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Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy) Paperback – 1 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844166643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844166640
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham McNeill: Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in Surveying to join Games Workshop, where he worked for six years as a games developer. In addition to many novels, including False Gods, Fulgrim and Mechanicum for the prestigious Horus Heresy series, Graham has written a host of sf and fantasy short stories. He lives in Nottingham, UK. Visit his website at

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Graham McNeill is the author of seven Horus Heresy novels, most recently Vengeful Spirit and Angel Exterminatus, along with the New York Times bestseller A Thousand Sons. He has written a host of other novels for Black Library, including Warhammer 40,000 series based on the Ultramarines, the Iron Warriors and the Adeptus Mechanicus. His work in the Warhammer World includes The Legend of Sigmar for the Time of Legends, the second book of which, Empire, won the David Gemmell Legend Award. Originally hailing from Scotland, Graham now lives and works in Nottingham. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Literally just finished Mechanicum and I am utterly blown away. In my last review of Battle for the Abyss I suggested that 'movie moments', scenes written well enough that you can instantly picture them in the glorious technicolour of your minds eye, are what make books in this genre successful - achingly cool scenes of action, or soaring emotion, or punch the air moments of triumph. The first three books of the series were laden with these moments, Flight of the Eisenstein and Fulgrim to a lesser, but still stirring degree - hell, even BFTA had a couple of these moments, albeit too late and too little.

This entire book is a movie moment.

After the disappointment of DOA and BFTA, and the downright weirdness of Legion, Graham McNeil has conjured something epic, wonderful, tragic and glorious. This book in the adrenaline shot the series needed, and what's even more astonishing is that this is accomplished with the almost total absence of marines, apart from a cool few scenes (and a reference to one of 40k's great secrets that will have fans drooling - the '13/15' moment).

My only slight grumble is what I feel is a recurring problem with the whole series - the apparent readiness of formerly loyal subjects to switch allegiences with really not much soul-searching. In my opinion, this happens a little too easily throughout the whole series, and Mechanicum is no different in this respect. However, this is a minor blip in an entralling tale.

If you have been put off this series by some of this books very average predecessors, and can see that what the series needed more than anything is a fresh perspective, with characters with more depth than the now sadly two-dimensional marines, then this will restore your faith.
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2012
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I read this book in 2009, loved it, despite NOT being a great Warhammer 40K fan, and have reread it a couple of times since. At the time, I didn't bother writting a review. I was too busy reading through the whole HH series and "catching up" with all the other Warhammer 40 K books (some of which I still have to read). I was however very surprised the other day when seeing the three latest reviews posted on Amzon for this book. So I picked it up again, and decided to review it "objectively", if such a thing is possible.

The first point is that, if you compare with other books of the HH series, this one is one of the best, most probably among the top five. I read some reviews lamenting the poor characterization of some of the chracters. Granted, HH and Warhammer 40k books are better known for their action-packed, blood and gore battle scenes, rather than their descriptions of romantic landscapes or for elaborate analyses of each character's psychology. Many books do have rather "flat" characters and weak plots, with the two going often together. However, I felt that such comments was rather unfair in this case. In particular, I very much liked Lord Commander Verticorda, The Stormlord Indias Vavalerio of Legio Tempestus and Korial Zeth, Mistress of the Magma City, to name just these three. Remiare the Assassin was also rather good.

A second point sometimes made against this book is that the Adepts of the Mechanicum may "appear too human". This may need to be qualified, since, initially, they were 100% organic and do not become 100% machine. So this is about degrees - whether some of the servants of the Mechanicum should be a bit "less human" or not, although what is exactly meant by this is not entirely clear to me.
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Nice read, but not as good as Fulgrim. I am sure that many people will agree with this statement at least.
It does have a similar fatality flair, where you know it can only end bad, but it wasn't as well written and the characters weren't as memorable as in Fulgrim. But I was gripped and "shocked" at the horrific climax of this book, never the less. The only thing which disappointed me a little (besides the other "weaknesses") were some of the obvious contradictions to certain information given in the "Horus Heresy: Collected Visions" (by the way a must buy for every Horus Heresy reader). But then again the whole WH Horus Heresy story has already taken on mythical qualities and as everyone knows "facts" and myths don't mix to well. In other words I fear that the BL staff is currently so overworked that they don't have enough man power to check out every little detail, wether it might or might not contradict an earlier detail.
But besides those peanuts, and they are peanuts; you'll only find them if you look for them, the book is a very entertaining. Still, personally, Graham McNeill is one of the finest story tellers out there and the best part is; his skill seems to increase with every book he writes.
I'll happily look forward to more from him.

Critically viewed, 5 stars is too much for this book but I liked it so I gave it a 5.
Now I have often "heard" that the series grinds on, seemingly, forever but honestly I don't care, it is my fervent hope that once they have "completed" the HH, with the final confrontation between Horus and Emperor, more will be written. Maybe topics, which weren't as elaborately coverd as I would have liked, might be picked up again with more depth or more Pre- Heresy stuff. Or why exactly Lorgar decided to turn on the Emperor... as one can see the story can, thank fully, continue indefinitely even after is has been completed.
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