Legion - Dan Abnett
That was much, much better than I remembered. I first read Legion early into my fascination with 40k, and didn't really have a taste for Abnett yet. This is just excellent for myriad reasons, not the least of which being the perspective. I really prefer the way Abnett writes the Heresy from a human POV, the legions seem larger than life despite things like Alpharius and Omegon's pithy senses of humour, or the fact that Alpharius has a brief confrontation with a human where blows are exchanged rather than being an immediate curb-stomp. The human characters feel very real, and while I'm not deep into Gaunt's Ghosts yet, the dialogue here is some of the best and most realistically vulgar I've read out of BL. The webs of mystery and an overall lack of pointless combat only seal the deal for me. I won't pretend the ending wasn't a bit rushed (though I'm not as irate as some, I got the impression Alpharius and Omegon were driven mad by the acuity rather than simply being convinced by it), it does little to tarnish my feelings on this one.