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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-25-12, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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So I have finished Nick Kyme's Fall of Damnos (my first Black Library book) and it was amazing! I'm happy I started off on the right foot!

Only problem is that now my expectations are high so I really want to read a good book next.

I've started with a list of 15 and dropped to the following 5:

Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill (I really want to read Priests of Mars but I read that it's better to read Storm of Iron first since there are some similar characters).

Space Marine by Ian Watson

Salamander by Nick Kyme

or Path of the Warrior by Gav Thorpe

All sound very interesting but I want to know which one you can recommend!
I really have no idea which one I can choose and with my funds I can imagine I can buy maybe 2 out of the 5.

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I would recommend going for Salamander and Helsreach. The former is an enjoyable first novel in a great trilogy, and the latter is an amazing siege novel and a brilliant study of the the Black Templars chapter.


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Definitely follow up with Helsreach (or the Night Lord Trilogy by ADB if you have that). Space Marine by Ian Watson is ... old and and as far as I know, it doesn't match up with the current fluff all that well. I've also heard that brain bleach may be needed afterwards.

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I agree with Lord of the Night Helsreach is a good one.
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Definitely follow up with Helsreach (or the Night Lord Trilogy by ADB if you have that). Space Marine by Ian Watson is ... old and and as far as I know, it doesn't match up with the current fluff all that well. I've also heard that brain bleach may be needed afterwards.
Is Space Marine that dark and twisted?

Thanks for the quick response! I'll definitely get Helsreach and now I have a budget for one more book
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"Space Marine" is a fine novel. That it doesn't match up with current fluff doesn't make it bad. It just sets up some contradictions with current material.

I would recommend "Storm of Iron". It's a great story, and it features the "bad guys" of the setting. This should work nicely since you read a novel featuring the "good guys". Following this, I'd recommend "Helsreach" (since the author does a very good job of exploring the inhuman side of Space Marine heroes), and then I would seriously recommend the Night Lords Trilogy, also by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.

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Space Marine is a great book if you can look aside for some of fluff issues. Mostly recommended for mature readers like all Watson's material.

I can recommend everything on your list except Salamander. I just dont think Nick is good writer.
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IMO, I really don't want to touch anything by Kyme.
I just recently finished Space Marine myself, and loved it. Lent it to another 40K fan, he's loving it too.
It's very lyrical, poetic, very 80's feel (duh, it was written around then). But Watson is a damn fine writer. Sort of akin to watching the Simpsons as they appeared on the Tracey Ullman show vs. their own incarnation (not that I'm a Simpsons fan, but you get my point).
I agree to go with Helsreach; it is masterful. The best Space Marine Battles book (although you should get Legion of the Damned), and a damn fine book on its' own. I recommend it to a lot of friends that don't touch W40K.
Storm of Iron, like Helsrach, is about a siege. Except in Storm of Iron, it is from the POV of Chaos. Graham handled it very well, this is a great book.
Graham writes the siege mechanics better, Helsreach is a more emotional book. It had strong resonations of Gemmell's Legend.
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Lots of people hate on Kyme, but I enjoyed the Salamander trilogy. Maybe because I have a Salamander army?

From your list I would probably go with Helsreach, but as others have said the Night Lords trilogy would be an excellent choice above all those you listed!

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from the list: Helsreach and Storm of Iron (Just buy the Iron Warriors Omnibus, you get more for your $, even if some short stories don't make sense if you didn't read the Ultramarine series)

Others: Lord of the Night, Horus Heresy, Titanicus, Dead Men Walking, Ciaphas Cain, Eisenhorn & Ravenor, The Emperor
If you like Helsreach: Anything by the same author
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