This is my first blog in over a month so sorry about. It's been a combination of not having enough time and sheer laziness. That and Oblivion, which I only bought 2 weeks ago. I've finished the Eisenhorn series which is probably the greatest book series I have ever read, surpasing Ciaphas Cain, Lord of the Rings and many others with its awesomeness.
I thought Xenos got off to a slow start but later made it seem so much better. Malleus is a masterpiece from start to finish and so was Hereticus except for perhaps the brief ending (and it generally depressing). However without that depressing part of the novel (which I won't go into too much since it contains epic spoilers) made that book for me and without it, it probably would have felt like Malleus all over again. That wouldn't have been a bad thing of course but it does mean that each book is different in some way. I'm hoping the brief ending with be explained in Ravenor which I have also ordered. I couldn't get Ravenor Rogue though without having to go through a third party so I've left it for now.
After Ravenor I'm thinking Gaunt's Ghosts. I'm having a very painfull time finding all of them though. After that perhaps the new Ultramarines book which is coming out next year.
I've had a stroke of good luck! My "Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer" has come 2 weeks early! I preorderd it back in September and it wasn't supposed to come until the first week of December (or if you live in the US, January).
It's fascinating background book and since it's the Damocles Gulf edition it has the new background on the Tau. I've added an extract for your entertainment:
The Damocles Gulf Crusade
Chapter 3: Know your foe
Section 1: General Information v: Drones
Being filthy degenerate, heretical xenos scum, the tau invest much confidence in 'artifical intelligence'. A mutated perversion of our arcane and mysterious Machine Spirit - tau build machines which do not require the guiding hand of a properly trained custodian.
Tau combat robots are called 'drones' and they take the form of levitating discs armed with poorly designed pulse carbines. They are relatively slow but their small size makes them a challenging target. Stand up and take aim; their targeting systems are so woefully inaccurate that you are perfectly safe from harm.
There are several types of drone. A gun drone's purpose is to provide fire support. Sniper drones act in teams with a tau spotter controlling the drones from afar. Not like our brave sharpshooters who are not afraid to get close to the enemy to make theri kill shots!
Other drone types have been noted by High Command but their uses are unknown and unimportant.
This a very realistic background book and is written with Imperial propaganda in mind so I wouldn't believe everything said in it if I were you. :P
I mentioned earlier that I've recently bought Oblivion which is an awesome game. It's something I'll likely spend many hours on. I've already got a Combat/stealth character but I will want to make a magic based one later so there is plenty of replay value here. It's surpasses almost all games in its depth and detail and I highly recommend it.