What do you think about Dan Abnett's style of writing with Legion, and Prospero Burns? I often look at your book reviews and I noticed you rated Prospero Burns lower than most Heresy Novels. Obviously you Know no Fear, was written differently, but besides that novel, do you rate books like Legion, or Horus Rising in the 8's along with Prospero?
Ok first off my opinion of Legion
is that it is NOT an Alpha Legion novel. It is an Imperial Army novel with the Alpha Legion playing a guest starring role. It does not show off much of their black ops skills and is more about revealing why they sided with Horus rather than exploring them as an Astartes Legion, which I admit is important but still we need more about them. I was more impressed by their portrayal in Deliverance Lost
, now the Alpha Legion impressed me in that book. I went in thinking "It's not possible to infiltrate an Astartes Legion." Man I was wrong. The Alpha Legion felt very distinct in DL, the kind of Legion that you should fear because you'll never be able to predict what they will do and how they'll beat you.
Personally I think Abnett does not like writing Space Marines, or he vastly prefers to write Guard and Inquisitor stuff. Know No Fear was fantastic, but Prospero Burns and Legion both don't feel like what we were told we would get. Legion
is an Imperial Army novel and Prospero Burns
is a mystery novel featuring the Space Wolves. I've changed, and improved, my ranking system since I read them but i'd say that Legion
and Prospero Burns
would now get anywhere from 7 to 7.5. Which to me is enjoyable but not standout and certainly not up to the standard that BL has been giving us in recent months.
would be somewhere around 7.5 to 8.
@LotN; I beg to differ. As an in universe novel, Graham Mcneil falls terribly; according to you, his best pieces of work are ones which really bear no relevance to 40k or the WHF world; the stories are generic fantasy with the names of characters tied in so that he can sell his books and make a "fake" name for himself.
I've read generic fantasy. McNeill is leagues above it.
His Thousand Sons expresses their "magic"; big flashy hollywood shit. Not at all like the dark, brutal, insidiousness nature of Psychic powers. Ignore the "hairography" (yes ive been watching glee, blame the missus), and you get to yet again, a poorly timed, uninteresting selection of characters whose only difference is their name.
Of course its flashy, it's meant to be. The Thousand Sons go to war with magic swirling around them in gases and currents of indescribable colour with swords made of incandescent flame and bolters that spew pure energy that can cut through armor and strike the soul and lightning crackling across theri armor that is carved to resemble statues and daemons. It's going to be very flashy and very big. But the Thousand Sons at that point have not delved into sorcery and the dark side of it has not yet emerged, thus their magic can appear somewhat wholesome. But when Magnus fights Russ the true face of their powers shows itself and you can see that the powers they'll be using later are going to be very different to what they've used before.
As for the characters, it's your opinion. But I enjoyed Ahriman immensely, no other fictional character has stirred such hate in me that Ohthere Wyrdmake did, and Magnus was a fascinating character whose motives were not only understandable but sympathetic.
Oh and quick tip for you and your wife regarding Glee. Watch Season 1, and then unless you like Public Service Announcements stop watching immediately and never put it on again.
Lets not get into Angel Exterminatus; I rate it as poorly as Battle for the Abyss, and should be retitled to "How I once again fucked up the Emperors Children into moronic twats mk3 and Storm of Iron characters, an inane and boring monofaceted biography".
I have no idea how you can even bring yourself to type that. My brain would cut off circulation before it would allow that to be typed by my hand.
was great and once again illuminated a lesser-known Primarch and made the reasons clear as to why the Iron Warriors joined Horus. And the Emperor's Children were an absolute delight and the final part with Fulgrim was shocking, and has me eagerly awaiting the moment when the other Traitor Primarchs meet him again and can see what has become of him.
His one true success is The Ambassador novels; in particular the first; the second was a little daft, but it worked because we had no other information about Kislev at the time other than Gotrek and Felix in Praag or Riders of the Dead. The latter is superior by far, personally, but it is not exactly dealing with the same situation; it was almost as good as Rennie's Zavant, but as an airport book it almost works as a generic fantasy "whodunnit", but again, it has very minor correlation ans ties with current fluff.
I have heard of these novels twice. Both from you. Other then that, never heard of them and I don't care for Kislev so not really interesting in picking up a duology about it.