Space Marine
Book Review

Space Marine by Ian Watson – Review

I’ve read Space Marine so you don’t have to. Though I will strongly encourage you to read it to form your own opinion. Are you vaguely familiar with the Warhammer 40K brand? But not so much that you won’t get distracted by the wrong lore? Do you like space soldiers and weird adventures? Are you a fan of uncommon words and poetic language when describing the dismemberment of an alien […]

Bogdan Balostin
no longer human review
Book Review

No Longer Human, manga by Usamaru Furuya – Review

Osamu Dazai is considered a classic in Japanese literature. I have had no idea, because I didn’t study Japanese literature. Also, the book I want to talk about today is the manga adaptation of the same novel, No Longer Human. So, please bear in mind I am not familiar with the original content and anything I say may not be completely correct. No Longer Human by Usamaru Furuya, adapted from […]

Bogdan Balostin
The Player of Games
Book Review

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks – Review

The Player of Games is the second book in the Culture series, a space opera series that deals with utopian concepts and philosophies. And of course, this Player of Games is about, well, games. A certain Jernau Morat Gurgeh, a master player, got tricked into participating in a tournament held by a less advanced space empire. The stake of the game doesn’t seem high at first, but everything will rush […]

Bogdan Balostin
Book Review

Review – Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

One damn thing after another In my reviews, I don’t mention characters’ names or any other names because I cannot remember them when I’m writing, or if I remember them, I would definitely spell them wrong. I tend to focus on emotions, surprises, themes, and character development (as in growth, so names are not so important). Needless to say, the Malazan Book of the Fallen has a huge cast of […]

Bogdan Balostin
Book Review

The Eisenhorn Omnibus

I think by now, when people hear Warhammer 40K, they hear Space Marines. But if they hear Warhammer 40K novels, they must hear Horus Heresy or Eisenhorn. He must be one of the most famous characters who originated in novel form. If we’re looking at a book as the Eisenhorn Omnibus, it must be the book most people recommend to their friends fresh into the Universe. The one that has […]

Bogdan Balostin
Book Review

Fulgrim (Horus Heresy #5)

If you remember the previous book from the Horus Heresy series and my thoughts about it, you would surely remember how I praised the second half of the book. You also must remember how I said it was a half too long, very predictable, and boring in the first half with no substance to its core. Well, will I say the same about Fulgrim? Well… Sort of. Read on. Book […]

Bogdan Balostin
Book Review

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction

Have you ever wondered how it is like to train in the Dark Side and experience life in a Sith Academy? If you’re coming from Star Wars movies, then maybe you’re wondering what I am talking about. There’s no such thing as a Sith Academy. The Sith are few, trained in secret and used as weapons by the Darth, the Sith Master. But why is that? A long time ago, […]

Bogdan Balostin

Hitman – stumbling upon assassinations

I study games through the lens of experience. Let’s see how Hitman (released in 2016) stands. The game Hitman is a series of games where you play a super-assassin, that can perfectly blend in the crowd and kill his targets through various means, from direct headshots to manipulation of events in such a way that the kill appears an accident. Or if things go south, he can surround the target […]

Bogdan Albina
Book Review

Galaxy in Flames (Horus Heresy #3)

Another generic Warhammer science fantasy that is MANDATORY reading for those of us who already have read the first 2 books of the Horus Heresy trilogy (Horus Rising & False Gods). I am being overly critical but it is rightfully so. When you start a trilogy, you expect the quality to stay the same, or drop a little bit, but not drop so substantially that it feels you’re reading another […]

Bogdan Balostin