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and while the segmented-flashback style Abnett uses took me a bit to get used to, I have to say I'm enjoying the book.

That said, wasn't the tale of Mad Larkin (chapter title Angel of Bucephalon) bordering on the scale of epic? That chapter could easily be lifted from the novel and included in a separate collection of IG short stories. I'm not particularly biased towards Larkin as a character (he is a favorite, but I have more connection with other guys) but I just feel his flashback is just cut & dry better then all the others.

I'm still partial to Space Marines, and Imperial Guardsmen don't get my warbringer on, but the Founding Omni is still a great read (until Amazon delivers me more SM stuffins :angel: )
 

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Ghostmaker...is definitely the worst of the four GG books I've read. It's clumsily put together, and the last story...

*shudders in horror.*

Further proof that anthologies should be the evolution of short stories and compiled after they are individually written, not produced on demand.
 

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although i must agree that the story of Larkin and the angel was one of the best ones i'd read when i read that book. It was absolutely glorious in its magnitude. I immediately made my father read it when i was through. The book as a whole may not have been written as well as some would like, but that story has always been one of the shining entries in my Abnett-shrine. :)

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Admittedly, yes, the Larkin story was amazingly good.
 

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I didn't really like the Larkin story, twas....Strange. My favourite from Ghostmaker is probably the beach landing one where they climb the big spire thing. I rather enjoyed that, although the novels get better as they go on anyway :victory:
 

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I thought that the best story was 'Try Again' Bragg's, it proves that he is the smartest of all the Ghosts. And the last line was awesome.

'Colonel-Commissar Gaunt told you that, right?.'
'No, I worked that out all by myself. Now I believe we have a date with Calphernia Hive.'
 

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I thought that the best story was 'Try Again' Bragg's, it proves that he is the smartest of all the Ghosts. And the last line was awesome.

'Colonel-Commissar Gaunt told you that, right?.'
'No, I worked that out all by myself. Now I believe we have a date with Calphernia Hive.'
I would dissagree. The short-story showed how Bragg isn`t the bumbling fool we`d all -stereotypically- known him as, from First and Only, but neither does his own, personnel story show any measure of intelligence greater than the cold-heartedness of Rawne or Corbec, Larkin or the others. It showed, merely how Bragg`s unswerving loyalty to Gaunt got him through the situation, where others faltered.

Hell, dosen`t he threaten to bludgeon another mans head in with a pipe? And mispronounce/spell every other word?

Man, I adored The Saint. First and Only was ''meh'' with undeniable interest, Ghostmaker was ''heh'' with a little contempt, but Necropolis was, to me, ''fuck yeah''. Best siege I`ve ever read by a long way....
 

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I need to brush up on it. I'm on The Lost now (just finished Traitor General and gobbling through His Last Command). I was a bit thrown off at first by the flashback style too, but Larkin's story was cool. I was glad when I got to Necropolis. So far, Sabbat Martyr, Traitor General and His Last Command are shaping up to be my favorites (plus Necropolis).

Ironically, I've been reading mostly Guard/Inquisition stuff, but need to get more SM books. Just got the Soul Drinkers Omnibus, I'll read it after The Lost.
 

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I thought that the best story was 'Try Again' Bragg's, it proves that he is the smartest of all the Ghosts. And the last line was awesome.

'Colonel-Commissar Gaunt told you that, right?.'
'No, I worked that out all by myself. Now I believe we have a date with Calphernia Hive.'
I actually preferred the part where the drivers were teasing him about his loyalty to Gaunt.

(paraphrasing from memory)

"If the colonel-commisar told you to jump off a cliff, what would you do?"
"Why I'd jump off the cliff. Was that a trick question?"

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Didnt like Ghostmaker that much, Necropolis was really good though. Only read first 5 novels of Gaunt and it has been worst so far.
 
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