Titanicus (Warhammer 40,000) Mass Market Paperback – November 24, 2009
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About the Author
Dan's website can be found at www. DanAbnett.com
- Publisher : Games Workshop; Edition Unstated (November 24, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1844167852
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844167852
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #451,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some complain about the inclusion of the adventures of smaller characters among the titanic happenings of the Titans as unessacary, this is only partly true, certain characters and subplots could have been removed without taking away from the overall plot BUT they do serve as a good juxtaposition to the immense scale that the Titans play on.
Abnett also provides a good look into the inner social workings of Mechanicus society and into what it is like to be augmented.
Again, entertaining. A MUST read if you are a fan of the Mechanicus or Titans. Good reading!
The storyline fatlers slightly by trying to branch together two separate plotlines, involving a stray squad of auxillary PDF with the Titan Legion engagements. While I'm a fan of ground pounders, and Abnett can write that incredibly well, it was hard to hold the squad members in mind, and I kept losing track of who was doing what why, and who was augmeted and who wasn't. The Titan battles are incredibly well written, and the technology at the disposal of the Mechanicus was both impressive and disheartening, in that its knowledge lost that can't be regained.
The other sideplot, which ties nicely to the recently released HH novels was also a good side tag, that helped to round out the ending, and allowed the Mechanicus characters to display more than their normal level of humanity, although it came dangerously close to tossing GW's holy status quo out the window.
All told, the book is great, and only suffered from one very weak thread. I'd happily heard another installment of Titan warfare, but it would probably start to bleed to Mechwarrior at that point. The God Machines don't work well with others, either. Heres hoping the manage to work it into future HH novels as they did here.
1. The story is good, but not great.
2. The stuff is complicated, there's no glossary or even - HUGE MISS - a darn *dramatis personae*. The latter particularly hurts, because the renowned Dan Abnett (beloved by all, hallowed be his name) really really really went overboard on the whole "let's cut to another story thread without notice" thing. It's annoying to not know who you're reading about. Best I can tell there's at least 6 major story arcs, and he won't tell you which one you're reading about at any one time.
3. There's precious little in the way of Epic 40K fluff, or TItanicus or Mechanicus fluff. Ergo, fans of said will take what they can get. If you already love this stuff, you'll love it. If not, start somewhere else.
I bought Titanicus.
Amazing read. The book stays true to the established lore while being something other than a regurgitation of material. Abnett weaves multiple individual stories throughout the book cutting back and forth to keep you turning the pages eagerly following their journeys. The battle scenes both Titan vs. Titan and Man vs. Man are excellently done. It's just a well crafted story that doesn't have flaws to pull you out of your immersion. To me that makes a great book.
Top reviews from other countries
Well developed novel with intrigue and action. Multiple threads explore different facets of the story - mechanicus, civilian, PDF reserve, tank crew, titan crews. There is enough content that it could have been spun out into two 400 page novels or a trilogy of 300 page books.
The book explores combat from different titan classes (warhound and warlord, possibly reavers too) including close combat, ranged, one on one and massed actions. We see novice Titan princeps and legendary veterans. We find out about the support structure and logistics surrounding the Titan engines. Storylines from off and tank crew perspectives allow us to better understand the scale of the massive engines - which would be lost if the book focused solely on engine combat. Meanwhile, factional politics within the hive provides intrigue to help pull the story along and prevent it becoming bogged down in constant combat description.
The pacing towards the end is a little jarring. Having invested time and interest building up to the climactic finish this ends quite abruptly. Personally I would have liked to have had a bit more of an epilogue to provide more closure with all the threads we had followed throughout the story. Nevertheless it is still a very good read.
titans into fighting machines is exceptional and mirrors what fighter pilots and tank crews must do to turn what is just a machine into a fighting machine and an extension of themselves. I only wish there were more stories about the titans.
Orestes is an Adeptus Mechanicum forge world well behind the war front. It is a supply base which is vital for the Imperial Crusade headed by Warmaster Macaroth against the forces of Chaos, especially since it is a major centre for producing and repairing Titan engines. As it comes under attack from a legion of Chaos Titans who threaten to overwhelm the few war machines left to defend it, Imperial Legio Invicta accepts to disobey direct orders to join the frontlines and the Warmaster and commits its forces to the rescue of Orestes.
This volume is for the 40K Empire what "Mechanicum" has become for the Horus Heresy (HH) set some 10000 years. Both are the references with regards to the Martian originated techs, adepts, mages and worshipers of the "God Machine". Both are also references with regards to Titans in action, with some rather superb "dogfights" and between machines where the victor is the brightest, the most experienced or the fastest, and not necessarily the most powerful or the most numerous. The other type of feature which is to some extent common to both volumes is the plots, intrigues and factional divisions within the Adeptus Mechanicum. One of the differences is the emphasis put on each component, with the gigantic war-machines definitely taking centre-stage in this volume whereas they are just one of the main components, among others, in the civil war that rakes Mars in Mechanicum.
There is, however, one little glitch with this volume and that some other reviewers seem to have mentioned already. There are a lot of characters but these are not mentioned in a "dramatis personae" list. As a result, and despite an exciting and well-told story, keeping track of "who's who" when reading this book can be somewhat distracting at times (no pun intended!). This was a superb read all the same and worth a solid four-star, but not quite five in my view.
It is as good as the Eisenhorn trilogy, better than Ravenger and Brotherhood of the Snake. It is a big book full of so much detail your head will explode like that of the many unfortunate characters in the story. As always its all gore and no relationships with Dan but this time we are privvy to the wondelful political and religious turmoil of the imperium set against the back drop of a 100 strong Titan war literally in a backyard of a Forge planet. Though the characters are weaker or not as detailed as some of the authors other books it cleverly uses this trait like the Jurassic park or transformer films to make the stars of the story the titanic robot/human hybids who are empowered with such majesty, vemon and humanity/animality? you will literally feel the ground shake as they WALK across the battlefield.
This book is by far the most cinematic of Abnetts (that I have read) but ably mixes high drama and machiavellian plot twists with aplomb and would make a terrific tv series or film if only someone would have the guts to tackle the gritty source material ala battlestar G. As Brotherhood was inspired by Dune so too Titanicus feels very much like some of the best sci fi (robot Jox?) from the last 50 years but manages to captures or carve its own individual mark in the literally world never slipping into anime or manga robot porn.
My highest praise is the books wonderful sense of humour to lighten the raw intensity of such epic scope which had me amazed and thrilled one moment and rocking off the next.
A critism would be the relatively light and low ending and Mr Abnetts insistence to use characters across his book on the same page with the same or similar name causing much unnecessary confusion during the complicated battles but then war is a chaotic hell in the Daniverse ;>