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Forum: Black Library Fiction   10-04-15, 07:33 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,486
Posted By Phoebus
I never said they couldn't. I gave an opinion as...

I never said they couldn't. I gave an opinion as to why them not doing so doesn't necessarily make the Alpha Legion over the top, unrealistic, etc. I offered that the context and background of the...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   10-03-15, 08:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,486
Posted By Phoebus
I'm saying what I said. I think it was clear...

I'm saying what I said. I think it was clear enough. :)
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-27-15, 05:06 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,986
Posted By Phoebus
I... don't think it is available as an eBook on...

I... don't think it is available as an eBook on Black Library to begin with, so I think the answer to your question is, "No."
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-21-15, 07:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,486
Posted By Phoebus
At the end of the day, I honestly don't have a...

At the end of the day, I honestly don't have a problem with what Alpha Legion has been shown to do. I don't think it comes down to an outright statement of unreasonable superiority on the part of the...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-19-15, 02:48 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 23,421
Posted By Phoebus
I couldn't help myself....

I couldn't help myself. (https://youtu.be/zLWv_QVRzWI?t=23)
Forum: Black Library Fiction   09-04-15, 01:21 AM
Replies: 599
Views: 82,861
Posted By Phoebus
I respect your professionalism and the loyalty...

I respect your professionalism and the loyalty you show to your fellow authors and friends in the company, but let's respectfully agree to disagree. I'm not even getting into a debate based on...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-29-15, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 955
Posted By Phoebus
Advertising Novels on the Black Library Website

Am I the only one who is beyond tired of the "READ IT BECAUSE" blurbs under each of Black Library's releases? In what universe is "... we get to see him in action in all his Wolf Lord-ly glory!"...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-29-15, 04:54 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,986
Posted By Phoebus
Spot on, csw. And I'd like to reiterate: I...

Spot on, csw.

And I'd like to reiterate: I don't think this is a good business model. I love Dembski-Bowden's writing, but I cannot wrap my head around Black Library's priorities. This is the...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-29-15, 03:52 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,986
Posted By Phoebus
The justification will always be: "Wait a few...

The justification will always be: "Wait a few months."

And they're right. We can. I chose not to, and I'll regret it later.

Bottom line, Black Library can certainly do a better of putting out a...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-28-15, 05:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,579
Posted By Phoebus
The loss and/or corruption of knowledge has never...

The loss and/or corruption of knowledge has never ceased being a theme of the Warhammer 40k setting. 10,000 years is too long a window for superstition and ignorance to not take their toll -...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-28-15, 10:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,579
Posted By Phoebus
I could very well be overstating the state of the...

I could very well be overstating the state of the Blood Angels Legion following the events of Fear to Tread. As for the blurb in question? I genuinely can't find it right now. I thought it was in Gav...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-28-15, 09:43 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,565
Posted By Phoebus
Not to discredit your point, but this sort of...

Not to discredit your point, but this sort of author's fiat-driven action has featured in the series since, oh, Fulgrim. There have been exceptions, to be sure, but I've almost grown numb to it. Some...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-28-15, 09:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,579
Posted By Phoebus
The Space Marine recruitment process is...

The Space Marine recruitment process is heavily-laden with Plot Armour.

Consider the fact that the M41 Blood Angels are able to maintain the same manpower as the Ultramarines on a nearly constant...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   08-28-15, 08:24 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,986
Posted By Phoebus
They will. It will be released in every format,...

They will. It will be released in every format, eventually. The question is, how long are you willing to wait?

Me, personally? I don't want to spend $65 on a novel that will, judging by the...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-17-15, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,955
Posted By Phoebus
The cover artwork is disappointing. Cartoonish,...

The cover artwork is disappointing. Cartoonish, not at all grimdark. Not what a new and promising writer like Annandale needs.
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-10-15, 08:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,568
Posted By Phoebus
There is. So many things have been retconned...

There is.

So many things have been retconned or changed in the last two decades and change that this setting has been around for... but for some reason certain names have proven immune to any sort...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-10-15, 08:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,071
Posted By Phoebus
I hear you... but I think this comes down to the...

I hear you... but I think this comes down to the mental/psychological conditioning that the Legiones Astartes are subjected to.

We're not, after all, talking about something like, "Oh, we just...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-07-15, 05:28 PM
Replies: 599
Views: 82,861
Posted By Phoebus
I, too, am with Vaz...

I, too, am with Vaz (https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/member.php?u=3861) on this.

Horus's megalomania would not have allowed him to consider defeat, much less view a clone achieving his victory...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-07-15, 05:23 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,071
Posted By Phoebus
I think it's too easy to say that someone "ripped...

I think it's too easy to say that someone "ripped something off" or that he is "re-making" someone else's work.

Sharpe and Gaunt, to name an example, share very few qualities other than being...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-07-15, 04:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,342
Posted By Phoebus
Storm of Iron essentially got me into the milieu....

Storm of Iron essentially got me into the milieu. Ah, the days before Honsou needed a mustache for him to twirl and MANIACAL LAUGHTER!

The first Ventris novel also entertained me, though not to...
Forum: 40k Fluff   05-06-15, 02:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,987
Posted By Phoebus
I really don't see why the intra-Crusade...

I really don't see why the intra-Crusade rivalries are such a deal-breaker. "Allies" have been betraying and fighting each other for millennia now. Peucestas sold out Eumenes by holding his cavalry...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   05-05-15, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,757
Posted By Phoebus
Black Library ages you!

Black Library ages you!
Forum: 40k Fluff   04-26-15, 09:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,852
Posted By Phoebus
hailene, My apologies for not answering you...

hailene,

My apologies for not answering you earlier; it's been a hell of a week!


On the one hand, I would argue that one doesn't need to qualify that the conditions that define a hive city...
Forum: 40k Fluff   04-22-15, 07:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,852
Posted By Phoebus
New York City is a city, not a hive. London is a...

New York City is a city, not a hive. London is a city, not a hive. Bangkok is a city, not a hive. Mexico City is a city, not a hive. The conceptual point of a hive, where the Imperium is...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-14-15, 11:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,580
Posted By Phoebus
Bizarre! I don't know about Kindles. All...

Bizarre!


I don't know about Kindles. All I can tell you is that I could break my tablet a million times, but it wouldn't matter because you can download any eBook you bought from Black Library...
Forum: 40k Fluff   04-14-15, 02:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By Phoebus
A bit off-topic, but the numbers of the Black...

A bit off-topic, but the numbers of the Black Templars are unknown. I can only recall atwo sources to offer estimates as to their manpower: their Index Astartes article, from White Dwarf Magazine,...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-13-15, 09:15 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 23,421
Posted By Phoebus
You know, I was torn about Damnation. On the...

You know, I was torn about Damnation.

On the one hand, I thought it featured some interesting characters. It went a step farther than the usual "the flesh is weak!" throw-away lines that have...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-13-15, 05:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,625
Posted By Phoebus
The artwork looks amazing. I'd argue it's one of...

The artwork looks amazing. I'd argue it's one of the best covers to date, both in terms of detail and in terms of capturing the subject matter.

At the same time, though, it's a double-edged...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-13-15, 05:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,580
Posted By Phoebus
Lord of the Night, As to your question, I...

Lord of the Night,

As to your question, I have no idea. Are they the exact same length?

As to your assertion, I agree. While I don't doubt Black Library has arguments as to why a "Limited...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-13-15, 09:06 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 23,421
Posted By Phoebus
For the record: I need to spread more Reputation...

For the record: I need to spread more Reputation around before I can award you guys some for these posts, but I wish I could. Like, NOW.

The thing that scares me about the status quo is that it...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-13-15, 08:34 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 23,421
Posted By Phoebus
The number of books published thus far (or that...

The number of books published thus far (or that will be by the time the series is over) isn't what's really bothering me about the Horus Heresy series. Just two or three years ago, people across the...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-13-15, 04:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,580
Posted By Phoebus
Lord of the Night, Where the length of a...

Lord of the Night,

Where the length of a novel is concerned, I'm pretty sure Black Library wouldn't have advertised Lemartes as a novel if it didn't technically meet the definition. So again, I...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-12-15, 07:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,580
Posted By Phoebus
Guys, I feel your pain... but I'm - sorry to be...

Guys, I feel your pain... but I'm - sorry to be blunt - not interested in a debate on whether or not Lemartes deserves a certain word count. I'm simply pointing out that:

1. The preceding two...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-12-15, 05:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,580
Posted By Phoebus
Look, no offense, but should anyone really be...

Look, no offense, but should anyone really be surprised by the length of Mephiston? As someone else mentioned, the preceding two entries in the same series were of considerably shorter length than...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-12-15, 01:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,273
Posted By Phoebus
Don't get me wrong. Between two novels, a...

Don't get me wrong. Between two novels, a novella, several shorts, etc., I don't expect the Dark Angels to get much more anytime soon. I think it just comes down to the fact that, while you think...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-11-15, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,273
Posted By Phoebus
I'm agreeing with you... while also pointing out...

I'm agreeing with you... while also pointing out that this is a phenomenon that can come in other shapes and sizes, as well.
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-11-15, 07:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,471
Posted By Phoebus
I read the free extract. I understand what...

I read the free extract. I understand what you're getting at, re: clockwork characters, Brother Lucian, but it didn't bother me that much. Maybe it's because I was expecting that? As far as...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-11-15, 07:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,273
Posted By Phoebus
Let me sing to you...

Let me sing to you (http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/the-lion-ebook.html) the (http://www.blacklibrary.com/horus-heresy/burden-grey-audio-drama.html) song...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-11-15, 07:01 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,277
Posted By Phoebus
Apologies, Vaz - I completely misinterpreted your...

Apologies, Vaz - I completely misinterpreted your post! Color me embarrassed!
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-10-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,277
Posted By Phoebus
I'm not a big fan of McNeil's, but you're mixing...

I'm not a big fan of McNeil's, but you're mixing up your authors here. It's Saur Damocles who has the "figure-of-eight serpent emblem", and the tie-in there is between Abnett's Know No Fear and...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   04-10-15, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,154
Posted By Phoebus
I'll admit, I didn't particularly care for either...

I'll admit, I didn't particularly care for either Zahariel or Nemiel. Their back-stories weren't particularly interesting to me; their relationship never seemed to go beyond seemingly forced...
Forum: 40k Fluff   04-10-15, 06:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,280
Posted By Phoebus
Regarding the logistics of Khornate armies, deus...

Regarding the logistics of Khornate armies, deus ex machine is very much a thing in Warhammer 40k. Space Hulks, for instance, are vessels that technically are just drifting around in an unguided...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   11-22-14, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,618
Posted By Phoebus
Thanks, man!

Thanks, man!
Forum: Black Library Fiction   11-22-14, 09:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,935
Posted By Phoebus
How is a stereotypical character with no...

How is a stereotypical character with no development not stupid and boring? Also, it's not as if the two concepts have to be mutually exclusive. You're presenting false choice, man.
Forum: 40k Fluff   11-22-14, 09:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,238
Posted By Phoebus
Two other things: 1. The Blood...

Two other things:

1. The Blood Ravens-Thousand Sons connection didn't become solid until the Horus Heresy novel A Thousand Sons. I understand Black Library has tried to distance itself from that...
Forum: 40k Fluff   11-22-14, 08:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,238
Posted By Phoebus
You're thinking of the Nicor, which also served...

You're thinking of the Nicor, which also served as the flagship for the Carcharodons during the Badab War.
Forum: Black Library Fiction   11-11-14, 03:35 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,897
Posted By Phoebus
No offense intended, but it really isn't. But by...

No offense intended, but it really isn't. But by all means: e-mail Graham McNeill and ask him if he deliberately wrote Mortarion out-of-character for the purposes of generating negative publicity as...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   11-10-14, 05:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,897
Posted By Phoebus
Dude, I'm honestly at a loss as to why you would...

Dude, I'm honestly at a loss as to why you would be so ardent in defending a bad writing decision. Just because something bad happens doesn't mean the paying customer shouldn't expect a higher...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   11-10-14, 05:00 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,897
Posted By Phoebus
No, I would rather get an allusion to the fact...

No, I would rather get an allusion to the fact that Mortarion changed his ways AND get a short story that fleshes that out. Something like Mortarion pausing for a second after butchering his...
Forum: Black Library Fiction   11-09-14, 11:30 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,935
Posted By Phoebus
Fair points! You know, if I were an...

Fair points!

You know, if I were an eccentric rich person, I'd commission a huge Salamanders army. I'd give them all ridiculous names, like Captain Anvilhammer, or Librarian Forgesweat*, and then...
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