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Film and Book Reviews for 2007

Films released in 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean : At World    
Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End directed by Gore Verbinski
5 star rating

In the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series can the crew rescue Jack Sparrow and keep Lord Beckett from eliminating piracy forever?
Transformers poster    
Transformers directed by Michael Bay
4 star rating

Robots living amongst us, cunningly disguised as common machines and vehicles, go to war.
Bridge To Terabithia poster    
Bridge To Terabithia directed by Gabor Csupo
4 star rating

Two friends create an imaginary kingdom in this adaptation of a novel by Katherine Paterson.
Iron Man poster    
Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau
4 star rating

An arms manufacturer has a change of heart and builds a suit to help him fight injustice in the world.
Perfect Creature poster    
Perfect Creature directed by Glenn Standring
4 star rating

In an alternate late industrial-age world vampires and humans live together peacefully, but one of them has become a bloodthirsty killer.
Beowulf poster    
Beowulf directed by Robert Zemeckis
4 star rating

An adaptation of the classic Anglo-Saxon poem about Beowulf's defeat of Grendel, done entirely in 3D.
Shrek The Third poster    
Shrek The Third directed by Chris Miller
4 star rating

The grumpy green ogre faces his biggest challenge yet: fatherhood.
Stardust poster    
Stardust directed by Matthew Vaughn
4 star rating

Life is hard for a star: there's no privacy, you get hounded wherever you go, your heart cut out and eaten...
The Golden Compass poster    
The Golden Compass directed by Chris Weitz
4 star rating

Northern Lights is adapted for film in this lavish CGI feast featuring armoured bears and daemon companions.
Spider-Man 3 poster    
Spider-Man 3 directed by Sam Raimi
3 star rating

The third episode of the Spider-Man films finds Peter Parker fighting his own dark side.
I Am Legend poster    
I Am Legend directed by Francis Lawrence
3 star rating

A loose adaptation of a novel by Richard Matheson sees Will Smith as the last man on Earth, struggling against monsters and loneliness.
The Reaping poster    
The Reaping directed by Stephen Hopkins
3 star rating

A couple of scientists investigate strange phenomena in a small town in Louisiana.
The Invasion poster    
The Invasion directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
3 star rating

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is remade and updated for 2007.
1408 poster    
1408 directed by Mikael Håfström
3 star rating

An occult author checks in to room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, expecting another paranormal hoax.
30 Days Of Night poster    
30 Days Of Night directed by David Slade
3 star rating

The town of Barrow in Arctic circle is the perfect location for dark-loving, publicity-shy vampires.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix poster    
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix directed by David Yates
3 star rating

Harry faces his fifth year at Hogwarts and the terror of exams, Death Eaters, and a sadistic teacher obsessed with kittens.
Arthur and the Invisibles poster    
Arthur and the Invisibles directed by Luc Besson
3 star rating

A boy shrinks to the size of an insect and goes on an adventure in order to rescue his home.
Enchanted poster    
Enchanted directed by Kevin Lima
3 star rating

Fairytale characters meet the real world in this lighthearted romantic fantasy.
Blood and Chocolate poster    
Blood and Chocolate directed by Katja Von Garnier
3 star rating

A young woman has to choose between family loyalty and love in this werewolf story set in Bucharest.
Black Sheep poster    
Black Sheep directed by Jonathan King
2 star rating

A New Zealand sheep farm is the setting for this comedy horror about ferocious genetically altered ovines.
The Dark Is Rising poster    
The Dark Is Rising directed by David L. Cunningham
2 star rating

In this adaptation of a novel by Susan Cooper, Will Stanton discovers he is destined to play a part in the epic struggle against the dark.
Sunshine poster    
Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle
2 star rating

The sun is dying, so a group of astronauts set out on a mission to re-ignite it and save humanity.
28 Weeks Later poster    
28 Weeks Later directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
2 star rating

The sequel to 28 Days Later.
Southland Tales poster    
Southland Tales directed by Richard Kelly
2 star rating

In this near-future story an amnesiac politician and a soldier with a twin find themselves faced with the Apocalypse.
The Last Mimzy poster    
The Last Mimzy directed by Bob Shaye
2 star rating

When a brother and sister find a weird box of toys they start to develop unusual talents. But the white rabbit, Mimzy, is trying to tell them something.
Planet Terror poster    
Planet Terror directed by Robert Rodriguez
2 star rating

In this Grindhouse feature, people in a Texan town face an outbreak that turns infected victims to rampaging zombies.
Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer poster    
Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer directed by Tim Story
2 star rating

In this sequel to the 2005 Fantastic Four movie, the four face an alien entity capable of destroying the Earth.
Mr Magorium    
Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium directed by Zach Helm
1 star rating

Mr Magorium runs a fantastic toy store, but it is time for him to hand it over to a successor.
Gabriel poster    
Gabriel directed by Shane Abbess
1 star rating

An angel is sent to Earth in human form to fight to return the light and save the souls of the people who live there.
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem poster    
Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem directed by Colin and Greg Strause
1 star rating

When a Predator spaceship crash-lands in America a small town has to deal with Alien infestation.
100 Million BC poster    
100 Million BC directed by Louie Myman
1 star rating

A military team go back in time to rescue people trapped in the time of the dinosaurs.

Books published in 2007

Ancient Appetites poster    
Ancient Appetites by Oisin McGann
5 star rating

Nate Wildenstern hunts for his brother's murderer in a historic version of Ireland populated by living machines.
Before They Are Hanged poster    
Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
5 star rating

In the second episode of The First Law series some characters discover that the glory of war is not all they believed it would be.
The Emerald Planet poster    
The Emerald Planet by David Beerling
5 star rating

Plants are often overlooked when it comes to the story of evolution. David Beerling sets this right in this account of how they have affected the history of our planet.
Overclocked poster    
Overclocked by Cory Doctorow
5 star rating

This collection of short stories mixes technology and cyberpunk themes with acute political observations and zombie mayhem.
Making Money poster    
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
5 star rating

Moist von Lipwig takes on the Royal Mint in this Discworld novel.
Incarceron poster    
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
5 star rating

A young man fights to escape a vast prison that is decaying around him. On the outside, a young woman struggles to get into the prison to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage and a life of political scheming.
The Dead Girls    
The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
4 star rating

Claire Danvers dislikes vampires, but finds vampire hunters an even scarier breed. The second in the Morganville Vampires series.
Vampire Academy poster    
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
4 star rating

A young dhampir has to protect her friend, who is a mortal vampire, from immortal ones who want to drink her dry.
First Among Sequels poster    
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
4 star rating

Thursday Next wears many hats: wife, mother, carpet fitter and undercover literary agent. But can she cope with babysitting her fictional selves?
Eclipse poster    
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
4 star rating

Bella Swan is about to graduate, but with vampires out for her blood and werewolves after her heart, she has more than finals and college on her mind.
Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries poster    
Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
4 star rating

A collection of essays on the cosmos that spans the birth and death of the universe and much of the excitement in between.
Belladonna poster    
Belladonna by Anne Bishop
3 star rating

The second novel in the Ephemera series focuses on the rogue landscaper Belladonna.
Dawn of Destiny poster    
Dawn of Destiny by Lee Stephen
3 star rating

The first book in the Epic series sees a young soldier fighting an alien invasion of Earth.
Night Rising poster    
Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
3 star rating

The first volume of Vampire Babylon, chronicling the adventures of stuntwoman and vampire hunter Dawn Madison.
Outlaw Trigger poster    
Outlaw Trigger by Lee Stephen
3 star rating

The second book in the Epic series sees Scott Remington battling both aliens and inner demons.
Tourniquet poster    
Tourniquet by Kim Lakin-Smith
2 star rating

A vampiric rock star wonders what has happened to his brother and his city in the first novel about the Renegade City.
The Children Of Hurin poster    
The Children Of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien
2 star rating

A an epic and tragic fantasy set in the Elder days of Middle Earth.
Oshun's Gold by Simone Brightstein
1 star rating

How will Ancient African deities respond to the modern world of advertising and beauty?
The Legends and the Inca Crystals poster    
The Legends and the Inca Crystals by Lia Ginno
0 star rating

Two half-siblings face an evil wizard and fight to save the world in this YA fantasy.

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Unreviewed books

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White Night by Jim Butcher
The ninth book in the Dresden Files.

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All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
Sookie attends a vampire summit, where her telepathic skills put her in high demand and in danger. The seventh Sookie Stackhouse novel.

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Claimed By Shadow by Karen Chance
The second novel in the Cassandra Palmer series.

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Wyvern by Grace Draven
When her village is terrorised by a wyvern, a woman with a talent for the fiddle is sent to appease the beast, to keep the mob from attacking her sick grandfather. But something about the creature intrigues Elsbeth, in this romantic fantasy novella.

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Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov
Iron Man faces a terrorist opponent who is using biotechnology that renders his suit obsolete, and he wonders whether he has become another pawn of the arms industry. A graphic novel.

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Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England by Emily Cockayne
An account of everyday life in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that focuses on all the senses, and examines the nuisances and difficulties of life in that era.

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A Short History of Slavery by James Walvin
A detailed and moving history of the history of slavery, with a focus on the Atlantic slave trade.

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Civil War by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, and Morry Hollowell
The government demands regulation for superheroes. Some disagree, and are prepared to fight for their privacy in this graphic novel.

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Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
Rich socialite vampires struggle against hormones and other evil vampires. The second Blue Bloods novel.

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Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner
An anthology of vampire birthday stories, featuring short stories by Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, and others.

Under The Dragon    
Under The Dragon's Claw by Alex George
Dragons rule the skies. In the bowels of the mountains, ogres lurk, tall as oaks, with groping claws and sharpened fangs. Theo, a mere sorcerer’s apprentice, must face them all. Book one of the Heartstone Talisman series.

Quirkology cover    
Quirkology by Richard Wiseman
The science of random, quirky things, focusing on behavioural science.

Empress cover    
Empress by Karen Miller
A savage girl is sold into slavery, but she is determined to be far more than that. Book one in the Godspeaker series.

Unreviewed films

Dragon Wars cover    
Dragon Wars directed by Hyung Rae Shim
A young man tries to protect a young woman who is fated to die, and protect the world from a supernatural evil that wants the magic she possesses.