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Film and Book Reviews for 2006

Films released in 2006

Day Watch poster    
Day Watch directed by Timur Bekmambetov
5 star rating

The second episode in the series adapting Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch novels.
V For Vendetta poster    
V For Vendetta directed by James McTeigue
5 star rating

For Evey Hammond, the 5th of November will never be the same again.
Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children poster    
Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children directed by Tetsuya Nomura
4 star rating

The movie sequel to Final Fantasy VII reintroduces some old friends in new guises.
Superman Returns poster    
Superman Returns directed by Bryan Singer
4 star rating

Nostalgia abounds as the fashion for underpants worn over tights makes a comeback.
Hogfather poster    
Hogfather directed by Vadim Jean
4 star rating

The midwinter festival of Hogswatch takes a deadly turn in this adaptation of a Terry Pratchett novel.
Pan    
Pan's Labyrinth directed by Guillermo del Toro
4 star rating

In the Spain of 1944 young Ofelia finds a kingdom of fairies and magic.
Pulse poster    
Pulse directed by Jim Sonzero
3 star rating

Something is up with the computers, and a psychology student tries to find out why despair is spreading through the campus like an infection.
Children of Men poster    
Children of Men directed by Alfonso Cuaron
3 star rating

Humanity faces extinction through infertility in this adaptation of a P.D. James novel.
Underworld Evolution poster    
Underworld Evolution directed by Len Wiseman
3 star rating

Kate Beckinsale fights vampires and werewolves whilst never getting a hair out of place.
Eragon poster    
Eragon directed by Stefen Fangmeier
2 star rating

A young farm boy discovers a dragon egg, and finds that everything changes. Including most of the original plot of the book.
Highlander 5 : The Source poster    
Highlander 5 : The Source directed by Brett Leonard
2 star rating

The fifth instalment in the Highlander series.
A Scanner Darkly poster    
A Scanner Darkly directed by Richard Linklater
2 star rating

This adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel depicts a man struggling with madness, paranoia and addiction in a near-future dystopia.
Idiocracy poster    
Idiocracy directed by Mike Judge
2 star rating

500 years in the future all of the smart people have died out, and it is up to an average guy from our time to put things right.
Renaissance poster    
Renaissance directed by Christian Volckman
2 star rating

A cop investigates the disappearance of a young scientist in this near-future noir thriller.
The Covenant poster    
The Covenant directed by Renny Harlin
2 star rating

A group of young men are gifted with magic powers. But if they can't resist the temptation to use them, those powers could tear them apart.
Lady in the Water poster    
Lady in the Water directed by M. Night Shyamalan
1 star rating

A mysterious woman from the sea turns up with a mission to enlighten mankind, before time runs out.
Dragon poster    
Dragon directed by Leigh Scott
0 star rating

A princess makes her way through a forest and past the perils of evil elves and a fire-breathing dragon.

Books published in 2006

The Lies Of Locke Lamora poster    
The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
5 star rating

A group of skilled con artists meet their match in the midst of an underworld turf war. The first novel in the Gentlemen Bastards sequence.
Last of the Wilds poster    
Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan
5 star rating

The second episode in the Age of the Five introduces new characters and cultures to the series.
The Blade Itself poster    
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
5 star rating

In the first episode of The First Law series some very different characters fight for truth, survival, or simply to look good.
The Oracle    
The Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling
5 star rating

The epic conclusion to the Tamir Triad sees a young queen fight to unite her country.
Wintersmith poster    
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
5 star rating

Tiffany Aching put a foot wrong, and now the winter is in love with her in this Discworld novel.
A Destiny of Fools poster    
A Destiny of Fools by Ejner Fulsang
5 star rating

The human race is dying out, and Sophie Zapata isn't convinced it deserves to be saved.
New Moon poster    
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
4 star rating

Bella studies Romeo and Juliet whilst two supernatural families square up against each other in Forks in this sequel to Twilight.
Traitor to the Blood poster    
Traitor to the Blood by Barb and J. C. Hendee
4 star rating

The fourth episode of the Noble Dead saga sees the half-elf Leesil and his dhampir companion Magiere investigate Leesil's past.
Voice of the Gods poster    
Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan
4 star rating

In the third episode of The Age of the Five Auraya faces a stark choice between her gods and the people she has grown to love.
Glass Houses poster    
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
4 star rating

Claire Danvers is worried about missing class. But in a town full of vampires she has more to fear than bad grades and parental disapproval.
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross poster    
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross by Mike Carey
4 star rating

John Constantine loses his memory in this contemporary occult graphic novel.
Junk Science poster    
Junk Science by Dan Agin
4 star rating

A look at how scientific truths are under attack from pressure groups, corporations, and other interested parties.
Sebastian poster    
Sebastian by Anne Bishop
4 star rating

An incubus takes a journey into the darkest corners of his own heart.
After Dolly poster    
After Dolly by Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield
4 star rating

After Dolly the sheep made headlines the scientist behind her creation discusses the implications of her birth.
Cracking Grace poster    
Cracking Grace by Steven Stromp
4 star rating

A girl bereaved of her mother and a statue in a cemetery find themselves asking the same questions.
The Culled poster    
The Culled by Simon Spurrier
4 star rating

In a brutal post-Apocalyptic world one man fights his way across America to find the source of a message.
Storms of Vengeance poster    
Storms of Vengeance by John Beachem
4 star rating

The first book in the epic fantasy series The Lorradda Stone.
Wildwood Dancing poster    
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
4 star rating

Five young sisters escape to a secret life of magic and dancing once a month, but adult responsibilities and dangers threaten to ruin it.
To Love a Sagelord poster    
To Love a Sagelord by Paul Massey
4 star rating

The first novel in the fantasy series, The Return to Enlightenment.
GemX poster    
GemX by Nicky Singer
4 star rating

A young man discovers a crack in his perfect face. In a world where genetic perfection is all-important, his flaw could prove fatal.
Infoquake poster    
Infoquake by David Louis Edelman
4 star rating

The human body is the battleground when ruthless corporations clash in this far future thriller.
Winterbirth poster    
Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
3 star rating

A young man battles for survival and for his people in this icy, epic fantasy. This is the first episode of The Godless World.
The Odyssey Gene poster    
The Odyssey Gene by Kfir Luzzatto
3 star rating

Kfir Luzzatto's first full-length science fiction novel tackles prejudice based on genetic differences.
The Turning poster    
The Turning by Paul J. Newell
2 star rating

People are disappearing, and one man may hold the key to solving the mystery.
Situation Vacant poster    
Situation Vacant by Gabrielle Staples
2 star rating

The first novel in the high fantasy Pelarian series.
The King    
The King's Heir by Johan Pihl, Raphael Vasconceles, Gina Jenkins and Geoffrey Bonn
2 star rating

A pirate fantasy set in the world of the Aethans.
A Craving For Blood poster    
A Craving For Blood by Mark H. Walker
1 star rating

This dystopian future sees natural humans fighting against the oppression of genetically enhanced super-soldiers.


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Unreviewed books

A Darkling Plain cover    
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
The fourth book in the Hungry City Chronicles.

Proven Guilty cover    
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
The eighth book in the Dresden Files.

School    
School's Out - Forever by James Patterson
The second novel in the Maximum Ride series.

Challengers Of The Unknown: Stolen Moments, Borrowed Time cover    
Challengers Of The Unknown: Stolen Moments, Borrowed Time by Howard Chaykin and Michelle Madsen
Five strangers are brought together by a disastrous event in this graphic novel. But can they unite to fight a global conspiracy?

Knight Of Darkness cover    
Knight Of Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The knight Varian du Fey had never known kindness, and he stood poised between good and evil. Then an ugly girl was given the chance to regain her looks, if she could convince Varian to defect to the dark side. The second Lords of Avalon book.

Into A Dark Realm cover    
Into A Dark Realm by Raymond E. Feist
A dark god from another realm threatens the world of Midkemia. Book two of the Darkwar series.

Sudden Gravity cover    
Sudden Gravity by Greg Ruth
In a mental hospital confusing memories are affecting the staff, and someone is picking them off one at a time.

The End Of Mr Y cover    
The End Of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
A student discovers a cursed book which appears to contain a way into a new reality.

Scary Mary cover    
Scary Mary by S. A. Hunter
A schoolgirl with a short fuse can hear ghosts. But can she convince her friend that his house is haunted by a malevolent one? A novella.

Broken cover    
Broken by Kelley Armstrong
Elena accidentally opens a portal to the world of Jack the Ripper. She faces zombies and other threats, all whilst pregnant. The sixth novel in the Women Of The Otherworld series.

Definitely Dead cover    
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Sookie goes to New Orleans to clear the house of her deceased vampire cousin, and gets embroiled in a deadly political intrigue. The sixth Sookie Stackhouse novel.

Firestorm cover    
Firestorm by Rachel Caine
The weather is out of control, Djinn are in rebellion, and Mother Nature is poised to bring about the end of humanity. The fifth novel in the Weather Warden series.