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3.0 out of 5 stars The aliens get their due in this fun background book for Warhammer 40,000., July 5, 2006
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This review is from: Xenology: Notes and Research from the Alien Bestiary of Biegel (Warhammer 40, 000) (Paperback)
A huge percentage of Warhammer 40,000 (aka 40K) background material focuses on The Space Marines as they are still the most popular miniature range for the tabletop game, but the aliens get their due at least a little bit in this fun background book for the popular science fantasy game. Fans of a particular alien race may be disappointed at the short amount of material devoted to their favorite "xenos," but the positive side to this is that nearly all of the aliens from 40K get some attention in this book; it's an alien autopsy smorgasbord! Please note that this book review assumes some knowledge of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 game universe, so if you're reading this review and feeling lost, please check out Games Workshop's website for more information at games-workshop dot com.

The premise of the book is that it is a report based on the lab contents and notes of a "heretical" Imperial inquisitor. The report was supposedly made by an inquisitor sent to shut down the lab and document the contents before destroying them. The contents of each page are designed to look like a hodgepodge of notes made in haste about each specimen and document found in the lab. This includes notes on alien physiology and behavior with anatomical diagrams and more. There are even a few lesser known alien creatures documented in the book, though most material is devoted to well-known alien species like Orks, Tau, Eldar and Tyranids.

At the time of this writing Amazon is selling this book at a huge 37% discount off the list price and I definitely think this book has enough fun background in it to be worth buying at such a bargain price, although the list price is a little steep for what is here. In fact, I've only rated this book with 3 stars because of the steep list price, which I feel is a bit excessive. In short, buy this book here at Amazon at a nice discount if you enjoy these background books even a little bit, but don't bother with it at the full list price unless you enjoy these types of books enough that you feel you absolutely must have it.
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