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Gamewright Forbidden Island Game
Gamewright Forbidden Island Game
Price: 13.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Game, 12 Aug 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Had loads of fun playing this as a family of four. It says age 10 and up on the tin but my 8 year old son had no problems and really enjoyed playing it. It's a good quality, well made game as well, especially considering the 12.59 I paid for it. It might be a little too simple for just adults, but if you have some kids playing it's great fun. The team-work element is good too as my kids (and wife) can sometimes be bad losers with other games!

The Saint: A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus (Gaunt's Ghosts Novels)
The Saint: A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus (Gaunt's Ghosts Novels)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. Do it now., 19 July 2011
Anyone who read my review of the first volume in this collection, The Founding, may have guessed that I'm a fan of Dan Abnett. I've read a fair bit of his work in various forms and have yet to come across a bad story. This is no exception. I think the Gaunt's Ghosts series is now up to 13 novels and these collections do a nice job of splitting them down into seperate 'story arcs'. I happen to have a minor touch of OCD when it comes to starting at the beginning and could never bring myself to jump on board somewhere in between. If, however you find yourself in possession of The Saint, having not yet read The Founding you'd be able to pick it up easily enough. Which is probably one of the strengths that this series has. There is plenty of continuity for sure, but each novel isn't so wrapped up in it that it can't be enjoyed as an individual story.
For me, this is where Gaunt's Ghosts really picks up. I've heard it said before that the characters are lacking in depth. Not something I would have agreed with in the first place, but here in these four stories is where you start to get attached to them. If you have read The Founding then you will have already been on a long journey with them, but now as you go further and further into the depths of chaos infested space, Mr Abnett begins to show just how cold blooded he can be by ripping the readers heart out with the odd completely unexpected death here and there, showing that anything could happen. None of the characters are safe from the authors pen, which I feel really adds something.
As the title would suggest this omnibus has an ongoing slow burning theme exploring the existence of an almost mythological figure known as Saint Sabbat and how a resurrection may be just what the imperial forces need to turn the tide of the campaign in the Sabbat Worlds.
As with the other collections, this one includes a foreword by Dan Abnett himself, as he looks back on the series which makes for interesting reading and a good introduction.
In essence, The Founding was almost like a prologue. The stage has been set and now the war can really get going.

The Founding (Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts)
The Founding (Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts)
by Dan Abnett
Edition: Paperback

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WH40k At Its Best, 27 April 2008
Anyone who's already familiar with Dan Abnett's work will know that he has mastered the art of writing fast-paced, straight for the throat, action based sci-fi. Indeed, he has become a notably popular writer for his work on both the UK based sci-fi weekly comic 2000AD, as well as for his WH40K novels, with a frankly astounding volume of quality output.
The Founding is a collection of Abnett's first three novels in his Gaunt's Ghosts series: First and Only (Abnett's first published novel), Ghostmaker and Necropolis. Also included is a short story named Honour Guard.
The series follows the adventures of the Tanith First regiment of imperial guardsmen, led by battle-hardened veteran Commissar-Colonel Ibram Gaunt.
Abnett has produced a great character in Gaunt, a commissar who goes against the standards set by his peers, refusing to throw his men to pointless deaths, but still managing to take them to glorius victory after glorius victory.
This is a very human tale, taking the reader into the horrors of war and allowing you to share all the emotion and fear felt by the characters, and although its set in deep space in the 41st millenium, it never feels like its too far away.

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