Warhammer 40k books

Are there Warhammer 40k books with any literary merit? Where should I start?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They're all total slop, but many are fun if you go into it expecting mindless enjoyment.
    >Gaunt's Ghost series for military sci fi
    >Ciaphas Cain for the goofy adventures of a military commisar
    >The Night Lords Omnibus for some srs bsns evil guys being evil, but wishing they weren't ("All I ever wanted was to be a hero.")
    >The Horus Heresy is like 70 books and maybe 14 of them are good. Read the first three in order, then explore where your interest goes
    >The Dark Coil is neato series of short stories and a couple novels mixing xenos and imperium stuff

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why not Eisenhorn?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Forgot about it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Seconding the Night Lords trilogy. It could get a little MCU quippy but it was a great look into the psychology of the Legion and was pure pulp.
      >EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM IS GOING TO DIE

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ciaphas Cain + The Infinite and the Divine
    Everything is overrated trash that takes itself too serious.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Its sci-fi slop. Its entertaining but lets not pretend thats its some kind of high-brow shit. Kind of like fast-food but for the brain once in a while its alright to digest but not everyday.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There's literally a tradlarp guy on substack writing like a 50 part thesis on how 40k is the successor to the Grail Cycle of Arthurian medieval literature.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          It's slop and some it is exceedingly entertaining. Look for authors, not plotlines that interst you. There are proficient craftsmen working in the field and glorified fanfic writers.
          Dan Abnett or Aaron Dembski-Bowden are good places to start, you really can't go wrong with starting any of their major series or standalones about some faction that tickles your fancy.
          Keep in mind that the stellar entries in the Horus Heresy that both have produced are interspersed with chunks of shit, oceans of mediocrity, and space bags of crack.

          Arthurian myth is another beacon of titillating slop.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I would have to read his specific reasoning as to why he thinks that's the case to make a fair judgement. But that sounds like an exceptionally midwit opinion.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            https://wyrdisle.substack.com/

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            This is just some weird sci-fi world building project and doesn’t have anything to do with warhammer

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Ok I found the actual article
            https://wyrdisle.substack.com/p/archetypes-of-apocalyptic-accelerationism

            He goes on a weird tangent about how warhammer is Tolkien in space and completely fails to mention elric, nemesis the warlock or any of the other things it ripped off to sell plastic toys. He clearly didn’t do his research.

            Then he starts talking about how warhammer is some le manifestation of the unconscious mind. Like really Black person it’s a miniatures game for teenagers. It was very consciously designed by ripping off whatever sci-fi was popular at the time.

            Then there’s all the “AI” goyslop artwork. 0/10

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Nerds really will say anything to justify their obsessions with trash.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Warhammer fans aren't nerds they're bandwagoners who jump onto whatever goyslop the algorithm shills them. A trash nerd would go into meticulous detail studying what kinds of plastic his favorite Six-Pack Ring is made out of. These only care about warhammer because it's a meme on discord and in fact most don't even play the game or read the books, they just watch youtube videos and construct elaborate headcanons that barely resemble what the franchise actually is on paper.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Tradlarpers reallyblove projecting themselves onto the Imperium, so it's no surprise they try to elevate 40k into something it's not and never was supposed to be.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Are there Warhammer 40k books with any literary merit?
    No.
    >Where should I start?
    You shouldn't.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Are there Warhammer 40k books with any literary merit?
    Not to my knowledge.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm going to go with Horus Heresy on this one (first five books), though a little bit of background knowledge is necessary before diving right in

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What literary merit does the Horus Heresy have?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Well enough written escapism.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The only source of good 40k is /tg/. Read All Guardsmen Party and Ragged Edges/Boonequest.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Matthew Farrer is the one author in the Black Library's stable who I feel really invests effort into depicting the 40k universe as being populated by fundamentally different people with alternate values just who do not think the same way that a 21st-century Western liberal does. That's a very rare quality in all sci-fi, let alone 40k.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Is Urdesh any good?

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