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Anyone else read the dashing and (IMO) hilarious tales of the cowardly commissar? Apart from the Gaunt's Ghosts and Eisenhorn books, they are some of the most well written novels in the Black Library. Anyone else enjoy them?
 

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I was tempted cause i liked eisenhorn and gaunt ghosts books but someone said something about the jist of the book at GW and i was put off.
 

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hmmmm.... I think they are reasonably well written. As I mentioned, not quite on par with Dan Abnett, and slightly random timeframe at times, but I like Sandy Mitchell's style.

Though, it is my kind of comedy (especially after finishing "The Saint" part of the Gaunt's Ghost's books) to read about someone who is the complete opposite of everything you imagine about commissars, yet still be so renound
 

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I have them all as well. Like Squadiee says, not as good as Abnett but still a worthwhile read. Overall I find them quite enjoyable.
 

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ive just started the omnibus of them, and im already laughing, really looking forward to them. :biggrin:
 

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i picked up the omnibus, and enjoyed the opening bit, i read the whole first book and got gradually more annoyed with mitchells tired and repetetive style. i really, really hate Cain now. not the character, but the books. for example, i dont need to be reminded, every 5 pages, that Cain might have grown up on a hive world. not that there are any records of this, of course. i know this, because i was told, 8 million times.

i was also alerted by the fact that when mitchell inserts the female generals viewpoint, mitchell points out that its written in a terrible style. i cant tell the difference.

i mean, its no CS Goto, i'll give it that, but read everything by graham mcneill and dan abnett first.
 

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I love the mis adventures of Cain... always trying to avoid trouble but ends up literally running right into a sitaution where only his heroic reputation and sometimes skillfull luck can get him into more trouble. :)

So far I've read all the books. I keep looking for more whenever I order my books. So far the only series I havent started on is the GG series.. to much to read... I'd have to order like 10 books at once for that one.
 

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I know about the footnotes and Sulla's exerts, those bits do really kinda annoy me and seem to be cheap excuses for plot holes Mitchell can't be bothered to explain, but it is still a good read and I find it really funny.
 

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Bishop, why not get the omnibus then?
 

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Cain is great in my opinion, not the best i know, but still it a good book full of laughs.......i got confused with the latest one, the others were all after For the Emperor in timeframe, that one was well before it, had me lost for a while

and trust him to fall for the women who could kill him..... Amberly, and that now dead twice over woman Emili or something ;) the Daemon one
 

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bet Jurgen is a bit of a put off though ;0 and emeli or whatever certainly knows why now :D
 

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Just my opinion but i think the books are meant to be read in any order. that may be the reason for some of the background repetions.
 

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Loved these books. No he is not the next ________ (enter newest literary sensation) and the books are written in a simple easy style . This is however the charm of it. It is an easy read, a rip roaring tale, colorful characters all told with a tongue in cheek attitude.

Thoroughly enjoyable read. If you were looking looking for high literature look elsewhere if you however want to be entertained in the 40K universe page away.
 

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I recently read the last one, and thought it was pretty good. I got Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium for a Xmas present, and got me into the books. I enjoy the fact that unlike GG or most of the SM books, Cain is not a gritty reality. It's a funny, epic story told BY the person who was there.

-Dirge
 

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i've read all the books, and am currently working my way through the omnibus...
to be honest, i don't think any of the black library books are all that well-written...but then, i've been reading tolkien since gradeschool, so maybe i expect too much. for me, it's not really a matter of quality...i guess i just like the black library because it's the most prevalent source of background for 40k. since i love the game, i can't get enough of the background, regardless of quality.
 
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