Book Review 205 // The Lords of Silence by Chris Wraight


I've been attempting to enjoy the Horus Heresy via the audible app, thus freeing up my time to read other novels. But it seems even my Heresy listening is leaching into my other reading. Having just finished a few Chris Wraight White Scar tales I found myself reaching for his Death Guard novel The Lords of Silence.

Title: Warhammer 40,000 - The Lords of Silence

Author: Chris Wraight

Blurb: The galaxy has changed. Armies of Chaos march across the Dark Imperium, among them the Death Guard, servants of the Plague God. But shadows of the past haunt these traitors…

The Cadian Gate is broken, and the Imperium is riven in two. The might of the Traitor Legions, kept shackled for millennia behind walls of iron and sorcery, has been unleashed on a darkening galaxy. Among those seeking vengeance on the Corpse Emperor’s faltering realm are the Death Guard, once proud crusaders of the Legiones Astartes, now debased creatures of terror and contagion. Mighty warbands carve bloody paths through the void, answering their lord primarch’s call to war. And yet for all their dread might in arms, there is no escape from the vicious legacies of the past, ones that will pursue them from the ruined daemon-worlds of the Eye of Terror and out into the smouldering wastes of the Imperium Nihilus.

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Format: 400 pages, Paperback

Review

I find it so intriguing to read a villain's novel, the last was Huron Blackheart and now the Deathguard. Chris Wraight does a great job at making you want to support them. There is plenty of grimdark about this tale but Wraight also sneaks in comedy via the "Little Lords", which has me remembering the golden era of Rogue Trader and 2nd Edition.

Things I've come to realize about a Chris Wraight novel is the pacing, it reads slower, and the story develops at a more natural pace, but due to this, we get so much more insight and descriptions. It is an interesting change for Black Library authors. Wraight does a great job of fleshing out the Death Guard, their serfs and beyond. The rooms feel alive and disgusting. I found every character to be unique and interesting. And though the plot seemed simple it still had some surprising twists in it.

Ultimately this is a fluff book, a must-buy for Death Guard fans. It also showcases how much the force has changed. We seem to have Mortarion and his forces - viewed as lazy and bickering like childern. Typhus - an upstart just seeking glory and then finally the others - displaced forces made of old and new Death Guard Marines who struggle to find a balance with each other (the book follows this third arm).

Overall an interesting read, that has made the Death Guard seem more interesting than just a plague-ridden villain. Well done Chris Wraight.

Audio Review 97 // Eye of Terra: Inheritor (Short Story) by Gav Thorpe


Love a good Word Bearer story and I seriously hope Gav Thorpe delivers me one. I am sure he will as he has yet to let me down. So come on let's get heretical!

Title: Inheritor (The Horus Heresy #Short Story)

Author: Gav Thorpe

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Blurb: The Word Bearers and World Eaters clash over the Ultramarines world of Kronus.

On the world of Kronus, deep within the grand realm of Ultramar, Torquill Eliphas of the Word Bearers brings his grand designs to fruition. As part of Lorgar’s Shadow Crusade, the Ark of Testimony Chapter has fought alongside their berserker allies from the World Eaters for many months. But the slaughter of Ultramarines is not their only goal – Eliphas seeks to harness the power of the warp, in the construction of the mighty Templum Daemonarchia...

In the Shadow Crusade, two Traitor Legions united to set Ultramar aflame, but inevitably, they were gonna end up fighting each other, weren't they? Well, here we go...

Review

Fun Fact: Eliphas the Inheritor is actually a Dawn of War computer game character (ha). Who would have thought of that as a cross-over point? Eliphas the Inheritor became a fan favourite of that game, so it is really interesting to see his story filled out in this manner. It showcases what he is up to in the Ultramar System and how disappointed he is being recalled back to join the legion before completing his work. The story is pretty cool and we even get some interesting World Eaters thrown in to. I genuinely hope this is not the last we see of him in Black Library as I felt he was a cool character.

Blood Bowl 2 League 2 - Union Elves vs Dark Elves Gameplay

 

The second game in league 2, the Winter league. It is an all-elven game today as I face off against the dreaded Dark Elves. For more Blood Bowl action, click here: YouTube Playlist - Come follow me

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This was a brutal match-up!

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Necron Warriors Painted plus lore.

"Wit is not required in my vassals: they need only the ability to fight and die in the furtherance of my boundless glory. Only the most merciful and beneficent of rulers would spare their subjects from the burden of independence, do you not agree?"

— Thaszar the Invincible, Phaeron of the Sarnekh Dynasty, Supreme Warbringer of the Crownworld of Zapennec

Necron Warriors are the primary infantry troops of the soulless, undying mechanical monstrosities known as the Necrons. They were created from most ancient humanoid Necrontyr species who agreed to be bound to the will of their Star Gods, the terrible entities known as the C'tan. The Necrontyr's consciousnesses were transferred into robotic bodies made of the living metal called necrodermis. Over time, the new unliving bodies dulled the Necrontyr's minds and abilities to feel emotion or pleasure. Over many millennia, the ultimate outcome of this process of gradual desensitization was that the Necron Warriors became little more than soulless automatons, the warrior-slaves of the still-sentient Necron royalty and military elite who sought to rebuild their star-spanning empires across the portions of the galaxy now controlled by the "lesser races."

Hundreds of thousands of Necron Warriors form the cold heart of a Tomb World's armies. They are implacable, emotionless and terrifying soldiers -- the inexorable emissaries of death itself. Yet on closer inspection of a Necron Warrior, aberrant details become visible that act against the image of the inevitable reaper. Its reactions, though precise, are slow. Its limbs, though solid and sleek, are pitted and corroded, covered with an oily fluid seeping from aged joints. Its movements are jerky; every so often, it struggles as corroded and eons-old engrammic synapses misfire. In truth, the Necron Warrior would almost be pitiable were it not for the merciless gleam flickering in its eyes and the pervasive sense that it is less a sentient creature than one of the walking dead.

Grim and remorseless machine-creatures, each Necron Warrior carries the dimly echoed remains of a living mind bound into eternal servitude. They are implacable and ruthless killers, largely ignorant of their nightmarish condition. But despite their shambolic gait, they are all but unstoppable; their bodies able to repair almost any harm done to them and compelled by the will of their lords, they are tireless as agents of destruction.



Quiet! - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 24


Quiet - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 24 is part of an ongoing series as I attempt to beat Alien Isolation. More jumps and scares this way: YouTube Playlist - Check it out and follow.

Maybe the tensest section of the game for me, and the gameplay audio messes up! I have not had luck with this alien series, lol! Anyway, you can listen to me and some excellent music instead.

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Book Review 204 // Aliens: Infiltrator: A Novel by Weston Ochse

What is it and the Alien franchise that keeps me coming back? This time I enter another body horror tale with the xenomorph threat called Infiltrator by Weston Ochse. Let's see how bad this gets!

Title: Aliens: Infiltrator

Author: Weston Ochse

Blurb: The official prequel to the huge new Alien video game from Cold Iron Studios, as a Weyland-Yutani scientist arrives at Pala Station and finds the researchers there courting disaster... of the Xenomorph kind.

Dr. Timothy Hoenikker arrives at Pala Station, a Weyland-Yutani facility. Lured there by the promise of alien artifacts, instead, he finds a warped bureaucracy and staff of misfits testing the effects of Xenomorph bio-materials on living creatures. Unbeknownst to the personnel, however, there is an infiltrator among them whose actions could spell disaster. Also on staff is Victor Rawlings, a former marine who gathers together other veterans to prepare for the worst. As the personnel receive delivery of alien eggs, the experiments spin out of control, and only the former Colonial Marines can stand between the humans and certain death.

Alien: Infiltrator TM & © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Format: 299 pages, Kindle Edition

Review

I didn't realize this until after, but Aliens: Infiltrator is actually a prequel to the game Aliens: Fireteam (is this worth playing?). This novel is an excellent stand-alone book, and little knowledge is needed to get into it as it is well explained. This ease of joining in also holds it back; we aren't really getting anything new, aliens get loose, people die, etc. But this is what I needed, so I was pleased with the results.

Now of course it can't be an Aliens story without the dreaded Weyland-Yutani company being involved. And involved they are. We join Dr. Timothy Hoenikker as he arrives at the Weyland station Pala. He had believed he was coming to study alien artifacts but instead, he discovers a darker reason. Turns out the base is a Colonial Marine testing site, and here the scientists are tasked with developing better equipment. Their goal once honourable was to create acid-resistant armour and save lives, sadly power corrupts, and soon the team is creating deadlier xenomorphs! Why would you do this?

Of course, the shit hits the fans and the bugs are soon loose causing mayhem and only with the aid of some ex-marines turned rent a cop are the bases survivors able to last as long as they do. 

I loved the chaos and action of this title, the characters were well thought out and portrayed even if they are the traditional archetypes. It was also nice to get a little change in pace by having the scientists tamper with the genetics of the hosts to manipulate the Xenos (an idea tested in Prototype). These little twists worked really well. I was engaged the entire time and by the end felt very satisfied with the title. A great filler book.

Think I need to paint a white Xenomorph that cover image is ace!

Audio Review 96 // Eye of Terra: Brotherhood of the Moon by Chris Wraight

Continuing our way through the Eye of Terror collection of short tales. Today has a White Scar tale! They seem to be getting a lot of love at the moment. They are among my least favourite legions, so I hope a story will change my opinion.

Title: Brotherhood of the Moon (Black Library Advent Calendar 2014 #22)

Author: Chris Wraight

Blurb:

Accused of treachery, Torghun Khan of the White Scars tells his tale...

Find out how the warrior lodges that lead so many Legions to treachery took root in the White Scars Legion. A must-read for any fan of Chris Wraight's Horus Heresy White Scars fiction, such as Brotherhood of the Storm and Scars.

In the aftermath of the rebellion within his Legion, Jaghatai Khan ordered the trials of his wayward sons to determine whether or not they would atone. The proud Terran legionary Torghun Khan now stands before his accusers and must account for the events that could have led him into outright heresy... 

Review

This story didn't change my opinion about the Scars, but it was interesting.

Following the open rebellion within his legion, the Great Khan ordered a trial for all his 'Wayward Sons". One son is Torghun Khan, and while he is interrogated, he attempts to reason his actions with the hopes of turning the Great Khan to Horus' side. The story does provide some great insight and lore into why the rebellion happened, showing how some of the legions forged bonds with the Luna Wolves. And they would instead follow their honour than the command of the Emperor!

Overall some fascinating insight into this legion, but nothing that sways me into like them. What am I missing with the Scars? Why can't I get on board with them? Do they improve in the series soon? Send me your opinions.

Blood Bowl 2 League 2 - Elven Union vs Chaos Dwarves Gameplay

 

An all-new winter league has begun with the Elven Union in Blood Bowl 2. For more Blood Bowl action, click here: YouTube link. Go watch and subscribe

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After a surprise win in the Autumn cup, we moved on into the winter season. I knew it wouldn't be easy with an opening match against a Chaos Dwarf team (lessons learnt last week). Luckily this team only has one centaur, a lot of Hobgoblins and a crazy star player with a blunderbuss! 

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Comic Review 211 // Slaine: Book of Invasions Volume 2 by Pat Mills.


Can't leave Slaine alone for too long! He gets into trouble way too fast. This week's read is Slaine: Book of Invasions Volume 2 by Pat Mills. So sharpen your axe, and let's dive in!

Title: Sláine: The Books of Invasions, Volume 2.

Author: Pat Mills

Artist: Clint Langley

Blurb: Barbarian warrior and former High King of Ireland Sláine continues the epic battle against the fearsome sea demons, but now he finds an ally from an unexpected source. Together they must rid Tir Nan Og of the Fomorian scourge, using every means at their disposal, including calling on help from the Earth Goddess herself!

Collects:

- The Books of Invasions III: Scota (Progs 2004 and #1371–#1376)

- The Books of Invasions IV: Tara (Progs 2005 and #1420–#1425)

Format: Kindle, 100 pages

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Review

Unsurprisingly this title swiftly follows on from Volume One. Having just defeated the first round of Formanians and Moloch, Slaine returns to Ireland to once again another invading force. As warned by Moloch, the children of Atlantis have returned and plan to take Ireland.

We are introduced to a new race of Fomorian sea demons who have to meld with a host to be able to walk on the land, and we get a genuinely fearsome-looking enemy! The leading group has taken on a host of warriors who seem noble in spirit but have no will of their own anymore. Once more battle is joined, skulls are taken, and blood is everywhere. We get action, betrayal, a love story and a lot of sadness.

The new characters are fascinating, and we start to see some new lore slipping in from outside the traditional Celtic tales. Scota, for example, brings some Egyptian folktales over with the inclusion of Atlantis. The villains also seem extra villainous, willing to sacrifice the hosts if it means a final chance at a backstab. They can also wholly reanimate injured and damaged bodies, meaning you must completely put them down to stand a chance against them! Following some brutal battles, this tale ends with the Fomorians at the Gates of the City Tara. If this city falls, so will all of Ireland!

Overall, this title has something for everyone; I enjoyed it so much. This series has definitely felt like a move away from traditional Slaine. But I don't think that is a bad thing. If Slaine were to stay the same, his stories would become repetitive and dull, so I feel the Invasion series was much needed to refreshen the series. What are your thoughts? Let me know!

​2000 AD & Warlord Games // Kleggs! A quick & Dirty Paint Job


Heading back to my roots with a 2000 AD and Warlord Games Video. For more 2000 AD/Warlord Games content, follow this link: YouTube and hit subscribe.

"Klegg-Hai!, Klegg-Hai!, Klegg-hai!" This chilling alien battle cry has echoed across a universe of battlefields, heralding the arrival of the nightmarish Klegg. Mercenary warriors over ten feet tall and resembling an enormous bipedal Crocodile. The Klegg are utterly ruthless in the art of war; surrender is futile as prisoners are not taken – they are eaten!

In this video, I take you through my quick and dirty paint job on these brutal killers for this video. I list the paint used during the video, but please ask in the comments below if you have any questions. As always, I truly am grateful for the support.



Book Review 203 // Gaunt's Ghosts: Necropolis


Back at the Dan Abnett stories, people! Dan Abnett, for me, has been creating some of the best lore books for Black Library. No other author has managed to take a short story from a magazine and grow it into such a collection of books that are now official lore within the setting. With much excitement, we dive into book 3 - Necropolis.

Title: Gaunt's Ghosts: Necropolis (Book 3)

Author: Dan Abnett

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Blurb: On the shattered world of Verghast, Gaunt and his Ghosts find themselves embroiled in an ancient and deadly civil war as a mighty hive city is besieged by an unrelenting foe.

On the world of Verghast, a grinding war between two hive cities - one loyal to the Imperium, the other fallen to the worship of the Dark Gods - is bolstered by the forces of the Astra Militarum, spearheaded by the Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First and Only. But bitter rivalries and treachery threaten to derail the defence of Vervunhive, and it falls to Gaunt to take command of the Imperial forces and forge victory from an almost certain defeat.

Format: Out of Print Hardback Omnibus:320 pages.

Review

This book holds a particular spot in my heart. I remember when I first read it being blown away by the scale of the city and the war itself, and every time since, I have been taken back to that feeling of awe and wonder. This is possibly the 7th or 8th time reading this, and I am still absorbed into the setting like I was then. I love this book. But it does have its faults.

The setting of Necropolis is a hive world, a city the size of a mountain. Meaning we have such a prominent location to cover. It is full of life; it is rough, poor, rich, and everything else. We have miners, guilders and merchants, dock workers, gangers, nobles and everything between. This setting alone could be a series of stories. You then throw into this the military, and the off-world forces and the environment gets bogged down. Abnett does a good job narrowing the information and focusing on the main aspects. This allows the reader to not get lost in the chaos but does lead to less focus on the heroes of Tanith.

The combat is fear-inducing as the build-up to an attack has the tension set to 1001%, then it hits like a battering ram and is a brutal and close quarter. Leaving you reeling from the intensity, for it all to start building again. At times it feels like the city is lost, and Abnett does a great job at keeping you hanging on for that next page.

Overall an excellent sci-fi war action book. Lots of action, politics, backstabbing and good honest Ghost action. This, for me, will also be a standout novel and one of the best alongside Horus Rising in the entire Black Library collection.

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Audio Review 95 // Eye of Terra: Massacre (Short Story) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden


Next on the Eye of Terra listening list is Massacre by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, which sees some iconic villains of the 40k verse in the 30k setting. This should prove to be interesting.

Title: Massacre

Author: Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Blurb: The Night Lords of First Claw fight their way through the horrors of the Dropsite Massacre in a series of vignettes leading them inexorably to the darkness of heresy…

It's the characters you know and (maybe) love from Aaron Dembski-Bowden's Night Lords trilogy, during the Horus Heresy.

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Review

Love a Night Lords story! Especially when Aaron Dembski-Bowden is involved. It's a very quick listen, very quick. It deserved more time, for sure. It basically follows Bowden's iconic characters during the Horus Heresy. We get to join Talos, Xarl, Cyrion and the Exalted as they fight before pre-and post-Dropsite Massacre.

The entire story is done through the eyes of Talos, the First Claws Apothecary. And it shows them in their absolute prime. Working armour, plenty of ammo and enemies everywhere. These warriors are the living embodiment of their chapter, full of dark humour, cynical thoughts and actions of callous fighting.

It's what you want and expect of a Nightlords Legion. It really deserves more time to grow the tale. I personally wished they have a full novel to themselves.

Blood Bowl 2 Elven Union vs Chaos Dwarves - Autumn League


Game Seven with the Elven Union in a Blood Bowl 2 Autumn league. For more Blood Bowl action, click here: Blood Bowl on YouTube.

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I discovered that you could see the ranking table in this game (hahaha, I'm a noob). Having now looked at the points, much to my surprise, we were heading into the final game, and somehow I am at the top of the table in points. Mainly due to zero losses so far!

Can I hold off the Chaos Dwarves and win my first league? Guess you better watch to find out. Then go follow me on YouTube!! 

Comic Review 210 // Star Wars: Ewoks - Flight to Danger


After every Slaine comic, there needs to be a refresher! And what better than a reissued comic from the Star Wars franchise featuring the 1980s Ewoks.

Title: Star Wars: Ewoks - Flight to Danger

Author: Dave Manak

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Blurb: Journey to the forest world of Endor for adorable adventures with the Ewoks! Join Wicket Warrick, his friend Teebo, and Chief Chirpa's daughter Princess Kneesaa in colourful capers filled with rainbow bridges and rites of power! Who dares brave the Valley of Evil? Where will the Ewoks land when a mission of honour turns into a flight to danger? And what is the incredible secret of the Terrible Machine? There are dangers, discoveries and deadly games for the Ewoks - but beware, Captain Krag! Fear the perilous laughing spell! And, whatever you do, avoid the Ice Demon's touch of doom! The cuddly stars of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi take center stage in fun-filled stories guaranteed to make you sing Yub Nub! COLLECTING: EWOKS 1-10

Format: Graphic Novel. 240 pages, Paperback (Library find)

Review

Firstly this is no longer a canon piece; instead sent off to the vaults of Legends (like a lot of the good stuff!). This piece is set during the short-lived morning cartoons "The Ewoks," - which is now on Disney+, so watch it. The TV show was silly, fun, and perfect for young children, and this comic continues that theme. In the show, it turns out Endor has many ecosystems and lifeforms - from swamps, deserts and dangerous Lizardmen, Space Pirates and Ogres! It would seem Endor is a death planet full of danger!

As with the TV show, all the action follows Wicket, Teebo and Princess Kneesa as they bounce from danger to adventure and back again. The stories are light-hearted and magical, almost like a fantasy setting than sci-fi. It is an excellent piece of escapism and took me instantly back to my childhood. I'm glad I took the risk and was happy to share it with the children. Now to finish rewatching the cartoons.

Have a great week!

Space Walk - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 23


Space Walk - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 23 is part of an ongoing series as I attempt to beat Alien Isolation. More jumps and scares YouTube link - go follow me as well!

Now we have done it! With the Space station losing orbit, Ricardo comes up with a plan, but will it work? Who are these security forces, and why do I have bad vibes about this?

I loved putting on the futuristic 1970s spacesuit, and I hope you do too!

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book Review 202 // Sigismund: The Eternal Crusader: The Horus Heresy Characters Series by John French

As a fan of the Executioner's Chapter, it is always enjoyable to read an Imperial Fist novel, even when it is about the forebearer of Black Templars. I am reading Sigismund: The Eternal Crusader for this week's review. Sigismund has appeared in a few of my reviews here and has only played side characters so far. I am thrilled to have a book solely focused on him.

Title: Sigismund: The Eternal Crusader

Author: John French

Format: Kindle 192 pages

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Blurb: A Horus Heresy Character Series novel

Sigismund, First Captain... Emperor's Champion. The Eternal Crusader! The founder of the Black Templars was many things, and this novel brings him to life as never before.

Get a rare glimpse into the mortal life of one of the greatest champions of the Space Marines before they were recruited. Sigismund's beliefs would light a fire that still rages 10,000 years later.

The Great Crusade is ending. The Emperor has returned to Terra, while Horus remains among the stars to complete the Unification of humanity.

As the Imperial armies fight the final battles of the age, Remembrancer Solomon Voss seeks the answer to one question: why does Sigismund, First Captain of the Imperial Fists and greatest champion of the Legions, believe that war will not end?

Granted a rare audience with the master of the Templars, the answer takes Voss on a revelatory journey to a time before Sigismund became a Space Marine, through his first battles and oaths, to the bitterest duels between Legions.

Review

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it more than I expected too! I say it a lot, but John French novels are growing on me.

John French brought back Solomon Voss from his earlier title, the Last Remembrancer, and through him, we get to experience Sigismund's story as Voss asks him a series of questions. The book begins with Sigismund as a pre-space marine human. Surviving in the hell hole of ruined Europe, just after Unification. Here he aids a group of other refugees to survive the murder gangs that still roam the lands. During this adventure, we witness firsthand Sigismund's selflessness and strong ideals of what is right. During a rather tense and goosebumps-inducing fight, Sigismund is saved by the Space Marines and begins his induction into the Imperial Fists.

The following section has us travelling through Sigismund's life. We watch him advance in rank and position within the Fists until he is granted the Templar rank. We get to witness him challenging the champions of the other legions, most notably the Night Lords and World Eaters. We also see how their fighting styles change him and, ultimately, the traditions of the Templar (i.e. weapons chained to arms is a World Eaters custom). This is all some profound lore, and I love it.

The ending is sad and apocryphal with the classic thought that Space Marines will always be needed because the wars will never end. Hinting at the idea that man can never find peace.

The character of Sigismund is very likable. He is possibly the most human of all the characters I have read. He openly states that if he had known what he was to become, he would have tried harder to avoid that fate! What a thing for a heroic Marine to say. This, combined with his calm temperament, gives us a likable and realistic character.

Overall a fantastic novella. We get some great insight into early Earth, enjoy a couple of trips to other legions and genuinely discover a character worth loving. Highly recommend this title to anyone who wants a Space Marine tale.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by and reading. Cheers!

Audio Review 94 // Eye of Terra: Aurelian (Novella) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden


This Novella, when it was first released, was one I wanted. But sadly, due to time/pay cheques, it came and went. I am super excited to listen to it via Audible and hopefully get some closer to the tale I had missed out on.

Title: Aurelian

Author: Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Blurb: After the destruction of Monarchia and the Emperor's reprimanding of the Word Bearers Legion, the primarch Lorgar spent many long years searching the stars for the universal truths of the cosmos – when he finally came to gaze deep into the Eye of Terror, with grim inevitability he found that the Eye stared back. Now, guided by the daemon Ingethel, he undertakes a spiritual journey into the heart of Chaos itself and sees that the entire destiny of mankind and the Imperium could rest upon just a few nexus events. As the Great Crusade burns itself out in treachery and deceit, Lorgar weighs the cost of his ambitions and sets his course for eternal damnation.

Review

The story of Lorgar Aurelian is a long overdue read. I am slightly kicking myself for not reading it sooner. If you haven't been keeping up, Lorgar is the Primarch of the Word Bearers Space Marine Legion. The original legion to allow themselves to be corrupted by the ruinous powers.

This book is a spiritual awakening for Lorgar, as he experiences the powers and influence he now believes to have power over and how he plans to wield them against Horus and the other Primarchs.

As always, Lorgar comes across as an intriguing character, as at no point does he seem corruptible. Instead, he wants to worship the Chaos Gods and receive the boons but not be corrupted and possessed by them like his brothers. I would even go as far as to say he is immune or at least resistant to them. His tale is sad as he feels portrayed by his father, and through this anger, he turns his back and creates a civil war that will destroy everyone. And as this happens, he honestly believes it to be his chosen path. 

It's great to see him go from one of the weaker Primarchs into one of the stronger ones. Though he always seems to play second to others. It was overall a fantastic coming-of-age tale for Lorgar, and I will finish with this thought:

Gods love a fool, and Lorgar is maybe the most dangerous fool out there. He can only be described as the puppet master of the Heresy, but unfortunately for him, he loses control of Horus, and his plans will ultimately fail. With this in mind, I can't help but think he is the opposite of Malcador, but I'm not sure if that is a great or fair comparison.

What do you think? Let me know.


Return of the Alien - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 22

 


Return of the Alien - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 22. Watch more gameplay here: YouTube Channel (Go Follow).

We've blown the reactor and pissed off some Aliens who roam the station's halls once again. Fucking ace!!

As the Space station begins to lose orbit and plummets into the planet below, Ricardo comes up with a plan to save us both. But will it work?

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Comic Review 209 // Young Justice - Creature Features


Got to love the library! The kids found Volume 3 of Young Justice and were instantly drawn to it due to the Gorillas. Couldn't argue with the logic, so here we are reading out of order. Enjoy!

Title: Young Justice, Vol. 3: Creature Features

Author: Greg Weisman

Art Team: Kevin Hopps, Christopher Jones

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Blurb: Based on the highly anticipated, all-new hit animated show from Warner Bros. on Cartoon Network, YOUNG JUSTICE collects single-issue, all-ages-appropriate stories featuring the popular characters from the hit Cartoon Network show.

In this volume, Superboy, Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian and Artemis make their way to Atlantis to foil Ocean-Master's plan to purify the underwater city. Also, the team must fight off the menace known as Kobra and defeat an army of warrior gorillas in the dangerous Gorilla City!

Format: 128 pages, Paperback

Review

Personally, I was a fan of Young Justice and even started reviewing the series until we got rid of Netflix (this is something I need to revisit). The main cast is, in my opinion, some of the most easily understandable characters in the DC verse. Made up of Robin, Superboy (a Cadmus-Clone merging Superman DNA with Human), Aqua Lad, Miss Martian, Kid Flash and towards the end, Artemis.

This team was created by the Justice League to act as a covert arm because the media were constantly following the main heroes. It was also meant to act as their training school and keep them out of trouble.

As mentioned, there were many one-shot stories, but we got some good ones. Aqua Lad's adventure for me was a standout as he was a character that I didn't really know much about; also, dealing with racism is a meaningful conversation to have with the young ones. We also get to witness the origins of Gorilla City and Gord, along with the origins of Kobra.

Is this a title you need to read...no? Is it a title you should read...maybe? Did I enjoy it for an evening of reading with the kids...definitely yes! It all comes down to what you want from it. If you want some quick adventures to zone out to with a cup of tea, then this book is for you!

Let me know if you have read this book and if I should find the earlier titles.

Thanks for reading!

Imperium Magazine Issue 5 - Review & Battle Report - Rallying the Troops


Imperium Magazine Issue 5 - Review & Battle Report - Rallying the Troops is my next installment as I run all 80 Battle Reports from the Warhammer 40,000 Imperium collection from Hachette Partworks and Games Workshop.

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For each issue, I will bring you a fully painted battle report. Using that issues figures and rules. As well as a quick overview of the magazine. Got any questions, please do ask!

Imperium Magazine Issue 5 - Review & Battle Report - Rallying the Troops. We see the Executioners Space Marines Captain square off against three awakened Necron Destroyers of the Novokh Dynasty (Link). Will his Invulnerable save help to keep him safe? Or will the Necrons go 5-0 in the series? Watch now to find out.

Book Review 201 // The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove

Time for something a little different. Dusting off the old Kindle to delve into an intriguing re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes. What happens when Watson and Holmes come face to face with Cosmic Horrors? Everyone's favourite detective will face off against Lovecraftian threats in the opening title of a new to me series by James Lovegrove.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows

Author: James Lovegrove

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Blurb: It is the autumn of 1880, and Dr John Watson has just returned from Afghanistan. Badly injured and desperate to forget a nightmarish expedition that left him doubting his sanity, Watson is close to destitution when he meets the extraordinary Sherlock Holmes, who is investigating a series of deaths in the Shadwell district of London. Several bodies have been found, the victims appearing to have starved to death over several weeks, and yet they were reported alive and well mere days before. Moreover, there are disturbing reports of creeping shadows that inspire dread in any who stray too close. Holmes deduces a connection between the deaths and a sinister drug lord who is seeking to expand his criminal empire. Yet both he and Watson are soon forced to accept that there are forces at work far more powerful than they could ever have imagined. Forces that can be summoned, if one is brave – or mad – enough to dare…

Format: 448 pages, Kindle Edition 

Review

As a late teen, I remember reading the Sherlock holmes story and enjoying them. To the point that I may have to revisit them soon. I also want a few of the Lovecraftian tales, so merging them seems to be a match made in heaven. I purchased this because it was on sale; so completely obvious to the whole Cthulhu/Holmes fandom that it seems to exist. Since reading this title, I have discovered many more books on the subject.

The idea is a simple one. Take the infamous and logical Holmes and throw him into an adventure that even his keen mind will struggle with. Gaslight Cthuhlu is always fun as it is easy to merge modern science with tradition and folklore and create stunning settings.

This book starts like all good triliogies do; it explains everything. We get a retelling of Watson and Holmes's first meeting, but in this book, it is the accurate retelling, not the public writings we have all come to love. This is written in a way to represent Watson's actual notes and thoughts of their time together before being made safe for the public. What I enjoyed most was that the case of the book is more of a background piece, designed to get the characters from A to B. Instead, the book focuses on the Occult's initial experiences and how the two men are forever changed.

Holmes and Watson are ultimately portrayed very well in the novel. With slight tweaks, they delve and allow a spiritual side to emerge in them both, which is very well done by Lovegrove. I also enjoyed that Watson has a more significant role in the story; he is a more rounded-out character than the supporting archtype of the Doyle tales (at least from what I remember). It was also lovely to see some of Watson's background developing that allowed him to be of use rather than just there to speak.

Overall, Lovegrove honoured the Doyle works and still managed to make them his own. I want to check out the following two books and expect to see them soon.

Have you read these titles? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Audio Review 93 // Eye of Terra - The Wolf of Ash and Fire by Graham McNeill

Time to hop back to the 30k verse for some more Heresy Goodies. I am now on Eye of Terra, which is once again a collection of short stories. I struggle to sound enthusiastic when writing about them all at once, so I will break them down into separate accounts. Up first The Wolf of Ash and Fire by Graham McNeill.

Title: The Wolf of Ash and Fire

Author: Graham McNeill

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Blurb: The Wolf of Ash and Fire is a Horus Heresy short story that takes place during the Great Crusade, before the outbreak of the Horus Heresy. The Wolf of Ash and Fire follows Horus Lupercal, fighting alongside the Emperor Himself, as the Luna Wolves battle for control of the Ork-held planetoid of Gorro.

Review

Straight-up, this is an enjoyable title, and it is precisely what I expect from Graham McNeil. What I found the most interesting about this piece is that it is actually pre-heresy. We are in a tale set during the Great Crusade, before Ullanor. Horus is just a Primarch no Warmasters here, just a straight-up hero of the Imperium.

McNeil does a great job in the first half of the book referencing plot points that come into play during the later books and really is an excellent teaser into the series. We also get Sejanus and the Mournival in this tale pre-Loken, which was nice to see. It showcases them at their best before they fall into chaos.

Whilst the second half is all about the action. The main villain of the title, a fantastic Ork, felt powerful and scary and a challenging opponent for the Primarch and Emperor to deal with. Many Space Marines were killed, a this made the threat real. Too often, a Primarch enters the fray and is entirely unstoppable, lessening the threat. Touches like these are nice to enjoy.

Overall a great short story well worth the listen/read time for new readers. It showcased the Hero of Horus and deserves to be enjoyed earlier in the series. I feel it is too late, as we know too much, but it is beautiful to witness the father-son dynamic of the duo, which is rarely seen with the other Primarchs.

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Blood Bowl 2 League - Elven Union vs Lizardmen


Game Six with the Elven Union in a Blood Bowl 2 league. After a last-minute draw versus an Orc team that I should of beat. Morale was low. Will the team be able to pick itself up and defeat a tough-looking Lizardman team?

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Comic Review 208 // SLÁINE: BOOK OF INVASIONS VOL. 1


We are back with Slaine, and it is the start of the Invasion Series. Quite possibly the most chilling story I remember from my 2000 AD days. Here are the details:

Title: Sláine: The Books of Invasions, Vol. 1 - Moloch and Golamh (Sláine #10)

Author: Pat Mills

Artist: Clint Langley

Blurb: The Sea Devils have risen against Tir Nan Og, the Land of the Young, and Sláine, once the first High King of Ireland, must protect his tribe against this new tide of evil. Leading the demons is Moloch a hideous Fomorian lord, bristling with swords and driven by a perverse hunger for human suffering. Fighting alongside his warrior wife Niamh, Sláine must drive back the demons or pay a price too terrible to comprehend...

Collects:

- The Books of Invasions I: Moloch (Progs #1322–#1326)

- The Books of Invasions II: Golamh (Progs #1350–#1355) (less)

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Review

It's an all-out war! The Fomorians aka Sea Devils have been roused to war by Balor of the Evil Eye. He leads them in an invasion of Ireland where Slaine currently serves as High King. The Fomorians having claimed a lot of lands started demanding heavy taxes, and this inspires the Irish to rise up against them.

The battle does not go well, mainly because Slaine is not allowed to fight and is actually chained up! Hearing the slaughter Slaine warps out, escaping and turning the tide of battle. Slaine goes on to kill Balor and even manages to capture Moloch, a High Lord of the Fomorians. Once again Slaine is held back from killing the monster and is instead forced to accept a truce and allow Moloch to leave unharmed! This of course was the wrong choice, and the villainous Moloch returns to murder Slaine's love Quenn Niamh.

Soon Slaine is on a War Path looking for Moloch, having stood down as High King. Moloch didn't really stand a chance and as he dies he warns Slaine that the Lost Children of Atlantis is coming and that another invasion is inevitable. Soon Slaine is heading home but how much of Ireland will be left?

An amazing start to this new series. I am excited for the new villains and a Slaine with no regard for his own safety. The artwork was stunning and captured my attention with all the fine details. The Niamh story was painful and heart-wrenching, well played Mr. Mills. I need to book two so expect that one next week.

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Warlord Games Slaine 2000 AD - Unboxing


So excited about this! We have a Warlord Games Slaine 2000 AD Unboxing video. I am full of a head cold, so my voice is cracky. I'm sorry, but I had to share. Show me some love with a like, comment or subscribe.

Let me introduce you to Sláine Mac Roth! A Celtic barbarian infamous for his love of fighting and devotion to his tribe and the Earth Goddess Danu! 

This all-new Warlord Games boxset is called Kiss My Axe! And is a skirmish tabletop miniatures battle game for two or more players set within the fantasy world created by the comic creators Pat Mills and Angela Kincaid.

It's a fantastic setting of Axes, swords and magic. Allowing you to become a villain or a hero in the Young World (early Ireland). Three factions: the Earth Tribes of the Goddess Danu, the decaying Drune Lords and the relentless Fomorian Sea Demons, wage war for this new land.

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Book Review 200 // Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett

Wow, crazy to think I am already ten books into the Discworld series. I believe this book ended the run the last time I got this far (back in my early twenties). I can't remember why; I believe I struggled to read it, and the momentum was gone. Hopefully, better luck this time.

Title: Moving Pictures (Discworld #10)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Blurb: 'Holy wood is a different sort of place. People act differently here. Everywhere else the most important things are gods or money or cattle. Here, the most important thing is to be important.'

People might say that reality is a quality that things possess in the same way that they possess weight. Sadly alchemists never really held with such a quaint notion. They think that they can change reality, shape it to their own purpose. Imagine then the damage that could be wrought if they get their hands on the ultimate alchemy: the invention of motion pictures, the greatest making of illusions. It may be a triumph of universe-shaking proportions. It's either that or they're about to unlock the dark terrible secret of the Holy Wood hills - by mistake...

Review

As mentioned, as a twenty-something, I read this novel, which knocked out my momentum of Discworld reading. I couldn't place what caused it, just that it happened. Now having re-read it, I now remember. I found the plot slow and longer than it actually needed. Almost a filler piece for another tale. Now don't get defensive against me, it has its highs and lows like most Discworld novels but for me, this was a miss that seemed to drag on.

Firstly the positives: Hollywood satire fits well into the world of the Disc and it was definitely nice to have a bit of a side character story, allowing for Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler and Detritus to shine. But the negatives won out. Because of the lesser characters, I felt less connected or caring about the plot line. Also, certain aspects fell flat, such as the build-up to the 1000 elephants that nothing really happened with... I must be missing something. Also, calling it Holy Wood felt lazy, and though the Cthulhu/Lovecraft fits well it all just felt too on the nose.

Overall I felt this was a prologue to an Unseen University story that didn't happen, and I was left wanting more but not wanting to read it. I am ready to go into Reaperman book 11, but I do feel I need a break.

What are your thoughts on this title? Drop me a comment and let me know.

Audio Review 92 // Huron Blackheart: Master of the Maelstrom by Mike Brooks

Finally, a new Huron Blackheart novel. This is a villain I love to read about. I am a massive fan of the Astral Claws and now the Red Corsairs. I fall into the Camp that believes Huron did not do wrong and was wrongly punished by the High Lords. That is also a hill I will die on! But what happens when you combine my favourite 40k villain with one of my newest favourite authors? Will it be magic? Let us find out.

Title: Huron Blackheart: Master of the Maelstrom

Author: Mike Brooks

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Blurb: A Warhammer 40,000 Novel

The renegade leader of the Red Corsairs must adapt to an Imperium led by Roboute Guilliman, all while struggling to retain power in the face of dissension among his vicious followers.

See how the galaxy has changed for the Red Corsairs after the Great Rift through the eyes of their infamous reaving leader – Huron Blackheart – who once preyed freely on a weakened Imperium.

Huron Blackheart is the lord of the Red Corsairs, master of the lawless Maelstrom and its piratical denizens – but oathbreakers and renegades can seldom rely on the loyalty of their followers. With the galaxy thrown into turmoil by the return of Roboute Guilliman, the former Tyrant of Badab faces renewed Imperium and fresh challengers emerging within his own ranks.

Huron must call on every trick he knows to stay in control – and alive. Yet even a warrior as ferocious and opportunistic as the Blood Reaver must be wary, for although there are many bargains he can strike, all power comes at a price…

Format: Audiobook, but it would have been 208 pages.

Review

I remember a long time ago, in my early 40k days, finding a second-hand White Dwarf and inside was the story of the Badab War. This story stuck with me; the idea of the heroes being the villains without being Chaos filled me with intrigue. Fast forward, and the Badab story would be updated by Forgeworld and spark my love of this story.

Huron Black, the Tyrant of Badab, is, of course, the centre piece character, and of course, I fell in love with the Astral Claws, ultimately believing they did no wrong. Now as the Red Corsairs, they are the perfect villains! Striking out at the empire that wronged them and turning to the darkness to aid them.

This isn't Huron's first outing, but it is Mike Brooks' first time at the lead. Brooks does a fantastic job at telling us about a modern timeline Huron. We get to witness the power struggles of a Warlord who may control a strength to rival Abbaddon but can no longer rely on the loyalty of those around him. Instead, we see Huron using his charm, charisma, and power to undermine and control the known rivals.

Overall I enjoyed the title, the power struggles, the name drops of much-loved characters, and the introductions of new and exciting heroes. Also, getting the inside view of the building struggles Huron now faces makes him more human than most Space Marine characters. I hope we get more about this hero soon, and I want to see how his story will progress in the 40k verse. Now, I must resist the urge to purchase Chaos Space Marines.

As always, I truly appreciate you taking the time read. Cheers!

Into the Hive - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 21


Into the Hive - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 21. Watch more gameplay here: YouTube Adventures with Peps

Having survived the reactor zone, we are delving deep into what seems to be a fully grown hive! So much for there just being one Alien. Follow me as I am killed multiple times to the point of disbelief. 

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Comic Review 207 // Dear Super-Villains by Michael Northrop

I'm still on a Slaine break, but not for long. I have been exploring some children-level comics to fill my downtime and reset my brain. Reading them to my kids and enjoying the experience of them learning about what could be a fun new passion for them.

Of course, this is a library find, and it turns out it is book two in the series. Let's get going.

Title: Dear Super-Villains (Dear DC #2)

Author: Michael Northrop

Art: Gustavo Duarte

Blurb: Peek inside the lives of DC's infamous rogues in DEAR SUPER-VILLAINS, the sequel to DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, where curious kids write to notorious scoundrels, asking them about life on the dark side.

How did Gorilla Grodd get so bright? Did Harley Quinn ever try a career in comedy? Why does Catwoman permanently lose to Batman?

Each chapter highlights members of the Legion of Doom in a compassionate way that is relatable to kids. But look closely, and you may notice the baddies are up to something big! Will the Justice League show up in time to stop them? You'll have to write into the Tip-line of Evil to find out!

Format: Graphic Novel. 176 pages, Paperback

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Review

A creative short story comic/novel all linked together by an over arcing secret mission. Each story is started by a different member of the Legion of Doom, opening fan mail and answering the child's question.

The art was fun, captured my children's attention, and led to questions. It is rather cute looking, making it very user-friendly when reading to younger children. The writing is quick and witty, allowing for a fast-flowing story, which is an excellent plus for younger readers. We also get a very good showcasing of the Legion of Doom. We read about Harley Quinn, Catwomen, Katana, Lex Luthor, Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd, Giganta and Sinestro! Turns out I am a fan of Lex Luthor, my son Black Manta and my Daughter Gorilla Grodd. At least I now know what to start looking for in future comics.

Overall, Dear Super-Villains was a fun read, and we spread out across the week with a story a night, and we were sad to finish it. Now to find the hero version.

Have you read this? Let me know.

Imperium Magazine Issue 4 - Review & Battle Report - Destroyers Awaken


Imperium Magazine Issue 4 - Review & Battle Report - Destroyers Awaken is my next installment as I run all 80 Battle Reports from the Warhammer 40,000 Imperium collection from Hachette Partworks and Games Workshop. This will all be a part of the Imperium playlist: YouTube

For each issue, I will bring you a fully painted battle report. Using that issues figures and rules. As well as a quick overview of the magazine. Got any questions, please do ask!

Imperium Magazine Issue 4 - Review & Battle Report - Destroyers Awaken. We see the Executioners Assault Space Marines led by their Lieutenant squaring off against three awakened Necron Destroyers of the Novokh Dynasty (More YouTube), all set within War Zone Damasus.

Will the Assault Marines be able to stop the Necrons, or will the Necron Destroyers get their fourth win? Watch now to find out.


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Book Review 199 // The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

Seems like an age ago when I read the first title, but I finally found the second in the Dark Tower series titled The Drawing of the Three. I hope this will be an enjoyable read and bounce me into wanting to buy the third.

Title: The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2)

Author: Stephen King

Blurb: While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland, the last gunslinger, encounters three mysterious doorways on the beach. Each one enters into a different person's life in contemporary New York.

Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean and the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

Once again, Stephen King has masterfully interwoven dark, evocative fantasy and icy realism.

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Details: 463 pages, Paperback

Review

So what to say about dark fantasy, Stephen King's novel. Well, not much sadly. The book picks up from the first (always a good start) and has the Gunslinger continuing his march to the Dark Tower. But the fun Western-themed setting and Desert is gone replaced by a beach full of weird lobsters.

Ultimately as we slowly watch Roland die, he passes through three strange not really there doors, that allow him into the World that was. Here he gets to share a body and help guide them through their troubles before whisking them into his world. By doing this Roland starts to collect a ragtag group of companions to hopefully help reach the tower.

Now, this title has some highlights, but ultimately this was a slow, filler piece. It felt like he had to introduce new characters into the series, so just stuffed this title and its magic doors in. I am sure I am missing something with this title, so if I am please let me know.

Definitely an improvement in writing style from King compared to the short stories. But I feel more connected and excited by book one compared to this one. I have been warned multiple times that book three onwards the series improves so I am going to risk it and try and find book three at a thrift store but honestly I am in no rush.

Have you read this title? What are your thoughts? Let me know.

Audio Review 91 // Ferrus Manus: The Gorgon of Medusa by David Guymer

Hopping back over to the Primarch series and this time, we head into the Iron Hands father - Ferrus Manus. I know very little of this legion as he was ultimately killed off early in the Horus Heresy, and with him gone, his legion is broken and a bit dull. I am hoping this book will fix that.

Title: The Horus Heresy: Primarchs #7 - Ferrus Manus: The Gorgon of Medusa

Author: David Guymer

Blurb: Ferrus Manus, primarch of the Iron Hands, employs his brutal methods of war to bring a world to heel in the Emperor's name.

The Great Crusade has swept across half the galaxy, a million human worlds now embracing the truth and reason that comes with allegiance to the rule of Terra. But even such unparalleled success comes at a cost. Rumours abound that the Emperor plans to step back from the Crusade and raise one of his primarch sons to lead in his stead. Faced with the bitterly non-compliant human empire of Gardinaal and a leaderless host of Ultramarines, Thousand Sons and Emperor’s Children at his Legion’s command, the Iron Hands primarch Ferrus Manus decides to make an example that even the Emperor cannot ignore.

Style: Audiobook

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Review

Well I have to be honest, this didn't increase or decrease my opinion of the Iron Hands. I still find them to be on the dull side. Now nothing wrong with the writing, I just feel the characters lack interest in general. Beyond the Primarch the line warriors are just yawn!

It did do well to convay Ferrus Manus' stubbornness and head strong ways that will ultimately lead to him losing his head. I personally found the setting more enjoyable as we watch the worlds of the Gardinall (human) race, kicking some space marine ass. After they refused the rule of the Emperor, they go on to destroy a huge amount of Guard and Space Marines by using nuclear weapons. The scattered forces of Ultramarines, Emperor's Childern and Thousand Sons are then forced onto the back foot. As they await the arrival of Ultramarine reinforcements the Iron Hands task force arrive and take over the campaign. Soon the battle shifts tactics and the Iron Hands brutally shut the rebellion.

The book does well at showcasing the coldness of the Iron Hands and how they are removed from the rest of humanity, a trend that gets worst into the 40k versions of them. Unfortunately the pacing felt slow and Manus is not in the story as much as he should be and this for me weakens the title. The completionist in me is happy I read this but the fan in me thinks I could have just skipped.

Let me know your thoughts.

Reactor Core - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 20


Reactor Core - Alien Isolation Walkthrough Part 20. Watch more gameplay here: YouTube Playlist The creepy Working Joe's keep coming, this time in hazmat suits! Can I just get back to the xenomorph already? Oh, why did I say that!! In this episode, we search for the reactor core in hopes of restarting the station and resetting the Working Joe's. While we delve deeper into the station, we discover that something sinister seems to be lurking in the heart of the core. Seriously appreciate all the support of late. Thank you for taking the time to become a subscriber.


Comic Review 206 // DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless by Amy Wolfram


When your kids say they are interested in Superheroes, you embrace, inspire and get reading them some funny comics from the library. Up first is the DC Super Hero Girls; not sure if this is part of a series or not, but let's jump in.

Title: DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless

Author: Amy Wolfram

Artist: Agnes Garbowska

Blurb: The DC Super Hero Girls learn what it's like to be POWERLESS in the second original graphic novel based on the hit new Cartoon Network series.

When the electric grid and cloud computing get knocked out on the same night, the Metropolis High Hamsters aren't quite sure how to deal...with a cafeteria that only accepts CASH?! And some girls are more affected than others--Batgirl barely makes it to school without her smartphone, but Green Lantern is mostly determined to keep her friends safe. Speaking of which, has anyone seen Bumblebee?

With half the team out of commission, how will the girls find the source of the problem and fix it before Sweet Justice runs out of non-frozen desserts?!

DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless continues to develop the relationships forged throughout the beloved DC Super Hero Girls series. This story is perfect for ages 6-10 and a great entry point into the DC Universe and graphic novels.

Details: 144 pages, Paperback

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Review

First up, this is designed for a 6-10 year age group (which I am well past), and my kids haven't reached it. So some things had to be explained; if reading to your child, I would recommend reading first to see any possible issues or talking points.

The plot was actually quite good. The overall mystery is where/who has taken power. In this tale (which we discovered is in a series), Batgirl takes the lead. This was a clever choice, as this superhero is at a loss without her gadgets. And the story becomes one of growth and realizing your inner strengths and that sometimes you must rely on others for help. A very wholesome plot in a kid's book; I like this.

We also get a lot of characters in this book which was the point of me picking it. I could highlight and show off a great cast of heroes, including Batgirl, Bumblebee, Green Lantern, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna. All are unique and different, allowing the kids to pick their favourites for the rest of the day with little to no arguments.

The artwork is highly cartoony and not for me. But it works well for kids with its bright, colourful imagery. Pairing well with an easy-to-read story. As a dyslexic reader, I found this easy to read, so when it comes, I am sure my kids will enjoy reading the adventure for themselves.

Overall a good for kids to read. Well worth the evening reading to them and then googling the characters to learn more. I believe I have them fixed on Superheroes now, so mission accomplished.

What stories do you enjoy reading to your kids? Drop me a comment, as I would love to know.

Imperium Magazine 3 - Review & Battle Report - Hold Them Back


Part 3 in the Imperium series as I run all 80 Battle Reports from the Warhammer 40,000 Imperium collection from Hachette Partworks and Games Workshop. This will all be a part of the Imperium playlist: YouTube Playlist.

For each issue, I will bring you a fully painted battle report. Using that issues figures and rules. As well as a quick overview of the magazine. Got any questions, please do ask!

Issue Three Hold Them Back. We see my Executioners Assault Space Marines squaring off against three awakened Necron Warriors of the Novokh Dynasty (https://youtu.be/EemYh2n8Rco), all set within War Zone Damasus.

Will the Assault Marines be able to stop the Necrons from deactivating the beacon, or will the Necron Warriors score their third win? Watch now to find out.

Book Review 198 // The Racer by Rock Forsberg

I've sat on this title for way too long. And when you consider this one of my most popular reads of late, I am ashamed for having waited so long. Time to enter the Antigravity Racing League and discover the beginning of these fun stories. Side note: it is accessible on Forsberg's website for free (link below).

Title: The Racer: Antigravity Racing Story (Antigravity Racing League)

Author: Rock Forsberg

Format: Kindle Edition Read for Free here.

Blurb: The Racer: An Antigravity Racing Short Story.

A gifted sixteen-year-old antigravity racer gets an opportunity to rise to the global league, but when the competition gets dirty, he must learn that there's more to success than running fast on the track.

Review

Can't lie. This was a quick read. I should have started with this title before hitting the series, but hindsight is a fantastic gift. 

It is a classic coming-of-age teenage drama piece, as we follow a teenager as he attempts to progress through the antigravity leagues. We have mentors, rivals, challenges and important life lessons along the way. With it being a short story, it was sometimes easy to forget who was who, but you soon catch on. The title itself had an easygoing flow, which made reading it a pleasure and Forsberg is definitely moving into my top three to-read authors of 2022.

I plan to try out some of his other sci-fi and see where that can take us. But for now, all I can say is; to go download this, read it, and if you enjoy it purchase his opening title in the series, the Entrant.

As always, I appreciate you taking a moment to read this, and anything you do to support my channels is greatly appreciated.

Cheers.

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Book Review 205 // The Lords of Silence by Chris Wraight

I've been attempting to enjoy the Horus Heresy via the audible app, thus freeing up my time to read other novels. But it seems even my H...