Dan Abnett (geboren 1965) ist Engländer und hat in Oxford studiert. Anschließend arbeitete er zunächst als Herausgeber und veröffentlichte Kinderbücher und Comics. Bald darauf begann er auch selbst zu schreiben, unter anderem hat er für bekannte Superhelden wie X-Men, Scooby-Doo, Batman, Conan und Doctor Who getextet. Darüber hinaus verfasst er seit den späten 80ern Romane und Comics über archaische SciFi-Welten und fremde Galaxien. Am bekanntesten ist wohl seine Romanreihe rund um "Warhammer 40.000" oder "Warhammer 40k", das außerdem als fantastisches Strategie- und Rollenspiel präsentiert wird.
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Unremembered Empire ist inhaltlich ein Nexus der Horus Heresy und wird sicherlich die Leserschaft spalten. Der Roman knüpft an unzählige vorangegangenen Romane der Horus Heresy an und hinterlässt sogar Easter Eggs für das 40. Jahrtausend.
Die große Stärke des Romans ist, dass sie einen wichtigen Teil der Horus Heresy erzählt, der bis jetzt noch unbekannt ist und unzählige unfertige Erzählstränge miteinander verbindet und wieder zu einer gemeinsamen Geschichte verflechtet.
Die große Schwäche des Romans liegt darin, dass es sich wie das Mittelstück einer Triologie liest. Es hat keinen richtigen Anfang und kein richtiges Ende. Alles was erzählt wird, ist zwar wichtig, aber es hinterlässt den Leser merkwürdig unbefriedigt zurück. Ein weiteres "Manko" ist, dass sehr viele Anspielungen in dem Roman nur verstanden werden kann, wenn man wirklich alle Horus Heresy Romane gelesen hat und sie auch noch halbwegs im Kopf hat (unter anderem auch einige der Kurzgeschichten und schlechteren Romane der Reihe). Dadurch können Lesern bestimmte Abschnitte "unnötig" vorkommen, wenn sie nicht die korrekten Parallelen zu anderen Geschichten ziehen können.
Sprachlich ist der Roman gut. Nicht überragend, zählt aber dennoch nicht zu den besten Romanen. Von den Ereignissen und vom Erzählstil hat Unremembered Empire etwas von einem Marvel Actionfilm, wodurch die Seriosität manchmal etwas leidet.
Ich gebe Unremembered Empire 5 Sterne, weil es der erste Roman ist, der es schafft verschiedene Erzählstränge wirklich wieder zu verbinden und sinnvoll zusammenzufassen.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
In erster Linie dient dieser Roman einem einzigen Zweck: Dem Zusammenfassen von Erzählsträngen, bzw. der Wiederaufarbeitung parallel verlaufender Handlungen. Unremembered Empire ist ein Knotenpunkt, welchen der Autor geschickt nutzt um einen Rundumschlag der bisherigen Geschehnisse auszuführen. An mancher Stelle liest sich der Roman ein wenig wie ein Seminarwerk, zur theoretischen Unterstützung eines schon vorher bekannten Themas.
Im Verlauf der Erzählung wird versucht dem Roman einen eigenen, individuellen Charackter anzudichten. Dies scheitert jedoch an der relativ flachen Geschichte. Die Schreibweise ist sicherlich ganz Abnett, jedoch fehlt es dem Roman an Farbe.
usually dan abnett guarantees a high quality product but in this case one gets the impression he had to wirte the book because first it was his turn to do so and second because all the others had lost track and someone was neded to tie the lose ends. compared to his other books this one reads as if he did it as if his hearts not in it. rather colorless ans by the numbers. what. im missing in this book is dans strengh in
- whitty conversation/ philosophical musings - extensive fluff ( the world and everything is really without any depth totally unlike him) - the protagonists dont feel abnett like in their actions and character
Da "Pariah" unterirdisch schlecht war, hab ich lange gewartet mir wieder ein Buch von diesem Autor zu kaufen. Da Dan Abnett aber immer ein Garant für gute Warhammerbücher war, mag man ihm einen einmaligen Ausrutscher verzeihen. Dieser Teil der Horus-Saga ist einer der besseren. Es ist verdammt schwer die Anzahl an Primarchen die in die Handlung verwickelt sind gut unterzubringen, sodass keiner blasser als sie anderen erscheint und auch ihr Verhältnis zueinander ist facettenreich dargestellt. Zum Coverartwork: technisch gut, Anatomie und Komposition lassen aber zu wünschen übrig.
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Confused, Disjointed, and Disappointing24. Februar 2014
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This book is based on an interesting premise - what does the Empire's most imperial primach do when his personal empire is cut off from the rest of the galaxy, possibly for a very, very long time? Unfortunately, the book doesn't live up to the title, nor the author's previous works.
In the plethora of problems with this book, four are major and impossible to ignore. The editing is probably the worst; dialogue varies in style from point to point in the book, pacing stumbles, and plot lines are utterly confused. I have a mental picture of large scissors being used to cut up Abnett's work into bits and pieces, and those pieces taped back together by the editors without any real concern over how fractured the narrative had become.
The primarchs are arguably as bad as the editing. They're exceptionally bland and uninspiring, essentially regular Space Marines who just so happen to be in charge of legions. The sense of wonder and awe the primarchs are said to cause in the early books is utterly replaced by a ho-hum aspect (one being turned into Primarch Hamburger by an unaugmented human in one of the more jaw-droppingly bad sections of the book - but not to worry, his method of revival throughout the book is seemingly an homage to Three Stooges slapstick humour). Guilliman himself has lost the stoic warrior-strategist character from Know No Fear, and is turned into a generic Greek philosopher-king analogue who doesn't do the philosophy bit very well at all; as disappointing as the primarchs were in this book in general, the neutering of Guilliman's character was perhaps the most disappointing. It's hard to reconcile the Guilliman of this book with the Guilliman who founded the Codex Astartes and kept the Imperium together following the end of the Horus Heresy.
Another confusing aspect is that the title really has nothing to do with the subject of the book; Imperium Secundus proper is given about 15 pages total of exposition and dialogue, none of which help to make it plausible, and the late arrival (essentially a cameo) of Sanguinius to justify the whole plot line surrounding Secundus makes things even worse, given the disparity between how this he reacts to the whole idea and his tacit acceptance of regency with no argument, and his disposition and personality in Fear To Tread.
The last major problem isn't as egregious as the other three primarily because it deals with sub-plots within the book. The Perpetuals are back, as welcome as a sharp stick in the eye. Their goal in this book is the death of a primarch, (whether they succeed or not is cause for speculation), but the whole framework of their inclusion is rickety and suspect, and it seems mainly to add story material to a running primarch duel that in itself makes no sense. We're also treated to some super-duper xenos technology that allows not just one, not just two, but three deus ex machina moments in the book (the third being a direct necessity of the second to keep loose storylines from fluttering out of the end of this book like toilet paper on the bottom of one's shoe, the first being utterly unplausible given who sanctions it). The scenery is essentially nonexistent in this book as well, and descriptions of secondary characters and events is just as lacking. Think of a green screen without the CGI overlay; that's essentially what the story is being played out against in this book.
Overall, exceptionally disappointing, especially given the author of the book. There's nothing here essential to the Heresy storyline, since Imperium Secundus is given barely any page space, and the rest is just incompetent primarchs screwing things up. Guilliman and friends (including half of the Ultramarines legion) vs one primarch should eventually result in a very messy splatter on the pavement, but it turns into a Benny Hill routine while bestowing unrivaled close combat skills on the lone, very insane primarch (which makes me wish for a fight between him and Russ, but that'll never happen) while the other three look like kids playing with toys. Hopefully the other upcoming HH novels are better than this one was.
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Unremembered Book16. Januar 2014
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Here Abnett takes on a very interesting concept, a missing year in the Horus Heresy timeline where he had full authority to create a series of events that would, by the time of the later Imperium, be deliberately omitted. That the events would take place on the Ultramarines homeworld of Macragge and feature Guilliman presented Abnett with an opportunity to redress the rather lacklustre portrayal of both the Ultramarines Chapter and its Primarch in his Know No Fear novel.
The book starts well with an unnerving and ghostly series of events that are in the cinematic style of portrayal at which Abnett excels. To review this book further is to reveal many spoilers so I will conclude with a non-spoiler review in the next two paragraphs and everything below those two paragraphs should be avoided for those who do not wish to know too much.
In non-spoiler summary the plot quickly relies on a xeno-created plot device that too conveniently draws the major protagonists together (with almost no concern about the use of a xeno-device). Guilliman is given more depth here but never escapes the impression created in Know No Fear that his military expertise is more theoretical than actual (he struggles in one battle, is outclassed in another and also requires vital defensive strategy input from a Space Marine of a different chapter). We do at least see some of his emotional past which makes him more well rounded, his respect for Konor and for the surrogate mother figure who still remains. We also see the insight behind Guilliman's perception that a Codex is required to create uniformity across the loyalist Chapters. It is a shame that Abnett makes such a minimal effort of making the iconic Macragge anything other than a plain vanilla Greek Revival city. Unlike the amazing world creation capabilities Abnett exhibited within his Gaunt's Ghosts, Eisenhorn and Ravenor books on worlds utterly insignificant compared to Macragge here he trades on easy terms and there are no lasting memorable characteristics.
However, the central concept of a secondary empire itself seems logically flawed - it works on the assumption that the Emperor is dead (although no evidence exists of that) and that a new Imperial leader figure is required to rally the loyalists when the more respectable alternative of simply have the Lord of Macragge rally loyalists to the Imperial cause to later determine the fate of the Emperor and then resolve what to do if the Emperor is indeed dead (by which time Guilliman would conveniently have large forces used to his command and an established power base to make the necessary successor claim) seems unexplored. The novel really begins to falter when the plot device draws a whole series of factions bent on destruction to Macragge that cause plotline snarl-up and often feels like the conclusion of Quentin Tarantino's True Romance but with more than twice the number of factions involved. One of these enemies seems to have become incredibly powerful since their last appearance in a novel (but with no reason given for this increase) and no tension exists as the character itself foresees it can not be killed in these circumstances plus there are some strange timeline issues. This all reinforces the feeling that Abnett chose complexity over clarity and plot devices over plotting. I am left with the impression that the Black Library's once greatest author has not written a high quality 40K book since Blood Pact and that much of his output since then actually detracts from his earlier works.
The ambush by the Alpha Marines on Guilliman (who somehow get to his inner sanctum wearing their helmets) made his security look sloppy and exposed Gulliman for not being as perceptive towards his Space Marines as Abnett had led us to believe in the early Horus Heresy novels. The difficulty Guilliman faces in despatching the Alpha Marines makes for a tense scene but further diminishes Guilliman when compared to the all-conquering Kurze when he arrives.
Abnett makes a strange lapse in his own created canon when Guilliman refers to the Space Wolf contingent by that name (and they are pleased with that comment) even though he is clear in Prospero Burns they expect to be addressed as the Vlka Fenryka. This reminds me of Abnett's more recent works that are littered with transgression against rules of his own making (Pariah and Salvation's Reach) that build upon an impression that he is getting sloppy with details.
There are some flashes of Abnett's creativity and they are much appreciated when seen - the names of the shuriken weapons and the hunter mentality of the White Scars that will hopefully be built upon by Chris Waight in the next Horus Heresy novel (mercifully this Chapter has been taken off Andy Hoare after his appalling Hunt For Voldorius). I also felt the Lion was well drawn and that Abnett maintained the character's essential ambiguity. A minor aside though, when Guilliman and the Lion meet there is a jarring moment when Guilliman drops his helmet which the Lion retrieves - is there a significance to this that will be later revealed (a device placed in the helmet etc?).
The issue of Kurze is a major problem. Not only is he intensely unlikeable (unlike some of the other fallen Primarchs who are more tragic figures) he has now become unkillable. Coupled with being somehow semi-incorporeal (which is not explained) plus his ability to wipe out the best of the Space Marines, jump on Thunderhawks and somehow set traps and escape almost instantaneously he is now probably the most deadly Primarch. That the Lion left Kurze roaming his ship and did not send his entire resources to destroy as an act of vanity seems implausible and is really an Abnett plot device to enable Kurze to arrive at the Primarch-fest.
I certainly found 7 separate factions bent on some form of destruction on Macragge (whether against Vulkan, Guilliman or each other) to stretch credulity too far, especially as some of them seem to be able to navigate way too easily through a city in lockdown with a vast Space Marine garrison (including one who walks around in full Traitor Marine plate). Added to this plotline snarlup there are 2 offworld factions 'phoning in' their instructions as well.
It also seems very unclear how Vulkan's hammer has caused him to be in teleport travel for a year to arrive at the convenient moment when Pharos is operating. How does teleport take a year given all canon on Imperial technology shows it is warp based in which case the only safety against the warp is that it is instantaneous - a year in the warp with no Geller protection would presumably be fatal. If the method of teleport (rather than the method of activation) is a xenos-alternative as implied in Vulkan Lives then where was he going before Pharos was 'lit up' and presumably rerouted him for a year of travel through space (dodging planets and stars on the way)? It may be convenient to have Vulkan present but not at the expense of credibility.
Overall I felt Abnett wasted a good opportunity with a flawed base premise (the second Empire concept) that was worsened by too many moving parts and too many implausible events. As ever, I look forward to his return to his earlier great form but there is scant sign of it in his most recent works.
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Another decent premise ruined by Black Library's groupthink4. Februar 2014
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I think both Dan Abnett and Aaron Dembski-Bowden are decent writers. Perhaps even great writers in the context solely of pulp fiction. Dan Abnett is absolutely masterful when it comes to taking a painfully cliched concept and giving it just a touch of class and novelty to allow it to lurch about on its own. A good example is how he writes Space Wolves.
Aaron Dembski-Bowden is undoubtedly Black Library's best author, in terms of being a wordsmith. He injects more thought and humanity into his characters than the rest. I think Dan is fundamentally tied to working on the foundations laid by others and giving them his 'Abnett' twist. I think Aaron could actually come up with a fascinating and entertaining universe all of his own and separate from Black Library.
Laurie Goulding and Nick Kymes are atrocious. They're pretty much the best example of someone that looked at the average quality of Black Library novels and thought to themselves "I could do that". And so they did.
But they all have one thing in common.
At some point they got together while plotting out the interminable march of the Horus Heresy series and decided that the 'Perpetuals' or the 'Cabal' was a good idea. Since Abnett's Legion, what had been a quirky facet of the overall story, has gradually grown and festered in such a way as to leech into every other aspect of the overall story.
John Grammaticus has his moments. Damon Prytanis might just be the most obnoxious character ever written in any medium. He's basically a Gary Stu that is a cross between Wolverine and Highlander...and somehow, even after 30,000 years, he is still motivated by the 'pay' he receives from the Cabal. Damon Prytanis seems to show up everywhere...even inserting himself into Aaron's 'Betrayer'. That wasn't so bad as what they did to Ollanius Pius or 'Oll Perrson' in Know No Fear. Taking a treasured (albeit very niche) character and making him yet another Perpetual. Heck, in 'Vulkan Lives', even Vulkan was turned into a Perpetual. Apparently, only to set up a plot line about using a Perpetual-killing device to kill him. Why not aim the Perpetual-killing device at someone like the Emperor? Couldn't an assassin going after Vulkan plot have proceeded regardless?
Why is the Cabal said to have been interested in and plotting Humanity's demise on the altar of chaos as far back as the battle of Iwo Jima...which was nearly thirty thousand years before the Eldar's own ignorance and succumbing to Slaanesh? Damon Prytanis was supposedly an American soldier in the 19th and 20th centuries but he talks like a cockney gangster. Why is it in Dan Abnett novels, the characters are constantly referring to 'Old Earth' and places like the Lakota, Shakespeare, Memphis or Iwo Jima...But the entire Dark Age of Technology and the Age of Strife, which was a vastly more important and supposedly awe-inspiring age passed over in silence? Having Damon Prytanis be a thirty thousand year old hit man is grotesquely stupid and unbelievable. John Grammaticus' later origin as being born towards the end of the Age of Strife on Terra makes much better sense.
Inevitably, whenever a Perpetual is introduced into a book, that book loses a star.
When a book screws around with the Primarchs involving obvious red herrings that everyone knows will go nowhere, but are treated as if they're somehow worthy of the entire focus of the book...That book loses a star.
And whenever a book includes a moment where one character is going to relate to another a piece of vital information during a rare moment of genuine honesty, only to be interrupted in a timely fashion by an underling...That book loses another star. I think 'Unremembered Empire' contained like five moments where a Primarch was going to do or say something that would actually significantly advance the plot, only to be interrupted in some contrived fashion.
Whenever a book starts out with a very intriguing premise, such as the shadowy moves that Roboute and Lion El'Jonson got up to when they thought that Terra was really doomed and toys with it in a really legitimately and interesting fashion for a hundred pages...Only to THRUST us for the ENTIRE last 2/3rds of the book into a continuation of the horrifically bad Vulkan Lives book...The book loses negative a hundred stars.
Nick Kymes is terrible. Damon Prytanis. Vulkan Lives is terrible. The whole Perpetual plot is terrible. The Unremembered Empire by Dan Abnett was a huge bait and switch. I guarantee the majority of people that bought this book would not have done so if they knew the true contents of the storyline.
I think much of the responsibility in this lies with Goulding. From what I've heard, he's the over-arching plot maestro. He is inadequate to the task inasmuch as storytelling goes. Although I understand that the actual business model of the Black Library is never to actually end the Horus Heresy saga in the first place. So on that note, he might not be especially worthy of blame. Perhaps all of this crap that seems associated with him, is only included because he's desperate to keep the series lurching along. In that sense, the part of me that takes pleasure in creativity and aesthetic works can be appalled, but the cold logic in me accepts it as doing whatever it takes to make a living in the publishing industry in England these days.
I won't be buying another Horus Heresy book. I actually made that decision as far back as Furious Abyss. But Betrayer and Unremembered Empire's premise tugged me back. I don't regret Betrayer, despite Prytanis' token inclusion. But I do regret Unremembered Empire.
All the same, I wish I knew who was precisely responsible for Damon Prytanis as a character. Because he's just so obnoxious in every conceivable way, and by almost any measure of literary criticism, that I'd like to know out of morbid curiosity.
Anyways. Simply to add insult to injury where this whole Perpetual crap is concerned...John Grammaticus takes out Vulkan and Damon Prytanis takes out Konrad Curze. Damon Prytanis also killed Vulkan several times and more less completely humiliated him in effortless wisecracking fashion. In a story that otherwise had five Primarchs involved and ineffectually battling in out.
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Wagnerian Space Opera2. Mai 2014
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Format: Audio CD
Four Primarchs (for most of the book, and then, one more at the very end), two complete Legions of Space Marines, two immortal humans, three daemons, and Five Hundred Worlds ... Where to begin ...
The production qualities and voice acting on the CDs was exceptional.
The whole story was just "over the top."
Beware, spoilers follow ...
The number of unlikely and fantastic elements strung together in improbable ways passed the tipping point. The immortal humans were introduced to us awhile ago (at least as far back as the novel "Legion"), and we found out that Vulkan was immortal in "Vulkan Lives!" That novel also introduced the game between Conrad Kurze and Vulcan.
Somehow, Kurze ended up fighting and being captured by the Lion in the intervening period between "Vulcan Lives" and this novel, but Vulcan appears in the atmosphere above Ultramarine as though no time has passed. (Oh wait! It is warp magic, that's it!)
OK, yes, the Primarchs are impossible. I get it. Like Superpowers they exist in the mythic, fantasy realm, but they have to abide by some rules. Kurze in this novel was able to obtain and set-up forty-two bombs in five minutes. No.
Vulkan completely burned up in the atmosphere and then regenerated as insane guy. No.
The First Legion's grand entrance that involved an intricate ballet like military march extravaganza went on for five minutes of air time. (I was really expecting Valkyries next!)
Kurze should have been killed five times. (This is where I was expecting to hear the chorus start chanting "he's Kurze - he's A very naughty Guy! He's back - you should never question why!")
We know from Black Library canon that Vulkan does come back, but he is left at the end of this novel with a piece of the Emperor's frozen magic embedded in Vulkan's heart. No.
And there is lots more ...
Honestly, it is time to "put a fork in" the Horus Heresy series if this trend continues.
Time to start working on the Emperor's return and leave the HH as history.
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A Complete Waste13. März 2014
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My how the Horus Heresy series has fallen. To “highlight” this fall, consider this synopsis of a scene from Unremembered Empire: “An immortal US Marine from World War 2, in the pay of a Xenos-controlled secret organization, shoots the equally unkillable primarch of the Salamanders with two Eldar weapons…..” Seriously….what has happened to what used (emphasis on used) to be my favorite series? Each new book seems to find a way to get a little worse and worse, with Unremembered Empire being the apogee of awfulness. The root of the problem is that, in my opinion, the Horus Heresy series has completely lost its focus. The phenomenally stupid perpetual plot has ceased to be a sub-plot within the series and now (especially in Dan Abnett’s work) has emerged as one of the driving story arcs within the series. Without giving away too many spoilers, much of the “action” that occurs in Unremembered Empire is largely a product of the perpetuals. In fact, I would be willing to argue that this book is much less about Guilliman or any of the five (yes, that is not a typo) primarchs and much more about advancing the perpetual storyline a bit further. The “Imperium Secundus” concept (from which the book gets its name) receives a few mentions at the start but is quickly overshadowed by other, insignificant to the Horus Hersey, storylines. The perpetual influence is perhaps the most glaring flaw with the book but Abnett’s portrayal/characterization of the primarchs and Space Marines is equally appalling. Abnett spends little to no time developing the characters within the novel. The primarchs especially suffer in this regard because they lose the depth and complexity of character that was fostered in the earlier novels. Don’t get me wrong….you get to read about various (I would say too many) primarchs….but they really are portrayed as little more than cookie-cutter action heroes and villains. Curze especially ceases to be the conflicted and tormented “Night Haunter” and instead is just a wildly over-powered generic “Super Bad Guy”. The overall result is that this book is little more than any bland and generic watered-down sci-fi action novel. Abnett mutilates the richness of the Horus Hersey storyline with his continued references to the perpetuals and failure to add depth to the characters he describes. The book over relies on action scenes to carry the weak and improbable plot (hint: be ready for a lot of deus ex machina moments) and I really found that I just didn’t care about the story that was written. Finally, the whole Horus killing the Emperor concept was already teased out (by Abnett no less!) in Horus Rising (remember the start of the novel—“I was there the day Horus killed the Emperor”….). I can only hope that future novels show more creativity and return to focusing on the Horus Heresy. Otherwise, I might just have to give up on what was once my favorite series….back when “Horus killed the Emperor”………