What are some good Horus heresy novels? I'm thinking about getting some of them and I want to know which ones are the better and the worst.
Just do yourself a favour and read whichever one is about your favourite chapter or something.
You don't get any space marine books for a quality reading experience, you get them because you'd rather read about space marines and dork out on 40k lore than buy a book in a store that doesn't sell warhammerz.
The best 40k book is still just mediocre grimdark sci-fi, and most of them are pretty crap.
As someone who LOVES 40k and nerding out on lore, I'd still urge you to find some torrent with the old 2000AD comics or pick up Armor, Leviathan Wakes or Old Man's War instead.
Everyone says that the BL library books are shit and I've read quite a few of them and can say that I enjoy them a lot. Have I just grown used to mediocre writing? A Thousand Sons made me cry.
Should I read "real" literature(Hemingway, Dostoyevsky, Orwell etc)?
There's nothing wrong with reading genre literature, it's just that 40k novels are written by the same type of mercenaries that churn out Star Wars or Forgotten Realms novels rather than being known for their own creations.
They're just not very good, but they're written for a pre-existing audience that comes for free with the setting.
Think of them as all those videogames that were made as tie-ins to movies, without the franchise they're just shit games. Except that Riddick one, that was tight.
I wouldn't put Horus Rising or The Flight of the Eisenstein that high. Currently up to the latter right now, and I feel both of those are the worst of the first four.
Horus Rising because all of the characters are dull as hell, from Space Marine to remembrancer, and barely have any outstanding traits or personality quirks. It wasn't until False Gods that they started actually feeling like characters and not props, and I started seeing a more distinct difference between them all. The Mournival especially; I felt there was very little that identified its members in Horus Rising, but False Gods better-established their differences.
For Eisenstein, I can't really place my finger on it. I'm only about half-way through, and it's gotten better. The characters in it definitely stand out more than in Horus Rising
(even though it's an almost completely different cast), which is at all, but maybe the cast is just less compelling. Loken ended up bring one of my favorite 40k characters of all time, for instance, once False Gods came around. Maybe Garro just needs time.
Legion was awful. Like REALLY awful, you want a book about alpha legion astartes ? Fuck you, get some retards flapping their cocks around and throw some bland shit around, yay a book. Just put a Hydra brand somewhere and bam : Legion.
It's that 6-10 part that really turns people off the series. Mechanicum was great, but Descent of Angels, Legion, Battle for the Abyss and Fallen Angels were so fucking shit.
Like something C.S. Goto would write. Having to slump through that part is a good way to kill all interest in the series.