- 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)
Mechanicum (The Horus Heresy) Paperback – 1 Dec 2008
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Received book okay, no worries, came in time, package good, would use you again thank you, much appreciated.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Sharon Smithers
This book is crazy, just when you think you know how things will pan out s*** happens and you are just left in awePublished 6 months ago by mr a hills
Worst book in the story so far. Does little to progress the series. Quite a difficult read. Only got good in the last 100 pages.Published 11 months ago by Robert Livermore
Great story, just a shame it doesn't really push the over-arching story along.Published 15 months ago by Ben Weltman
Such a great book one of my favourite Heresy books after reading this you will want to field a mechanicus army on the table top.Published 20 months ago by Craig