I stumbled onto this new skirmish game through a couple of podcasts, D6 Generation, and (GASP) 40k radio. Everything I have heard about it is awesome, and the minis are INCREDIBLE! Check them out here: http://www.malifaux.com/
I picked up the book and read it this weekend, and I LOVE the story. It is truly original and true to the world they are depicting. This game world encompasses steam punk, Gothic horror, Victorian horror, fantasy, lovecraftian parallel universes and even cowboys! Sheesh, a little of everything.
The great thing about this game is that you can get a complete army/crew/gang, the rulebook and the fate deck for less than $100!!!!!!!!
Total outlay for the game at less than $100 is incredible, especially given the quality involved. The miniatures are some of the best in the industry, and really convey the character and feel of the creatures and people they are portraying. The detail is superb, though some of the joints are a bit fiddly, and clearly meant for a more advanced modeler. There is definitely a horror edge to the models and the art in general, some of it is really gritty in it's feel.
I suggest you give this game a shot, even if only a few games. the unique dice-less system really shines in it's originality.
I have to say 4.5 stars out of 5...