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Thoughts On The Sieghart Report On Libraries

The Sieghart report on libraries missed its mark by miles. Yet the real cause of the decline of the UK library network is depressingly obvious.
28th December 2014

A Shout-Out For The Good Guys

When nastiness dominates online conversations about books it is time to appreciate the well-behaved authors.
24th October 2014

Personalised Book Recommendations

Answer seven questions and find a book to match your personal tastes.

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Alien Quiz
Discover how well you know aliens in movies and literature.

This moderately hard quiz features all kinds of cute, sinister and strange droids.

Fantasy Novels of the '00s
Are you an expert on noughties fantasy literature?

Or try this month's featured quiz.

Short Story : Pulpulous

A novelist is faced with poverty and ruin when her work becomes obsolete. How will she fight the vast corporate machine and get back on top?
By Ros Jackson.


Fans of random silliness will enjoy the generators in the fiction section. These include generators for fantasy quests, prophecies, science fiction plots, MacGuffins, and characters.

Top 10 classic films

  1. Star Wars: A New Hope directed by George Lucas (1977)

  2. Time Bandits directed by Terry Gilliam (1981)

  3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day directed by James Cameron (1991)

  4. Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot (1999)

  5. Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton (1999)

  6. Starship Troopers directed by Paul Verhoeven (1997)

  7. Stargate directed by Roland Emmerich (1994)

  8. Men In Black directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (1997)

  9. The Mask directed by Charles Russel (1994)

  10. Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead directed by Sam Raimi (1993)

Recently reviewed older releases

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5 star rating
To save her sister, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take part in a brutal tournament in which only one person can emerge alive. The first book in The Hunger Games trilogy.
Released in 2008.

26th December 2014

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Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
5 star rating
Sookie is in the middle of investigating a murder when she is sent to Dallas to help a group of vampires find one of their own. The second novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Released in 2002.

29th October 2014

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The Dirty Streets Of Heaven by Tad Williams
4 star rating
An angel gets on the case of a missing soul. The first in the Bobby Dollar series.
Released in 2012.

3rd October 2014

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Book Reviews

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Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

2014 star rating
A young woman with the power to change her appearance is tasked with saving her kind from extinction. Unfortunately, people like her are more hunted than she knows.

23rd March 2015

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War Cry by Jim Butcher and Carlos Gomez

3 star rating
Harry Dresden leads a group of rookies on a top secret mission. A graphic novel in The Dresden Files series.

26th October 2014

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The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell

4 star rating
If humanity suffered an apocalypse, what would it take to rebuild civilisation from its ashes?

4th July 2014

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Saga: Volume Three by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

5 star rating
New parents from opposing sides of a conflict hide out in a lighthouse, but their pursuers are on their trail. A graphic novel.

2nd June 2014

Film Reviews

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 directed by Francis Lawrence

5 star rating
Katniss must choose between sparking a rebellion against the repressive Capitol, or laying low in an attempt to protect those she loves who the Capitol still holds hostage. The third film in The Hunger Games.

7th December 2014

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