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Jon Peterson: The Elusive Shift (Paperback, 2022, The MIT Press) 4 stars

Review of 'The Elusive Shift' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Dry, and a little hard to follow all the named people as, because it’s not narrative, they don’t have any distinguishing characteristics, but very interesting. It asks some questions that I didn’t think were this big, despite being in the hobby for almost thirty years. Would recommend if you’re interested in gaming history or design.

Taylor Lorenz: Extremely Online (Hardcover, 2023, Simon & Schuster) 4 stars

Acclaimed Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz presents a groundbreaking social history of the internet—revealing how …

Review of 'Extremely Online' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I’m not certain I know who this book is for, but it wasn’t for me. There is some analysis at the end, but I would’ve liked a bit more. It often just read like a Wikipedia article about influencers. It was a bit boring at the start, got good around the Vine section, then felt rushed at the end. I dunno, if you’re into mainstream online celebrities this might be interesting to see how they moved from one platform to the other, but I couldn’t imagine caring about these people. Well-researched, though. Just imagining compiling this info makes my head spin.

Graham McNeill: Fulgrim (Paperback, 2007, Games Workshop) 3 stars

Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch …

Review of 'Fulgrim' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Good read! Admittedly Graham McNeill can be a mixed bag. I generally like him though.

Fulgrim’s downfall was much better written than Horus’ and is far more tragic. The characters in this book were a little same-y and of course I wish there was more Tarvitz, but the descriptions of the Slaanesh corruption were top notch. My biggest complaint is that there were a couple references to gender essentialism in some of the remembrancer sections, which were pretty eye-rolling, even if you’re not into gender theory.

This is probably a three-star bumped up to a four because I love Slaanesh stuff.

James Swallow: The Flight of the Eisenstein (Paperback, 2007, Games Workshop) 4 stars

Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro …

Review of 'The Flight of the Eisenstein' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Well-written space adventure. Serves as a transition from the opening trilogy and the ongoing storyline of the series. Really a story about despair and finding your way out of it. For Garro it’s through faith. Good to see Qruze take a bigger role. I hope we get to see more of him throughout the series.

Ben Counter: Galaxy in Flames (2006, Games Workshop) 3 stars

Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the …

Review of 'Galaxy in Flames' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A good finale to the opening trilogy. As with the previous novel, my biggest critique is the quickness and totality of Horus’ turn to chaos. Good battle scenes, though I wish there was a bit more to the novel than that.

Graham McNeill: False Gods (2006) 4 stars

Review of 'False Gods' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A great continuation of the series, though not as strong as the first. Horus’ fall to chaos was a little too sudden and contrived. I mean, we all know Horus falls to Chaos, it shouldn’t be played as a “will he-won’t he?” Anyway, I liked this book as much the second time ‘round. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

Dan Abnett: Horus Rising (2006) 4 stars

Review of 'Horus Rising' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Dan Abnett’s the best in the game, what can I say?

This is my second read through the book. The first one was in 2006 when it came out. There was a lot I remembered and a lot I forgot. It was good to re-read to get another measure of Horus. A great character, who meant well and was conspired against by his own “brother” to begin his downfall.

A great story with interesting characters, plots, backgrounds, and pacing. You really can’t beat Dan Abnett for 40K—or in this case, 30k—fiction.

Review of 'A whack on the side of the head' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Decent book that talks about how anyone can be creative. I was worried this would be a “self-help book,” but I actually enjoyed it. I didn’t learn a ton, though. Possibly because the stuff talked about in the book is pretty standard today, as opposed to forty years ago.