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I posted my review of this over on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Actually, I would have given it 3 and 1/2 stars, but as we know, 1/2 stars is notI posted my review of this over on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Actually, I would have given it 3 and 1/2 stars, but as we know, 1/2 stars is not an option on GoodReads.
The fall of Fulgrim, the Primarch of the Emperor's Children legion, is tragic and quite dramatic. It is a descent into madness driven by dark forces fThe fall of Fulgrim, the Primarch of the Emperor's Children legion, is tragic and quite dramatic. It is a descent into madness driven by dark forces for a figure that was brilliant and good for starters. And like a good tragedy, you know that there is no stopping the fates once they get going.
Fulgrim is the Primarch of the Emperor's Children, one of the legions of the Emperor of Mankind fighting in the Great Crusade to unify the worlds of men. The Emperor's Children pride themselves in their pursuit of perfection. Unlike other legions, they seek the best and most perfect way to go into combat. They are also haughty and proud. We have met some of their members in previous novels. We met Lucius, the skilled but arrogant swordsman that, in my case, I keep waiting to see him get what is coming to him. Saul Tarvitz, the captain of the 10th Company of the Emperor's Children who is seen as nothing more than a line officer. We have seen Saul in previous novels, so if you have read those, you know of his gallant fate. There are also some new people, and naturally, this is Fulgrim's novel, so he stands larger than life. But the tale is not only about Fulgrim; it is also about his bonds of brotherhood. He is close to Ferrus Manus, the Primarch of the Iron Hands. They are so close that in fact they forged weapons for each other at one point. Fulgrim betrays his brother in arms in a truly tragic way full of pathos. This is probably one of the best passages in the book leading then to their inevitable confrontation. And there are confrontations in this book.
We get to see the battle of Isstvan III, but McNeill glosses over it, and if you have read the previous novels, then you know of how Horus betrayed and massacred so many Astartes and their military support units. Now a new battle is coming to Isstvan V as legions loyal to the Emperor come to bring reckoning to Horus. But will they succeed in defeating Horus? Or will the wily traitor have yet another trap at hand? I leave that to the readers to find out saying it will be worth reading.
I did not give the book that fifth star because the text is a bit drawn out at times. The book clocks in a bit over 500 pages, and I found it a bit too long. I think a little editing could have made for a leaner, and still good, book. The strength of the book lies in the strong tragic sense of the fall of Fulgrim into darkness and his betrayal of Ferrus Manus. This is almost as good as any Shakespearean tragedy. But madness and darkness do not come to Fulgrim alone. His whole fleet, including the remembrancers are affected as well and fall as well into the darkness of Chaos (Chaos still something that we are gradually learning about in the setting of the 31st Millennium). Adding to this, McNeill does use some very good descriptive detail in the passages about the artists which reinforce the impending doom.
Overall, the book is a good addition to the series. It has a good blend of intrigue and action, though the intrigue is not as good as previous novels. I think this is no fault of the author. We already know as readers much of what is to happen already; we are seeing it from a different point of view. This on the one hand is interesting, but I can see where some readers might find it repetitive over time. Fulgrim is quite the figure, and his fall is really a tale worth reading. The author does manage to continue the style and feel of previous books, which means there is good consistency. For fans, I think this is a very good book. For those like me discovering the Horus Heresy series, I think this is a good addition and a good read. It is one I recommend, and I will certainly go look for the next one. ...more
Pretty much like reading an episode of the series. Suddenly, the station is flooding with "tourists" and scoundrels, and Commander Sisko needs to findPretty much like reading an episode of the series. Suddenly, the station is flooding with "tourists" and scoundrels, and Commander Sisko needs to find out why. Turns out there is a lost treasure, and many think the station has something to do with it. It's a mystery as Sisko needs to figure out how to deal with the problems the thieves and treasure hunters bring to the station. I will just say there may be a very unique solution at hand. I personally did enjoy the ending. The only thing I really wish is that some of the art was a bit better. The story was good, but the art quality seemed just average at times. Still, an entertaining read. ...more
This was excellent. An alternate history take on the Manhattan Project, which is now projects. We get to see the scientists in a whole new light. ForThis was excellent. An alternate history take on the Manhattan Project, which is now projects. We get to see the scientists in a whole new light. For instance, Einstein drinks, a lot, and Oppenheimer, well, you have to read it. From Nazis to aliens, there is a bit of everything here as the scientists are given free rein to work on various projects. A good blend of intrigue and action. For me, this is definitely one of the best reads of the year so far. I can only hope the next volume keeps things rolling. ...more
I did like it, but it is not a big deal. A passable collection of DS-9 stories. I liked the murder mystery one best where the Cardassian war criminalI did like it, but it is not a big deal. A passable collection of DS-9 stories. I liked the murder mystery one best where the Cardassian war criminal is murdered aboard the station. The art on this collection is so-so, but it works well enough. So overall, a nice quick read. This is one to borrow rather than buy. ...more
I gave it the four stars only because the pace did slow down a bit in the middle, and the ending did leave a lot of things open. Then again, leaving tI gave it the four stars only because the pace did slow down a bit in the middle, and the ending did leave a lot of things open. Then again, leaving things open is part of setting up for the rest of the series. So, it's more like 4 1/2 stars for me. Overall, this novel is a strong entry in the series, and I think fans will certainly like it. I did enjoy that I got to see some events from the previous novel from a different point of view. It is a long journey, a journey with a lot of risks and sacrifices, for the Astartes and crew of the frigate Eisenstein as they make a jump to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery. Will they make it? Will they survive in the warp, especially with warp storms and a battle-damaged ship? And if they make it to Terra, will they be believed? All these questions and more will be answered as Captain Garro leads the Eisenstein on its flight. A solid read, and I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series. ...more
A light, fun, and adorable book to teach your children the simple concepts of opposites: happy/angry, young/old, hot/cold. and others. Captain Kirk anA light, fun, and adorable book to teach your children the simple concepts of opposites: happy/angry, young/old, hot/cold. and others. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise as well as other characters from Star Trek come together to teach and entertain your child. This is a very nice, solid board book. The photography in it is very good. I will add that I don't think you have to be a child to enjoy this book. If you are Star Trek fan, you will likely enjoy the book, even if it is just for fun or nostalgia. And maybe you might want to share it with your own child as well. Definitely one I recommend.
Disclosure (to keep The Man happy): I did receive the book as part of a giveaway from the publisher. Having said that, it was a fun little book. ...more
I have to say that compared to other anthologies I have read in this vein (Legends of the Space Marines and Victories of the Space Marines), this oneI have to say that compared to other anthologies I have read in this vein (Legends of the Space Marines and Victories of the Space Marines), this one was very disappointing. I know short story anthologies can be hit and miss depending on the selections. Some stories are good, and might redeem an otherwise so-so anthology. Other stories less so. Well, in this case, there were no real good stories. A lot of them were basically slow-plodding tales that were more of a chore to read than anything else. After my previous reading experiences in this series of anthologies, this one was a real letdown for me as a reader. If Black Library chooses to make another anthology of Space Marines, they probably need to be a bit more selective of who writes stories for it. This one was not a good example of the best Black Library can and does put out. However, there are still plenty of other good things to read in the WH 40K universe, so I am just chalking this up as a loss and moving on to something else. ...more
**spoiler alert** Wow! Just plain wow! The battle scenes at the end were full of gallantry, nobility, honor, and all the good things you expect in an**spoiler alert** Wow! Just plain wow! The battle scenes at the end were full of gallantry, nobility, honor, and all the good things you expect in an epic where brave men make a last stand. The path to get to that point was also a very good read as the treachery of the heresy is finally revealed and pits Space Marine brother against brother. Once I picked this up, I could not put it down. Ben Counter manages to maintain the crescendo and swift pace of the series in the closing volume of this first trilogy. He also sets things nicely for the rest of the series. Horus solidifies his power, but he is in a race against time to carry out his plans before the Emperor finds out about the treachery. Legions turn against each other as the Astartes take sides. Oh, Captains Loken and Tarvitz and the other loyalists will, in their last stand, make sure Horus' forces pay dearly for their treachery. There is drama, intrigue, action, suspense, and more in this novel that does not let go until the end. Counter's narrative is epic in scope and style; in some ways, this is like reading a classic epic poem. This is definitely a very good entry in the series. I will definitely go looking for the next one. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really wanted to like this book. When I first heard of the series, I figured it would be a very good look at the Eldar, an intrigu**spoiler alert** I really wanted to like this book. When I first heard of the series, I figured it would be a very good look at the Eldar, an intriguing race in the WH 40K universe. In the end, even though the book has some interesting moments, and some action, a lot of it was a drag to read. I will disclose I have not read the first book in the series, but I will note that you can read this one on its own quite well. You get enough references to the previous one that you can probably do just fine. Some of the issues for me included:
* A very slow pace at times. What could have been a strength, namely descriptions and a look at an Eldar craftworld as well as a look at the seer path, at times became extremely long passages where nothing really happened and did little to move the story along. Basically, you could skim big parts of the book and still get the gist of it. That is usually a sign of padding; this book could have used a few pages left.
*I just found some of the characters somewhat unlikeable. Thiriana's teacher is a bit of a bullying asshole at times. For me at least, I hate bullies, so that right away alienated me. Your mileage may vary. Her father, to whom she does not really speak to, is not that much better neither. To be honest, in spite of the explanation in the book, forcing Thiriana to get him to make her first rune felt forced. It felt more like her teacher just making her do it out of some spite.
*And of course, it is a middle book in a trilogy, so naturally you get the cliffhanger just as it is getting interesting. And the book really does pick up the pace at the end, but by then, you had to plod through a lot of stuff to get there.
I may pick up the next book just to find out how the story ends. However, I am in no rush to do so. I felt the book had great potential, but it just felt flat for me. I will go read other WH 40K books for a while to cleanse the palate before I move on with this particular series. I think hardcore fans of WH 40K will probably enjoy the book. Casual fans like me may or not have mixed results.
By the way, the cover art work is just gorgeous and excellent. ...more
A small collection of four tales where the famous bounty hunter has to take a job for a price. Prices may vary, and at times the customer may or not gA small collection of four tales where the famous bounty hunter has to take a job for a price. Prices may vary, and at times the customer may or not get what they pay for. It is an ok collection. I thought the story of the Imperial commander sending Fett to find a small artifact in a derelict star destroyer had a bit of poignancy at the end. The story of the slaves was pretty good too I thought. Overall, for the man in the mandalorian armor, no job is too small or difficult, if the price is right. But you can you pay his price? ...more
A nice little book that presents the knowledge and information about the Jedi. It is set up as a student manual that has been through a few hands. LikA nice little book that presents the knowledge and information about the Jedi. It is set up as a student manual that has been through a few hands. Like any other school book that is shared, some of the previous owners (which go from Yoda to Count Dooku to Qui-Gon to even the Emperor along with others)have left little comments and notes on the margins that range from serious to snarky. Those little "notes" do make the book a bit more entertaining. As for the book's content, it's pretty good. Some of it are things that have been presented elsewhere, but it is nice to have all this information about the Jedi in one place. Some parts are more interesting that others. It is also more of a book to browse than to read cover to cover. Star Wars fans will probably want to add it to their collection. Casual Star Wars readers may want to look it over to learn a thing or two or just for fun. ...more
This was a very good novel. McNeill picks up right where Dan Abnett left off in Horus Rising, and the move from one book to the other is seamless. InThis was a very good novel. McNeill picks up right where Dan Abnett left off in Horus Rising, and the move from one book to the other is seamless. In a way, you can't tell where one book begins and the other ends if you go by the very good prose in these two novels. I can only hope that as I continue to read the series, which I will, that the feel of consistent quality storytelling and ambiance will be there. So far, so good.
The plot thickens in this novel. Revelations are made, and it seems not all is as it seems. I am fascinated by this series taking place so long before the "regular" events in Warhammer 40,000. I have said before that I often do not like books where you know how things will end beforehand. And in this series, that is the case. You know, if you have read any of the other books in the WH40K universe, how things will end for the most part: the Emperor as a corpse deity, the battle between the forces of the Imperium, the xenos, and other forces of Chaos raging on. And yet, the Horus Heresy series draws you right in. You really want to find out how things happen. What discoveries are made. Why things are the way they are. I think as a reader you get a sense of wonder as you see Horus, the Primarchs, the Astartes as well as other Imperial forces coming face to face for the first time with Chaos. Again, not all is as it seems.
In this novel, Horus is wounded. His men, some of them, rush to try to find a cure in the world of Davin where some mystics (so to speak. You could call them sorcerers, etc.) may or not have a remedy. And if he survives, Horus will be sorely tempted. Will he fall for that great temptation? He learns new things along the way that may tilt the balance of the Great Crusade. And what exactly are Erebus's motivations and machinations? There is a lot of intrigue in this book as well as a lot of action. McNeill chooses to focus much of the novel on the point of view of Captain Loken, and I think this makes a good choice. Loken, though an experienced warrior, does play the part of the new guy, and that view serves us readers well to appreciate the upcoming conflicts, when Astartes will have to decide if they will fight their brothers or not.
But I will not say more. If you are fan of WH40K, you need to be reading this series. If you like military science fiction in general, give this series a try. I know I will be looking for the next volume in the series. ...more
A nice quick read that takes place right after the Clone Wars as the Emperor and Darth Vader are consolidating power. One of the last Jedi and his capA nice quick read that takes place right after the Clone Wars as the Emperor and Darth Vader are consolidating power. One of the last Jedi and his captain survive one of the last stands of the Separatists. Yes, the Jedi was fighting for the Separatists, having been forced to seek their help with the clones turn on him due to Order 66. The captain's wife and daughter are taken as prisoners and to be sold as slaves, and it is up to the Jedi and him to try to find them. In the meantime, we have Vader coming more into his role as Dark Lord of the Sith and the Emperor's enforcer. Slowly for him, certain realities are starting to sink in. If some of the Darth Vader stuff seems familiar, some of it does come out of Luceno's novel Dark Lord Rising. Personally, I found the Vader parts compelling, but then again, I read the novel too, which I did enjoy. The main story was pretty good, though it seemed to run a bit fast at the end, as if the author was trying to wrap it up nicely at the end, so to speak. Anyhow, this is the first volume of a series, and I will probably seek out others since I do like reading Star Wars material, especially when it takes place in smaller settings and stories like this one. The book is a nice, quick read, but at times, I did wish it had a bit more depth. ...more
Nice adaptation of part of the novel. It covers the period when Ender arrives at Battle School until he is about to get command of a group. If you havNice adaptation of part of the novel. It covers the period when Ender arrives at Battle School until he is about to get command of a group. If you have read the novel, you will probably appreciate this a bit more. Marvel does take some liberties here and there, but you do get the feel of the original. I will try to find the next volume in the series. May be time to reread the original novel. Overall, it was ok, and a nice quick read. ...more
I liked the collection for the most part, but like many anthologies, there are always one or two stories that are either uneven or just not as good coI liked the collection for the most part, but like many anthologies, there are always one or two stories that are either uneven or just not as good compared to the others. In addition, this may be a bit of a peeve, but "victory" as a concept is a bit liberal of a term for a story or two in this anthology. Fans of Warhammer 40K will certainly enjoy this volume. Like other volumes in this series, this is a collection of novellas or longer stories. The stories each feature a chapter of the Space Marines. Let me say a bit about some of the stories without spoiling things.
I liked a bit the ending of the Renegades story (yes, there is a story of renegage Space Marines. If you wanted to see a bit from the view of these marines, this is it). For me, one of the best stories was the one featuring the Grey Knights. The sacrifice idea is woven well into the story as readers get to see what it takes to bless and make holy the implements of war that the Grey Knights use. If you want more of the Inquisition, there is also a Deathwatch story. Between these two, I enjoyed the Grey Knights a bit more, but they are both good. If you just took for granted that their bullets were made holy somehow and the runes on their armors were just put there, this story may open your eyes. I definitely found it fascinating in a creepy sort of way. But there are also stories of marines making their last stand that readers of this collection will enjoy. In terms of stories I did not really like the Crimson Consuls story just did not work for me. It seemed too long, and I certainly found the ending disappointing. But that is me. Readers who like intrigue and machinations may like it better.
Overall, there is a bit of everything for readers, so for some adventure with the Space Marines and a nice sampling, you can pick this volume up. ...more
I really wanted to like this, since I do enjoy most of Frank Miller's other work, but in the end, it just quite did not work for me. The premise of aI really wanted to like this, since I do enjoy most of Frank Miller's other work, but in the end, it just quite did not work for me. The premise of a feudal samurai transported to the future to confront his nemesis was an awesome one. The future dystopic setting was pretty good as well I thought, and the way the spirit of the ronin samurai taking over the limbless test subject was pretty good too. However, a lot of the plot is a pretty disjointed mess, and the art at times is extremely cluttered. The clutter at times did make it difficult to read at times. I am glad to have read it, since this is considered a classic, but I honestly do not think this is his best work when compared to his Batman graphic novels for instance. The graphic novel is definitely a product of the late 1980s given the style in the art.
Fans of Frank Miller's work may want to seek out his other works, especially the Batman works. Also, if you want something different, Miller's vision of Robocop is also a very good read. Fans of works like Akira and Aeon Flux (actually, Ronin reminded me a lot of the Aeon Flux) series from MTv)may find this work by Miller appealing as well. ...more
(Damn it. GR ate the review after I typed it, so you are all getting the brief version because I am not retyping now, but may redo in the blog later).(Damn it. GR ate the review after I typed it, so you are all getting the brief version because I am not retyping now, but may redo in the blog later).
Good book. Gave it four stars only because just as it was getting exciting, the book ended. However, very good book that sets up the rest of the series. Also nice dark revelation at the end that sows the seeds of the upcoming heresy. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. ...more