About Graham MacNeill...
God-emperor, I love and I hate this guy...
I have pretty mixed feeling about him, for his writing doesn't lack qualities. He can make some damn good description of place and people. Hell, I love how he create and describe his characters in a way that make them awesome to me, and he can make very good description of battle too.
On the other hand, he has some really bad habits, and one of his baddest is to be the slave of BL product. His books are often auto referencing, which could be good if it wasn't such a blatant attempt to make more sales.
Another flaw of him, is his tendency to be the "fanboy" of the character he create. This can be really annoying when he ressurect, or make his character survive against all odds and even narrative logics, or his writing deliberately ending no conclusively in order to make you buy one more novel on BL site at a scandalous price.
That tend to spoil my writing experience of his books.
Some example ?
In Angel Exterminatus
, we have Lucius, whom he feeled Nykona Sharrowkyn had to kill, then ressurect without any apparent reason is just bad writing to me, and he felt the need to bring us Honsou with the subtility of a punch in the face, and make him something near of a villain sue.
The Outcast dead
, which take some time to truly begin, has awesome character and awesome moment, but the ending is incomplete, and if you really want to know the end, you have to buy a novel who could surely better fit into the main book.
But he can write interesting character, he can write good action scene... that he will waste in a blaze of ego trip and sales motivated dick move.
That's why I love and hate the guy and find his book a quite frustrating experience...