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( Read Epub ) ⛓ Cybernetica  Soon after word reached Terra of Horus s nascent rebellion, Mars fell Rogue elements within the Mechanicum priesthood, stirred by the Warmaster s promises of independence and prosperity, turned against the Imperium and forced the primarch Rogal Dorn to order an impenetrable blockade of the Red Planet Now it has become clear that the corruption has spread too deep, and that drastic measures must be taken if the Forge World Principal is to be reclaimed Calling upon the expertise of those who witnessed the so called Death of Innocence firsthand, Lord Dorn and Malcador the Sigillite consider their final solution the complete extermination of all life on MarsThe Horus Heresy returns to the Solar System No, we re not at that battle quite yet But what are the lords of Terra going to do about Mars Cybernetica delves into some of the darkest secrets of the Mechanicum and shows the lengths to which the Imperium is willing to go and the rules they are willing to break to exterminate the traitorsContained in a full colour wrap around dust jacket, over a clockwork hardcover, this new limited edition is every centimetre a Horus Heresy collectors item On the first page of your book, you ll find a signature from author Rob Sanders, as well as the unique number of your copy Also included is a fold out colour section, featuring new artwork and background, as well as a full four page spread of the Cybernetica cover art Every page is gilt edged and a bronze marker ribbon completes the package Like an ancient terrain overload from before the time of the Emperor, the monstrous abominable intelligence marched its mammoth war machines up and down the scree of red mountain slopes that rose to touch the sky, through demolished manufactoria and around the distant bale light and sky skewering discharges that proceeded from many traitor fortified forge temples One sentence like this is bad Now imagine reading an entire paragraph of sentences like this one Now imagine reading an entire n Like an ancient terrain overload from before the time of the Emperor, the monstrous abominable intelligence marched its mammoth war machines up and down the scree of red mountain slopes that rose to touch the sky, through demolished manufactoria and around the distant bale light and sky skewering discharges that proceeded from many traitor fortified forge temples One sentence like this is bad Now imagine reading an entire paragraph of sentences like this one Now imagine reading an entire novella of sentences like this one You slog through a page or two and then wonder what the hell you have been reading because you can t remember a single word of it Then you re read it and find out that none of it was even worth remembering Page after page, this is why you find every review speak about having to re read pages or entire sections The best parts of what should have been in this story are left off screen We never see how or when our main character escapes Mars You go to the next chapter and he is standing in the Imperial place about to speak to Dorn Then you turn to the next chapter and all of a sudden he is a Knight Errant When did this happen Then our main character is described as Space Marine, Raven Guard, Carron, and Knight Errant most of the time within the same paragraph This novella is a total mess I read the entire thing as I am trying to read the entire Horus Heresy series If you have not decided to read the entire series skip this one Review also published here Cybernetica is one of the few Horus Heresy books that I felt wereof a chore to read than a pleasant experience I did not enjoy it I had to re read sections over and over because they just wouldn t sink in, or I d go back to re read parts out of a feeling I missed something vital, especially after seeing praise for said sections online But in the end I still feel unimpressed and dissatisfied with the story and its characters, and the big amount of action Review also published here Cybernetica is one of the few Horus Heresy books that I felt wereof a chore to read than a pleasant experience I did not enjoy it I had to re read sections over and over because they just wouldn t sink in, or I d go back to re read parts out of a feeling I missed something vital, especially after seeing praise for said sections online But in the end I still feel unimpressed and dissatisfied with the story and its characters, and the big amount of action sequences.I ve mentioned the battle fatigue problem somewhere before, though I can t remember which review it was The term strikes me as important with Cybernetica too It is full of action setpieces, some even pretty good, but the sheer volume of them compared to character development, interaction between cast members, and actual ongoings outside of he strikes I strike moments is so mind numbing to me, that I feel turned off from reading altogether if I can t get through the rest sooner rather than later I build up an apathy towards the book and while that can get reverted if the book improves, Cybernetica never did It left me cold.My biggest complaint about the book is that it had so much promise to be something cool, exciting and with plenty of depth, yet chose not to be such It had ample opportunity to bethan the sum of its parts, yet discarded these opportunities early on When looking at the book, I can see many ways it could have gone differently infulfilling directions, yet reality is different.Even looking at the cover art I see a massive missed opportunity The diverse Legion Techmarines doing shit on Mars angle that the book outwardly promises with its Raven Guard, Ultramarine, Salamander and co lineup is compressed to barely two chapters By the end of chapter two, the Raven Guard protagonist is on his own The rest are goners, and never even got out of their tower or the hangar that is the stage for the first big present day action setpiece Yes, there saction in flashbacks right off the start too Either way, the idea of a dirty dozen infiltration mission on the Red Planet is discarded barely a quarter through the book, and that is where my enjoyment increasingly evaporated.I liked the initial banter between the Techmarine initiates They were representatives of their individual Chapters, with their own quirks and specialties They argued, they assessed the situation, they decided to get out They died The book died with them Instead of taking this entire angle of Legiones Astartes loyal to the Emperor over their Legions or the Omnissiah due to spending 30 years in training, which could have offered plenty of conflict between the group, have discussion of loyalties and their beliefs in how to purge Mars, Sanders scrapped it so quickly, it boggles my mind The Carrion, the Raven Guard protagonist, survives and reaches Terra His struggles to get off Mars are handled off page, between chapters So is his recruitment to the Knights Errant So is his own emotional development It felt like there was too much slipping through the cracks at this point already that I found myself disconnected from the protagonist by chapter three of seven, the last of which he is not even in It didn t help that the only other character with a speaking role on his mission back on Mars ended up being a madman heretek with what seemed like 5 lines throughout the rest of the story, one of which was Tick, tock, tick, tock Don t get me wrong, I liked Octal Bool s appearance in early flashbacks from his trial, and the idea behind him But he was severely underused and his madness didn t allow for organic back and forth between him and the Carrion His role made the Knight Errant feel evenisolated among his combat servitors and robot cohort.I m a reader who appreciates characters and their actions probably beyond everything else Give me dialogue over swordblows any day In that regard, Cybernetica is an utter failure The showcasing of lumbering, emotionless machines doing their masters bidding just doesn t appeal to me It robbed the book of the type of content I enjoy most But even then there would have been ways around it The Tabula Myriad, the abominable AI construct that Octal Bool makes such a fuss over, could have offered a lot of conflict here Instead, it cannot talk, and its influence is barely felt until the very end It thinks and directs the other constructs but that s about it for the most part It has enough impact on action scenes but barely any on the reader or the protagonists up until the climax I almost forgot it was even there at times.This is where I have to ask myself how this even happened You got an actual artificial intelligence that came to the conclusion all the meat things need to be purged because of their weakness and predicted, at least in part, a schism between humanity s factions It even made plans and arrangements to achieve said purge and can influence machines around it This is a setup brimming with potential for excitement and conflict and moral deliberations It seems like a rich opportunity for any storyteller And yet it takes a passive role, being a tool to achieve the mission instead of feeling like an integral part to it Even the mad heretek worshipping it is sidelined for yet another fight against the Mechanicum s constructs.The fights were technically good, and could have served a good dramatic purpose, but instead their volume throughout felt overbearing With the book s original publishing timeframe, I have to wonder if it suffered from the infamous time in Black Library s life where Games Workshop proper exerted too much influence over the publishing arm 2015 saw the peak of marketing brochure like releases, with short stories presenting the release of the week in a super positive light and what not I got a similar feeling here Kastelan, Castellax, Vorax etc, the book highlights a lot of 2015 s releases very prominently, to the point of annoyance It would not surprise me in the least if this was a corporate mandate in line with other policy changes back then, rather than Rob s own vision that had been in the creative stages for a long time before, as evidenced by the name of the book being declared years earlier at events.Either way, the product that ended up on the market read too much like an action piece than a moe introspective, exploratory epic of the Horus Heresy variety That s what happens when you spew lightning at opponents or use magnet fists and put an Astartes into a giant Imperial Knight sized mecha body.Despite all the missed opportunities, this is also the longest Horus Heresy novella so far, I believe It is noticeably longer than Aurelian , the Corax novellas or other Referring to the audiobook runtimes given by Black Library since they don t give actual page numbers for their releases any , it compares closest to Rob Sanders own The Honoured short novel for Betrayal at Calth, and is barely 10 minutes shorter than Sanders Shadow of Ullanor for The Beast Arises Yet it achieves so little that I thought was actually of consequence or gave a different perspective on the war with Mars, it has been one of the few books I end up thinking wasted my time.The prose is, as often with Sanders, a bit heavy for my taste Some people will love it, others will find it needlessly complex in places He conjures up thick imagery, but it also requires you to glue yourself to the page to not miss a beat I admit that this was difficult for me this time, due to being sick and my head buzzing with scrap code as it is Maybe my lack of enjoyment is at least in part down to that I can definitely say that one stylistic trait of Sanders is not to my taste at all, though He barely ever gives you breathing room within any given chapter of his books Where in most books you ll come across scene breaks, blank lines that invite a short break, or allow you to close the book at and get off your train, Sanders writes non stop You either finish a chapter or re read sections just to get back to where you left off This is the primary factor that has so far discouraged me from reading his Atlas Infernal , even though it has been sitting on my shelf since it released If I have to get through about 40 pages without breaks just to get out of the prologue, my enthusiasm dwindles Cybernetica is similar to that, and as a result felt exhausting to read Cybernetica lost me Between the lack ofesoteric discussion, the battles that overstayed their welcome, the weird, out of character despite dark code boss waiting at the end, the lack of poignant dialogue, the mission objective we all know from the start will not be achieved no matter what, and the disconnect from the characters, all presented in a relentless avalanche, this has to be one of my least favorite books in the entire Horus Heresy series It didn t stimulate, it exhausted me A two star rating is defined as it was ok by goodreads That is perfect for this book The most interesting characters are left behind early in the story and it quickly plummets into mediocrity from there The writing lacks the descriptive power of Abnett, Dembski Bowden, and McNeill, feeling repetitive and uninspired Learning about some of the Mechanicum s inner workings and their vigilance against techoheresy was nice and of course the Vertex system was pretty mind blowing However, none of A two star rating is defined as it was ok by goodreads That is perfect for this book The most interesting characters are left behind early in the story and it quickly plummets into mediocrity from there The writing lacks the descriptive power of Abnett, Dembski Bowden, and McNeill, feeling repetitive and uninspired Learning about some of the Mechanicum s inner workings and their vigilance against techoheresy was nice and of course the Vertex system was pretty mind blowing However, none of it satisfied It was just a novella It was ok Nah Another 50 50, and quite literally Started strongly, first half of the book was intriguing, like a good beginning of an even better story But that s not how things turned out I had a hard time enjoying the second half, even the plot twists were unable to do it for me On to the next one