Originally Posted by DeathJester921
Don't touch anything by C.S. Goto. Ever.
I will make sure to burn the Heretic.
Originally Posted by Angel of Blood
I would suggest the Gaunts Ghosts series. The Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, followed by Pariah, and in that order. The Night Lords trilogy. And the Ciaphas Cain series.
I picked up Eisenhorn omnibus, and will def check out the rest after reading the ones I got so far.
Originally Posted by The Scion of Chemos
I think any of the omnibuses are really great for people just getting into reading 40K.
Blood Angels, Ciaphus Cain, Grey Knights, Iron Warriors, Soul Drinkers, Space Wolves, Ultramarines, Word Bearers, and some of the anthology ones such as The Best of Hammer and Bolter or The Space Marines Omnibus.
I recommend those because it is around 3 books(some include extra short stories and such) for +/- $15.
Which I think is a pretty good deal.
Though the newer ones are $17.50, though amazon/ebay/used bookstores and such will help to get it cheaper.
If you aren't too deadset on sticking with the Imperium of Man for reading pleasure, I would also recommend the Eldar Path series(Omnibus for that coming out soon too!)
I am not really into Eldar, however after reading Imperium stuff I will probably try some Tau books, the whole Fire Warrior thing entices me. Also studying in China right now, I can pick up books for dirt cheap (in english) on taobao (chinese ebay).
Originally Posted by Lord of the Night
If it's Dark Angels that you are looking for then the two novels Angels of Darkness and Ravenwing by Gav Thorpe are definitely where you should start. Both great novels and more will be coming soon.
Other then that I would recommend things like the Ultramarines, Salamanders, Night Lords and Eisenhorn series for a newcomer.
I had my eye on Ravenwing, but out of all Dark Angels fluff, Ravenwing really doesnt get to me. They are cool and all, but something about Dark Angel bikers just doesnt sit right with me.
I started with the first three Horus Heresy books and loved them (of course I'm all about civil war type stories and the origins of stuff so naturally I would like them). If you like Space Wolves, read Space Wolves. If you like the Inquisition, read books about the Inquisition. There is no wrong way to read 40K books (well maybe if you read a series out of order). Find the factions/races/chapters that interest you. Find the authors that you like reading by trying a bunch out. I would just go to the Black Library website and search on dark angels and find one that interests you.
I started with Dan Abnett "Inquisitor" series - it mostly describes life of "mortals" in grim and dark future.
After than i picked William King "Space wolves" - helped me a lot with understanding of space marines and WH40k universe.
Can't say much about Horus Heresy books - i started them after reading like 20 "40k timed" books and still had some difficulties - different age, emperor, primarchs, heresy.
Well everyone suggests more or less the same stuff, and from scouring the internet everyone loved Eisenhorn Omnibus, so I got that, aswell as Horus Rising, and Angels of Darkness. That should keep me busy for 4-5 weeks