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Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding
Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abnett is the king, May 28, 2007
If you are a Black Library fan you know that Dan Abnett is the absolute king of the 40k universe and that anything he writes has been excellent. The Founding is an omnibus of the first 3 books in the Gaunts Ghost series and chronicals the beginning of the Tanith First and Only. The characters from the start are well thought out and compelling as is their story. This book will keep you coming back for more and unfortunately the next omnibus with the following 4 books will not be released until August, and the individual books are only available privatly and upon last check are a little pricy. Definately a good buy especially if this is your first foray into 40k.


Sons of Fenris (Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf)
Sons of Fenris (Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf)
by Lee Lightner
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original but give it time, May 28, 2007
I will cut Lee Lightner a little slack as this is the first Black Library novel by the author and William Kings first Ragnar book was not as good as the three following it. Lightners book has some plot points that deviated or contradicted the original books but still has some memorable moments. The series is set up for another novel after this one by the ending but it seems like the ending was to rushed and to big of a setup. Whether Lightner of King writes the next edition I believe they will do better. The book will continue the saga for you if you liked the last three but if you were only so/so with the last books this one may not be for you.


Wolfblade (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
Wolfblade (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
by William King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ragnar continues to impress, May 28, 2007
William King has done a superb job with the Ragnar series. The characters in the books are well thought out and each show their own personality. King really works hard to bring sense to the Space Wolves and the Adeptus Astartes. Other authors would just show space marines as mindless killing machines, but some authors like King really show the inner working of the Marines and that like all of us even though they have been indoctrinated into the life of a warrior they each have a complex inner dialogue and feeling.

This book branches out from those in the omnibus as it leads Ragnar away from his bretheren in the first 3 books, and picks up his life after losing the Spear of Russ. The book takes place on Terra and the treacherous things that take place in the center of the Imperium. It is filled with new Space Wolf characters who have a decidedly different attitude than those populating the first set, but the reader will not be dissapointed.
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The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy)
The Flight of the Eisenstein (Horus Heresy)
by James Swallow
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another home run for the HH series, May 28, 2007
So far the Horus Heresy books in my opinion have been a forum for Black Library authors to bring their A game and this book was no exception. If you were hoping this book would continue the saga where the last one left off and follow Horus, you will be disappointed as he only plays a very small role. This particular volume follows the exploits of members of the Death Guard who flee from Istvann 4 to warn the Emperor of Horus's treason. The characters again are compeling and their thoughts and backgrounds are well written. The introduction of 2 new primarchs was also exciting. One of the best things in the series and this book is the bringing together of parts of the 40k universe but not doing so in such a manner that it is completely predictable.


Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Ciaphas Cain Novels)
Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Ciaphas Cain Novels)
by Sandy Mitchell
Edition: Paperback
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark humor at its best, May 28, 2007
Even thought the WH 40k universe can be a dark and trecherous landscape Sandy Mitchell's character has a way of projecting his own sort of humor on every situation. The book takes place over the first three installments in Commissar Ciaphos Cains adventures along with a few short stories.

The best part of Mitchell's books is that they are humorous but not to the point of absurdity. The author does a good job of interjecting humor into most situations will stil being able to maintain a sense of suspense, adventure, or tension. The characters are well thought out and even though a good portion of the book is written from the point of view of Commissar Cain, the natual and self depricating style and angle from which it is written draw you into Cains world and psyche and make you root for him even though you get the sense that like the rest of us he only ends up in the most heroic of situations only be accident and only claims credit when it is advantagous and his original intentions are misconstrued.


High Druid of Shannara, Book 2: Tanequil
High Druid of Shannara, Book 2: Tanequil
by Terry Brooks
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, needs to find new plot points, September 8, 2004
Terry Brooks is one of the top 3-5 writers in the fantasy genre today. With that being said, you feel as though some of his earlier plots have come back once again to roost in this book. The dark wand, very reminiscent of the staff in "elfstones", loosing the love interest also from "elfstones", Grianne losing herself in her old ways bringing back shadows of Walker Bo in "Heritage, and on and on. The new characters are interesting and fun but seem to be a mix of older characters, also the story seems to jump around right before you feel as if you will get a major revelation, and while I realize this is an editing technique it leaves you more frustrated than anything else. I think this is the main reason why Heritage was such a good series, in that each book really focused mainly on 1 person or group at a time and only brought them all together in the last book. This is a good story but don't start with this series, if you have to start somewhere start with "Scions".


The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, Book 3)
The Battle of Corrin (Legends of Dune, Book 3)
by Kevin J. Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it could be, but more than others said it is, September 8, 2004
This book really isn't all that bad as others would have you believe. While Kevin and Brian don't have the overarching and deeply philisopical points to their story like Frank Herbert did they do a fair job on telling a good tale and getting in some background. As for providing information on different things, it would be very difficult for them in a 3 novel series to cover hundreds of years of information after the war but they do provide good insite into many of the instituions in the later Dune novels. Just waiting for Dune 7 and will not be surprised if the Return is because of an Omnius incarnation and religious war is once again spread across the galaxy.


Annihilation (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider, Book 5)
Annihilation (Forgotten Realms: R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider, Book 5)
by Philip Athans
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just passing thru, September 8, 2004
Not really the best book in the series, but at the same time when you are working on a series setup by one of the best fantasy writers in the Wizards arsenal it isn't all bad. If this book serves nothing else than to be a somewhat half hearted attempt to get the story write between two other great books, and it is only 1 bad book of six it will be alright. Have fun reading this series, the dark elves are one of the most dynamic races in fantasy at this time.


Dragons of a Lost Star (Dragonlance: The War of Souls, Volume II)
Dragons of a Lost Star (Dragonlance: The War of Souls, Volume II)
by Margaret Weis
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe they have done it again, May 2, 2001
Wow, I find it hard to believe that the modern day predecesors of Tolkien have done it again. They have managed to make their newest installment into the world of dragonlance one of the best works they have ever written. For you fans of Weis and Hickman you know what I am talking about, for those of you who are not then you really need to read them some more. From the writters of the Death Gate Cycle and Chronicles/Legends comes the newest and probably one of the best books in the DragonLance saga. It is a must have for any home library.


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