Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Horus Heresy: The Difficulty of Reviewing this Series

As some readers might have noticed, I have a decent backlog of reviews that need to be written.  The majority of what I have been reading lately has been in the excellent Horus Heresy series by The Black Library.

I have honestly been struggling to figure out how I want to review these books.  What The Black Library has been very good at with the Horus Heresy is cultivating a consistent tone and style.  Even though there are a many different authors writers contributing to the series, each book has a consistent feel.  While this is great in regards to shipping a consistent product, it also serves to obfuscate the unique qualities of each writer.

That is what I am having difficulty with, finding the author's unique contribution in each book.  Since I typically write less of a review and more of an analysis, I feel like I am almost suffering from writers block.  But I have decided that I want to approach each review in a two-fold manner.

First I want to determine if the book meets the standards of the Horus Heresy series and second, what if any unique contribution did the author provide.  So, as I work through reviewing the Horus Heresy series, I hope my readers can see both of these points in each review.

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