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Warhammer books
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:30:31 PM »
So, I've been a fan of the Warhammer (and Warhammer 40k) ever since Dawn of War, the RTS, was released for PC. The miniatures & the hobby have never been strong in Portugal, so I never got into those.

I know there are many books regarding both these universes. I wanted to know which book is the best starting place in both universes (I've seen a couple of reviews, but FF recommendations have always been more trustworthy)?

Maybe this is a bit too vague for a request, but I would surely welcome any pointers in this matter. I tried reading the books set in the Warcraft universe (the Blizzard franchise), but while some were good, I lost interest because most of them were only average, or worse.

Thanks in advance!  ;)
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Re: Warhammer books
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 09:43:44 PM »
Dan Abnett

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Seriously, Dan Abnett

The dude can write fab action packed stories where you really care about the characters. I love the Eisenhorn trilogy, followed by Ravenor. My husband swears by Gaunt's Ghosts (I haven't read it yet but he raves about t)
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Re: Warhammer books
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 12:31:59 AM »
Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett

Seriously, Dan Abnett

The dude can write fab action packed stories where you really care about the characters. I love the Eisenhorn trilogy, followed by Ravenor. My husband swears by Gaunt's Ghosts (I haven't read it yet but he raves about t)

Thanks, will look into that soon ;)

Anything on the Warhammer (without the 40k) universe?
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Offline JamesLatimer

Re: Warhammer books
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 08:41:06 AM »
I've only read one volume of Gottrek and Felix stories by William King, because I read a couple of his non-Warhammer short stories and thought it might be fun.  And they were good little two-hander tales in a sub-Leiber sort of way.  Not sure how they really reflect Warhammer, though, because they are more D&D level party adventures than huge battles.  Though it's set in the Warhammer world, that's probably some of the weakness because the world isn't all that great...

Offline CameronJohnston

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 09:03:06 AM »
I'd go for Dan Abnett novels in Warhammer 40k, and William King's Gotrek and Felix novels in Warhammer.


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Re: Warhammer books
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2014, 05:18:00 PM »
Ive heard  The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade Volume One (Darkblade #1-3)by Mike Lee & Dan Abnett  is supposed to be good its on my TBR pile along with  Gotrek & Felix: The First Omnibus (Gotrek & Felix #1-3)
by William King . I will get there one day  :)
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Offline magisensei

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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2014, 06:02:03 PM »
You may want to try the Horus Heresy series. 

Offline Snorlax99

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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2014, 06:30:39 PM »
Also suggest starting with horus heresy...great series and as an avid 40k reader it's still my favourite.

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Re: Warhammer books
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2014, 08:24:30 PM »
Thank you all for these suggestions! Added some titles to my TBR pile, and will see if I get into them within the next months!  :)
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Offline Sean Cunningham

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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2014, 08:20:14 AM »
As with Francis, I'm a big fan of Dan Abnett's 40K work. The Eisenhorn trilogy is one of the few things I reread every few years. Ravenor is very good too, though Eisenhorn is my favourite. Abnett's Horus Heresy books are also very good.

A number of years ago I read and greatly enjoyed The Vampire Genevieve, an omnibus edition of a novel and several novellas/short stories by Kim Newman (writing as Jack Yeovil). It's got a real gothic horror feel to it (if I understand the term correctly) and I enjoyed it a lot too.

The thing I didn't know about Kim Newman at the time, unfortunately, is that he loves sneaking culture references into his work. I was two thirds of the way through before I found out. That was in time to catch the Dirty Harry reference, but not much else.

I read it over the course of about a year, which was also a slight mistake because I forgot who all the recurring characters were as I went along, with the exception of Genevieve herself.
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2014, 05:05:07 AM »
No love for Ciaphas Cain by Sandy Mitchell? One probably needs to read something else before starting in on it, but they are not just well written stories but damn funny.

I just wish Black library would put their omnibuses out as e-books, I hate lugging those monster trade paperbacks around.

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Re: Warhammer books
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2020, 04:09:48 PM »
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