Granted, this book is nothing much when compared to such literary greats as Moby Dick, Tom Sawyer, or even The Stand; it is fluff reading, plain and sGranted, this book is nothing much when compared to such literary greats as Moby Dick, Tom Sawyer, or even The Stand; it is fluff reading, plain and simple, and it doesn't try to be anything else, but even that appellation does it too much justice.
This is far and away the weakest of the books that I have read thus far involving the Warhammer 40,000 universe. One should expect a certain amount of pointless violence when reading the WH40K books - that's the main reason I read them in the first place - but this one is nothing but pointless violence. Characters are introduced only to be killed in spectacular and gory fashions, and the thin, almost nonexistent plot doesn't show up until well into the second third of the book. Even then, most of the book is mired down in endlessly repetitive descriptions of how terrible the Bad Guys are, and how helpless the Good Guys are to stop them from completing the Nefarious Planof Evilest Evil, which is in itself never really clear until the last forty pages or so, which gives the whole thing a tacked-on, 'afterthought' feel.
Not only that, but the author could seriously benefit from expanding his vocabulary. I can't remember the number of times I saw words repeated ad nauseum, and thought to myself how a thesaurus would come in very handy. Othe authors of the WH40K universe (James Swallow, as a for-instance) have work that is far more entertaining, because they all have style that includes the use of synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms, as well as the basic tenets of writing...such as plot, theme, and character development.
Frankly, this book fits into a genre I refer to as 'gore porn' - no substance, no in-depth development, just endless battle scenes, warfare, killing in (semi)interesting ways, and a sparse-to-nonexistent plot. Which is fine, if that's what you're looking for. It's just that there are better examples of this kind of writing in the WH40K milieu than Dark Apostle. My recommendation would be to go find another one to go with, and don't waste your time on this one. ...more
While this is not so much a book to be read as it is a catalog of the world's first collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering, I have to say that IWhile this is not so much a book to be read as it is a catalog of the world's first collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering, I have to say that I ranked this book the way I did because I enjoy the occasional leaf-through. I do this not only to remind myself of the good times I had playing the CCG, but also to recall just how much time, effort, and expense I put into playing the damn game, and how smart it was for me to get out when I did.
I had quite the collection going (three large boxes worth, with about two thousand cards in each one - and those were just my spare cards, not the ones I played with), and had managed to collect quite a few of the rarer cards and squirrel them away for trade, sale, or set completion. I originally picked up this book to help in cataloguing the cards that I did have, as well as gaining some idea of just how far I had to go, and when I saw the number of cards and collections waiting to be bought, sorted, and tucked away, I first came to the decision that maybe finding a cheaper hobby would be in order. It took a little while to break the addiction in full (because, to be honest, that's what it really was), but I credit this book with helping me start down that path.
The book itself is set up beautifully, and the cards are reproduced with clarity and beauty. The organization could have stood for a bit of revamping or reorganization in some form, but I can forgive that because of the sheer mass of the subject matter itself. It's difficult to keep track of several tens of thousands of cards, and choosing the best way to organize something of this size is a tricky venture at best. ...more
There's something very frustrating about this book. It could be the lack of believability in the characters (they speak and act like adults, but are sThere's something very frustrating about this book. It could be the lack of believability in the characters (they speak and act like adults, but are supposed to be in their youth or early teens), it could be the slow pace (I'm almost half way through and the characters are still bickering over something that should have been put to bed in the first couple of chapters), or it could be the complete lack of similarity to any of the other WH40K books that are out there, in that the author seems bound and determined to bring humanity and understanding to one of the Primarchs, without actually knowing how to do so himself.
Whatever. I'll finish it, sort through the feelings and impressions, and give a better review after I'm done.
EDIT: I don't give up on books easily, but I'm dumping this one. I don't expect much beyond mindless entertainment from the Warhammer book series, but this one couldn't even get that right. ...more