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    • CommentAuthorGuy
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (802.21)
    Storm Constantine is a fine writer but she needs someone to pick her plots/universes for her. The Wraethru are just awful as social misfit porn: "Are you a sad, fat git. No worries, after being non-consensually raped by a mutant you too can be an uber-leet goth style arsehole with psychic powers." Truly dire.

    "Inquisitor" is a good book, even has Slaan in it.
    • CommentAuthorMark W
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (802.22)
    and the best thing about Inquisitor fluff-wise is that they have it as a free download at GW's red-headed stepchild website Specialist Games.
    • CommentAuthorFlxzr
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (802.23)
    I've not actually read anything else by Storm Constantine...

    Just out of interest, does anyone know if William King writes non-GW stuff? If not he's been making a living off GW fiction for a very long time...

    Drunkard> Not only did he not have a clue about the universe he was writing in, his prose was terrible and the book was filled with typos and strange grammar that I'm sure an editor should have picked up.

    Has anyone read the Horus Heresy series? I know the first one's by Abnett, but are the rest any good?
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      CommentAuthorDrunkard
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (802.24)
    The HH series is hit and miss. Some of them are interesting while others seem to have lost the plot. A problem when there's a different author for each book. I didn't like how the plot has been dealt with, in the same manner as the first Babylon 5 it's not necessary to meet everyone who someone important later on. Breaking the story into so many chunks also has vast areas within the novels where nothing happens. I have, however, stopped reading them after Flight of the Einenstein due to dissatisfaction so the newer novels may have picked up the pace.
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (802.25)
    If you're reading the HH, avoid Descent of Angels at all costs.

    "Oh cool, I've got the chance to write a piece of the most important background storyin a popular universe, playing with the actual characters that define the conflict. But instead of that I'll spend the entire book on my own new little character, who manages to be both utterly stereotypical and horribly poorly conceived, occasionally mentioning the characters people actually care about just so I get printed".

    At least, that's what I assume the author was thinking.
    • CommentAuthorGuy
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (802.26)
    Bill King does write non-GW stuff (including a few short stories available free on his website) but GW has always been the cornerstone of his career (he was involved in designing Mutant Chronicles/Warzone too which is excellent but sadly ignored now that the game has collapsed).

    The HH series has always varied for me. Quite a lot of the problem is that a lot of the current HH fluff jumps all over pre-existing (mostly Rogue Trader era) fluff thus rendering the whole thing rather strange. Some bits are great, others less so.

    I also feel obliged to recommend C.L. Werners stuff. Very Hammer Horror and he's a lovely fellow (just keep mentioning Peter Cushing and Nazis and he'll become immediately endeared to you).
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008 edited
     (802.27)
    Not sure if I've read much of Abnett's 40k stuff, but I do have Deathwing, and some work dealing with a motley band consisting of an Inquisitor, the assassin Meh'lindi (sp), a squat, and some astral pilot (the name escapes me). I was never into the strategy games, but the world building was pretty fantastic, and I'm glad I didn't dismiss it all as background to Alien rip-offs the genestealers (which had enough depth to make them stand alone). One of my faint hopes is that they'll make a serious film of one of the storylines, the obvious one being the Horus Heresy, which I've only read as Wiki or google search publications. If they hadn't screwed the pooch on the Alien franchise we could have had some Predator armour-esque marines taking on the Hive World, directed by a rejeuvenated Ridley Scott. Now that would have blown my mind.
    • CommentAuthorGuy
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (802.28)
    Meh'lindi means the story you read was almost certainly by Ian Watson, she's his character (if I remember the story is her imitating a Genestealer).
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (802.29)
    Ahhh yes, she injects various toxins and does some hideous muscular body pops to transform into the genestealer and infiltrate some hive or a church that's a front for a genestealer infestation; something like that. Christ, why doesn't Chris Cunningham or Richard Stanley get on a film adaptation.