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Gotrek and Felix: The Anthology (Warhammer) [Paperback]

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2 April 2012 Warhammer
Gotrek and Felix - unsung heroes of the Empire, or nothing more than common thieves and murderers? The truth perhaps lies somewhere in between, and depends entirely upon whom you ask. This anthology contains a selection of stories including a previously unpublished tale by John Brunner.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184970144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701440
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The one thing that I missed was the map that is usually included in Warhammer novels. I had to keep one of my other books nearby, so I could have an idea of where these stories take place.

I was surprised by the different POVs in the stories, but I think it was the right touch for this anthology.

Slayer's Honour by Nathan Long was a strong start to the collection, including another slayer and his "rememberer." I loved the contrast between the two pairs. It highlighted the depth of the bond between Felix and Gotrek after all of the adventures that they've shared.

A Cask of Wynters by Josh Reynolds was a great story about Snorri Nosebiter, another slayer that has appeared in other Gotrek & Felix novels, but I didn't think the story fit well within this collection. However, I would love to see Snorri get his own series. *hint hint*

A Place of Quiet Assembly by John Brunnner featured the POV of Henkin Warsch, who is on a journey of personal discovery in regards to his past, and he crosses paths with Gotrek & Felix...fortunately for him. I loved the twist.

Kineater by Jordan Ellinger is a story about an ogre mercenary facing off with Gotrek, and it was one of my favorites in this anthology.

Prophecy by Ben McCallum was told from the POV of two twins with supernatural abilities. Definitely the most unique story in the collection, with an HP Lovecraft style to it.

The Tilean's Talisman by David Guymer was an awesome story featuring a Skaven POV. I loved it! I can't get enough of those Skaven pun intended.

Last Orders by Andy Smillie was a confusing tale about a bar wasn't bad, but I wasn't sure what the author was going for with that one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Blessings 26 Jan 2014
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Short stories following doomed Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson's perilous adventures as he seeks a worthy doom, accompanied by the reluctant poet Felix Jaeger, who once drunkenly swore to record the dwarf's end in an epic poem. The anthology includes the best and worst of their stories. Gotrek suffers from a 'Hulk Smash' problem as a character. He seeks out the most dangerous things he can, and fights them to the death. He's very single-minded about it, and his obsession leaves little else of interest to write explore in the character. It's Felix who brings shade and story to what would otherwise be a series of scraps with little to recommend them. The best tales here remember this, including Nathan Long's two excellent entries and Richard Salter's romping final story. Many of the others replace Felix's point of view with other characters, and only John Brunner's journey into a cult gone wrong succeeded in holding my interest. A mixed bag, then. Some excellent adventuring, held back by some unsuccessful experimenting with what makes these characters work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Heroes march with many chroniclers 28 April 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, it is not secret that I love Felix and Gotrek's adventures, the epic battles, the character interaction and when mixed with classic action sequences alongside cracking pace, it's a treat all round as far as I'm concerned. Add to this now the chance for other Black Library Authors to play with the duo's fates and overall it's a series of stories that really does deliver for the majority (although the odd one sadly missed for me as a reader.)

All in, this is fun and of course a great way to grab a few minutes away from the real world to enjoy the duo's escapades as visited by other writers, its wonderfully edited, the readers in for a treat and as far as I'm concerned it was a set of tales that helped get deeper into the Warhammer world, more in keeping with Bill King's humble origins for these two characters as portrayed in the book Trollslayer.
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There can be very few who come to this book who don't know who the protagonists, Felix Jaeger and Gotrek Gurnisson, are. Anyone who doesn't should start elsewhere: this is a book for those who know the stories already and are looking for more.

Nine authors provide their takes on what are possibly the most iconic characters of the Warhammer world. Sadly, none of them is William King, their creator. The results are variable.

Some of the views of the Slayer and his companion might surprise. John Brunner's story, presumably written in the early 90s when GW sought out well known authors, has a take on Gotrek's character that varies from King's a bit. That said, this was for me one of the better and more interesting stories here.

Others feel like efforts to flatter through cpying the original. 'Kineater' by Jordan Ellinger manages to capture something of the style of the originals - there is action, an exotic and fantastic locale, adventure and a solidly rooted feel in a plausible Old World. And humour that works - here provided by Felix's literary pretensions and some unexpected critical feedback. Excellent stuff.

C L Werner's story, based on the character of Thanquol, a spin off from the original series, is also a high point. The humourous approach works well here.

Nathan Long, who took over writing duties from King, provides two stories. One is great fun, the other less so. The first story - and by far the longest in the collection - appears to be his homage to King's 'The Dark Beneath the World' (itself effectively an homage to Tolkien's Mines of Moria section and at one point in Long's story there is a direct reference to the Lord of the Rings movie). Sadly, it is a fairly lifeless affair.
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