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I was just wondering if someone else had picked up this awsome book from the Black Libary?
I borrowed it from my friend an I read through it quickly (took 3 hours :rolleyes: ) and I must say that this is probably one of the best collections of fluff that has ever been released!
The book itself is more of an novel were you follow the work of Inquisitor Shasam at an alien beastiary on the planet of Biegel 9.
All the info that is discovered about the races that are examined is somewhat stunning. It tells of how many of the ancient races are connected to each other in ways that are quite crazy and strange.
And the things they find out about the Etheral is really cool.
And the end of the book is awsome as well!

If you are, like me, an fluff-lover I strongly recommend this book. And don't look at all the pictures first, read all or you will spoil the end (think of it as a normal novel and by looking at the pics at the end you see what is going to happend).

EDIT: Here's a link to the book on GWs online store Click this.
 

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Yeah i have it, it's a good read and some of the alien creatures in it are interesting, The umbra for instance look like the Balls from Futurama. The autopsy's that are done in it are quite intereting.
 

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I have it. Foxeh, in all honesty of the playable races - or ones known - are Nids, Tau and ork. It is more in the realms of true autopsy, as in what the organs are fun and what they have etc. Not background in the normal sense. It is combined with a number of vid pics or notes of the captured creatures, it is intresting but for the most part most the stuff in there are completely alien to the game (well has a few known races, Hrud being one I know of).

It is an intresting read but I personally would not rely upon it for background information with the races.


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Hmm, background history on the armies. Well for the Imperium - namely marines - I would suggest the Horus Heresy, there is also the battle for Armeggedon. Otherwise I do not believe that there is all that much to deal with the basic history of each race.

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Toastee: You could try to get your hands on the outlawed 40k fluff bible (biggest copyright violation ever), but you have to find a way to get it 'cus posting it at a forum = the death of the forum if GW-people sees it.

The stuff I found most intressting in the book is probably the less known alien races that is feutered (Q'oatl for teh win!) and as well how they found connections between many diffrent races (the kroot being more influenced by orks then most people would guess for an example...).
 

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I saw it about a month ago and thought it was fantastic, although I couldn't read through it, only look at the pretty pictures.

I'm definetely considering getting it as soon as I have enough money.
 

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Melkor said:
I saw it about a month ago and thought it was fantastic, although I couldn't read through it, only look at the pretty pictures.

I'm definetely considering getting it as soon as I have enough money.
And it is worth every coin you can squeeze from that wallet :yes:
But looking through it before buying kind of spoils the end :rolleyes:
 

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First I would like to remind everyone of the spoiler tags. Please use [noparse] these tags [/noparse] to hide anything that would spoil the book for others, particularly anything revealing the delightfully twisted and unexpected ending. ;)

Of course I have read ‘Xenology’; I even wrote a review of it that was unfortunately only just finished today due to my busy schedule these past few days (emergency room medicine rocks, by the way :w00t:), and then I came here to find a thread already started on the subject. I hope you won’t me posting my now-finished review here?

My expectations of the book were of course very high indeed, and I must say they were not disappointed. Simon Spurrier is one of my favourite Black Library authors, and being a medical student with no little experience in dissections myself I was looking forward to reading what was claimed to be ‘…an Inquisitorial guide to the study and dissection of xeno species such as the Eldar, Ork, and Tau.’ This the book proved to be, and a lot more too.

The anatomical sketches and drawings accompanying each dissection report are very impressive and of high quality in my eyes, and the reports themselves are excellently written and very professional in appearance. For that alone I would recommend the book to anyone with an interest in 40k fluff. The story itself, however, is also of the same high standard that one would expect of Mr. Spurrier, and like Da Mighty Camel it had me incapable of putting down the book before the wonderfully surprising ending had been revealed.

To be a nitpicker and mention the two minor faults I managed to find in the book, I found it a bit annoying that the Tau was not equipped with hooves; Mr. Spurrier himself made it clear in his first Black Library novel ‘Firewarrior’ that Tau have hooves, yet the dissection report states otherwise. The fact that the Tau in question was an Ethereal might have something to do with this, however; opinions on Tau feet are more than welcome. ;) Also, I find it a tad annoying that the photograph of what is claimed to be a Psyker’s white blood cell is most definitely a red blood cell. It is red, has no nucleus, and a double concave surface membrane, so it can’t possible be a white blood cell. Tchah! :rolleyes:

Apart from this, however, the book seems flawless, and all in all I found this to be one of the best background books I’ve read from Black Library. Being a medical student might of course have something to do with my enthusiastic appreciation of the beautifully detailed autopsy reports, but I have little doubt that everyone will enjoy the accompanying story as much as I did.

I did find it somewhat curious that so many links were drawn between the Old Ones’ known creations and the Tau; until now I have always thought that Tau were a new species untouched by the Old Ones, but perhaps this new book proves me wrong. Or might someone else have something to do with their incredible and somewhat suspicious evolution…? ;)

~Greph.
 

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Well, it sure sounds like an interesting read. I think I'll have to go pick it up and add it to the collection when I rotate back to the states. For the most part, GW releases some pretty interesting supplements like this. I was particularly impressed, for instance, with the Liber Chaotica books, although they weren't for 40k.

Too bad there's some fluff nazi out there who's going to crack this thing open during a game and try to tell me my army list / tactics don't conform to what he's read. Cause it's a little big for easy sphincter entry. :D
 

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Too bad there's some fluff nazi out there who's going to crack this thing open during a game and try to tell me my army list / tactics don't conform to what he's read. Cause it's a little big for easy sphincter entry. :D
Well I don't think that it will go to that level. There is almost only background fluff (and an evil hint on how to kill Tau) and nothing about tactics and army composition.

Good review there Grephaun, agree on most things (altough I would not have noticed that blood-cell thing).

Who could have guessed that the Tau were related to some spider-creatures? And that so many of the races in the book shared the same gods and ememies?
 
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