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Film and Book Reviews for 2003

Films released in 2003

The Matrix Reloaded poster    
The Matrix Reloaded directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski
5 star rating

The machines fight back. Will Neo be able to stop them and save Zion?
The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers (extended edition) poster    
The Lord of the Rings : The Two Towers (extended edition) directed by Peter Jackson
5 star rating

The epic fantasy is now 42 minutes longer, but is it worth buying for that?
The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King poster    
The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson
4 star rating

The third part of Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Daredevil poster    
Daredevil directed by Mark Steven Johnson
3 star rating

Ben Affleck plays the blind hero Daredevil in this adaptation of the Marvel comics.
X-Men 2 poster    
X-Men 2 directed by Bryan Singer
3 star rating

Nightcrawler, Lady Deathstrike, Wolverine's hair. Who will save the world this time?
Paycheck poster    
Paycheck directed by John Woo
2 star rating

Ben Affleck forgets all about payday in this futuristic John Woo flick.
Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines poster    
Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines directed by Jonathan Mostow
2 star rating

Can John Connor save mankind from Judgement Day in the third movie in the Terminator series?
Underworld poster    
Underworld directed by Len Wiseman
2 star rating

Vampires and werewolves slug it out underneath New York.

Books published in 2003

Bartimaeus: The Amulet Of Samarkand poster    
Bartimaeus: The Amulet Of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
5 star rating

A young magician summons a djinni to steal a powerful amulet, but the djinni resents being treated as an errand boy and has a few tricks to get even with the upstart magician.
Mister Monday poster    
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
5 star rating

The first book in The Keys To The Kingdom introduces Arthur Penhaligon, a sickly schoolboy with a great destiny.
Hidden Warrior poster    
Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling
5 star rating

The second book in the Tamir Triad.
Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb
5 star rating

In the conclusion to The Tawny Man FitzChivalry must decide what to do about a dragon.
Club Dead poster    
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
5 star rating

Sookie is upset when her vampire boyfriend grows distant and keeps secrets from her. When he goes missing to another state it could be the last straw for their relationship. The third in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Ill Wind poster    
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
5 star rating

The first book in the Weather Wardens series.
Sunspot poster    
Sunspot by Garth Jones
4 star rating

Sinister happenings on a giant space station for the rich.
The Face poster    
The Face by Dean Koontz
4 star rating

A movie star is threatened by a baffling killer in this contemporary horror novel.
Monstrous Regiment poster    
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
4 star rating

Terry Pratchett goes all military in this satire on women in the army.
The High Lord poster    
The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
4 star rating

The final volume of the Black Magician trilogy.
Inkheart poster    
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
4 star rating

Meggie and Mo Folchart are avid readers, but Mo can literally bring characters to life just by reading aloud. And those characters aren't always happy about it.
Dhampir poster    
Dhampir by Barb and J. C. Hendee
4 star rating

The first book to introduce Magiere, the vampire hunter with a secret.
Broken Angels poster    
Broken Angels by Richard Morgan
4 star rating

The second Takeshi Kovacs book finds out hero hoping that a discovery of alien technology will be his ticket out of a war.
Crossing the Meadow poster    
Crossing the Meadow by Kfir Luzzatto
4 star rating

Kfir Luzzatto takes an intimate look at the world of ghosts.
Trading in Danger poster    
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
3 star rating

The first in the Vatta's War series.
Maul poster    
Maul by Tricia Sullivan
3 star rating

Men are dying from a plague that leaves women immune in this novel about life in a world where women make the rules.
Natural History poster    
Natural History by Justina Robson
3 star rating

This novel sees mankind engineering its own evolution to space and beyond. But at what cost?
Myrren's Gift by Fiona McIntosh
3 star rating

The first novel in the Quickening series finds a young general given a strange gift by a woman condemned for witchcraft.
The House of Gaian poster    
The House of Gaian by Anne Bishop
3 star rating

The conclusion to the Tir Alainn trilogy.
The Wee Free Men poster    
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
3 star rating

Rowdy pictsies and young Tiffany Aching confront the Queen of the Fairies.
The One and the Golden Circle poster    
The One and the Golden Circle by Don Allen Beene
0 star rating

Science fiction meets the new age in a book that melds religion, genetics and the alien within.

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Unreviewed books

Coalescent cover    
Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
A man searches for a sister he never knew. In the distant past, a woman tries to survive as the Roman Empire crumbles. The first novel in the Destiny's Children series.

Stolen cover    
Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
A shady group kidnaps supernatural beings. The second book in the Women Of The Otherworld series.

Death Masks cover    
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
The fifth book in the Dresden Files.

Polystom cover    
Polystom by Adam Roberts
A spoilt young aristocrat lives in a world where he can fly to the moon in a biplane and not everyone believes in the stars. But his ideas about the universe and his sheltered life are about to be turned on their head.

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The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman
This book takes a scientific look at the factors that differentiate lucky people from unlucky ones, and examines what people can do to change their luck.

Stiff cover    
Stiff by Mary Roach
An examination of what happens to human bodies after we die.

Grass For His Pillow cover    
Grass For His Pillow by Lian Hearn
Takeo goes into hiding, pursued by an angry warlord, whilst his beloved Kaede must unite her people in a society that does not expect women to lead. The second book in the Tales Of The Otori series.

Unreviewed films

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl cover    
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl directed by Gore Verbinski
A blacksmith teams up with the pirate Jack Sparrow to save Elizabeth Swann, his love, from a crew of undead pirates. The first film in the series.