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Space Marine Conquest: Apocalypse
Posted 08 August 2019 - 03:48 PM
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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:53 AM
interesting how different boards react differently to certain books. reddit has responded to apocalypse better than here (but seems a lot of them hated "solar war")
I'm prepared for this not to be one of reynold's best, but I find even on his "off days" he still approaches characters and subjects in a way I always find fascinating and unexpected even if the structure is uneven.
I have a hunch that my take on the book will be similar to sandlemad's when I read it
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Posted 09 August 2019 - 04:03 AM
I'm enjoying Joshs work in AoS more than I suspected. Gonna give his 40k stuff a try, as well. I was never into the Emperor's Children for example but if his Hallowed Knights series is anything to go with, I think I'm gonna enjoy Fulgrim, Apocalypse and so on.
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Posted 29 September 2019 - 03:47 PM
For me, Josh Reynolds remains a sort of perfect Black Library writer.
Perfect as in without flaw (think Portal) vs the best it could possibly be. His characterization is always on point, his prose is always good, and his plots are always interesting. Even here, in a 500+ page book written in about a month, he delivers all of the above. It's everything I've ever wanted out of a book with a pitch that probably sounded something like "space marines battle." We get a strong cast, good primaris vs marinelet dynamics, some excellent Word Bearers philosophy (perhaps the only WB that can rival ADBs in quality), and lots of fun subversion. My personal favourite is the inverted ecclesiarchy dynamic, where the priest character is reasonable and the most prominent battle sister is completely unhinged. The campaign is even a welcome treat, with a huge emphasis put on the void campaign and the Word Bearer's path through the system. Numerous contingencies are tried before the inevitable ground war, and even then that's more of a targeted insertion. This is a surprising breath of fresh air when most marine books are reduced to "everyone landed, we charged their lines for 300 pages."
Is it my favourite Black Library book? No, it's not the most interesting premise, it just does it's premise remarkably well. Is it my favourite Reynolds book? Again, no, it doesn't salvage an entire character arc like Fulgrim did, nor explore the same intriguing premise as Clonelord. It's just a really solid book, and should really be the new standard for Space Marine battle books.
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Posted 29 September 2019 - 04:05 PM
On that note, it still boggles my mind like crazy that Josh was never asked to join the Horus Heresy team and contribute a novel to the series. The Blackshields audios are on point, his work on Fulgrim and the Emperor's Children is great, yet he never got to participate in the big blockbuster series, despite being fully qualified for the job.
Frankly, I'd love for him to write a novel or two about the Emperor's Children during the Heresy War, pre and post ascension of Fulgrim. They've been painted with such broad, rough strokes since Fulgrim, on top of being barely relevant in the war, a proper showcasing of the Legion via Reynolds would go a long way, and allow him to build more on the ideas of his Primarchs novel and Fabius Bile. He went into the EC topic relatively openly, but as always, he does his homework and finds a tone that fits, plots that are interesting and suit the cast, and makes the entire thing fun to read as well.
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Posted 29 September 2019 - 06:08 PM
It’s a really solid book. Adds a load of depth to the Word Bearers- the exchange about shades of red armour and the vying for internal position and favour brings the Legion to life, as does the role of ritual and rite in their actions; often this can be played as evil for evil’s sake, but Reynolds almost manages to present them as having a dysfunctionally functional society.
I think I’ve said on here before that the opening of the Fulgrim Primarchs novel is up amongst my favourite in all of BL, and the scene with Ashu commanding his ship is it’s equal. I won’t spoil anything, but that sequence is would work in isolation. As with the opening of Fulgrim, Reynolds manages to convey so much about individual characters and the setting as a whole in such a little space it’s seriously impressive.
The Imperial focused stuff was good too, managing to make all three chapters look mighty cool.
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Posted 29 September 2019 - 11:02 PM
was lurking but had to sign in to second all the above. whether it's a character, situation or topic...there's always something in his writing that just grabs me. it's a shame he wasn't on the HH team proper
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Posted 30 September 2019 - 11:33 AM
Posted 02 January 2020 - 01:56 AM
i was looking out for a lot of the criticisms but either didn't see them myself, or they didn't bother me. predictable plot? i guess, but i don't think i've read any BL books with surprising plots (interesting relevations, sure but not plot). bland stereotypical loyalists? not for me. the thing i love about this author is the characterisation is subtle; he sets up characters within the expected cage (stoic fist, joyful barbarian scar, introverted raven) but it's how they react I'm small moments that reveals levels of complexity. whether it's questioning themselves or disagreeing with a comrade or being thrust into an uncertain situation or their rare moments of humour- those are the times that reveal character. they don't need to be huge displays...just small reactions that add up to a fully rounded character. annandale is better than most at making "red shirts" people with their own specific mindsets and motivations. i felt like i understood one page characters almost immediately.
i wouldn't even say it was a great read despite the deadline and editorial pressure- it is regardless. books with more time and less interference have been much less enjoyable.
if i could pick at anything it would have been for karros and suboden to have arcs as satisfying as the rest of the characters
i know it's some sort of "battle" or "campaign" book but if reynolds had just released a novel filled with nothing but his character conversations...i'd have eaten it up
edit: author name corrected thanks to the marshal
Edited by mc warhammer, 02 January 2020 - 04:52 AM.
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:54 AM
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Posted 02 January 2020 - 04:50 AM
yeah, i...was just spelling it... differently...Reynolds.
thanks for the correction
Edited by mc warhammer, 02 January 2020 - 04:51 AM.
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