Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Dan Abnett's Sabbat Worlds
For those waiting for another Gaunt's Ghosts novel, Dan Abnett's Sabbat Worlds is a good anthology to tide you over. For one thing, there are two Gaunt's Ghosts short stories that fit into the continuity of the series, and both are quite good. Abnett leaves the continuity question as something for the reader to guess at, so I won't spoil this, only to say that for those two stories alone, the book is worth it.
"Regicide" by Aaron Dembski-Bowden is about the final battle on Balhaut between Slaydo and Nadzybar. Told from the viewpoint of one of Slaydo's lifewards, it is a good story that makes Slaydo a more personal character than we've seen in the novels from Gaunt's viewpoint. "A Good Man" by Sandy Mitchell is a short story along the lines of the Calpurnia novels. It involves the disappearance of an Administratum clerk and his colleague's search to find him. The third story I really enjoyed was "Blueblood" by Nick Khyme. This is the story of one of the Companies of the Volpone 50th being deployed to a rear echelon base while awaiting deployment. The other short stories are also good, however, I didn't feel like they were as engaging.