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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Master of Mankind

When the Horus Heresy books started coming out from Black Library, I was pretty excited.  "We're finally going to have a really in depth telling of this interesting bit of 40k history", I said to myself.  I read the first book.  Pretty solid.  And the second.  And the third.  And the 20th.  And the 30th.  I completely gave up once the series became totally unmanageable.  It's one thing to just read a particularly long series of books.  It's another when that series of books is really a dozen different sub-series told through books, audiobooks, short stories, novellas, etc.  It's impossible to stay on top of all the releases.  I tend to be the kind of person where if I can't read a whole series, I don't really want to read any of it.

I think book 32 or so is the last book I read.  Book 41 just came out.  I totally bought it...  with no debate at all.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through and I'm enjoying the book so far.  I was really hoping I'd see more background into the actual Emperor's history, but I think they're keeping that purposefully mysterious.  Granted, I still haven't read through to the end of the book.  What I can say is that it heavily features the Sisters of Silence, the Custodian Guard and the Mechanicum.  I'm a huge Mechanicum fan, so I'm chalking this up as a win so far.

If you like the Horus Heresy, but aren't particularly interested in reading about Space Marines fighting Space Marines, I'd give this one a shot.