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Into the Storm review from Bell of Lost Souls

Yesterday I mentioned how I’ve got some works out there that aren’t as well known to my regular readership. Here’s a good example.

http://www.belloflostsouls.net/2014/09/review-into-storm-by-larry-correia.html

I really liked writing this book a lot, but most of my regular fans don’t know it exists. It is eBook (there’s a link down on the right) or on Audible, but no print version. I wrote it for the Warmachine game world, but I wrote it in a manner that you don’t need to be familiar with the game at all to understand it. Just think steam punk Dirty Dozen of knights armed with mad science lightning swords fighting the giant steam powered battle robots of a bunch of religious fanatics.

And the audio version, the narrator made the main character sound like Frank Sinatra, so it is totally bad ass. 🙂

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Brian
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I fall into the “haven’t played the game, but I’ve read the book” camp, and I do have to agree with the reviewer – you deftly avoided bogging down the story with unnecessary explanations and clarifications of the setting. (Which I feel is, as a long time gamer, a cardinal sin of such stories. I recall reading a Dark Sun novel, wherein the author spent some time describing the odd, multifaced dice the denizens if the world used for gambling… I nearly threw the book across the room in disgust at the hamfistedness of the scene.)

Dave
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Damn you Brian. Now I have to go back and reread those just to find the scene you are talking about. It’s about time though. It’s been years.

Dave
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Just picked up the audio. It was on my wishlist, but had completely forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Ansel
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I disagree with the reviewer – the word awesome was not used enough. I found the story interesting enough to seriously consider jumping from 40K over to IK. The Black Library stories are okay, but fairly predictable and ultimately very depressing. “Into The Storm” has a more lively feel to it, and I became interested enough to read other books in the IK universe (there you go again Larry, letting your excellence lead readers to other authors).

Wes S.
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With the exception of Sandy Mitchell’s hilarious “Ciaphas Cain” novels – basically a transplant of Flashman to the 40K universe – I’ve pretty much given up on the Black Library’s stuff: partly for that reason, and partly because many of the BL titles seem marketed exclusively to teenage gamers already familiar with the Warhammer / W40K setting. They skimp on the world-building, which leaves non-gamers like me adrift (even despite the fact, in my case, that I dabbled in 40K while a college student). And yes, most of them are grimmer than George R.R. Martin with a hangover, with a… Read more »
Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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A good friend of mine highly recommends the Ciaphas Cain novels, which are from description ridiculously hilarious. What would be a good place to start for those?

Wes S.
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I’d start with the two omnibus editions: “Hero of the Imperium” and “Defender of the Imperium,” which between them have the first five or six books in the series, along with some stand-alone Ciaphas Caine short stories. And yes, “ridiculously hilarious” is a good description of them. As I said, they’re basically “Flashman in space” (and if you haven’t read any of the Flashman novels by George Macdonald Fraser, you really ought to, like right now). Sandy Mitchell has a really warped sense of humor; think Joe Abercrombie with a 40K chainsword, bolter and powered armor (OK, “armour”) and you’ve… Read more »
Nomad
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Miss Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow, Following the order of publication works quite well as these books are supposed to be Cain’s real Memoirs which are only available to Inquisition’s higher ranks (think the lovechild of “suuper” secret police and the original historical organisation at its woolliest moments) and the later (published) books have callbacks and explanations and allusions to earlier books. However, if you are going to start reading the Cain archives, try to space out the books so that you have some books in between to dull your memory of the writing mechanics and pacing. Although the craft skill,… Read more »
Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Dang it, Larry! Now there’s another book I have to go buy!

Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Me too!

Nomad
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I’m sad to say that tho book in question contains an incredibly serious flaw that has marred my enjoyment by a large margin. Much like the average movie tie-in games, the average tie-in book is a quick&dirty cashgrab with a prose worthy of a shy 14 year old (male) suffering sugar overdose and crafted with the skill of a blind armless painter painting a picture on a grain of rice. C.S. Goto and so on in other words. With average (compared to normal fiction) popcorn works claiming the spots for “Best” fiction by the virtue of there being nothing better… Read more »
Nomad
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Ah, btw, the above post contains heavy dosaes of sarcasm. Please consider it as it was intended.

junior
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Is C.S. Goto (“Fluff? What’s fluff?”) still writing these days? I know GW hasn’t used him in a long time.

Nomad
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I will concede that the BL seems to have retired their various committee personas like the GoTo and switched to… well writers whose output is approaching basic popcorn quality for their focus switch to 30k (Horus Heresy Era). Unfortunately, even this much improvement isn’t (personal opinion ofc.) enough to cover the formulaic structure of (majority of) the BL output or their predatory pricing policies and GW’s questionable policies and basic/classic MBA mistakes. Between the decision to freeze the 40k timeline, going “brown and gritty” in the grimmest grimdark and milking any and every series they have going to death… bleh… Read more »
Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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*giggles!*

You have destroyed, nay demolished without leaving a trace the lies I’ve been telling myself to keep myself satisfied existing on tasteless cardboard.
How dare you insert quality and craftsmanship into my fluff.
How am I going to put up with the fertilizer that is the average fluff book now?
I Hate You.

Oh that was beautifully done. I could almost HEAR the pouty voice!

Nomad
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Thank you very much. I’ve been translating a lot of cheap “stuff” lately (English to Turkish) and I’ve had to develop my purple prose skills to keep my sanity in the face of endless scenes of “raw, animalistic” “mating dance” scenes.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

I’ve got a Kobo e-reader and this is the only Larry Correia novel Kobo doesn’t carry. I could order the audio version from Chapters.ca, but I was really hoping for the book.

Rob
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From what I can find, the Kobo should* .mobi files, so you could probably buy it from Amazon, unless for some reason the Kobo only allows you to load books that are in their store (which would be stupid).

*though it may not if it’s an older model. Information I have is for the current baseline model, which is the Kobo Touch.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik

Mine is a Touch too.

dangerdad
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Because of my commute, I’m always looking for audible titles. Lately I’ve been loving the “whispersync” campaign (buy the kindle, then upgrade to audio for a buck or three).

Kindle edition bought, audible edition bought and currently downloading. I have no experience at all with the game, but I’ve enjoyed everything of yours I’ve read so far.

David A. Young
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Just picked it up. This is the first one of Larry’s books I’ll be reading outside of the MHI and Grimnoir series, so I’m kind’a interested in how I’ll respond to it (given that it’s not in a self-contained universe.)

John Overath
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For some reason when I pull this page up in Chrome the links aren’t there (nor are the little book thumbnails). I see them in IE though. May be an issue with being behind our company firewall as some strange stuff happens due to that.

John Overath
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Posted too soon I guess as most of the links after Swords of Exodus don’t show in IE either.

Shawna Buchanan
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I was actually kinda blown away by this book. I was not expecting it to be amazing, but it was. The characters, man. The characters. Sure, you write good action and stuff, but I love your characters. This was a 5/5 book for me, and as I mentioned in a previous comment, I’m stingy with 5 star reviews. I totally agree that things are explained well enough to understand. I hadn’t read any Warmachine stuff before this, I knew nothing of this world, and I had no trouble following along at all. I listened to the audio version. I hadn’t… Read more »
Shadowdancer Duskstar / Cutelildrow
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Echoing the “Wish this was on paperback.”

dyingearth
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My only quib with the novel (btw, the audiobook read by Bronson Pinchot is really good) is the chapter size. Not quit as bad as John Ringo’s We Few (One Chapter). Once again, you feel like you went through hell with the Malcontents and back after you’re done with the book.

dyingearth
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My mistake, Ray Porter. Did an excellent job.

ColtonH
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Ray Porter… Larry Corriea… God dammit. My wallet’s going on a diet again.

Dave H
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Mine’s been on a continuous binge – purge cycle for ages. Emphasis on “purge.”

Andrew
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This was a good story. I’d really like to see a follow up, but taking the pov of the Menoth guys.

Jake
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Best Iron Kingdoms fiction out there is written by Larry, IMO.

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