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Titanicus

(Sabbat Worlds #3)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,701 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Bestselling science fiction author Abnett takes his talents to a whole new level recounting an epic tale of Titans, the massive war machines of Warhammer. 20,000.
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Games Workshop(uk) (first published 2008)
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Gianfranco Mancini
3,5 stars

A good military sci-fi tale, but not Abnett's best one.
Set in the Sabbat Wars setting, the same of the author's "Gaunt's Ghosts" series, it takes the conflict on an higher and epic scale.
The descriptions of the Titans battles are good, (view spoiler)but there are lots of issues in this book: it is too much long and with too many sub-plots and not well developed charact
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Millboar
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dan Abnett's "titanicus" is a great piece of military sci-fi. It focuses on the titanic battles between titan legions on the world of Orestes a half hive - half forge world. In the midst of all the carnage of the gargantuan war numerous sub-plots unfold and overlap. Although the focus usually lies on the battling titans, the story also gives a grim look into the nature of the warhammer universe and the people who inhabit it. The most notable of these tend to be during times when the imperial gu ...more
Profundus Librum
Jun 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Túl nagy lehetett az elvárásom a regénnyel szemben – hisz már a címe is telitalálat –, száz százalékban biztos voltam abban, hogy minden tekintetben lenyűgöz majd. Sajnos nem így lett, de ez még mindig csak egy vélemény, ne higgyetek nekem, a többség nem osztja az álláspontomat. Ki-ki döntsön maga – természetesen olvasás után –, melyik véleménynek van igaza. Nekem ez összességében nem tetszett, ráfért volna egy szerkesztő, aki a felét kitörli, vagy értelmesebb tartalommal tölteti meg a szerzővel ...more
skugga
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Captures the sense of a sci-fi war zone on a massive scale.

Unlike many other Black Library books it manages to thread the needle of grimdark without wallowing in it or getting too cheesy.
Peter Ek
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great novel!

It was much better than I expected it to be. Usually Abnett can be a bit hit-and-miss, but this was fantastic! Well rounded and fleshed out characters, great action.
Shayne
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A compelling story told on an epic scale

Having given Gav Thorpe a go and been left wanting, I hedged all my bets on the other big name in Warhammer fiction circles, Dan Abnett. It was up to Abnett to save me after Thorpe had severely burned me. The Warhammer 40,000 universe is a universe I wanted to like. It has all the right ingredients, it just needed the right author to do it justice. Thankfully, Abnett is the man for the job.

Titanicus isn't the type of Warhammer 40,000 story that would norma
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Nick
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've read some bad Dan Abnett books, and I'll admit that I was a little scared picking this up; luckily, this is one of his best books, wildly entertaining and only dragged down by some bloat and pacing problems.
Actually, that may be a little too kind; this book quite bloated, weighing in at 600 pages, and containing three absolutely pointless story threads (a old crazy guy watering his garden, a toymaker who, um, makes toys and nothing interesting happens to, and a dockworker who happens to be
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Robert
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Even though I poopoo on Dan a lot, this is, in my honest opinion, the best 40K novel written.

Now I'm biased, I have a love of giant robots, battletech and armoured combat. SO when you give me a book that seems to accurately capture the immense scale of these monolithic machines known as Titans, but also the methodical building to building movement, tactical thinking and the best way to employ weapons designed to not only melt entire cities but also punch clean through your Titan's supposedly imp
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Heinz Reinhardt
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Titanicus is a side story to the larger saga of the Sabbat Crusade told in Dan's Gaunt's Ghosts series.
We follow the story of Legio Tempestus of the Mechanicus as they defend their forge world of Orestes from a massive assault by forces loyal to the gods of Chaos.
Legio Invicta is dispatched to assist, and the action, as always in Dan's work, is intense and always well done. Massive war engines known as Titans, or God machines, march into battle, and inflict apocalyptic damage on their foes.
Thi
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Michael T Bradley
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kind of a ... "What if War & Peace had giant bloody mechs fighting each other in the background? and didn't have any peaceful times in it?"

A sweeping saga focusing on various people throughout the entire world (though, interestingly, no focus whatsoever on the Chaos forces attacking), Abnett, as usual, makes all the blood & oil & steam feel shockingly HUMAN. He actually has an INTERESTING Mechanicus subplot (heretical, BUT TRUE, information is found & accidentally released! Or wa
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Juho Pohjalainen
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I've never been that big to the lore of Warhammer 40,000, nor its literature in general, but I always liked the bizarre techno-organic aesthetics of the techpriests, and especially the colossal semi-divine majesty of the Titans. Therefore, I went to this book expecting that I'd like it.

And I did. Sometimes it's nice to be correct.

That said, it's laid pretty thick on setting information and technobabble and other weird stuff that isn't really explained, probably because most readers would be expe
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Yiannis
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dan Evans
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3 and a half stars.
It took me a little while to become invested in the book, mainly because I didn't understand the mechanicum structure and how it operates. Several story threads are started and after they have gotten past the introduction stage I enjoyed them all. The last few chapters felt a tiny bit rushed and the endings to some of the stories were quite abrupt. I wouldn't bother reading the last page of 'poetry as I think it detracts from the stories ending.

That being said, the engine figh
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Nicholas Woode-Smith
Started out great. An interesting exploration into a Forgeworld and the life of Ad Mech citizens. But became increasingly confusing and uncompelling as the book flitted between too many POV characters. I struggled to become attached to any of them and the story lines that I did enjoy were too short.

Would have been much better to max out the major POV characters. Sure, flit between minor ones, but give us enough time to get attached to at least one or two characters. A few of the major POV charac
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Paul Morris
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Not the greatest - 3.5 stars - too many subplots at times (a couple about titans many are not) though the plot does take a couple of interesting turns at points.....

He keeps things moving along and interesting enough with some really good background info/lore around the titans and mechanicus more generally. DOES have some really cool titan on titan battles and for me this is where the book really shines!
Patrick Stuart
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. Good points are the artful shifting of scale throughout the text to create the continiously reinforced impression of SIZE.

Its probably true that several of the micro-threads don't seem to lead anywhere. Perhaps they were not intended to?

I am reviewing this too late to make a good impression of it.
Bill Teeple
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written tale

If you like the 40K universe and the towering titans, then you will love book. Several parallel stories engrossing you into the war consuming Orestes. Good development of character and wonderful portrayal of mechanicus. Only wish I would have is more back story on the organization of tempestrus and Invicta.
El-jorro
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Bookworm Speaks!

Warhammer 40,000

Titanicus

by Dan Abnett

****
Acquired: Half-Price Books
Series: Sabbat Worlds Series, Book 3
Publisher: The Black Library (November 26, 2009)
Paperback: 608 Pages
Language: English

****

The Story: When the vital forge world of Orestes comes under attack by a legion of Chaos Titans, the planet is forced to appeal for help. Titan Legio Invicta, although fresh from combat and in desperate need of refit and repair, responds, committing its own force of war engines to the batt
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Emily Berry
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Super hard read although enlightening about the machine side of the Imperium. Although you can get better from other resources.
Ralph Link
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent 40k book with a different viewpoint (Mechs) than most.
David
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Visceral titan combat. Nice look at skitarii as well.
Christina
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not all grinders after all.

Titans, heresy, people who actually use technology without pouring oil all over it. What's not to love. Cobra cobra cobra.
Sergio
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k
I think its 4,5 stars. I just seem few unlogical moment. But it has a great atmosphere. Titanicus is one of that books you should readin slowly and use your imagine.
Student Teacher
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it
So Dan Abnett's Titanicus now that it has come out in soft back.

So believe it or not, this book deals with a Titan war. A forge world in the Sabbott Worlds area (The same region of the Imperium that Gaunt's Ghosts takes place) has been attack by a chaos Titan legion. The Titians of Legio Invictus are rerouted against orders to defend the forge world.

I am an admitted Abnett fan boy (I think he is the best Black Library author bar none!), but I was not very happy with this book. I think that Abnet
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RJ
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Titanicus by Dan Abnett Review
By RJ Jenson

Imagine a collaborative effort between Quentin Tarantino and Arthur C. Clarke. Fast-paced action and gratuitous violence from cover to cover, yet remaining grounded by making the world feel real. It gives you no background on the lore or history of the world, and lets you figure out what you can as you go along. The fantasy elements have science backing them up so that it seems real enough, and it explores the damage being done to all kinds of different
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Brian
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic read!! I thoroughly had fun reading the book. I even liked the fact that within the book there are various plots and subplots and POV that Abnett wove together in order to give the reader a true feeling and understanding of what a war of Titans in Warhammer 40k really is. In essence, it was superb and really worth it.

Even with the above praise, I do have some minor issue with the book and that is for being too short. It was too short that the characters in the book were not able to fu
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David
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Extremely good military adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. An ensemble cast of characters with a surprising amount of effort made to develop sympathy and interest in them. The description of warfare between the Titans (gigantic building sized-war machines) is very absorbing, but political and secondary plots are complex and kept me extremely interested (unlike another recent 40K book I read, "Mechanicum" which dragged constantly for me.)

The depiction of the Martian Mechanicum culture of
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Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dan Abnett is by far my favorite of the 40K authors. I enjoyed this book a great deal. However, that is having just finished Mechanicus...which made reading this much easier. I think I would have been more lost if not for that first primer about the Mechanicus and their god machines. The Titan battles in this were much better than Mechanicus too. However, my too criticisms are this. Firstly, it took me a LONG time to grab onto some sort of a core set of characters to care about, chapters and sto ...more
Stephan
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k, sci-fi
When I picked up Titanicus I didn't really know what to expect. Well of course there would be titans and probably a whole bunch of techpriests running around, but at that time I had never read anything from Dan Abnett before.
The story is quite good. Beside a big battle between titans there's also a whole lot of intriguing and backstabbing going on in the mechanicus as well. It feels nicely balanced. it never becomes raw, dumb action, and never too much shadow plays either.

The only real problem I
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Tarl
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Dan Abnett is one of my favorite authors to read. His characters are fleshed out and brought to life in each word he writes. Titanicus is no different. This is NOT just a book about Titans, but rather one about the Mechanicus and the people of the Emporer, and their relations to each other.

To anyone who's played Epic, I suggest this book. To anyone who loves the Titans in 40k, this is also a book for you. Hell, anyone who likes the Mechanicus will get a kick out of it to boot. All in all, excell
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