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Old 05-23-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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What do you think of Black Library?

Hi there,
I have recently been reading a lot of Black Libraries' output. Black Library publishes stories set in the universes of the war-games Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. I was wondering what other people thought of their stuff? I've enjoyed most of what I have read, particularly Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts series, and Graham Mcneill's Ultramarines books. I don't mind what opinion you have, as long as you give a good reason rather than just giving a knee jerk "I hate it" or "I think its the best thing in the world". Go mad.
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I LOVED the "Felix and Gotrek" novels, but only the original ones written by William King.
Not being too familiar with the Warhammer world, I found these books to be wonderfully well written with great characters and dialogue. Unfortunately, after "Giantslayer", William King apparently chose to drop the series, and his replacement was very subpar as far as I'm concerned. I found that the characters became stale, the dialogue didn't really "sound" like the original duo, and I lost interest in the series.
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I don't mind what opinion you have, as long as you give a good reason rather than just giving a knee jerk "I hate it" or "I think its the best thing in the world".
Fine. Then I MEH the hell right out of it.

But seriously, Abnett's really the only Black Library author I've been exposed to (Eisenhorn and Ravenor). I like him just fine.
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If you like grimdark fantasy (which I do), the Warhammer 40K universe is right up your alley. I've got pieces of Gaunt's Ghosts, Horus Heresy, Eisenhorn and Ravenor. Haven't read them all, but I've really enjoyed what I have read. I'll probably be purchasing more.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:23 AM   #5
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Thanks for your input.
Also, thank you for your reasons, as this makes the discussion worthwhile.
Keep it up.
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I've never heard of the "Black Library." Aside from the one in the Harry Potter books that is. Is it online?
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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Thanks. I can say I won't be buying any bundles anytime soon. $150.00 or more is a bit steep for me.
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Ah.. But the bundles are still cheaper than buy the individual books in the series.

That said, you probably want to get a taste before you start spending too much...

If you like military science fiction and you're not put off by grim and dark tales, a good book to try out would be Dan Abnett's "First and Only". It's the first book in the Gaunt's Ghost series (15 novels total).
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:51 PM   #10
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I LOVED the "Felix and Gotrek" novels, but only the original ones written by William King.
Not being too familiar with the Warhammer world, I found these books to be wonderfully well written with great characters and dialogue. Unfortunately, after "Giantslayer", William King apparently chose to drop the series, and his replacement was very subpar as far as I'm concerned. I found that the characters became stale, the dialogue didn't really "sound" like the original duo, and I lost interest in the series.
If you like William King you should check out his Terrarch Chronicles series-

''In a world of magic and gunpowder, the half-breed Rik must rise from simple soldier to the deadliest assassin the world has ever known.

In Death's Angels, Rik and his fellow soldiers of the Seventh Infantry uncover a sinister conspiracy to waken an ancient slumbering evil. They encounter the lovely and terrible Lady Asea, immortal sorceress and ultimate manipulator of men and nations. Their deadly quest will eventually take them to the haunted city of the cannibalistic Spider God to face the hidden peril lurking there.

Death's Angels is a thrilling tale of muskets and magic blending Lovecraftian horror with adventure in the tradition of Sharpe by the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix.''
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:39 PM   #11
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I really enjoy the Black Library output. I haven't read much of the fantasy side, but have been eyeing the Felix and Gotrek series, as it seems well regarded by many. The Blackhearts series is quite good (fantasy).

I highly recommend all of Abnett's work in the Black Library. Very well written books. I also really enjoyed the Night Lords series, which is actually about villains, rather than heroes. Be warned, if you've never read Warhammer40K, the future is not pleasant place in this universe.
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I really love the Warhammer 40K universe, love the fiction, fun stuff, sold DRM free which is way cool BUT --

I am also very annoyed at Games Workshop for bullying M C A Hogarth about Spots: The Space Marine by claiming to own the term Space Marine...you know, the phrase invented by sci-fi writers in the 1930s and not used by GW until the 1980s.

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If you like William King you should check out his Terrarch Chronicles series-

''In a world of magic and gunpowder, the half-breed Rik must rise from simple soldier to the deadliest assassin the world has ever known.

In Death's Angels, Rik and his fellow soldiers of the Seventh Infantry uncover a sinister conspiracy to waken an ancient slumbering evil. They encounter the lovely and terrible Lady Asea, immortal sorceress and ultimate manipulator of men and nations. Their deadly quest will eventually take them to the haunted city of the cannibalistic Spider God to face the hidden peril lurking there.

Death's Angels is a thrilling tale of muskets and magic blending Lovecraftian horror with adventure in the tradition of Sharpe by the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix.''
Thank you for this suggestion. they look interesting and I will be getting the first one.
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If you like William King you should check out his Terrarch Chronicles series-

''In a world of magic and gunpowder, the half-breed Rik must rise from simple soldier to the deadliest assassin the world has ever known.

In Death's Angels, Rik and his fellow soldiers of the Seventh Infantry uncover a sinister conspiracy to waken an ancient slumbering evil. They encounter the lovely and terrible Lady Asea, immortal sorceress and ultimate manipulator of men and nations. Their deadly quest will eventually take them to the haunted city of the cannibalistic Spider God to face the hidden peril lurking there.

Death's Angels is a thrilling tale of muskets and magic blending Lovecraftian horror with adventure in the tradition of Sharpe by the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix.''
Just looked up Death's Angels on Amazon, and it is FREE on Amazon right now!!! Grab it if you want to check it out!! I grabbed it and have added it to my TBR pile (which is rather large).
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Just looked up Death's Angels on Amazon, and it is FREE on Amazon right now!!! Grab it if you want to check it out!! I grabbed it and have added it to my TBR pile (which is rather large).
Thanks for that. Did grab it.
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