Random stuff I was gonna put in my blog earlier but didn't. Mostly on books.
So I've been reading a few of the Black Library books recently, the quality of them leaves me a little puzzled. Now I know that the worlds of Warhammer and 40k are very much defined realities that the writers have to stick to, but I get the feeling that with some of the books it's very much a case of "we need a book on this by March, can you do it?"
Now, don't get me wrong, I read the Ciaphas Cain books not long ago and am currently reading the Eisenhorn trilogy and both of those are proving to be excellent reads, especially being a guard player. It makes me want to use different things in my armies to replicate their individual personae, which is good, it's how a book should be. I love the way the Cain books are presented not just as his account but as a collaborated work of the events surrounding his life and actions.
Some of the other books I do have an issue with though. I read the Malus Darkblade books and wasn't a fan (of the first 3 anyway, I didn't bother buying the last 2). The Blood Bowl series started off well but by the time it got to the fourth book I was underwhelmed. It all seemed to staged. The author was running out of ideas. Knight's errant was awful. I haven't even bothered to look at the second one that's come out.
I keep hearing about the horus heresy books and how great they are. While I would quite like to see for myself how good a read they are, a part of me thinks that it would just be a long series that never really finishes and starts running out of ideas again.
Plus there's the fact that the rate their churning the books out at makes me speculate at the quality too.
I suppose I'll just have to lump it really. I might go and see if I can get some of the Horus Heresy books from the library but as for now it seems that I'll be sticking with Gregor and Ciaphas.