some really good insight into some of the characters.
Now for the novel itself, there were so many awesome things. The very technological battles that took place were awesome, as well as what the Da...more
Good filler for the Horus Heresy. There's got to be a lot of meat in the Mars Schism plotline. This book doesn't deliver it though. Its too caught up in its own micro-plotting and you miss the larger overtures. Just feels like it wants to be a human interest story.
Also, the Mechanicum is always portrayed a certain way with their surrender of humanity and emotion. This novel stands out alone in that it ignores that. I mean, you have to, in order to have good conflict and build up, but...more
This tale lets us see some of the Mechanicum's own weapons in action, something that is relatively rare (they have an oddly well-described military in fluff, but basically no presence on the tabletop except as part of o...more
Ici, on ne suit pas un chapitre de space marines, mais le clergé de Mars, totalement dédié aux machines. Il y a à boire et à manger dans ce roman, avec des scènes de bataille épiques (comme toujours), mais aussi des scènes plus calmes. On essaye de nous faire voir une super révélation finale, mais l'effet tombe u...more
I liked the characters and I enjoyed how the story fit very well into the whole "fall of mankind" and it fit very well with the "Grim Darkness of the Far Future" theme.
There were no winners and no happy ending, but it was an appropriate ending. Don't read this for an uplifting experience, but read it because its an interest...more
Although the action of this story is sparse compared to the rest of the Heresy thus far, the final battle was Tolkienesque and I really enjoyed it.
This story continues the Heresy narrative in yet another corner of the soon to crumble Empire, only this corner is on Terra's front porch. I am still excited to see how the Black Library will finish this tale and how many books it wil...more
At the half way mark this book became difficult to read, it had failed to spark any real interest. The characters were largely boring and the plot didn't seem to go anywhere. This changed 1/3 of the way and it all became worthwhile again in direct reversal of the earlier point. In the case of one character they suddenly stopped being a dull drone and actually started to crack jokes.
A 2 star book which rallied towards the end to bring it up 1 star. Worth reading for the 'secrets' revealed, not t...more
Graham McNeill proves yet again he is (together with Dan Abnett) one of the best sf writers out there.
This book gives a great insight in the history of the Mechanicum.
From the union with the Imperium to the creation of the Dark Mechanicum.
Ending with an enormous tragedy like all the best books in the series.
A must read for every Warhammer 40k fan.
Recommended to anyone who likes sience-fiction.
Great installment in the series. Honestly, I really thought it was going to be super boring. The first 50 pages or so lived up to that, but then the story picked up a lot of pace and I was sucked right in. A very interesting take on the 40k world/History. I kind of wished there was a little more, even. I wanted the "Mars" story to continue. I'll be interested if they ever pick that line up again.