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Old Aug 23, 2007, 01:54 AM   #91
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

"The HitchHiker's Guide To The Galaxy" ~ Douglas Adams.

It's been awhile since I last picked up this book but it is still as fresh and funny as I remember: and far better than the hotch-potch film version from a couple of years ago.
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 06:01 AM   #92
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Try and find the original radio drama. Simon Jones as Arthur and Mark Win-Davy as Zaphod (who would later reprise their roles in the TV series) give the definitive voices to said characters.
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 06:14 PM   #93
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I've just ordered the first three volumes of "The Horus Heresy" from Black Library. I'm finishing reading "Berlin: The Downfall 1945", but as soon as I finish it, I'm getting on these.

Finally, books from the 40K universe that give a glimpse at the Imperium at its most critical hour.











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Old Aug 23, 2007, 06:18 PM   #94
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Horus Rising is absolutely fantastic.
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 06:36 PM   #95
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You've read it?!

Cool! I've been asking around and no-one can tell me anything.

Is it true we get a glimpse at people who're still in the 40K universe, like Abbadon, Lucius, and a couple of other Chaos Champions? What else can you tell me?! Do we see the Imperium as it was when the Emperor was alive? Do we see the Emperor himself?

Do tell, do tell, because I've yet to wait for a week and the wait is killing me!
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 07:01 PM   #96
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You really should read other people's posts sometimes, Iwata.

http://forums.sciflicks.com/showpost...&postcount=546

Yes, the Emperor is still alive but only referred to, and yes, there's a couple of cameos from the others. Horus & Co. are merrily uniting/conquering lost worlds of men, but there's trouble brewing when they DISCOVER SOMETHING TERRIBLE!!! DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUNNN!

The first chapter is viewable at http://www.blacklibrary.com/pdf/horus-rising.pdf
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Old Aug 23, 2007, 07:22 PM   #97
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Ah.

I had not seen that post.

And yes, the other novels are by different authors, but "Horus Rising" is by Dan Abnett, creator of my favourite 40K series, "Gaunt's Ghosts"... so I'm expecting good stuff.

I'll let you know.

Edit: That first chapter is awesome. Love the ending.

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Old Aug 23, 2007, 07:43 PM   #98
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Yeah, I'm currently debating whether to go looking for either the rest of the Horus Heresy ones or other Dan Abnett books. I tried reading that Ultramarines collection, but it was dull... it was all the worst things I'd kinda been afraid of about W40k books.

"Machismus roared to Musculus, "For the Mighty Emperor of Manly Men!". Then he sawed an alien apart, and kicked his bastard arse. He turned around and killed another alien, with his huge shiny bolter that had been crafted over a thousand years before by a legendary artificer called Luxon. Luxon had originally studied Arts & Languages, but realised early in his career that his true calling was Engineering. Having dropped out and reapplied, his gift for metalcraft was observed early in his apprenticeship. Oh, and the aliens were heretics or something too. God, the Ultramarines are bada**."

And so on...
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 05:01 AM   #99
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Yeah, I read the Nightbringer, the first one in the Ultramarines series and didn't really like it either.

I have most 40K novels, and they're a gamble. The best ones are, of course, Gaunt's Ghosts. Those are the absolute most 40K novels you can get. And although suckers like me had to buy them all separately, they now have them all in two omnibus volumes, "The Founding" and "The Saint". They're all Imperial Guard. Seven volumes on, the only Space Marines in sight were a couple of Chaos Champions.

The adventures of Comissar Ciaphas Cain are also a really good read, as a sort of anti-Gaunt (imagine a cowardly commissar that always ends up being an unwilling hero and pretending it's what he wanted all along). I only read the first three, and they're already up to five books, but they're surprisingly good, considering they're light-hearted reading in a universe that is anything but. And Cain himself is a riot.

The Space Wolf series by William King is also pretty good, although I don't really like the Space Wolves. But unlike the Ultramarines one, they offer a realistic, cool look at the inside of a Space Marine chapter as it follows a Space Marine from Scout Novice to Company Commander.

And The Last Chancers series about an Imperial Guard Penal Legion is also pretty nifty, especially the one where they have to assassinate a Tau "ally".

Other than that, it's hit-&-miss. There are a few good stand-alone novels, such as "Storm of Iron" or "Eye of Terror", and then there's utter crap like the "Ultramarines" series or "Pawns of Chaos".

Of course, then there's the really good reading, which are the background books, such as "The 13th Black Crusade" or "Battle for Armageddon".
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Old Aug 31, 2007, 12:07 AM   #100
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Well, despite myself, I'm giving the Ultramarines another go. Humdrum, but passable, I suppose. Could use some more Chaos to liven it up, although I did like the crucified Space Marines on the Rhino. Just to prove that I hold the moral high ground, I do recall Iwata mentioning them before...


Ooh, ooh, cover for forthcoming BTVS comic:
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Old Sep 4, 2007, 01:59 PM   #101
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So good you actually forget zombies don't actually exist...
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Old Sep 5, 2007, 01:30 PM   #102
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Posted a few months back that I started George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. Indeed I found the book to be a tad bit stuffy and uninteresting in its first handful of pages and tossed it. At the behest of a rather attractive girl in my local bookstore (and a friend who swears by the series) I dove back into this first novel of the Song of Fire and Ice series. I must admit that this time it has drawn me in and is really rather good. It's a harsh, grown up fantasy novel that pulls no punches so far. I would highly reccomend it to anyone into dark fantasy.

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Old Sep 5, 2007, 07:50 PM   #103
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So good you actually forget zombies don't actually exist...

Love that book. Can't wait to get my hands on his "Z-Day", a book on WWIII... against zombies.

(dun-dun-duuuuuuuuuun)
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Old Sep 6, 2007, 05:51 AM   #104
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World War Z is absolutely fantastic. You'll love it more than oxygen.
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Old Sep 6, 2007, 06:02 PM   #105
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World War Z is absolutely fantastic. You'll love it more than oxygen.

Well, while I don't get that, I'll get into "Horus Rising", which I just got delivered today.

Woot!
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