Aaron Dembski-Bowden Interview – Warhammer 40K

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a new author for The Black Library, Games Workshop’s publishing arm. Though only three novels into his Black Library writing career, he has fast developed a devoted following of both die-hard Warhammer 40K fans and people only recently brought into the fold. His radical approach to writing and his outspoken and uncensored view of both the 40K world and the challenges of writing within it have sparked discussion and controversy in equal measure.

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Mark Charan Newton Interview – The Legends of the Red Sun

Mark Charan Newton is an urban fantasy author who’s currently two novels into his writing career and, judging by the sheer tonnage of critical acclaim which now includes a place in Library Journal’s top 5 best SF/F of 2010, is only just getting warmed up. For those of you already familiar with his work, Nights of Villjamur and City of Ruin, I suspect he needs no introduction…but I’m going to do it anyway.

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Dan Abnett Interview -In the Black Library

For me this is the interview to end all interviews.

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It’s not often one gets to interview a personal hero; I suspect this is mostly because heroes don’t enjoy mopping up fanboy drool, and frankly, who can blame them? This is going to be a little different from my other interviews, because while the others have been with relatively new talent, Dan Abnett has been writing for around 27 years and has done everything, and I do mean everything, from Marvel comics to Mr. Men, as well as a phenomenal novel set in a world of his own creation.

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Prospero Burns + Embedded by Dan Abnett Review

Perhaps the most eagerly awaited book of the Horus Heresy series, Prospero Burns is the fifteenth book in this New York Times best-selling collection. Though initially slated for simultaneous release with Graham McNeill’s A Thousand Sons, unforeseen circumstances in Mr. Abnett’s life prompted a delay, much to the disappointment of fans across the world.

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City of Ruin + Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton Review

This review is based upon the assumption that you’ve read Nights of Villjamur, the first book in this series. If you haven’t  I think you’re missing out on some of the most groundbreaking urban fantasy currently gracing the bookshelves.

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Sword of Justice + Iron Company + Battle of the Fang by Chris Wraight Review

As my gaming interests have turned more towards Warhammer Fantasy than Warhammer 40k, my reading has followed suit. Worry not, dear reader, I haven’t lost my love of the 40k universe, it’s just that I need some inspiration in order to face having to paint the 130 figures in my new Empire army…

Enter Chris Wraight’s latest book, Sword of Justice. Ironically, the excerpt of his writing that peaked my interest is from a book of his that I’ve yet to read, but this one was the book I picked up. First off, a quick note on the cover art, which I found really atmospheric:  it’s a great visual representation of the character and speaks volumes about who he is. Honourable mention must also go to Schwarzhelm’s beard, which any Dwarf–hell, any three Dwarfs–would be proud of and which, I’m almost certain, could comfortably house a badger.

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Grimblades by Nick Kyme Review 40k

I must begin this review with a teensy confession. I bought this book by mistake. I was actually after Iron Company by Chris Wraight, and what with the very similar covers and the fact that I was in my local Games Workshop and was distracted by all the shiny toys…you get the idea.

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Soul Hunter + Helsreach + Blood Reaver 40k by Aaron Dembski Bowden Review

Let me start by saying that this isn’t a book I would normally pick up. It tells a dark tale from the perspective of what I’ll call the “bad guys.” I could not conceive of a sympathetic “bad guy” character, someone or someones whose story I would care about. However, what prodded me to break my own rules and challenge my perceptions was the author.

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A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill Review

One of the most keenly anticipated books of the bestselling Horus Heresy series, A Thousand Sons tells one half of the epic story of the destruction of Prospero, the Thousand Sons’ homeworld, from the perspective of the Thousand Sons themselves.

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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie Review

It was only after watching a great deal of House M.D. that I discovered that Hugh Laurie had penned a novel (published about a decade ago, now). I was intrigued. Clearly the man is an exceptional actor, but, as we all know, a great actor does not a great author make. Certainly both an actor and an author will have an understanding of the structure of a good story and the ingredients for interesting characters. Writing, however, is an art unto itself.

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An art that Mr. Laurie is clearly in possession of.

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Fallen Angels by Mike Lee Review

Mike Lee’s Fallen Angels is the eleventh book in the hugely popular Horus Heresy series and continues the story begun in Mitchel Scanlon’s excellent Descent of Angels. Did I just say excellent? Yes. I know that this is the mother of all minority opinions, but the first novel suffered from the all too common “it wasn’t what I was expecting so I hated it” review phenomena.

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Sons of Dorn by Chris Roberson Review

This being my first review for BSC, I wanted to say one thing straight away: objectivity is a myth. I have none. My reviews will be guided almost exclusively by my enjoyment, or not, of the book in question. My job, as I see it, is to explain to you, dear reader, what I liked and didn’t and why.

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