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  1. #1150902018-10-29 21:44:50DarkChaplain said:

    I just finished Guy Haley's Dark Imperium and was mostly satisfied with it. Obvious setting of the stage for advanced background, and prepping for the rest of the trilogy, but really well realized.

    Next to that, I've been reading Hammerhal & Other Stories, an Age of Sigmar anthology which... kinda sucks? Not even as far as the included stories go, but that most of them are parts of serialized novels, or blatant extracts from others.


    There's one novella (Hammerhal) in it, then the rest are all taken from either anthologies or basically part one out of eight of a novel. That ain't fun at all. I mean, it's still only a 6-7€ book, with Hammerhal on its own recently having been put to print for five bucks, so I guess it's not too bad as introductory material, but I'd be pissed if I'd started this not knowing about the contents.
    The follow-up out next weekend, Sacrosanct & Other Stories, actually includes mostly previously available material as well, but as far as I can tell, they've all been standalone short stories at least. Anthologies like that I can get behind, just not this predatory nonsense here.

  2. #1153172018-12-07 13:28:16DarkChaplain said:

    Trying to get through some of my backlog, especially seeing how The Horus Heresy is almost finished...


    This one's... alright, I guess. It's got a multitude of issues, not least of all that the companion plotline (which ends around 3/4s into the book) is more compelling than the primary story about Vulkan and his journey to Terra. He's passive for a lot of the journey until the final quarter, and his accompanying three sons don't get developed much either.

    Shadrak Meduson and the Iron Tenth are more interesting, but again, I feel that crucial developments just aren't elaborated on enough. His nemesis, Tybalt Marr, appears in what feels like two chapters only, and it just doesn't live up to the short story / audio drama about him, which precedes this novel. Meduson also feels a bit too... strong-headed, considering his pasts actions. It felt a bit too convenient in the end.

    It's not terrible, I've read worse, but it just screams "wasted potential" at every turn. It doesn't help that the previously considered "The Iron Tenth" novel was canceled and rolled into this one, which might explain why the book doesn't synergize as well as it should.


    This one I picked up as an audiobook, since Stephen Fry narrates it himself. I was hesitant, after the disappointing, heavily abridged and charmless Norse Mythology retelling by Neil Gaiman, which I read last year, but this one's about three times as long and actually goes into a decent amount of depth, all with wit and humor.
    The sequel, Heroes, goes into more detail on some of my favorite characters, though, so in a sense, this is prep-work for me, just to refresh my own memories of Greek mythology and family relations. I'm having a good time with it, and it was a nice companion farming in games this week already. Not too taxing, not too shallow, and entertaining all throughout.


    SukaSuka finally ended up on my doorstep last week, so I've been eager to get going with it.I already checked the anime adaptation again to compare a few scenes, and actually think the anime might have done things a disservice here and there. As much as I adore it, there's some switcheroo business in it that makes sense within the audio-visual medium at relatively short episodic runtimes, but felt more compelling the way it was actually written.

    The light novel style is still a bit cringeworthy to me overall, though. I mean, I'm not as big on overly expressive prose as many people, which might have something to do with a higher focus on character work and dialogue on my end, and also on reading primarily in my secondary language, but the often abrupt, reductive and sometimes stilted writing, whether due to the quality of translation or original writing, is something that I have a bit of an issue with. I guess they're not called "light" novels for no reason, and I collect and read them anyway, but it's hard for me to keep apace with releases as a result. I just need more meaty stuff in between.

    Either way, though, I'd highly recommend this series. I'm already bracing myself for the inevitable tears and drama.

    Besides these, I also just received my hardback copy of the first Katanagatari omnibus last Friday, so there's something I'm looking forward to digging into. Later this month, I should be getting Legend of the Galactic Heroes Vol.8: Desolation, unless Amazon decides not to deliver it til January. Again.

    There's the first Gotrek & Felix Omnibus sitting next to my bed, which I want to re-read sometime, as they finally decided to do a full new print run of them, and I missed the last one (which had superior covers to now, sadly). It's probably a pipedream, but I hope to finish the entire series as per omnibuses before long (4 volumes), followed by the continuity-free adventures, and the End Times duology that wraps it up. So about... close to 20 books. Great!

    I'm also considering reading Le Morte D'Arthur one of those days, depending on how high a tolerance I can build up to Arthur's bs.

  3. #1160682019-03-21 21:04:32Kirn said:


    After getting the news that there's a movie coming, by Peter Jackson, I hunted down the book. Apparently, it's a first in series of 4, and it's about world thousand years after some sort of world war, that nearly wiped out humanity, but gave birth to something called 'Municipal Darwinism'. Apparently, to escape world catastrophes, cities were made mobile, and able to 'eat' other cities - consume and process resources. Now, the idea itself is very weird, and I am actually very grateful to the movie for presenting imagery like it did - it's really hard to imagine mobile cities without some good preparation.
    The first book is, in a way, a pretty standard coming of age story - young guy gets caught up in all sorts of event, has adventures, grows from it and becomes better than he started. Happy and sad coincidences and plot contrivances are present, as they are in this sort of genre. Though, focus is not always on the hero, and in the end there's some alright character twist and some story facts that made me amused.
    The main attraction here is, of course, the world. Humanity had a whole millennium or so to rebuild after the 'end of the world', so at the time of book events there's thriving culture, there's new technologies, there are even lost technologies both from pre-war time and the ones that were created and lost after the war. To be honest, setting is not what you would initially expect, and at times it can get quite confusing.

    I cannot say that this is a great book, but it's amusing enough to read, and I am kinda interested in knowing more of the world there.