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well i did a search and didnt find anything so i posted this...
what do people think are the worst black library books and authors?
just so i know what to avoid.
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Apparently C.S.Goto is among them - accoring to those who read them, his books feature many inconsistencies, outright logic/plot gaps, often are heavily out of character and disregard the official background on more than just regular basis.
I just tried to read my first Goto book, 'Warrior Brood.' I couldn't finish it. Absolute rubbish. The book jumped in with a melee between the Deathwatch and Tyranids. It went on and on. I had to skip through it just so I could reach a slower paced introduction to the characters, who turn out to be complete clichés. No character development to speak of. The plot makes no sense at all. About the only interesting bit concerned a space battle, which concerned a character that had no relation to the others. I would have preferred just the space battle, but then Dan Abnett's Battle of Britain-esque 'Double Eagle' is far better for aerial combat.
The only book of Abnett's I don't like is 'Brothers of the Snake.' It is just difficult to write about space marines and make them interesting. On the other hand, some of the Horus Heresy books, including Abnett's, work very well indeed.
Last edited by Marid; March 2nd, 2008 at 19:39.
I have to agree. I've read only 2 of his novels, warriorbrood and warrior coven and both simply terrible.
I haven't read a bunch of bad novels in the 40K universe, but there are many I can recommend. I just finished Dan Abnett's Brothers of the Snake and it his only novel I can't recommend. Abnett's Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies are both about inquisitors, and are both amazing. His best work in my opinion (by far the best sci-fi combat I've ever read) is the Gaunt's Ghosts series. Start from the beginning and read them all, you won't be disappointed. These books are about a guard regiment, if that means anything to you. Double Eagle is also an excellent aerial combat novel, again by Abnett.
I really can't recommend Goto either. Aside from just being a really hard writer to read, his books are full of misinterpreted/inaccurate fluff, especially in the area of my chosen race.
I'll also advise the Eisenhorn and Gaunts Ghosts series.
The biggest let down for me was the Decent of angels book, horrible!!
Goto is probebly my least fav author too.
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I would recommend against reading the Soul Drinkers series by Ben Counter. It hurt to read. I usually enjoy his work, but this series just seemed to drag on. In the first book I kept thinking to myself "These aren't Imperial Fists second founding, these are Emperors Children second founding". They were written as acting just like the EC in his book Galaxy in Flames. The first book wasn't that bad though. Pretty original (besides fluff contradiction). The second book is where I gave up on. They both have extremely similar bad guys, and they re-use ideas...
Semi-spoiler, but not really: 1st book had a gun that shot bullets that flew through the target multiple times. Second book an Inquisitor has autogun bullets that flew through targets multiple times. :z
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Does anyone recommend the Grey Knights series by Ben Counter? I am thinking about reading them next but don't want to waste my time if they are horrible.
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Scourge the Heretic is a pretty good one, too - You follow a team of an inquisitor's retinue, carrying out their own operations independent of the boss. Very human characters, and a very relaxed, natural set of interpersonal relationships - perhaps a bit closer to today's world than the usual 40K story, but that's not necessarily a bad thing... (actually, they're characters along the same lines as those in Ravenor - that should tell you something right there!)