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Book Title: Grey Knights: The Omnibus|
The author of the book: Ben Counter
Edition: Games Workshop
Date of issue: May 5th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781844166961
Format files: PDF
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You know how sometimes, what you really want is some Kentucky Fried Chicken, but someone (naming no names, but this would be your children) want to steal your chicken from you once you've purchased it, and even though the Colonel's cole slaw may be what God sent to the Israelites when they got peckish you want the freaking chicken and biscuits dammit so you take advantage of the fact that you're older, taller, and less inhibited in what you eat by hiding a breast or two and some biscuits in tupperware in the back of the fridge so you can sneak down at midnight and eat your sweet sweet lucre despite the indigestion you'll have as your intestines launch a major uprising in four hours?
The Grey Knights Ombibus is the last biscuit, the sweetest one, the one with the best of the chicken grease leached into it, the one your wife saw and meant to steal from you but she was too tired and fell asleep while breastfeeding and screw her if she can't move fast enough just this one time and anyway she'd ruin it by putting jelly on it. You don't let anyone see you while you consume it, you don't proudly stand up and tell the world you ate that biscuit and luxuriated in its starchy chickeny bready meaty flavor, you sure as heck wash your own shirt after part of it oozes off and slides down your chest because there will be lots of awkward questions asked if your wife sees the shirt with that stain you spent time sucking.
But you enjoy it even so.
This is not great art. It is not good art. Honestly, it is not art. It's entirely enjoyable pulp, bound and created as if it's aware of what it is and dares you to mock it for it, if a book can be said to have attitude. It's the story of a psychopath in a world gone mad who lives to worship a corpse so that he will have the power to fight demons and men who have given themselves over to demons. It's the story of a dying universe with crazy and diseased and impoverished people fighting back a fall into chaos and destruction that is basically inevitable.
It is so much fun.
Despite some efforts by otherwise decent authors in the 1980s, none of us like demons, so there's a lot of fun to be had here as the protagonist and his merry band of fellow lunatics go on shooting, flaming, smashing, and slicing their way through demons. The Warhammer 40,000 universe, if you're geeky enough to have lived it on tables in the backs of gaming stores and in the crowded rooms of less reputable gaming conventions, is made very much alive here.
That's a plus for geeks, and a serious turnoff for people who have well-adjusted or at least normal lives.
The Omnibus in total is actually three books (as with so many such compendia, it is misnamed, but let's take our adulterated language as is and run with it) that tell the story of Alaric, a man taken at a young age and surgically and genetically altered into a nigh-unstoppable killing machine whose whole mission in life is to kill the Hell out of demons in a war mankind will ultimately lose. Over the course of the stories, his faith in himself, his mission, his living deity, and the ability of his armor to handle his excrement are tested in increasingly strained circumstances. He does bad things for good causes because the Warhammer 40,000 world is predicated on the idea that pacifists can't be saints but vicious marauders with Panzer tanks wrapped around their chests can be.
It is first-rate pulp fiction filled with characters who in a sane world would be executed on sight.
Let me sum it up this way: There are three kinds of people who read books on airplanes.
The first kind want to be seen reading important, well-respected things, or worse, think a confined tube in which everyone is coughing on you is a great place to do this and who are clearly philistines of the first order.
The second kind read books ending in "Shades of Grey" and don't realize that by pulling that book out on an airplane have justly volunteered to end up on a NSA watchlist and, in the fullness of time, the wrong end of a Library of Congress death squad.
The third kind read wonderful garbage and could not care less what strangers and NSA trackers think about them. They tend to have fun, have better love lives, and also tend to be smarter and more attractive to members of both sexes.
If you're in that third category, buy this book, read it, and walk on through the storm, head high.
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Read information about the authorBen Counter, as well as making several contributions to Inferno magazine, has written the Soul Drinkers and Grey Knights series and two Horus Heresy novels for the Black Library. He is an ancient history graduate and avid miniature painter with a bronze demon under his belt.
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