Okay guys now i will give my thoughts about Scars - i have an ability to review this episodes from the point, that i was able to read earlier draft for 'this book' and limited edition novella 'Brotherhood of the Storms':
So here are the reasons, why i think that BL destroying an awesome novel.
1) I don't mind buying something interesting to read every week, but at my phone and notebook episode 2 has been only 15!!!
pages long. Episode 1 - 20 pages. So right now its stands for 35 pages both in epub or mobi format. Which is much smaller, then any chapter, at any other previous Horus Heresy novel (and i have them all).
If all other episodes will have same page count as this two, then it would be the shortest HH novel in the serie.
I don't think Black Library will be skimping on the page count. If they charge $3 per installment, the entire thing will cost $36. It seems like they're just charging a huge amount for lesser then an average length novel.
2) Next problem based on the previous one. The story is rushed - due to the smaller page count. I was able to read nearly completed draft for first 2 chapters of the Scars earlier this year - and they were much better then this 2 episodes.
They cut off at least 15 pages from first 2 chapters
Shiban Khan - at least 2 pages of text (his memories and much fuller thoughts about dead bodies) is missing;
Targutai Yesugei Nikea part was 8 pages longer (his full dialog with Ahriman);
Space Wolves fleet master and their unbelief of Horus betrayal - more vivid in at least 3 more pages
Why have they done that - by doing that they destroyed a logic chain of events and structure of the novel?
Anyway - that's the first HH novel that feels rushed (like something is going too quick, missing something at every page).
That all was cut off from this episodes :confused: I'm truly confused - does this mean - that hardback edition would be full, and we have ARC version here in this episodes?
3) Space shooty shooty would be coming in the nearest episodes
, but now i'm worried about it - they could cut it off too.
Also with no Dramatis Personae at the front reader who haven't read Brotherhood of the Storms would be for a real treat to his memory.
And yes - in the earlier draft first episode was a Prologue, and episode 2 is the first chapter.
4) Episode stuff will continue anyway - it seems like there are enough people that are buying the episodes. For good or bad, we will see, but right now its more
Also i fully agree with Advanced review for episode 2 from Bellarius, - episode lacks a distinctive structure to make it feel like its own entity. Instead what we get feels more like fragments out of place. The reason for this - BL editor stuff cut off at least 15 pages from the normal, structured draft