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This review is from: Fire Caste (Warhammer 40000) (Paperback)
I'm a huge fan of the 40k universe and all it has to offer in the way of fuel for some seriously creative writing. It's been a good few years since I'd read anything from BL so I thought I'd give something a go. I'd read a few reviews of this debut novel and all seemed to be united in praise.
I was only about a chapter into the book when I realised what I'd got myself in for. Dull yet overly florid prose top-heavy with cliche. There is an abundance of unnecassary description and scene setting that quite frankly damages the already sparse atmosphere. Admittedly the initial description of Phaedra was fun (in a clumsy sort of way) but chapter after chapter of the same old cliches and repeated imagery made reading feel just as stagnant as the swamps Fehervari is describing.
The characterisation stands out only to fall flat on it's face when they have nothing but dross to say for themselves. The blatant product plugging is kind of annoying aswell, can it not be a bit more subtle? I assume that most people reading this book will already be familiar with the world of 40K so why do we need a minute description of a tau Devilfish? Excessive description does not make up for flacid narrative!
As I've already said, I've not read much of what the BL has to offer but if, as many have said, this is peak of its fictional mountain then quite frankly I'll be restricting my love of 40K to the tabletop.
If you're a BL fan then I guess this is probably for you, if, however, you are not I suggest you try elsewhere for your sci-fi fix. And regarding the comparisons with Heart of Darkness....they are on a boat in a jungle...the similarity ends there!!!
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2016 02:36:31 GMT
I take it you didn't reach the poetry sections then? I shuddered...
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