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Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies: Choose Your Enemies (Volume 10)

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They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together. This grossly oversimplified understanding has created many complexities in our lives and taken away from us the very fundamentals of the joy of living.

A much-used word, karma is loosely understood as a system of checks and balances in our lives, of good actions and bad deeds, of good thoughts and bad intentions. While this might sound like hyperbole, if you compare the first three books with Death or Glory, you might notice that one is more engaging than the other. Best-selling author Mark Manson brings his signature no-nonsense wisdom back to the subject he started his career covering: relationships. Though with an eleventh novel, Vainglorious, recently announced, it looks like Cain is back at full steam. The ability for the narrative to interject accounts from other sources was always a major plus within prior tales, but here it is used to far more effectively flesh out the world.The way the story manages to execute a better pace is by working around a lot of the flab present in past stories. The unintentional nature of their meetings and Cain's own dialogue helps to smooth this over, as always, but the greater scope at work really plays to the story's strengths. The audiobook reflects Rhonda’s own journey and shares the most direct way out for those experiencing hardship and the path to end pain and suffering endured by so many, and it shines a light on a future without anxiety or fear.

Yet atop of everything else, Choose Your Enemies manages to sidestep a fair few of the pacing issues and structural problems inherent in the overall series. Disclaimer, I didn't realize that this book was a part of a whole series about Ciaphas Cain (which I am now looking into reading). As always, there are hints alerting the careful reader as to what is really going in, but as the memoirs are, if not quite stream of consciousness, definitely overwhelmingly cast in Cain's personality, it's easy enough to miss those hints (as Cain does). A resolve to be a giant among men, to conquer, plunder and seize the greatness that he thinks is his right.There's a reason We Are Legion was named Audible's Best Science Fiction Book of 2016: Its irresistibly irreverent wit! If I didn't love the character, I would point out that the author is getting more and more repetitive in plots. In the depths of the mines beneath the surface Cain unexpectedly finds yet more enemies – Chaos cultists, whose appearance threatens the nearby forge world of Ironfound – but also find himself reacquainted with an old ally as well. The plot starts in traditional manner with what initially looks to be a simple mission for Cain and the Valhallan 597th putting down Eldar pirates attacking some Emperor-forsaken dirtball becoming much more serious when Cain and Jurgen inadvertantly stumble upon the activities of a Chaos cult, with evidence that their corruption has spread to the nearby and vital forge world of Ironfound. Imagine having three life-coaches who had been through the toughest mental and physical challenges; a crack team of problem-solvers who knew in their day job that one mistake could be the difference between life - and death.

Set as usual at an indeterminate date (but definitely pre-Dark Imperium) this sees Cain and the Valhallan 597th deployed to the ice world Drechia, bolstering the defences against eldar pirates. Following multiple engagements against the Eldar, the Valhallan 597th are dispatched to Ironfound amid a Chaos uprising. In Love Is Not Enough, Mark’s first Audible Original, you’ll follow five real people over the course of six months as they navigate f--ked up romantic situations, ranging from dating app addiction to marital affairs to absurd fantasies. The Ciaphas Cain series of Warhammer 40k are formulaic - Cain is landed in a conflict with faction X, he connives, swears, and sometimes fights that faction, but the reality is, the conflict is a blind, and there is something else lurking behind the scenes, ready to ruin everyone's day.No, not the slightly inferred to hanky panky between Amberley and Cain BUT the real love of Jurgen and his Melta. Getting back to this series was fun, especially speculating with my partner about the upcoming plot.

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. They are the only real 'comedy' books in the 40K universe but they still maintain the lore and the thrills. Our favorite commissar is back with his usual ambiguity as to exactly how much he is underselling himself.Given that, behind Eisenhorn, the Ciaphas Cain books are among the few which delve deeper into the inner workings of the Imperium's daily life, this is a very welcome addition. While one or two excellent ones - especially just as Cain discovers just what the enemy's plan is - which work in its favour, there are far fewer here to compliment the overall humour. Sling the stories together into a coherent narrative, and the jokes would wear thin, the action repetitive, and the overall story bogged down. As a result, while it still offers commentary on a broader event, the story feels far more complete and better executed. However, I understand the decision to not elaborate on that, since, I mean its a Warhammer 40K book.

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