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Film and Book Reviews for 2001

Films released in 2001

A Knight
A Knight's Tale directed by Brian Helgeland
5 star rating
A peasant poses as a knight in this adaptation of a story by Chaucer.
The Others poster
The Others directed by Alejandro Amenabar
4 star rating
A woman is trying to raise her light-sensitive children in Jersey at the end of the WWII. But is their house haunted?
Evolution poster
Evolution directed by Ivan Reitman
3 star rating
A meteor crashes into the desert in this science fiction comedy. But things get strange when researchers discover signs of rapidly evolving alien life.
Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within poster
Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi
3 star rating
A post-apocalyptic future Earth is terrorised by murderous spirits.
AI Artificial Intelligence poster
AI Artificial Intelligence directed by Steven Spielberg
2 star rating
This adaptation of a short story by Brian W. Aldiss deals with an artificial boy who longs to become real.
K-Pax poster
K-Pax directed by Iain Softley
2 star rating
A man claims to be an alien from a distant planet. But is he simply insane?

Books published in 2001

The Eyre Affair poster
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
5 star rating
Fictional characters leap out of the page and start affecting reality in this literary adventure.
The Beguilers poster
The Beguilers by Kate Thompson
5 star rating
They snare unwary travellers and lead them off cliffs. Hunting down a beguiler is thought to be insane, so why does Rilka want to do it?
The Bone Doll
The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
5 star rating
In the first book of the Tamir Triad a young prince is haunted by an unquiet spirit.
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents poster
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
5 star rating
Terry Pratchett puts a very different spin on the Pied Piper tale in this Discworld novel.
Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb
5 star rating
In book one of The Tawny Man, FitzChivalry Farseer goes undercover to track a Prince and to try to shape the future of the Six Duchies.
The Magician
The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan
4 star rating
The first book in the Black Magician trilogy.
Prophecy poster
Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon
4 star rating
The second book in the Rhapsody series.
The Pillars of the World poster
The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop
4 star rating
The first book set in the world of the Fae and Tir Alainn.
On poster
On by Adam Roberts
4 star rating
Tighe is a young man who has lived his whole life on a vast wall, in this high-concept post-apocalyptic novel.
Dead Until Dark poster
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
4 star rating
Sookie Stackhouse can read minds. But can she uncover the identity of a murderer before she becomes the next victim?
Bitten poster
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
4 star rating
The only female werewolf in the world has to decide between life with the Pack and fitting in with the rest of humanity. Book one of The Women Of The Otherworld series.
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Lost by Gregory Maguire
3 star rating
A blocked author comes to London to write a ghost story. But is she haunted by her own spectres?
The Dreamthief
The Dreamthief's Daughter by Michael Moorcock
3 star rating
This fantasy is set in the world of the Eternal Champion and features Ulric, Graf von Bek.
Colony poster
Colony by Rob Grant
3 star rating
This humorous novel about a generation spaceship is written by one of the creators of Red Dwarf.
Artemis Fowl poster
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
3 star rating
Supervillians. They get younger every year.
Altered Carbon poster
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
3 star rating
Cyberpunk body-swapping action.
Destiny poster
Destiny by Elizabeth Haydon
2 star rating
The third instalment of the high fantasy Rhapsody trilogy.

Unreviewed books

Fool Moon cover
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
The second book in the Dresden Files.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
The third book in the Dresden Files.

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Children Of Hope by David Feintuch
The seventh novel in the Seafort Saga.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home cover
The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home by J Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr
Peter Parker meets a man who seems to know all about him, who comes with a warning about a predatory adversary any sensible spider should run from. A graphic novel.

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
The first book in the Hungry City Chronicles.

Origin: The True Story Of Wolverine cover
Origin: The True Story Of Wolverine by Paul Jenkins, Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada, and Andy Kubert
How the mutant known as Wolverine became a superhero. A graphic novel.

Unreviewed films

Spirited Away cover
Spirited Away directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Chihiro is displeased when her parents decide the family will move to the suburbs. On the way they stop off at an abandoned theme park, and are pulled into a world of demons and monsters.

The Mummy Returns cover
The Mummy Returns directed by Stephen Sommers
Two archaeologists discover an artefact that could resurrect the long-forgotten Scorpion King and his army. But they must race against time to save their son, prevent the Scorpion King from taking over, and stop the revived High Priest Imhotep.