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Kharn: Eater of Worlds. 7/10. Nice to see Kharn again, and the degeneration of the WEs is handled well, but yet another pissy, too-short, over-priced novella.
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Priests of Mars: 8/10 Good story, despite a slow start. Nice hook of an ending for the second book.

Lords of Mars: 9/10 Some great stuff here, though I was left wanting about some of the details (like what a "machine-touched" person is exactly).

Gods of Mars: 10/10 Best ending to a trilogy I've ever read. Hands down. Also I still want to punch Hawke in the face after three books and it sets up some of the characters for later series of their own. Also the
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Priests of Mars: 8/10 Good story, despite a slow start. Nice hook of an ending for the second book.

Lords of Mars: 9/10 Some great stuff here, though I was left wanting about some of the details (like what a "machine-touched" person is exactly).

Gods of Mars: 10/10 Best ending to a trilogy I've ever read. Hands down. Also I still want to punch Hawke in the face after three books and it sets up some of the characters for later series of their own. Also the
are fucking scary.
That trilogy really showcases what McNeil can do when he tries. Great characters, properly villainous villains, well paced plot and lots of great AdMech fluff.

I'll put up with the odd Vengeful Spirit if we get to see more stuff like this.
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That trilogy really showcases what McNeil can do when he tries. Great characters, properly villainous villains, well paced plot and lots of great AdMech fluff.
Not to mention it's the only trilogy I've seen that just progressively gets better with each book.

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I'll put up with the odd Vengeful Spirit if we get to see more stuff like this.
Haven't read that one, but I'm giving Mechanicum a fair shake because of how well he did Mars.
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When seeing what became of Kotov when he recieved the machine blessing. I keep thinking of Mechanicum, the comming of the Emperor to Mars when he heals the knight walker with a touch. As well later when the pure light of the Astronomican is channeled into the Akashic Reader project and thusly kept the chaotic scrapcode from infecting the loyalist Admech.

Little wonder he could give it as the Omnisiah of cult legend.
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Vengeful Spirit - 6/10
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Forgotten soldier, second time 9/10
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The World Engine. 5/10. Yet another disappointing entry in the SM Battles series. Shame they left it in the hands of Bean Counter. No real surprise he made a shit of it.
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The Seventh Serpent - 5/10

Nice ideas, shit execution.

Trial by Blood - 5/10

When I ordered it from Black Library I was really excited, but when it arrived and I found out that it was actually just a collection of previously released short stories with a few pages of actual new content I felt really cheated. Wish they had mention that everything worthy of note in this book had been previously published so I‘d have saved my money.

Tallarn: Ironclad - 7/10

Again, somewhat miss marketed. Was hoping for the million tanks clashing in a desert story, but this is hardly it. Still, the Alpha Legion/Assassin and Sons of Horus sub plots were good enough.

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The Unremembered Empire = 8/10
Could have got 9.5 or 10, but it seemed like a bit too much like "Batman is awesome".

Soul Drinkers Omnibus = 0 out of 10
I suppose that I could have given this 1 out of 10 because it was not written by C.S. Goto, but this is the only book (BL or otherwise) which I have never been able to finish.

N.B.: I did not have any preconceived notions either regarding the author or of what this would be about, so I went into it with an open mind.

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In the foreword at the start, Ben Counter says something along the lines of "I wanted to explore a 3rd way for the marines: something other than either imperial or chaos and I succeeded".
Sounds intriguing & I was interested to see what happens.

Then at about page 160-170(?) a marine rebels against his chapter master and they fight a duel. During the duel...for no apparent reason whatsoever...the challenger grows huge spider legs and wins.

Up to this point in time, there has been no preview that this was going to happen: no sorcery influences or psychic mental triggers; no "feeling inseminated by Chaos"; no reading of forbidden texts, creating a secret cult, or solitary invocations to dark gods(etc). There has also been no rejection of The Emperor whatsoever.

It...just...happens...

In terms of whatever we know about 40K, this is a total and utter "WTF just happened?" moment.

Everyone has been watching the battle and the veterans (who must have killed off countless chaos and xenos over the decades) don't even bat an eyelid at this turn of events.
In fact, they come to the aid of the victor and kill off everyone who thinks that having a spider-legged leader is a bad idea.

Only the Scouts [who by definition don't know anything] come to the aid of the loser.
Eh???

Please bear in mind it's not like the HH where you have secret cults usurping the command structure, or infiltrators wearing each other's skin, etc.
One guy grows huge spider legs, kills off their leader and virtually everyone agrees that this is a good situation....Eh???

It's even less believable than if you're watching the movie Bambi, but the deer unzips his skin, turns into a genestealer and starts doing drugs with Thumper...whilst they fly around on a rainbow.

In any stretch of the imagination, this is not only unbelievable as a story.
But it is also a failure in terms of the author saying "I did X and it works".
No it didn't Ben...you just created a Mary Sue Spontaneous Chaos-Beast.
And ruined your entire work for me for my whole life.

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