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Film and Book Reviews for 2006

Films released in 2006

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.
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.
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's Labyrinth directed by Guillermo del Toro
4 star rating
In the Spain of 1944 young Ofelia finds a kingdom of fairies and magic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highlander 5 : The Source poster
Highlander 5 : The Source directed by Brett Leonard
2 star rating
The fifth instalment in the Highlander series.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sebastian poster
Sebastian by Anne Bishop
4 star rating
An incubus takes a journey into the darkest corners of his own heart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King cover
Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser
An account of the complicated love life of Louis XIV of France, as well as of the other women in his family and the effect they had on him.

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.

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.

Unreviewed films

The Prestige cover
The Prestige directed by Christopher Nolan
A pair of rival magicians in nineteenth century London are obsessed with trying to uncover the secrets behind their best tricks.