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Rise of Horus: An excellent start

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Rise of Horus: An excellent start

Postby Herne » Fri Jan 12, 2007 6:39 pm

Hi all - Have just finished reading Rise of Horus and I have to say I'm hooked. I've been knocking around the world of Warhammer and 40K for some 20+ years now, (Yes - I remember when you could get blisters of 5 metal models for 60p!) - (Old fart!)
Anyway - to the point. The book was excellent and I am really pleased they are producing the series - The whole of the herasy in detail - what an ace project for a writer to be handed! (A bold move though to offer parts of it to each of several writers - quite an exciting project.)

I'm glad Dan Abnett got the start. He is a writer of high calibre in my opinion. There's others in Workshops stable who would have just written another typical hack and slash fest typical of many of the 40K-esque hacks! However the thing I liked most about Abnetts efforts in Horus Rising is that they involved a good back story - the politics, peoples feelings, realitites of every day life. This made for generating a much more 'real' universe. It adds depth and gravitas to the characters and the plot. Without spoiling the story for anyone who is going to be reading it soon I have to say that the chapter where the remembrancer poet is wandering the wartorn streets and ruminating on the purpose and integrity of the crusade is absolutely superb! :D Well done Mr. A!

I also liked the attention to the small details that might be missed by many newer players and readers. Surely the irony of the 'eye of terra' on their breast plates can't be lost on everyone!

If anyone reading this also liked Horus Rising, but hasn't read the Gaunt's Ghosts books I highly recommend those too.

An excellent beginning to the cycle and I look forward to the other books, although I must admit to a little trepidation as the others are in the hands of other authors!
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Postby Spack » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:34 am

The next two books both read pretty much as well as the first, the second is almost exactly like Abnett's style of writing I could hardly tell the difference. I've already got book 4 on order, and books 5 and 6 are due in the summer.
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Postby Flakjacket » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:26 pm

I have to agree that the Horus Heresy books are awesome. The characters have a nice depth to them.
This series helps to fill in a lot of background imagery of the period, and how the imperium came to be the confused environment that it is.
Horus Rising also got me into Gaunt's Ghosts, and i have read them all except the guns of Tanith (amazon should be sending it to me soon).
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Postby AdrianG » Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:53 pm

The other very nice thing about it, was the inclusion of the old characters from the Space Marine game from the late 80's. Nice touch that :D
Looks like GW might be learning from others at last
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Postby da_grot » Sun Jan 14, 2007 10:36 pm

Spack wrote: I've already got book 4 on order.


whoa whens that released? Out of intrest you wouldn't be able to pre order one for me could you :D.

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Postby Spack » Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:04 am

It's out at the end of March. I'll take pre-orders when I pop down the club :)

More info at

http://www.bookfellas.co.uk/scripts/bro ... 1844164594

and if you search for Black Library and sort by Publication Date, there are a few more 40k novels on the way like Ciaphas Cain book 5 and the omnibus, Soul Drinkers book 4, and Ravenor book 3, see here:

http://www.bookfellas.co.uk/scripts/sea ... ge=5+55+65
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Postby AdrianG » Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:30 pm

Link followed, book ordered :o
Oh the joys of credit cards
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Postby Spack » Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:31 pm

Damn Algeroth, I didn't realise you were going to order. PM me your order number and I'll see if I can adjust the prices down 10%. If you check the stickied post in the top of this forum (Black Library) you'll find links to the site that knock 10% off the prices. I should have included it in that link above :(
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