My favorite has got to be "'Space Marine" by Ian Watson. ADB's books are deeper, better written and damn enjoyable to the last page. McNeill and Abnett are better in their own ways. But this book is so grim it makes the Nightbringer want to buy a bigger wraithscythe and darker robes. It's a snapshot of a bygone era in the 40K franchise, and it's quite a heavy reading at times, but damn it, I loved every single word of it...
The absolute worst, as fas as I can still remember, was the "Dawn of War Omnibus" by C.S. Goto. It had some good ideas, mind you, but it was so laden with purple prose, bad plot, and generally poor tactical sense that there were literally moments where I felt like cringing.
"Sons of Dorn" by Chris Roberson (which by the way, I suspect may be a pen name for the aforementioned C.S Goto) deserves special mention for being a such poor rip-off of "Space Marine", that it's actually increasing its ever-lasting greatness in the process. And for using so many game terms it made me feel like I was actually listening to someone comment a game of 40K live.
Last edited by Lupe; 01-06-11 at 09:10 PM.