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review 2016-06-21 13:45
Booknote: The Blood Angels Omnibus
The Blood Angels Omnibus, Volume 1 - James Swallow

The novels and short story tell the story of Space Marine Rafen and his blood brother Space Marine Arkio. When Arkio comes into contact with the Spear of Telestro, an ancient Blood Angels' relic recently recovered, Arkio experiences new powers and visions. He then claims to be the reincarnation of Sanguinius, the Blood Angels' Primarch. Many of the Blood Angels rally to Arkio but not all. Rafen is one of those with doubts, and the novels lead to their inevitable confrontation as the Blood Angels are plunged into an internal conflict.


Check out the full review of this at The Itinerant Librarian by clicking on the link above.

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review 2014-09-28 07:54
Doctor Who : Black Orchid / by Terence Dudley ; narrated by Michael Cochrane
Black Orchid: Library Edition (Doctor Wh... Black Orchid: Library Edition (Doctor Who) - Terence Dudley,Michael Cochrane

This installment of Doctor Who had a different feel to it; part gothic horror story, part mystery, part love story, it was less sci-fi and more Jane Eyre.  I did find the mystery to be very predictable, and the first two chapters dragged on interminably (honestly, two chapters about a game of cricket?!), but I still found the story to be engrossing.  Once we got past those cricket chapters, all I really wanted to do was spend the rest of the day listening to this story!





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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-03-24 00:00
Black Library 15th Birthday Collection
Black Library 15th Birthday Collection - Dan Abnett,Sarah Cawkwell,Andy Smillie,Nick Kyme,Christian Dunn,Darius Hinks,Aaron Dembski-Bowden,David Guymer,Nik Vincent,David Annandale,Graham McNeill,Joshua Reynolds,John French,Rob Sanders,L J Goulding As with all of this short-short stories, they have one thousand words, which give us 5 or 6 pages per story. With each tale for 0.99 I don't think that half this stories are worth that. Sorry... They are so small that most of them feel rush...

- Kill Hill - an Iron Snakes short story by Dan Abnett
This was an interesting short story that brought my mind to brothers of the snake. It's a prequel of some sorts with Priad. Advisable to read.

- Immortalis- a Flesh Tearers short story by Andy Smillie
Well, Andy Smillie really enjoys his Flesh Tearers. Here we follow a space marine as he passes several stages... First victim of Red Thirst then entombed on a Dreadnought. Yet again, too rushed. This tale could have been 20 or 30 pages and way better. Being on first person perspective was not a good choice (IMHO).

- Only Ash Remains- a Salamanders short story by Nick Kyme
Good tale. Nick Kyme really knows how to write short story prose... It reminds me of Necromunda... I have to read his longer works..

- Easy Prey- a Dark Angels short story by C Z Dunn
I really enjoy this story. This and Kharn story were the best. Probably the only worth the 0.99. And why? Cypher is in it. Brother Terach of the Dark Angels is helping the Inquisitor cleanse of a world they pass from hunters to hunted.... "I know the Emperor. This..." he gestured to the bolt riddled corpses of miner lying in the corner of the hub. "This is not his will."

- For The Fallen- a Crimson Fists short story by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

- The Weakness of Others- a Kharn the Betrayer short story by L J Goulding
This tale we follow Kharn the Betrayer and his neverending tally. We know about the Contest and his 1306 kills and in the end, a bit of information about his psychic and how he got his name of Betrayer. Really good.

- All Is Dust- a Thousand Sons short story by John French
This tale is quite... strange. I am sorry but I couldn't connect to him and I didn't enjoy the tale, even after reading twice.

- Evil Eye- a Commissar Yarrick short story by David Annandale
This tale is one of those stories that don't contribute anything to the overal story of some character. This story didn't had anything besides giving another reason for Yarrick to hate (more) the orks. I really enjoy the Yarrick novella but this one... bah... As I read this I thought the writer had to cut some words from his novella and bang.. this is it.

- Army of One- a Horus Heresy short story by Rob Sanders
This tale connects with James Swallow book Nemesis. That's my opinion but... I enjoy it. Unfortunally I have yet to read any HH book so...
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review 2014-03-19 19:48
Booknote: Hammer and Anvil
Hammer and Anvil - James Swallow

I have posted my review of this Warhammer 40,000 novel on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. This is the second book in the Sisters of Battle series focusing on the Adepta Sororitas. When the a mission of the Adepta Sororitas arrives to reconsecrate a site on a planet known as Sanctuary 101, they face more than just the Necron enemy. There are a lot of secrets in Sanctuary 101. Click the link to check out the review.

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review 2014-02-05 21:16
The Imperium's Civil War Comes to Mars
Mechanicum - Graham McNeill

I have posted my review of the novel Mechanicum on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. This is the 9th book in the Horus Heresy series, and if the Adeptus Mechanicum interest you, it is one to pick up.


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