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Film and Book Reviews for 2004

Films released in 2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban poster
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban directed by Alfonso Cuaron
4 star rating
Will Harry's third year at Hogwarts see his worst fears realised?
Hellboy poster
Hellboy directed by Guillermo del Toro
4 star rating
Big, red, hellish and likes kittens seeks similar for warmth and friendship.
Howl's Moving Castle directed by Hayao Miyazaki
4 star rating
A girl is cursed with old age, and a wizard has no heart in this animated fantasy.
I, Robot poster
I, Robot directed by Alex Proyas
4 star rating
Robots are all the rage in the future.
Spider-Man 2 poster
Spider-Man 2 directed by Sam Raimi
4 star rating
The web-slinger gets ready to throw in the red and blue suit.
The Stepford Wives poster
The Stepford Wives directed by Frank Oz
4 star rating
This update of Ira Levin's novel explores the sinister side of housework.
Appleseed poster
Appleseed directed by Shinji Aramaki
3 star rating
Is it time for mankind to make way for a new race?
The Chronicles of Riddick poster
The Chronicles of Riddick directed by David Twohy
3 star rating
The anti-hero Riddick returns to fight the Necromongers.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow poster
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow directed by Kerry Conran
3 star rating
Steampunk has never looked so glamorous.
The Day After Tomorrow poster
The Day After Tomorrow directed by Roland Emmerich
3 star rating
Climate change sparks a series of disastrous weather events, heralding the dawn of a new ice age.
Blade Trinity poster
Blade Trinity directed by David S. Goyer
2 star rating
The third film in the Blade series sees the hybrid vampire slayer pitted against Dracula himself.
Van Helsing poster
Van Helsing directed by Stephen Sommers
2 star rating
The legendary monster hunter takes on Dracula.

Books published in 2004

Nylon Angel poster
Nylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres
5 star rating
When you've met Parrish, you'll know why she's so hard to put down.
Code Noir poster
Code Noir by Marianne de Pierres
5 star rating
Parrish Plessis is back, and she has already broken her resolution not to hit anyone.
Heat Stroke poster
Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
5 star rating
In the second book in the Weather Wardens series, Joanne Baldwin faces a threat that could destroy the Djinn.
Grim Tuesday poster
Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
5 star rating
The Keys To The Kingdom continues as Arthur Penhaligon takes on the keeper of the second key.
Going Postal poster
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
5 star rating
Moist von Lipwig delivers the Discworld post.
The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us poster
The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
4 star rating
Rick Grimes and his band of survivors continue their search for safety in a world taken over by zombies. This graphic novel is the second in the series, The Walking Dead.
Thief of Lives poster
Thief of Lives by Barb and J. C. Hendee
4 star rating
In this sequel to Dhampir, it turns out the Noble Dead are not always so noble.
A Hat Full of Sky poster
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
4 star rating
Tiffany Aching returns to earn her place amongst the witches.
Eve poster
Eve by Aurelio O'Brien
4 star rating
This silly yet incisive satire mixes up the primordial soup.
Undead And Unwed poster
Undead And Unwed by Maryjanice Davidson
4 star rating
A fashionable secretary wakes in a morgue to discover she is one of the undead.
Dead Witch Walking poster
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
4 star rating
Rachel Morgan has to figure out who she can trust if she is to survive more than a few days as a supernatural bounty hunter.
Dreamers poster
Dreamers by Christian R. Bonawandt
3 star rating
You wake up, but are you still in a dream world?
Market Forces poster
Market Forces by Richard Morgan
3 star rating
Chris Faulkner is an executive in a cut-throat corporate world where just getting to work can be a matter of life and death.
The Autumn Castle poster
The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins
3 star rating
The first book in the Europa Suite is a dark and unusual fairytale.
Blood And Memory poster
Blood And Memory by Fiona McIntosh
3 star rating
The second volume in the high fantasy series The Quickening.
The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye poster
The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
3 star rating
Rick Grimes wakes up in hospital to find the world he knew taken over by hordes of zombies. The first graphic novel in The Walking Dead series.
1602 poster
1602 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove
3 star rating
Why are the superheroes and villains of the Marvel universe turning up in Elizabethan times? A graphic novel.
Wolfblade poster
Wolfblade by Jennifer Fallon
2 star rating
The first episode of the Wolfblade Trilogy follows Marla Wolfblade as she learns to survive politics and intrigue in this high fantasy that forms part of the Hythrun Chronicles.
The Well of Yearning poster
The Well of Yearning by Caiseal Mor
2 star rating
Practical Normans and naive monks face malevolent Otherworld creatures in medieval Ireland. The first book in the Wellspring trilogy.
Jumping Jack Flash poster
Jumping Jack Flash by M. A. Keesee
2 star rating
Androids and murder in the time of Sherlock Holmes.
Echoes of a Distant Storm poster
Echoes of a Distant Storm by Wendy Simpson
2 star rating
Two young people face the ultimate evil in this debut fantasy.
Bridge of Souls poster
Bridge of Souls by Fiona McIntosh
2 star rating
The final instalment of The Quickening.
The Iron Tree poster
The Iron Tree by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
1 star rating
A young man whose ancestry is a mystery falls in love with a cursed woman.
Merlin the Sorcerer poster
Merlin the Sorcerer by William P. Burch
1 star rating
An archaeologist literally journeys to the Arthurian past in this time travel adventure.

Unreviewed books

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell cover
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Most of the magic has left England, until two magicians appear in the nineteenth century. But they become rivals.

Blood Rites cover
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
The sixth book in the Dresden Files.

Dead To The World cover
Dead To The World by Charlaine Harris
When Eric Northman turns up naked and missing his memory and his usual personality, Sookie feels bound to take him in, even though she knows it will get her in trouble. The fourth in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
The second book in the Hungry City Chronicles.

The Knight cover
The Knight by Gene Wolfe
A young man travels from America to a strange world of knights, magic, giants, honour, and seven levels of reality. Book one of The Wizard Knight.

Smoke And Shadows cover
Smoke And Shadows by Tanya Huff
An actress dies on the set of a vampire TV show, and an aspiring producer notices strange shadows that may not be of this world. The first book in the Tony Foster series.

Brilliance Of The Moon cover
Brilliance Of The Moon by Lian Hearn
Otori Takeo prepares to go to war to secure his lands and those of his beloved Kaede. But a prophecy of battles hangs over him.

Dime Store Magic cover
Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
Sorcerers want to take custody of an adolescent witch, and they are prepared to fight dirty. But Paige Winterbourne, her guardian, is determined to protect her charge at any cost.

Unreviewed films

Shaun Of The Dead cover
Shaun Of The Dead directed by Edgar Wright
A man who is stuck in a timewarp and a dead-end job tries to win back his girlfriend during a zombie outbreak.

AVP: Alien vs. Predator cover
AVP: Alien vs. Predator directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
A team of cannon fodder investigate an unusual ancient structure in Antarctica, and get caught up in a battle between advanced alien races.