Val'Sitsor wrote:It pains me to see, that such poorly written book gets how much - four or five treads on the ATT already and discussion in topic about The Greater Evil - really good story by Peter Fehervari died almost immediately after it was started. This is why we can’t get a good tau stories. Phill Kelly books are bought, there are discussions about them and attention is paid towards them. And so Phill Kelly continues to write whatever he want, while Greater Evil will probably ended up without so much needed continuation.
Will be doing some book reviews of Peter Fehervari in the near future; The Greater Evil
will be one of them.
I know it feels like that old Hollywood adage: "bad press is good press", as it concerns HWSNBN (ilphay Ellykay); but not really. So far, Fehervari has the best handle on Tau culture since Simon Spurrier or Gav Thorpe; and I suspect we're going to see more of his work in the future.
AngryMook wrote:I'm not saying was great... it has some kind of bad parts, but it has some parts that I liked. I rather liked a lot about the daemon for example (like how he always told the truth, kinda bene geserit like). I also liked how it showed that while Tau don't really care about or have much consideration for "wealth" they still work hard not only for the greater good but for a kind of social (and political) status within their caste (where also climbing the "ladder" has some added benefits like a greater degree of autonomy).
Well, I think this is the most positive thing anyone has ever said about Crisis of Faith
The question then becomes, does the occasional nugget of creativity worth the sub-par writing? Was it worth really worth your money?
AngryMook wrote:As far as things like Tau blood color... I don't particularly care. It's a strange thing to get hung up on.
Blue blood is something that should never
come up; since it was established right out the box with the first ever Tau novel Fire Warrior
by Simon Spurrier. If you want to know the actual biology of copper based blood (it's real - Horseshoe crabs), then here is the link to a really old discussion thread: Tau Aging and Appearance Note there is a real cool graphic by Tael included in the explanation!
However, getting back to Crisis of Faith
, the two items discussed 1) Culture nugget and 2) Blue Tau blood are both examples of Mr. Fill Xellee's lack of consistency. As to the latter, you might say it's a "thumb in the eye", that is to say it's his way telling us doesn't care what anyone thinks. But it's really more like a "boot to the teeth"!
TauManEDIT: Sorry, but there have been so many discussion thread's concerning the gawd awful writings of HWSNBN that I thought all the arguments were included in this thread. However they're not, so here is a bullet list; or if you prefer, the list of indictments for the Intergalactic Court of Human Rights.
- Crimes against the English Language - Poor grammar and spelling (this indictment is against BL for not doing due diligence in editing).
- Inconsistent and contradictory: characters, character motivations, plot elements, sub-plots and themes. Is inconsistent between between one book and another, and even with in the same novel or short story.
- Absolute disregard for established WH40K lore (Tau or otherwise). Changes lore he "creates" from one story to another. (See above)
- Weird and nonsensical character motivations; which change during the story, or in the next novel. (See above)
- "Dog's breakfast" plot devices. NOTE: This is not the British expression meaning "a confused mess"; but the Hollywood version, meaning a tired, cliched and overused plot device (usually stolen).
Think of a dog vomiting up his food, and another dog coming along and eating it thinking: "Hmm breakfast!" Then that dog throws up and and another dog comes along and eats it thinking: "Hmm breakfast!" This will gone as long as some studio or publishing house keeps buying the writer's "dog's breakfast".
In the case of Fill Xellee,it's rehashing the whole Horus Heresy plot device of "Hey, the Emperor/Aun'va didn't tell me about Chaos!" And taking the lazy way out, by making the Tau Empire a carbon copy of the Imperium of Man.
- Just bad writing (and then snickering up his sleeve about it in interviews). Another crime for which HWSNBN will have to answer to W. Shakespeare and W.B.Yates both for!