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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

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 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.
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.
The Magician    
The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan
4 star rating

The first book in the Black Magician trilogy.
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.
Lost poster    
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.

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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.

Children Of Hope cover    
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.

Mortal Engines cover    
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.