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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.
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.
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.
Hidden Warrior poster
Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling
5 star rating
The second book in the Tamir Triad.
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.
Ill Wind poster
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
5 star rating
The first book in the Weather Wardens series.
The High Lord poster
The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
4 star rating
The final volume of the Black Magician trilogy.
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.
Sunspot poster
Sunspot by Garth Jones
4 star rating
Sinister happenings on a giant space station for the rich.
Monstrous Regiment poster
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
4 star rating
Terry Pratchett goes all military in this satire on women in the army.
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.
Crossing the Meadow poster
Crossing the Meadow by Kfir Luzzatto
4 star rating
Kfir Luzzatto takes an intimate look at the world of ghosts.
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.
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.
The House of Gaian poster
The House of Gaian by Anne Bishop
3 star rating
The conclusion to the Tir Alainn trilogy.
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.
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?
Trading in Danger poster
Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
3 star rating
The first in the Vatta's War series.
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.

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.

The Luck Factor cover
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.