‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 3 Ch. 3-4 FINAL

If you’re new to the book club, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE.

Guys.

Shit.

Goes.

Down.

It’s been a month since I’ve read this…so let’s see how this goes!

HORUS is pretty annoyed that they haven’t been able to come to terms with the interex.  HORUS is intent on peacefully winning them over, but he’s about the only one.  However a meeting is arranged and he optimistically hopes for peace.  Both HORUS and Jeptha Naud (do they mean Judd Nelson?) have their warriors walk simultaneous patrols around the building.

While wandering the house Loken comes across an old book titled A Marvelous Historie of Eevil subtitle Being a warninge to Man Kind on the Abuses of Sorcerie and the Seduction of the Daemon.  WHY, Abnett.  Why must you spell this way.  Regardless of spelling, Mithras Tull sees Loken looking at the book and they strike up a conversation about deamons and magic and such.  Loken of course holds staunchly to his view of “supernatural things do not exist”, while Tull takes the whole matter very seriously.  The subject of Chaos (or Kaos) comes up and Tull is shocked at Loken’s lack of knowldege, interest, concern, fear of Chaos.  He explains that the interex understands Chaos to be an evil force that makes men turn on each other and manifests as “brutal, rapacious, warlike”, and the fact that the Astartes are led by a Warmaster scares the interex.  Loken somehow believes his people to be none of those things.  Even more surprising is that Tull agrees.

For all of two seconds.

Tull receives some message that turns him against Loken.  Loken refuses to surrender and a fight ensues.  Loken is unwilling to kill Tull, so he merely chops his arm off.  The resulting battle between interex and Astartes produces heavy casualties on both sides.  Loken runs into two Astartes in the hall and one is quickly felled by arrows.  The bows that the soldiers had laughed at previously prove to be deadly, shearing through the Astarte’s plate as if it were butter. Loken then runs into Tarik and his men, retreating with HORUS.

We find that someone has gone and murdered some guards and stolen something from the museum holding all the ‘dwarf’ artifacts and then set the place on fire.  Well that wasn’t very nice.

Tarik and Loken try to convince HORUS that they have to leave now, but HORUS commands them to take him to the Hall of Devices to see what is going on.  Nothing useful happens and HORUS and his entourage are surrounded by interex fighters.  In a last attempt at peace, HORUS asks to see Judd Nelson but is answered with arrows.  So they fight.  HORUS and his men drive the interex back to the street and are promptly surrounded.  This is the last stand.  There is no hope…

Chapter 4 starts with an exchange between Sadie and Loken after the battle.  So I guess they made it.

Lowercase Horus arrived to rescue HORUS and all Imperial soldiers.  They kill a lot of interex dudes.  Like, it’s terrible.

HORUS changes the name of the Luna Wolves to the Sons of Horus.  Everyone approves.  Ig drinks his approval and Keeler worships her shrine to the Emperor of Mankind.

And then we find out that Erebus THAT BLEEP BLEEP EREBUS STOLE THE THING FROM THE THING!  You butt-face!  Wait.  Who is Erebus?  Seriously.  Who is he?  The Dramatis Personae at the beginning of the book says he is the Chaplain, but has he been mentioned before?  I don’t think so?  I don’t know?  ARGH I’M SO CONFUSED.

Well that was Horus Rising.  I can’t say I liked it, but I didn’t hate all of it.  I liked the second half of Part 1, but the rest was…eh.  I don’t know if it was the writing, the story, the characters, or the crushing obligation to blog the whole book.  But we’ve finished!  It’s finally over!  Hopefully all my bad jokes paid off and you look forward to next summer’s book club (which will hopefully only last a summer) despite the deterioration of professionalism as the posts went on.  I am planning on reading False Gods, the sequal to Horus Rising written by Graham McNeill to give the series a fair chance, with the goal of writing a single review of that book whenever the time comes.

This has been the first iteration of Hatchet’s Summer Book Club.

Thanks for being here! ❤

‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 3 Ch. 1-2: Space Australia, Museum of Death

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club!  If you’re new, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE and the next post HERE (whenever that happens).

Part 3 Chapter 1 introduces us to the interex, a human collection(?).  The Imperium peacefully become the interex’s guests…FOR NOW (duh duh duuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh). I’m beginning to see how the series got it’s title.

Most people, including Eidolon, Maloghurst, Sedirae, Targost, and Goshen and Raldoron (those last two are Blood Angels) want to destroy the interex because they don’t want the Imperium to co-exist the with anything, and the interex is too compassionate.  According to them, the differences between the Imperium and the interex are so irreconcilable that war is the only possible course of action.  Good guy HORUS would prefer peace.

HORUS and the Mournival meet to discuss the situation.  Abaddon is quite belligerent, unable to understand how his Warmaster could desire peace with and almost admire the interex.  The argument gets so heated, HORUS kicks him out of the meeting.  Tarik follows him to diffuse the situation.  HORUS then tells lowercase Horus and Loken about his father-son relationship with the Emperor, using the zodiac to explain his desire for peace.

The Emperor had given HORUS an astrology book.  HORUS memorized the 20 zodiacs and when asked, said his favourites were Leos, Skorpos, Tauromach, and Arbitos (Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, and Virgo?).  The Emperor was impressed but dissapointed that HORUS had not chosen Sagittary, as he was to become the Emperor’s Warmaster.  However, HORUS admires the interex for their compassion and capacity to integrate other species into their society.  Lowercase Horus is having none of it.  HORUS also said the Emperor told him ‘Make no mistakes, and the stars will be ours” (or thereabouts).  He thinks he as made two mistakes (only tow?!?!  Wow, HORUS is a saint), and does not want to rush into things with the interex.

The interex have developed a musical way to communicate with other species called the aria.  It is very much like music, but so complexly mathematical that only a plebeian would mistake it for music.

Music is math people.

We then get a description of the interex envoy sent to meet HORUS.  Despite being human, these people sound much more elf like or some other humanoid alien (although we do have women with helmet shaped heads so….).  They are tall, about the same height as the Astartes, but very slender with bat ears…  I’m not kidding.  It is literally printed on the page that humans evolved (and surgically created) bat ears.  There are men who play the aria dressed in robes, and the soldiers are dressed in form fitting armour, so light you could jump on a horse!  (Please don’t jump on horses, they are extremely fragile).  With these hooman things, come what could only be described as space dwarves.  Short, broad, and stony features.  These dwarf guys are an alien species the interex have absorbed into their culture (lowercase Horus is not impressed).

Daith Shehn, envoy for the interex, and HORUS meet to discuss stuff.  They start with formalities and Daith is excited to learn that the interex has found lost cousins.  HORUS is equally excited.  They compare military forces, with Daith showing concern for how prepared and eager the Imperium is for war.  The interex has no love of war and would rather co-exist with the aliens they come across.  The spider-mechs are an exception, as the interex found no way to communicate with them, even using the aria.  They defeated the spider-mechs in war and placed the remaining creatures onto Murder, or Urisarach as they call it, where they could live in peace with no way to bother anyone else.  HORUS apologizes for ruining their penal colony.

Chapter 2 sees a rather shouty discussion between the Mournival about the interex, and more specifically about HORUS’ apology.  Abaddon is the only one who is truly upset, the others having full trust in HORUS no matter what he says.  There has also been a heavy demand on the Warmaster’s time as he’s been gone for seven months now.  The envoys continue until it is decided that HORUS and an entourage will be received at an outpost for more negotiations.

Erebus is introduced, so I can only assume this character will be somewhat important.  He selflessly puts off his own interests to help relieve some of HORUS’s stress, also intentionally strengthening relationships with the Mournival.  They also have sparring matches against each other, with Tarik’s new best friends Saul and also Lucius is there.  Lucius insists on sparring against everyone, including Loken.  Loken does not want to hurt Lucius’ ego, which is probably impossible.  So Loken punches him in the face.  It is quite glorious.

HORUS and his Imperial party are received at the interex homeworld.  Accompanying the terrifying horse-faced Astartes are the Remembrancers, which HORUS hopes will prove to the interex that the Imperium of Man is not obsessed with war (even though they totes are).  The Imperial party is shown around the city, and one of the most interesting things that they see is a museum full of alien weapons and technology.  Lowercase Horus and Abbadon think they are being mocked by this show of weapons. It is explained that these weapons are held in a museum because the technology is so advanced and they are incredibly dangerous.  Sindermann (remember that guy?) asks what could be so dangerous about a knife.  The tiny alien dwarves have a way of creating sentient weapons.  Sindermann jokingly suggests that a curse is placed on the weapon, and the interex, very seriously, agrees.

This is telling of things to come.

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 2 Ch. 6 and 7: Dogfights and War

We are back with a new post, and a new look for the new year.  (Let me know what you think of the new theme, can’t decide if I like it or not).

If you’re new to the book club, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE and the next post HERE (whenever that happens).

(Editor’s note: although Tarvitz has been mentioned by name more often than Tarik (probably), Torgaddon is too much of a pain to type over and over again so I’m going to retcon all uses of Tarvitz to Saul.)

Part 2 Chapter 6 sees the action return to Murder, Saul and Co. being rescued by Tarik.  While Saul and Eidolon are appreciative, Eidolon is not appreciative (yes, the wording is intentional).  They waste no time insulting each other, Eidolon attacking Tarik’s status as a Luna Wolf (really not sure how he thought that was an insult) and Tarik attacking Eidolon’s incompetence as a commander (which is valid).  So Tarik 1, Eidolon 0.

Tarik has Saul and his remaining men assist him in fending off the possible next wave of Spider-Mecha-dealys.  Lucius wants to kill Tarik for his insolence and calls him a dog while Saul says he quite likes dogs.  I think he has a crush.  Tarik and Eidolon get in another argument about what to do next.  Tarik manages to extract himself from the conversation and inquires of Saul how he can stand to take orders from Eidolon.  Saul simply states that Eidolon is his commander and that is that.  He has to do what Eidolon says whether or not he agrees with it.  Tarik isn’t entirely satisfied with the answer.

The company’s course of action has been determined, despite Tarik and Eidolon’s inability to get along.  They will use explosives to destroy the giant cement trees to interrupt the shield storms, just like Eidolon did earlier.  Saul, being the obedient and humble soldier that he is, seems perfectly content to let Eidolon get all the credit.  Bulle however, is not (Wait, who is Bulle??).  He attempts to speak up, and against Saul and Lucius’ wishes, Tarik lets him.  Bulle reveals that Saul was the one who blew up the trees.  Tarik now has one more reason to dislike Eidolon, commends Saul for his smarts and tells Lucius if Bulle is punished for speaking, the Warmaster will personally strip Lucius of rank.  Something tells me Lucius is starting to resent Saul.

Now we get to spend some time with Loken who is waiting to be called to assist the companies on Murder.  He and an Astartes named Marr and discussing what the landing party is experiencing.  Marr is jealous  and a little nervous because his twin brother was part of the landing party and he wasn’t.  The two are joined by Qruze, a relic who is weird.  He’s like your old, slightly senile grandfather, that you put up with because you love him, but he has no idea what is going on.  Loken quickly exits the coversation, leaving Marr flailing in a sea of unwanted and dubious advice.

Loken has been reading through The Chronicles of Ursh, the book he borrowed at Sindermann’s recommendation.  He doesn’t seem overly fond of the book, but has continued reading for Sindermann’s sake.  While only half comprehending the book, Loken finds a brief account of the men going crazy and turning on each other, much like what hapened to Jubal at the end of Part 1.  He even finds the word ‘sorcery’ used un-ironically, but the rest of the book makes no further references to this event.

Unnerved, Loken puts the book away and finds a data slate containing picts from Keeler.  He pages through them reflecting on how much he loves the picts.  Despite his apparent habit of pouring over these,  he discovers a hidden folder for the first time.  This folder contains pictures from the Whisperheads, and specifically, necromorphy Jubal.  Loken immediately rushes off to see Keeler, asking Nero to keep him up to date is they are called to go to the planet.

Loken finds Ig, who is losing a game of cards.  Ig takes him to see Keeler in her quarters.  She hasn’t been coping well.  Loken asks her about the picts of Jubal and she says that she put them there hoping he’d find them earlier.  Loken’s kind of dumb, huh.  Keeler didn’t remember taking the picts, but upon reviewing them, she found strange distortions to the images.  Loken didn’t see any of this and after Keeler walks him through a ‘zoom and enhance’ sequence we find there is a ghostly aura that was obscuring Jubal in the pict.  The two are mimicking each other.

Loken offers to find out the truth for Keeler, but she says she’d rather live thinking it was some giant dog-like creature than the truth.  She asks how Loken is able to keep secrets and if he would be willing to break from the Imperium if it was for the good of mankind.  He cannot answer her and their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Sanguinius.

Chapter 7 jumps back to a week before the arrival of Sanguinius to explain the character of Sanguinius.  Loken is recounting to Sadie a private event at which ten thousand soldiers were in attendance.  These seems to be the first time Loken saw Sanguinius.  Sadie says she’s heard of him and Loken says that it is all true.

Well that’s not vague and unsatisfying.

So Sanguinius shows up and meets Saul, uninteresting things happen and then the what is possibly the most infuriating and idiotic line happens: “We will murder Murder together.”  Who thought that was a good line?!  It punctuates the scene as the turning point and the reason the Imperium goes to war.  As if HORUS just said something incredibly inspiring.

Infuriating dialogue aside, the Imperium wages a 6 month war against the Spider-Mechs.  The Mournival tries to convince HORUS that he is too precious to die in battle, which offends and amuses him.  He is not swayed and fights regardless.  It is revealed that when around the time HORUS became Warmaster, the Emperor wanted someone (it is unclear as to whether this someone was HORUS or a different commander) to change the name of the XVI Legion to The Sons of Horus.

The six month campaign ends when mysterious battleships appear, asking the Imperium: “What the heck dudes!  We totally warned you!” (my words, not theirs).

Well that’s the end of Part 2.  There are four chapters in Part 3.  Once we finish Horus Rising, I will be doing a normal review of False Gods, the second book in the series to give it a fair chance.

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 2 Chapter 3 Rehash: Oops

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club!  If you’re new, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE and the next post HERE (whenever that happens).

When I open up to chapter 4, the first page is on my right, meaning the last page of chapter 3 is on my left.

I may have skipped chapter 3 entirely in my previous post.

Oops.

Let’s fix that shall we?

Loken finds his friend Sinderman in the library reading poetry and fiction to recover from the terrifying necromorph attack.  They discuss the Whisperheads event (which happened NINE WEEKS AGO).  Loken asks Sinderman to review some of the poetry Ig has written as Loken has no idea how poetry works.

I was hoping that since the narrative with Loken picks up at nine weeks after, there would be no description of the mundane things that happened after all that exciting stuff from chapter 9.

I hoped in vain.

Honestly, it’s not that bad, there are some interesting things that happened in the past nine weeks.

Firstly, we get some insight on the relationship dynamics of the Mournival.

Secondly, we discover that Jubal was part of a Lodge, a warrior fraternity, and Loken hates those.  In fact he despises them.  I was only ever an honorary member of a fake frat, so I really have no opinion of them.  While Loken seems to have a personal vendetta against these Lodges, no one else agrees with him.

Thirdly, Iggy is alive.  Somehow.  That’s good for him I guess, I did like him (I like Keeler more, where the heck is she Abnett!!).  Ig is placed on probation since he can’t not tell the truth.  Loken vouches for him, under the conditions that Ig give him copies of all his poetry and ALWAYS tells the truth.

Fourthly, lowercase Horus invites Loken to a LODGE!  Loken says fine.

The end.

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 9-10 Supernatural activity, Death is meaningless except when it’s not

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club!  If you’re new, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

I’ve been silent for a while because my best friends got married!  So I was really busy and didn’t get the writing done that I thought I would.  Hence late night post of the book club!  Check out the previous post HERE and the next post HERE.

LETS GET TO IT!

Part One: The Deceived

NINE: The unthinkable, Spirits of the Whisperheads, Compatible minds

So we begin chapter nine with Sadie and Loken.  Sadie has been interviewing Loken as his own kind of personal historian and  she has SIX HOURS of content to go through.  You mean to tell me that Sadie had to listen to six hours worth of chapter 1 quality content?  That poor woman.  Sadie brings up the question of whether or not a person can be without fear and if you can isolate fear when engineering life.  According to Loken, the Astartes HAVE NO FEAR.  THEY ARE INCAPABLE OF FEELING FEAR.  THEY ARE IMMUNE TO FEAR.  I would like to know how Loken continues to FEEL FEAR.  WHY.  Sadie than addresses something that I find wrong with this very book.  It is boring.  There is an overabundance of descriptions and a severe lacking in the emotion department.  Somehow the author understands that humans like emotional context but failed to give their story an emotional context.  What the heck Abnett.  Loken then tries to tell a story with better emotional context and fails miserably, only illustrating the continuing lack of respect the Imperium has for anything.

We are then taken back to the Whisperheads where Loken continues to defy all common sense and FEELS FEAR.  He feels this impossible fear because Jubal is crazy and kills people.  They fight, and Loken eventually wins.

Checking back in with the remembrancers, we find them visiting the landing site of the Stormbirds, which is as close to the battlefield as they are going to get.  This is frustrating for our beloved Keeler who complains to Sindermann who is just like, yeah, sorry babe.  We are introduced to two more remembrancers who I guess will be important now since they were named.  Vipus shows up to take Sindermann to Loken, prompting Keeler and her two new best friends Krasten and Flora (both males) to follow.  They are super sneaky-sneaks!

Sindermann gets a  complimentary tour of the battlefield as Vipus leads him to Loken.   Loken tells Sindermann that Jubal killed the Hellebore squad and 6 members of Brakespur before Loken killed Jubal.  The official report of course will be that nothing bad happened.  They discuss the possibilities of spirits and possession to which Sindermann is like naw, infections man.  Jubal then wakes up.  Holy crap Jubal is a zombie.  So, zombies are a thing now!

Actually it sounds like Jubal is a Necromorph.   So, Dead Space + Metroid then.  Sweet.  I love Metroid and I’ll probably like Dead Space so, yeah.  I can just imagine Samus and Isaac hanging out and having a grand old time killing space things.  And why not, yet’s add Ripley in there too since she’s basically Samus’ mom.  So the Jubal-Necromorph finds Keeler & Krew© and kills Kransten.  No, not Kransten!  He was…a dude…  Flora and Keeler are left and are running away from Jubal when he turns into some sort of Zombie-Dog-Man?  Weird.  Flora get’s eaten and then…  No.  NO.  Abnett don’t you dare.  You cannot do this to me.  I will never forgive you if Keeler dies.  I will go all Liam Neeson on you if she dies.

TEN: The Warmaster and his son, No matter the ferocity or ingenuity of the foe, Official denial

Loken killed Jubal again I suppose.  I mean, they cremated it and everything, but I bet that can’t even stop these zombies.  OMG.  KEELER LIVED!  YAY!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m so happy.

HORUS pays Loken a visit to make him feel better but Loken is sad now because everything he knew about his life is falling apart.  HORUS imparts some info to our good hero.  It turns out there is this thing called the Warp, a somewhat sentient being that likes to mess with humans.  Kind of sounds like a god.  I’m wondering why do these people hate gods so much?  They basically believe in one, aka, the Warp.  HORUS goes on to explain that ‘deamons’ and ‘spirits’ imply intent.  The Warp INTENTIONALLY messes with people.  HORUS says it PICKED JUBAL.  I DON’T UNDERSTAND.  HOW CAN THE WARP INTENTIONALLY MESS WITH PEOPLE WITHOUT HAVING INTENT??  I mean, the Imperium clearly believes in the supernatural.  They have to the way the warp was described.  Dang, where in Hell are those two brothers anyway, I need some back up.

*end tirade*

So the Warp can possess vulnerable people.  What makes you vulnerable could be anger like Jubal, or being merely human like the rest of the world.  So there is obvi nothing weird going on here.  No supernatural things at all.  Nope.  Totally normal and scientifically sound.

The Emperor is away doing things which is why HORUS is the Warmaster.  Apparently Loken is his son, which I have a hard time believing, but that’s what the sub-titles told us.  Anywho.

Sadie appears again, reminding us that she is Loken’s very bestest friend.  Turns out that Ig survived!  Like, even though he stopped breathing.  I mean, that’s possible, and cliff hanger chapter endings aside, he’s still alive?  I guess he’s a much more important character than Kransten and Flora were.  But this explains why Sadie wasn’t with the other remembrancers.  So that was wrapped up rather neatly.  Uh, yeah.  So, end of Part One!

WHEW.  We made it!  This book isn’t really what I thought it would be, but the story has gotten more interesting as we have progressed, which I appreciate.  There have been some moments that have made me cringe  when it comes to writing style, word usage, and the like.  It’s entertaining to say the least, and it drives Kiddo crazy (she’s a Creative Writing/English major) which is also entertaining!  Love ya sis!  Next week we tackle Part Two: Brotherhood in Spiderland.  Wait.  No no no no no no no.  Spiders?  But, Abnett, Dan, why.  I don’t…but, spiders?

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 6-8: Boring stuff, Metroid vs Terminator, Things finally get interesting

*So, I’m pretty behind with this baby.  Today, instead of Murder By Death, is Horus Rising.  Murder By Death will be pushed back to Thursday and we will resume regular posting habits on Saturday.

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club where we are reading ‘Horus Rising’ by Dan Abnett.  You can check out the previous installment here and the next installment here.

Part One: The Decieved

SIX: Counsel, A question well answered, Two gods in one room

Okay, so this chapter is written as though a lot of things happen but NOTHING HAPPENS.  This entire chapter is some sort meeting between really tall people.

Tarik and Loken are headed to the meeting when Tarik tells Loken that this whole thing is a test.  Which means, the only reason this is included in the book is because it will further Loken’s character arc.  Anyway, they run into the rest of the Mournival (are they really sad?) and go to this huge meeting where they talk about the planet they just took over.

HORUS wants to know what to do about these insurgents because they are killing large numbers of human troops.  Loken becomes a scapegoat when he suggests that they use the Astartes to crush the rebellion.  It is explained to Loken that he has set himself up in this manner, but he doesn’t seem to care which backs up the Astartes being engineered life-forms.  However, LOKEN FEELS FEAR in this chapter and I don’t understand.  Is he more human than other Astartes?  Is he broken?  Have I misunderstood something?  We may never know.

Then everybody goes to a different room with HORUS and these people are so obsessed with gods for being Atheists.   Anywho, HORUS’ brothers are named and I feel the need to share this with you.  We have HORUS, Sanguinius, Lorgar, Fulgrim, Angron, Perturabo, Guilliman, and then we have Russ, Lion, Khan, and Dorn.  So, somebody ran out of names no one could pronounce.  On the plus side, the word ‘biliously’ is used, so that’s cool.

As you can see, I didn’t really like this chapter.  MOVING ON!

SEVEN: Oaths of moment, Keeler takes a pict, Scare tactics

KEELER IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!  YAY!  A group of remembrancers are allowed to visit the embarkation deck.  This is really cool and important but for some reason, Sadie didn’t show up.  This is curious to Keeler but she doesn’t think about it too much.  I suppose no one has missed Ig yet either?  Like, did nobody realize he died or…what.  I mean, he and Keeler seemed to be friendly at least so you’re telling me she hasn’t realized no one has tried to hit on her today?  So all the remembrancers are on the embarkation deck and they get to see the Astartes getting ready to embark and Keeler starts taking picts when the iterator that is babysitting them gets made at her for doing so.  They aren’t allowed to document anything at the deck apparently, and Keeler says “I’m an imagist.  What the hell did you think I was going to do?”  She is so awesome.  The other remembrancers, emboldened by Keeler’s coolness, wander about the deck watching the Luna Wolves (Loken’s Company) prepare to become scapegoats and, as the sub-title suggests, take oaths of moment

Keeler takes a very impressive picture of Loken taking an oath of moment and Sindermann (an iterator, if you will remember) is moved to tears by it.  Probably.  The cute and naïve remembrancers get to see the Stormbirds launch and they are all super excited about it.

The Stormbirds launch and suddenly we are with Loken!  They realize that there is vox interference.  The dudes in charge of keeping the vox clean are doing their best, but they can’t stop vox chatter.  The intereference is being cause by this person named, wait for it, SAMUS.  YUEAS!  MY GIRL SAMUS IS IN THIS BOOK!  She and Keeler can hang out, fight aliens together, be room-mates, play video games…wait, it’s a dude?  Dang it!

EIGHT: One-way war, Sindermann in grass and sand, Jubal

THINGS FINALLY GET INTERESTING!!!!!  Thank goodness, I was getting pretty worried.

We are dropped right into the action with our Luna Birds as they land near the Whisperheads, a scary mountain range haunted by the devil.  Seriously.  Samus is the devil.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Also, there are Terminators in this  chapter.  The head captain guys of the Luna Wolves meet with Loken to decide how to attack.  Loken gives Jubal the honor of attacking after the Terminators since he didn’t get promoted.  It turns out that the Whisperheads are haunted according to local legend, which Loken dismisses because religion and spirits are stupid.  Samus is still mentioned but there is nothing to worry about.   The insurgents have massacred the mere human forces but the Astartes are going to massacre the insurgents, so don’t worry.

We find out that the inexperienced, vulnerable, and unprepared remembrancers are allowed to land on the planet with the Luna Wolves.  They have to stay at a small village far enough away from the action so they don’t get hurt but that is still high enough up that everyone needs personal respirators to breathe.  All the remembrancers and soldiers who are around and on a vox can hear Samus talking.  The remembrancers are allowed to look at the war machines that are not going to be fighting and wander around with some human soldiers.  Keeler (she’s still here!) is like naw, and goes to talk to Sindermann.  It turns out that Sindermann has figured out who Samus is, a.k.a. these peoples version of the devil who was banished to the mountains which also happen to be some sort of portal between reality and the spirit realm.  Keeler is suddenly very apprehensive because she has been hearing Samus talk to her since they landed and she DOESN’T HAVE A VOX!!!!!!!!  OMG!

Loken and his company are advancing to attack the insurgents.  Unfortunately for the poor souls hiding in the mountains they are no match for the Terminators.  Once the Terminators breach the walls, the rest of the Astartes attack and kill everyone.  Like, everyone.  Loken comes across a dying man who asks him to bless him as he dies.  Loken is like, no, gods don’t exist and doesn’t even have the decency to humor a dying man.  He does however deliver a mercy blow, so that was decent of him.  They also come across a lot of temples inside the mountain fortress (oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the mountain is a fortress) which Loken commands them to destroy.  Loken also continues to defy logic and feel things he should not be able to feel as an engineered life form.  There will be an extensive look at this next week.  Anywho, Loken expresses his empathy for needless deaths and the comfort the people must have felt believing in gods.  Everything is going smoothly except Jubal is crazy.  When Loken finally catches up with him he  is rambling on about words in water and I assume, as he is alone, has killed the entire Hellebore squad.  The final words of the chapter are “Look out!  Samus is here.”

Soooooo.  We’ve finally reached the interesting part of the book!  Thank goodness.  It seems as though there is some mythology that will be looked into, whatever is going on with Jubal and this Samus character, and Keeler continues be my favourite character with every appearance she graces us with.  I do believe that in two more chapters we will be finished with Part One, so check back in this Saturday!  There will be no post on June 11th as I have a very important wedding to attend.

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 4-5: Poker, Pretentious promotion, Death

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club where we are reading ‘Horus Rising’ by Dan Abnett.  You can check out the previous installment here where I introduce the book and discuss chapters 1-3.  I’m a little behind in my writing this week (there was no post on Tuesday) and I’ve only managed to read two chapters.  However my notes this week contain the exact number of words as the previous post. XP

Part One: The Deceived

FOUR: Summoned, Ezekyle by name, A winning hand

Here we go!  We are introduced to an iterator (a really smart person, Sindermann is one) named Memed who is a super genius teenager who is also horribly air sick.  All his vomit goes into plastek bags.  I guess plastek is some high tech plastic in this world?  It is the name of a company in NC that makes plastic, so…  Sadie, Memed, and some bodyguards land on ‘Terra’ except its not Terra.  This planet will now be known as 63-19.  Sadie’s role as a remembrancer (the whole reason she is on this planet) is that of a documentarist and as such blink-clicks things.  Wait, like a camera?  I’m guessing this means she has photographic memory and Abnett thought he’d be coy about it.   Maybe her camera is called Blink Click®.  But she saves things in her memory coils?  Is she a cyborg too???  Who is this woman, Cam Jansen?  Sadie was summoned to 63-19 personally by Loken who tells her some cryptic stuff and then peaces out.  While they wait, Sadie and Memed teach their body guards how to play cards.  On a high note, Keeler is mentioned!  She continues to be an awesome character making ‘picts’ (not the ethnic group) that are wildly popular.

We then follow Loken who travels through a post-apocalyptic Longwood Gardens to a place for his promotion.  Here is written the best/worst line of the book so far.  “Loken felt no fear.  He was not built to feel it, but he registered a trepidation, an anticipation that made his hearts beat.” (Abnett 77).  Let’s dissect this, shall we?    1.  The Astartes are engineered life forms so they don’t know what fear is.  This does not seem like a good thing on the battle field, but hey, what do I know.  2.  Loken feels no fear but he does feel trepidation.  trep-i-da-tion, n a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen.  Key phrase, a feeling of fear.  Something tells me Abnett doesn’t know what trepidation means.  3.  Uh, Loken has multiple hearts, so that’s a thing.  Let’s just add that to the list of strange features the Astartes have.  Moving on.  Loken runs into 3 of his superior officers/higher ranking robot men who are there to promote him.  There is this huge pretentious and traditional ceremony to induct Loken into a group of Elite 4 that the commander HORUS has.  HORUS isn’t there but Horus is.  This covers pretty much the rest of the chapter.  On the plus side Loken can now refer to Ezekyle, Horus, and Tarik by those names since they are no longer bound by the chain of command.  They also tell him to follow his instincts which I find amusing since all of them are engineered life forms who feel no fear.  What use are instincts to them?  Bah, anyway.  Loken gets promoted.  Good for him.

We return to Sadie, Memed and the body guards to check in on their card game.  Memed teaches them an old game that Sadie wins somehow.  The End.

FIVE: Peeter Egon Momus, Lectitio Divinitatus, Malcontent

Chapter 5 focuses entirely on Ig.  Ig is attending some sort of presentation given by Peeter Egon Momus, an architect, who must be wildly important as his full name is repeated much to often.  PEM is talking about how the conquered city will be rebuilt as a shining beacon of Truth-Light to a crowd of discontented locals and bored remembrancers.  Ig gets creeped out by a Titan and decides to leave because this is super boring.  A soldier stops him because there are insurgents and it could be dangerous.  Luckily for Ig (and us) an old lady faints and he makes his escape.

Ig explores the city, promptly getting lost and loving it.  There is rubble everywhere and a lot of graffiti expressing anger at the Imperium and lists of the dead.  Ig feels his muse return (apparently he had been missing it?) and proceeds to take notes on what he sees.  He uses pen and paper which I’m surprised still exist in this age of plastek and hololithic  junk.  We are subjected to great detail of Ig’s notebooks which sound very similar to moleskin.  He also uses fountain pens.  Do people even use those now?  In 2016?  Cause I’d like to know how fountain pens survived to the 31st millennia.  During his exploring Ig finds a tavern of sorts and attempts to be a patron.  The locals are unresponsive and sullen and Ig acts like an idiot tourist.  He does however manage to get some liquor and proceeds to get drunk out of his mind.  This will end well.  He muses over the difference between these isolated humans and the humans in the Imperium and decides that the Imperium humans are better and these locals are basically monkeys.

Ig writes some poetry, moves around, writes some more until he finds a temple.  He decides that the difference between him and the locals is that they have religion and are heathens, therefore they are stupid.  The Imperium has no religion (they’re like atheists i guess?) but some of the people want to worship the emperor.  He is essentially immortal so it makes sense that people would feel this way, but he apparently likes to remind the public that he is human, just like they are.  I’d like to know  why he is immortal then.  After he’s done disrespecting the temple, Ig runs into some soldiers who are cleaning off the graffiti.  This upsets Ig so much he reads his poetry, hates it, goes back to the tavern and drinks some more.  The soldiers end up at the tavern as well and the captain is concerned for Ig’s well being.  Ig is not grateful and rambles drunkenly about how the city was pretty great before they bombed the heck out of it and then bad mouths the Imperium.  The soldiers get so furious they kill Ig.  Seriously, that’s what happens.  When the soldier at PEM’s appearance wouldn’t let Ig leave I assumed someone would be killed by a local but no, it’s the Imperium.  This is the first major character death too.

I’m honestly a little disappointed in the story so far, it’s a slow start with a lot of pre-existing lore (I’m assuming) and the writing is just weird.  That part is at least entertaining (while simultaneously stressful) but I’m a little worried that the book will loose its novelty.

Looks like there is going to be some controversy.  I’m sure Loken will get involved.  Hopefully Keeler too.   I miss her.  Also, hopefully I can read three chapters this week as well!

This has been According to Hatchet, thanks for being here!  Tune back in next Tuesday for a review of Blurryface and then again on Saturday for the next three chapters of Horus Rising.

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