Hey-ho, I decided to drop into the discussion or at least start talking about a book because I wanted to moan about this one that I have a gripe about. It's not a big deal, but anyways, I've only recently decided to get back into reading books as I do admit it's rather silly for someone who writes lotz of book length stories, writes very little books (Soon as I started drawing again, I had very little time). I then saw on the website Games workshop, a well-known sci-fi/fantasy wargame buisness that's highly controversial and just stupid these days and yet very obsessed about, was coming out with a new novel, 'Valedor' by Guy Haley.
Valedor had my favourite sci-fi army, the Eldar going up against one of my favourite armies, the Tyranids and the story seemed interesting. Should've thought twice though because I didn't check the price or worth I was paying for (£20s for something that's only about 334 pages).
Guy Haley's getting a name for himself amongst the lot known as the Black library (Company that sells fanfiction books for Games workshop) and was in hardback and the fact they made a big fuss about it... So far I've only read the first few pages and that's what I wanted to gripe about. Whilst he's better than Steven Sevile who writ Vampire wars, he's just not the standards I had in mind.
So what am I moaning about when I've already read the first few pages. Well already a number of stuff is already forced imaging, which I hate and will often thump someone, anyone really on this forum for doing in their literature. Guy Haley gets so much into how these Eldar soldiers are dying for the main character and that there's not many of them left to the point I want to go 'We get it go on about some other aspect of the battle if you want to show they're desperate!' I'm tempting to write another war story to give a true impression of how to make something look like a last stand rather than by how many of them left.
Another thing I found forced was the irony how this character had abandoned his kin to come back to rescue them and tries to be so deep that it gets to a point it's confusing and I really doubt it makes sense (Should have someone else read it to confirm this).
One more that was forced was that this character's sad. I didn't get that impression, didn't get any impression at all, yet I read he started crying and was like, wait? He's crying? Poor characterization really that comes out of nowhere. Really I was imagining he was more grim that tearjerky.
Another few problems was that I found his writing clumsy and hard to read at times. I'm pretty sure this here's a typo, but I find it hard to believe in a novel (But I do understand it does happen, but anyways.)
Freedom was not the lot of any Eldar
I'm going to assume lot was meant to be lost.
But anyways, I'm not rejecting this book just yet. The prologue is from a known battle that you can find in the Eldar army book, so I haven't tried out Guy Haley's storytelling or creativity yet and Eldar are pretty difficult to write about, mainly due to how vague Games workshop has explored their world. The best I read that tried explore the Eldar world was The path of the warrior by Gav Thrope (I didn't read all of it however as I got bored by how Gav is such a descriptive writer, seriously he piles on you with description that I really don't care about, but it's what he's good at).
Anyways, I'm just going to assume all this forced stuff is just something Guy wasn't really keen on and will probably be much better written when I get into the story itself. So might come back to praise him rather then hit on him.
Really just wanted to rant about this.