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I've just started reading the Horus Heresy GW novels and quite enjoying the "Horus Rising" one written by Dan Abnett. I bought the "False Gods" sequel midway through then realised that they're actually by different authors and a bit of research shows that a whole slew of authors have contributed. Just wondered what the general consensus was about the rest of the series - do the different writing styles clash, is continuity lost etc. or are the rest as good as the first?
Without going into TOO much detail why, do any of them stand out? Quite looking forward to Mechanicus
I've read most of them (apart from the dark angels and mechanium ones) and the different authors tend to work quite well. A lot of them are the same story told from different perspectives. Personal favourites of mine are Fulgrim (Emperor's Children) and the second Dan Abnett one which is mostly about Alpha Legion/Imperial Guard.
The amazon reviews tend to be pretty accurate and the Dark Angels and Mechanium (sorry) ones got absolutely slated so I avoided them.
Only other comments about them is that they are really quick to read compared to what I'm used to. I've read them in one or two sittings compared to a few weeks for the Neil Stephenson stuff I'm reading at the moment.
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I do enjoy the differing authors, it makes you feel like you are reading a different book, rather than a sequal. I personally think the first three (As they have a continuing storyline) could have done with having the samer author, but they were good nonetheless.
I agree with Eadipus, Fulgrim was probably the best of the lot. I love Graham McNeils work (He did False Gods aswell), and personally believe him to be my favourite author of Black Library.
Descent of Angels was mediocre, I would say it is worth reading, but nothing spectacular. I am about 1/4 of the way through Mechanicum, and so far uit still seems to be setting the scene. I am enjoying it, though having moved from being partway through Eisenhorn to read this, I think I am feeling a little bored with the story.
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First 3 are really good, I didnt like Eisenstein at first but came to like it after reading for the second time. Descent of Angels was a shock to be honest-my least favourite of the series and Im not a fan of Legion either (probably because I hate the Alpha Legion anyway). Fulgrim is just awesome-by far my personal favourite and the one I re-read the most. Battle for the Abyss isnt really great though does have some nice Word Bearers background. The approach from differant perspectives and diffferant authors pov is pretty cool. Abnett and Mcneill have written the strongest novels I feel but then they are BLS best authors.
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im at the second book now, false gods.
i like it, but i wish the guy would cut the chase and just have horus go over to the dark side alrdy, it switches waaay too often back to those stupid remembrancers (or w/e you spell it >.>)
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not to spoil it too much but the remembrancers end up being fairly awesome and pivotal to large parts of the story
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The Remembrancers are there as a vital piece of the story, for it is through their eyes and their following actions that will shape the Imperium. They give that extra dpeth into the larger story, think about it. If we had stories of nothing but SM and their Primarchs, the many forms of IG who hailed from Terra itself and not to mention the Emporer Himself. It'll be a pretty one-sided story from book to book.
It also shows us a glimpse of Imperial Civilian's lives when the Age of the Imperium is at it's opening centuries. How they lived, what they believed, what were the Marines like etc.
Decent of Angels; yeah it was a great read IMO. It just depends on the reader, It shows the life of a Marine from Boy to Astartes, from Isolation to Discovery. What emotions that they went through when the Imperium came with open arms to lost brothers and sisters. Plus it give an insight as to what life was like on worlds in Isolation.
My personal favourite of the series has got to be GiF or Fulgrim; I couldn't put those down in five hours. The most enjoyable read I've ever had.
Now that the most recent book has been released. It was a complete joy when I heard that Mechanicum is about to join the cool ranks of the HH series. I've always been a fan of Techpreists and Techmarines ever since 4th Ed. WH40K. Hopefully it'll be worth waiting for!
Having different authors really bring a new dimension to a series. It's like grabbing a fistfull of authors, ramming them in a blender and switching it on. What do you have afterwards? tonnes of fun and the wonder of the early days of the Imperium in the palms of your hands.
Long live the HH Series!
Fulgrim has pretty much inspired me to start emperor's children as my next army. That and the music described in the book sounds (to me at least) just like breakcore. My Slaanesh 's Breakcore t-shirt should be with me shortly.
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i thought the first three were excellent GIF easily my favourite of them
flight of the eisenstien i also thought was very good
fulgrim was brilliant loved the twist at the very end
descent of angels - drivel didnt like it at all
the alpha legion one - jaw dropping shock at the very end
battle for the abyss - good did like the stuff on the thousand suns
mechanicum havent started yet
WELL SAID, NO MORE SQUATS THEY ARE DEAD GET OVER ITOriginally Posted by artificer
Well in 2 weeks I read Horus Rising, False Gods, Galaxy in Flames, Flight of the Eisenstein and Fulgrim. Chain reading ftw. I've liked them all so far and although I *wanted* to like Eisenstein the most, seeing as how I am collecting a Death Guard atm, I think I too actually have preferred Fulgrim. Trying to put my finger on it... I think it's because although I'd not heard the particular retelling of the start of the Heresy before, I did basically know the basics of the story for the first 3 novels. FotE is totally new, as is Fulgrim, and it puts a new perspective onto the Emperor's Children which I never had. I used to think they were pretty bland and rubbish now, a gimmicky renegade chapter at best, but now they're more interesting.
So... now I'm on an enforced break seeing as how I have every other book coming for Christmas!