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.
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.
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.
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.
Urgently trying to trace any living relatives of Private Sam/Samuel "Jock" Wilson (Black Watch, No. 6 Commando, UK Army Service ID 2764432, died 10.06.44). Any info/suggestions gratefully received.
"Mockles! Pent on silpen tree, blockards three a-feening. Mockles! What silps came to thee, in thy pantry, dreaming?"
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