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Courage and Honour (Ultramarines Novel)
Courage and Honour (Ultramarines Novel)
von Graham McNeill
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Lückenfüller, 12. November 2009
Wer wie ich dachte, dass Uriel Ventris nach 'Killing Ground' nun seinen 'Ruhestand' genießen darf der wird überrascht gewesen sein, dass es nun einen fünften Roman in der beliebten Reihe gibt.
Nun gut, die Kurzgeschichten von Graham McNeill in den letzten Kurzgeschichtensammlungen der Black Library ließen darauf schließen, dass es noch zu einem Finale Grande mit Honsou kommen wird und deswegen war ich in großer Erwartung und Vorfreude auf Courage and Honour, was für ein großer Titel für ein Finale Grande, doch das Buch widmet sich einem anderen Thema.

Pavonis, der Planet aus Nightbringer, steht nach den Unruhen unter Besatzung imperialer Truppen und der Ultramarines, als eine neue Gefahr den Boden von Pavonis betritt ' Tau.
Zunächst scheinen es nur vereinzelte Späher zu sein, aber schon bald wird klar, dass sich hier nicht nur ein paar Xenos verirrt haben, sondern durch Verrat eine Invasion gestartet werden soll.

Abseits der ständigen Kampfsequenzen wirft Courage and Honour einige Spotlights auf Probleme:
Wie Uriel mit seiner Rückkehr und seinem Kommando zu recht kommt, denn seine Truppen haben so lange ohne ihn gekämpft und eigene Kompetenzen erworben.
Was mit Pasanius passiert ist.
Wie weit darf man Gefangene behandeln um bestimmte Informationen zu bekommen?

Und das genau das ist der Punkt an dem sich die Geschehnisse der letzten Jahre nicht mehr in einem 40k Roman verleugnen lassen. Schon bei 'Killing Ground' hatte ich das Gefühl, dass McNeill in manchen Passagen Bezug zu den bekannten Bildern aus dem Irakkonflikt nimmt, aber dachte mir noch, dass ich mir das bestimmt einbilde. Doch deutlicher als Pyramiden aus nackten Tau geht es wohl nicht, denn hier wird eindeutig eine Brücke zu den Bildern aus Abu Ghraib von 2004 geschlagen. Da kann man sehen, wie unser tägliches Leben und die Bilder die wir aufnehmen sich auch in der fiktiven Literatur widerspiegeln.

Leider ist das aber auch einer der wenig interessanten Punkte an diesem Roman, denn irgendwie will sich weder eine Tiefe noch eine Spannung so wirklich aufbauen, denn mit ein paar Scharmützeln mit Tau kommt McNeill definitiv nicht an seine alten Ultramarines-Romane heran, geschweige denn an seine Beiträge zur Horus Heresy.
Vielleicht wäre der Roman besser, wenn man nicht mit großen Erwartungen heran gehen würde, aber irgendwie kann das nicht das Maß nach so vielen guten (leider auch schlechten) Black Library Romanen sein.

Irgendwie wirkt dieses Buch wie der ein Lückenfüller, ähnlich manchen zweiten Teilen in Trilogien, bis man dann endlich zum Finale kommt. Bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass McNeill dann wieder zu seiner Höchstform aufläuft.


Angels of Darkness (Warhammer 40, 000)
Angels of Darkness (Warhammer 40, 000)
von Gav Thorpe
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen 2003 must have been a good year for novels, 12. November 2009
Gav Thorpe's Angels of Darkness was re-issued. 2003 must
have been a good year for novels!

This two-level novel tells the stories of both Chaplain Boreas and the
Fallen Astelan, who is being interrogated by the Dark Angels chaplain after
his capture. Within the parts of the book that are titled "The Tale of
Astelan", Astelan lays the foundation for the thoughts, doubts and actions
Boreas has in the course of the novel's second level "The Tale of Boreas".
Has the Chaplain really earned his first black pearl with Astelan or did
Astelan really have the upper hand in the dialogues? Which dark secrets that
have not even revealed themselves to the highest of Dark Angels does the
Fallen One know?

The novel is extremely tantalizing and has several suprises in store. The
conversations between Boreas and Astelan seem somewhat like discussions
between a man of faith and the devil: the Fallen One comes across as likeable,
working subtlely to undermine the Dark Angel's rigid belief. In the course
of the conversation you begin to wonder which one was really on the
Emperor's side.


Dark Disciple (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Chaos Space Marines, Band 2)
Dark Disciple (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Chaos Space Marines, Band 2)
von Anthony Reynolds
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Anthony Reynolds is Black Librarys "new Slasher-Horror" author, 12. November 2009
"Next winter's release of "Dark Disciple" is something to be diabolically thrilled about", is how I concluded my review of the first part of Anthony Reynolds' series. I still think that Anthony Reynolds is Black Library's "new Slasher-Horror" author.
With a work like Dark Disciple you always get the feeling that blood is basically dripping from the book; you can almost hear the soft, sludgy sound of the bloodied pages when you close the book. It's not like the other 40k novels are about peace and flowers but Anthony Reynolds just gives Chaos a new, bloody face.
At first, Dark Disciple seems like an absolute overkill, since four fraction of the 40k universe meet here Imperials, Dark Eldar, Tyranids and the World Bearers group with its new leader, the power hungry Marduk.

So how do you set the stage for a spectacle such as this?
The moon Perdus Skylla is about to be destroyed by the hands of an Exterminatus, because it has to be barred from the Tyranids. The remaining time is used to evacuate as many people as possible. The Dark Eldar take advantage of this havoc to collect new slaves. Along comes Marduk as well, with a special interest on this moon.
I guess you are expecting an overkill, as I hinted earlier? That's what I thought, too, but Anthony Reynolds' balancing act works out splendidly, turning Dark Disciple into an entertaining and bloody spectacle.

The last chapters - which you will love if you are a fan of Chaos - and the excellent sub-plot about a man in Perdus Skylla's polar waste who tries to take a little boy to the evacuation zone deserve a special mention. This is a very good book and, as much as I hate to repeat myself again, next winter's release of "Dark Creed" is something to be diabolically thrilled about.


Necronomicon: The Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GollanczF.)
Necronomicon: The Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GollanczF.)
von Stephen Jones
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hier sollte man dem Ruf des Cuthulhu folgen, 20. September 2009
Verifizierter Kauf(Was ist das?)
Das Buch ist nicht nur voll mit allen Geschichten die man sich als H.P. Lovecraft Fan wünschen kann, nein, es ist auch noch mit liebe zum Detail gestalten worden. Kleine Illustrationen und ein Einband mit "Gold"-Lettern macht das Bild komplett.
Man fühlt sich von dem Buch angezogen wie vom eigentlichen Necronomicon selbst!
Ein Muss für alle Lovecraft und Horror Fans.


Psychiatrie fast - der 6h Crashkurs
Psychiatrie fast - der 6h Crashkurs
von Steffen Grüner
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Klein, Praktisch und Gut, 20. September 2009
Verifizierter Kauf(Was ist das?)
Dieses Buch ist ein herrvoragendes Buch zum Lernen, sofern man ein wenig Basiswissen mitbringt. Dieses Basiswissen festigt sich mit Hilfe von praktischen Beispielen, anschaulichen Diagrammen (z.B. zu formalen Denkstörungen) und kleinen Anekdoten.
Ein optimales Werk für die letzten Wochen vor der Prüfung (oder aber die letzten 6 Stunden).
Es macht Spaß, es ist anschaulich, das Wissen wird gut vermittelt und es sagt einem, wann ein Kaffee gut wäre (und auch das sollten viel mehr Bücher tun).
2 Daumen mit 5 Sternen hoch!


Daemon World (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
Daemon World (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
von Marc Gascoigne
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This novel isn't just a must-read for Chaos players., 3. November 2008
This 2003 novel by Ben Counter was re-issued this summer. It's a terrific
Warhammer Fantasy/40k Crossover.

Planet Torvendis has been a Chaos battle field for millennia, and has its
dark legends of its own. Torvendis is currently ruled by Lady Charybdia,
princess of Slaanesh, but peculiar incidents are threatening her empire.
A young and aspiring champion unites the barbaric tribes, a mysterious
stranger walks the planet and a small group of Word Bearers is hunting a
deserter. Are all these occurences mere coincidence or is there a pattern,
hinting at yet another change of power in the Daemon World?

Ben Counter's novel was one of my favorites among all 40k novels when I
first read it in 2003. The book is full of suspense and shows the most
wonderful parts of chaotic madness. This novel isn't just a must-read for
Chaos players.
Daemon World rightfully steps up to receive a bronze medal.

Timo Lorenz * Firebase Magazine #8*


Titanicus (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
Titanicus (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
von Dan Abnett
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dan Abnett still is the master of suspense in the range of 40k novels, 3. November 2008
What's left to say about Dan Abnett that hasn't already been said?

Titanicus' setting is a planet under attack by the Chaos Titans. Following
the emergency signal, an imperial Titan Legion lands, and a colossal battle
ensues. What gets left when two Legions of the God Machines collide?

Once again Dan Abnett manages to deliver a fascinating, thrilling novel. He
highlights individual fates within a highly epic conflict, establishing an
emotional connection between the reader and those characters, be they Moderati
or "just" reservists in the imperial army.
He installs life in these characters, making them more than just fictional
entities: he makes them seem three-dimensional due to the fact that he gives
them certain traits that you recognize from friends or co-workers.

I'm sorry to repeat myself but what's left for me to say? Dan Abnett still
is the master of suspense in the range of 40k novels and rightfully carries
this issue's gold medal.

Timo Lorenz * Firebase Magazine #8*


The Blood Angels omnibus (Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus)
The Blood Angels omnibus (Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus)
von James Swallow
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen witty as well as epic, 3. November 2008
The Omnibus contains the related novels Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius
that are connected through a short story about a shady inquisitor, which is
part of both novels. It's a fairly good compilation and one of the few 40k
books with a white binding. Only James Swallow's books and the Ultramarines
novels have achieved this so far.

The story tells of the relationship between two brothers, Rafen and Arkio,
that are forced to turn against each other in the course of the plot. It is
a saga about heroism, corruption and deceit on the highest level.

The Blood Angels are pursueing the Word Bearers after their attack, but what
lies ahead is only the setting of a new threat.
Arkio appears to be Sanguinius' reincarnation. This leads to a schism within
the legion, posing a threat to the Blood Angel's existence.

James Swallow's story is witty as well as epic and should become part of
your mandatory reading. Still, it cannot establish itself among this issue's
selection.

Timo Lorenz * Firebase Magazine #8*


Red Fury (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
Red Fury (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
von James Swallow
  Taschenbuch

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2.0 von 5 Sternen ...probably the reason why the binding is back to black., 3. November 2008
Alongside the omnibus' release, James Swallow also delivers the third part
of the Blood Angels, basically the follow-up story.

Heavy combat has reduced the number of Blood Angels far enough to endanger
their further existance. The chapters of the second creation are called to a
council meeting on Baal. The envy and the rivalries of the succeeding orders
make this meeting a rather bold venture but the Blood Angels' despair also
leads to a dark path.
Unfortunately this is also way too predictable early on.

Is a follow-up to a closed narrative cycle really necessary? Not in my
opinion. The plot Swallow developed within the first two novels was
mystical, heroic and most of all, self-contained.

Red Fury seems like it's an attempt to just toss another story into the
cycle and comes across as very unrealistic due to the Blood Angels' constant
insubordination. The schism that divides the legion is a part of the plot I
can bear but the disobedient Marines that refuse to obey the Chapter Master
and just abide by their own rules? Please. That reeks of too much corruption and
most of all, of a bad sequel. Too bad, really, but probably the reason
why the binding is back to black.

Timo Lorenz * Firebase Magazine #8*


Planetkill (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
Planetkill (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)
von Lindsey Priestley
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen All in all Planetkill is a pretty good compilation, 16. Juli 2008
It's fun to get my hands on a book of short stories every now and then, despite my love for long, epic stories. It's always possible to find little gems within these collections of stories, even if they are only 50 pages long.

Planetkill offers a few of these gems; let's have a look.

Unfortunately, the book doesn't start off all that glamorous. "Voidsong" by Henry Zou is more of an average 40k story, easy to see through for old stagers. Within the treasure chest of short stories, this is more of a copper piece.

"Mortal Fuel" by Richard Williams and "The Heraclitus Effect" by Graham McNeill raise the bar. However, they don't differ from the authors' novel characters, so Williams writes about the Relentless and McNeill about Uriel Ventris.

Obviously this is a matter of taste but when reading a short story, I am looking to discover something new instead of obtaining some extra information for already existing stories. Alas, every treasure contains a few silver coins as well.

The last four stories are the reason I will keep reading short stories. They are the gems I was referring to.

"The Emperor Wept" by Simon Dyton, and "Phobos Worked in Adamant" by Robey Jenkins both shed some light on the Adeptus Mechanicus. They are suspenseful, intelligent stories regarding this often bypassed part of the 40k universe.

With his story "Seven Views of Ulguth's Passing" Matthew Farrer delivers the obscure tale of a warp entity looking for its master. In the course of 39 confusing and refreshingly different pages, this entity is being described from the viewpoint of seven different beings/existences. This story alone makes Planetkill worth reading.

The last story is "Mercy Run" by Steve Parker, author of the Imperial guard novel "Rebel Winter".
Here Parker focuses on Imperial soldiers too.
Three tanks are sent on a special mission just hours before the destruction of a planet. A race against time, and against their own morals, begins.
A perfect Imperial Guard story!

All in all Planetkill is a pretty good compilation. As we all know, a treasure never consists of diamonds alone.

*Firebase Magazine issue #7*


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