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  1. #768582014-05-26 15:10:08 *Juke16 said:

    A most fantastic book, excellently written, and very informative. I think the title is pretty self explanatory; the book starts off with the Israeli War of Independence and follows through to the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Great for those fascinated by military and political history as it details many things that the modern western world is not very well acquainted with. Those who are not used to reading military or political history non-fiction may be daunted by this book but it's still readable as long as one is willing to learn certain terms and whatnot.

  2. #768872014-05-26 21:03:09hellstorm901 said:

    I think I've seen this one before, we got a box of donations from some guys house down at the charity shop and I can only describe the guy who donated them as either being an Israel - Arab War history lover or a member of Mossad. There was just that many books on the conflict and Israeli armed forces.

  3. #768762014-05-26 17:59:00DarkChaplain said:

    Because I enjoyed the other three mini-anthologies already.
    These are available for a buck each (cheaper on Amazon for the first 3), or as a Season Pass for all 6 at 5 bucks from the publisher.

    Content-wise, there isn't that much to them. I guesstimate that each story is about 1000 to 1500 words, with three stories per volume. The stories are short slices of various characters' lives within the Iron Kingdoms, which is the setting used by the Warmachine / Hordes tabletop game.
    So these stories are more like appetizers, experimental content and extensions of novel/novella character development by the same authors.

    I have never played the WarmaHordes game, or gotten really into the background, but found myself picking up a few of the ebooks, and enjoyed what I read for the most part. They're easy reads, nothing too complex, nothing too spectacular, but I like the mini-short format these mini-anthologies present one with. They give me a good all-round look at the setting and factions, while keeping things fresh and interesting. Haven't read a single one of these 12 stories out so far yet that have been a chore to slog through, and oftentimes they've featured some good humor.

    Enjoyable, yup. Can't wait til next month's issue.

  4. #768892014-05-26 21:33:16 *DarkChaplain said:

    Finished The Last Days of Ector just now.

    Excellent novella, showing just what the title says: The final days of an imperial hive planet, in the fangs of a Tyranid invasion.

    The story kicks off with a gang of teenage-hivers fighting, which shows off some of their culture quite well, including dialects and oddities in vocabulary. Turns out, those kids have been participating in the trials to join the Crimson Castellans Chapter of the Adeptus Astartes, Space Marines.

    The story proceeds with the gang leader being rejected by Chaplain Gorth, due to insubordination - he spoke out that it'd be unfair to leave the girl in the group behind, just because she was female - which not only shows the colder side of the Space Marines, but also makes it clear that certain unchangeable rules have to be adhered to, even if they may seem sexist to naive imperial youths.

    The Castellans are shown celebrating that they have gathered over a dozen of neophytes in total, with their astropath being sent out to transmit a message to the rest of the Chapter. The scene shows the Crimson Castellans in a more relaxed manner, though still bound by rank in some ways. Their Chapter's culture is shortly explored, before the astropath takes the stage.

    The astropath's sending was especially well done, as it used the relatively limited information on the process and framed it in a more intuitive, understandable way. But then our astropath notices a shadow in the warp - Hive Fleet Leviathan is approaching the system, and warning must be issued.

    And thus begin plans of evacuation, hamstrung by politics, and the reinforcement of Ector's hive cities. Minefields are deployed, walls erected, holes stuffed. A raffle for the evacuation effort is held, everybody else equipped and shown how to fight for their lives. The Castellans organize the defense, coordinating the defenders of Ector.

    But then the nigh-impossible happens - another Hive Fleet materializes, Kraken, and it is upon Ector's back in no time. With the defence grid directed at the less immediate threat, the people of Ector are forced to fight for survival, to buy time for the transports to evacuate the lucky parts of their population.

    The novella spans a few weeks, from start to finish. It is a losing battle, from the moment of contact on, there could be no doubt about that. It does not tell of victories, only of cutting one's losses. More than anything, though, it shows just how massive a threat the Tyranids really are - something I feel has been underestimated too many times. There's no real winning against the Great Devourer, only delaying him.

    There are a few twists and turns along the way, however, and it is but the prelude to the battle for Valedor - which I hope to get to soon.

    The story did extremely well at what it tried to show, within the limits of its format. I probably sound like a broken record already, but Guy Haley is a brilliant man who really gets the grim darkness of the 41st Millenium. Not only that, but he brings his own style to the mix, which benefits the franchise as a whole. More power to him, if you ask me!

    I fully recommend The Last Days of Ector. It is a real treat to fans of the IP, as well as a rock-solid science fiction story, framing the hopelessness of mankind in a galaxy out to devour us.

  5. #771922014-05-29 10:11:41DarkChaplain said:

    Finished Promise of Blood. That was one hell of a book, gotta start the second, The Crimson Campaign, asap.

    But first I'll force myself through Damocles.

    It's an anthology of four novellas set in the Damocles Warzone. Disappointingly, the first featured novella, "Blood Oath", written by Phil Kelly, is... weak, to put it gently. Too much talking in circles and overblown action.

    I enjoyed the first chapter, which showed off Kor'sarro Khan and a Librarian sharing a lump of meat and laughing their bums off, but the depiction of the White Scars has been generally weaker than in Chris Wraight's Heresy novel, or Joe Parrino's Damocles-prequel audio drama "The Shape of the Hunt". From what I gather, the other authors in this collection also do a better job at representing them (especially psyched for Josh Reynolds' story, since he's written an audio drama on Kor'sarro Khan a few months ago, which was fancy! Too bad his story is last in here...)

    Commander Shadowsun, so far, has managed to come across not as the exemplar of the Patient Hunter philosophy, but as an incompetent woman who is still grumpy over O'Shovah, aka "the traitor Shoh" after decades since they had been training together under Commander Puretide. O'Shovah's chosen war philosophy is pretty much the polar opposite of Shadowsun's, and since he did some dubious moves for the Greater Good, Shadowsun hates his guts for betraying the Tau race's ideals yadda yadda. Literally every scene she appears in mentions "the traitor Shoh", and how she is reminded of him here or there. You'd think after so much time she'd finally have dealt with it in a way that allows her to do her job as master strategist, rather than having it interfere with her role all the time. Nevermind that her shield drones suck ass.

    The involvement of Knight House Teryn smacked me as blatant product placement, right when they needed their new models promoted. In general, so far it felt like Kelly got a list of things to put into the story, and threw them in to please the sales department...

    I started this anthology on April 18, and Kelly's Blood Oath made me put it down more times than I'd like to admit. Only halfway through it and already fed up, great.... The prospect of him writing an O'Shovah series makes me weep at the wasted potential. I love O'Shovah's fluff, but my god, Kelly ain't the man to write it at all....

  6. #787772014-06-24 22:40:28judar said:

    I actually remembered I am not illiterate and can read books. Just finished reading 'The Illustrated Man' by Ray Bradbury which is essentially a collection of (somewhat) dark short stories and I really love every single one without a doubt - my favourite is probably 'Kaleidoscope' with 'The Long Rain' close behind.

    I'm currently half-way through Slaughterhouse 5 / The Children;s Crusade and it's pretty interesting so far with a main character that's pretty mundane but in an interesting way. It's a good read and it produces some pretty cool quotes, so it goes.

  7. #787852014-06-25 00:06:29hellstorm901 said: I'm currently reading Yukikaze which I started while on a break during a long shift at work.

    The premise of the book is that 33 years before the story begins an Alien race referred to as the JAM arrive through a portal above Antartica from another world known as Fairy. The United Nations gathers together its troops and pushed the JAM back through the portal and then establishes bases on Fairy to take the fight to the JAM.

    The main protagonist is part of the FAF SAF (Fairy Air Force Special Air Force) and pilots a Super Sylph Fighter aircraft known as Yukikaze. He has one of the most despised roles in the FAF that draws much hatred from the other pilots. Due to the cost of the Super Sylph the aircraft is only used to watch over battles and gather information leading to the protagonist being present at battles which are costly for Humanity but being prevented from participating in them hence drawing hate from other pilots who fight and suffer.

    This premise in my opinion is good, Air Force verse Aliens on THEIR planet rather than the Independence Day, Aliens invade us formula and the idea behind the JAM is pretty interesting. The JAM are a terrifying enemy for the sheer fact they copy Humanities Air Force and military hardware for example JAM Type 2's look like Fighter Jets and actually possess external boosters (mimicking Air Forces external fuel tanks) the JAM copying tactics gets to the point that the JAM happily use Nuclear Missiles as Anti - Air weapons. The Anime adaptation of the book (Which is quite truthful to the book) goes so far as to show the JAM using THREE nuclear missiles in five minutes.

  8. #791672014-06-29 20:16:40DarkChaplain said:

    Finished All You Need Is Kill.

    There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?


  9. #791692014-06-29 20:22:59vickylannister said:

    The Taker

    Book one of The Taker trilogy by Alma Katsu.

    • Critics and authors were spellbound by Alma Katsu's debut novel, The Taker, her stunning tale of a mysterious young woman, Lanore, and an unwitting Maine doctor who falls into her world, a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. In this magical realm, where the predatory use pleasure to corrupt the innocent, Lanore's incredible devotion to Jonathan, her first, true love, captures the attention of Adair, the dangerous man who rules this world, and ignites within him an all-consuming desire to possess her.
  10. #791712014-06-29 20:43:38instantmusic71 said:

    I really like this book, it's a dark dystopian themed book with lots of philosophical topics. I'm not currently reading it, but people seem to be posting their favorites...

    Anyways, if you haven't heard of this book or read it, then you're missing out, it's a total classic.

  11. #794272014-07-02 20:00:06Pearly said:

    Currently Reading

    The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.

    Written in the form of letters, a senior devil, Screwtape, writes to his obstreperous and incompetent demon-nephew, Wormwood, about a human being that is newly converted to Christianity. Throughout the correspondence, Screwtape tries to help Wormwood tempt the human away from Heaven and into Hell. There's a ton of witty and cautionary commentary on the state of the modern human soul.

    I love it because it's written in the perspective of a demon and it points out almost all the flaws in modern, western religion. It's almost impossible to believe that a human man wrote this. C.S. Lewis is the definition of genius.

  12. #794412014-07-03 03:47:45DarkChaplain said:

    Right now I'm reading

    Bernheimer's Gun by Josh Reynolds

    When the Imperial engineer Mikal Bernheimer flees to the free city of Marienburg, it falls to Erkhart Dubnitz and the Knights of Manann to protect the exile while the great and good wage diplomatic war over the matter. Not too onerous a task, so it seems, but with enemies on all sides and intrigue around every corner, Dubnitz and his men are guaranteed a good fight as well…

    I'm just about halfway through this short story, but my god does it remind me of how much I enjoy Josh Reynolds' work. He's got the comedy in fantasy down really well. Heck, this story had me laughing over its dialogue - all very humorous and relatable.

    then there's

    Stormseer by David Annandale

    The green-skinned hordes of the Overfiend of the Octarius system have long been a thorn in the Imperium’s side – and now, with human worlds caught in the crossfire between the orks and eldar, that thorn will be removed. Temur Khan and his brotherhood descend upon Lepidus Prime to cleanse it of the green taint. The swift and brutal hammer to the Imperial Guard’s anvil, the White Scars strike hard and fast – but when the orks reveal a super-weapon, it may take more than just power to win the day?

    This is part of a novella trilogy collected as part of the freshly printed Overfiend collection. So far I've been enjoying it, especially since David Annandale (whose Yarrick: Imperial Creed I ranted about already) picks up a lot of aspects from Chris Wraight's Horus Heresy interpretation of the White Scars. Feels consistent, and while I'm only three chapters in, I can see the potential for a fantastic bike-assault looming!

    and finally

    Master of Sanctity by Gav Thorpe

    The Legacy of Caliban echoes down through the ages, and the secretive mission of the Dark Angels continues. Interrogator-Chaplain Asmodai sees treachery and deceit everywhere he turns – while this serves him well in his hunt for the Fallen, it also strains the Chapter’s relations with their Imperial allies. With their true quarry now seemingly within their grasp, Brothers Annael and Telemenus find themselves at the forefront of a new operation that could shake the Imperium to its very core.

    The second part of Gav Thorpe's Legacy of Caliban trilogy

    I've been waiting 18 months for this to get released. Sodding 6 months delay, can you believe it? Only a few chapters in, enjoying the scenario. Where Ravenwing followed the 2nd Company of the Dark Angels, and especially Grand Master Sammael, Master of Sanctity follows the 1st Company, the Deathwing, and Master of Sanctity Sapphon, including his conflicts with the most notorious Interrogator-Chaplain of the Dark Angels Chapter - Asmodai.
    It'll probably also feature Grand Master Belial, and a few characters from Ravenwing get introduced to the 1st Company, so this should be interesting.

    Gav Thorpe has written one of the most iconic 40k novels yet, over a decade ago. Angels of Darkness built a LOT of lore around the Dark Angels, and it was an excellent read for fans of the 40k universe. He has since written a prequel novel for the Space Marine Battles series, and the Legacy of Caliban trilogy deals with the events after AoD, and more specifically the fallout from that one. Considering Gav's also been writing the Dark Angels for the Horus Heresy series in recent years, its safe to say that a bunch of major revelations will happen further through this novel, and the sequel, The Unforgiven.

  13. #806222014-07-21 15:32:51Rinneko said:

    First of the Miss Marple collection by Agatha Christie, Murder at the Vicarage is set in the English village of St. Mary Mead. Over dinner at the vicarage, the vicar, his glamorous young wife Griselda, the handsome artist Lawrence Redding and Hawes, the nervous curate, discuss how they each would murder the odious Colonel Protheroe. The next day, Colonel Protheroe is found dead. (Source)

    I have picked up the Agatha Christie collections in my venture to read more classics. Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes were my childhood storybooks but I never got around to reading the 'Queen of Mystery'. I enjoyed her first standalone book, The Man in the Brown Suit, thoroughly so I hope to enjoy this one as well.

    I can't find a concise plot summary for this, but the book is narrated by Sayuri, a retired geisha. She is interviewed Jakob Haarhuis, a professor at New York University. She discusses her young life as Chiyo, and her experiences as a geisha.

    Recently found this sitting around in my home, so I've decided to give it a go. I've heard that this book has high acclaim, and the movie is also pretty well-known.

    Additionally, I'm reading the Red Seas Under Red Skies. This is a sequel to the Lies of Locke Lamora, within the Gentleman Bastard series.

  14. #806812014-07-22 01:03:04xiaden said:

    Much book, Such knowledge. wew.

    It's the best book ever. /sarcasm.

    But really, it's a very good book to learn about networking, how models work, and what all those internet boxes in your house actually do. And when you're done, you should be able to pass the most recent comptia certification for that field. wew.

    Oh and in my spare time I'm reading Yeah, this is probably more along the lines of what you wanted

    A very dry book about submarines. For no apparent reason, since I live it.

  15. #808832014-07-25 23:28:42 *DarkChaplain said:

    I finished. I reviewed. Hype!

    Archaon, the Everchosen was once a man, a devout servant of the warrior-god Sigmar. What could cause such a soul to fall to the worship of the Dark Gods? What dark events could have put a knight of the Empire on the path to becoming the harbinger of the world's end?

    In the north of the world the forces of Chaos gather, awaiting their moment to strike. At their head is the Everchosen, the warrior who will lead the final, cataclysmic assault that will usher in the End Times and the reign of the Ruinous Powers. But he was not always thus - he was once a man, a devout servant of the warrior-god Sigmar. What could cause such a soul to fall to the worship of the Dark Gods? What dark events could have put a knight of the Empire on the path to becoming the harbinger of the world's end? And just who was the man who will become known to all as Archaon?

  16. #808922014-07-26 02:47:00xiaden said:

    Update to spare time book: moved on to this motherfucking dictionary

    Which is actually a very light read, compared to most cyber security books. Very informative about recent years incidents and stuff like that as well. Suffers slightly from having an American bias, but it's livable.

  17. #811352014-07-31 19:31:34gawd_daym said:

    science fiction yo

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho. A shocked Jericho finds that not only does life exist on other planets, but that every civilization in the galaxy has experienced extinction events at precisely the same time. Armed with that disconcerting information (and a little help from a grand unifying theory), the alien informs Jericho, almost dismissively, that the primary goal of modern science is to discover why God has behaved as he has and to determine his methods.

  18. #811912014-08-02 12:46:18DarkChaplain said:

    The Whitechapel Demon by Josh Reynolds

    Formed during the reign of Elizabeth I, the post of the Royal Occultist was created to safeguard the British Empire against threats occult, otherworldly, infernal and divine.

    It is now 1920, and the title and offices have fallen to Charles St. Cyprian. Accompanied by his apprentice Ebe Gallowglass, they defend the battered empire from the forces of darkness.

    In the wake of a séance gone wrong, a monstrous killer is summoned from the depths of nightmare by a deadly murder-cult. The entity hunts its prey with inhuman tenacity even as its worshippers stop at nothing to bring the entity into its full power... It's up to St. Cyprian and Gallowglass to stop the bloodthirsty horror before another notch is added to its gory tally, but will they become the next victims of the horror guised as London's most famous killer?

    In the tradition of William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, Josh Reynolds presents the Adventures of the Royal Occultist. Join Charles St. Cyprian and Ebe Gallowglass as they race to halt the workings of a sinister secret society and put an end to the monstrous manifestation in THE WHITECHAPEL DEMON!

    Now at Chapter 6, and enjoying it a damn lot. I can't say it often enough: Josh Reynolds got lively, humorous character interaction down. His passion for Occult Detectives shows rather strongly in this novel.
    It isn't all that long at 200 pages, but so far its been a great read.

    If you'd like to take a look at the characters and kind of story, check here:


    This is a FREE PDF collection of short stories involving the characters, that'll get you into the setting and introduce you to the dynamics that make Josh's Royal Occultist stories work so well. Give it a shot!

  19. #812072014-08-02 21:17:47gawd_daym said:

    love science fiction yo

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math — and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. Once the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something — some other — lurking in the background. And it's getting smarter ...