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Film and Book Reviews for 2009

Films released in 2009

Coraline poster    
Coraline directed by Henry Selick
5 star rating

Coraline Jones feels bored and neglected, and is ready to swap her workaholic parents for more attentive and loving substitutes.
Star Trek poster    
Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams
4 star rating

The crew of the Enterprise take on a genocidal Romulan in this reboot of the Star Trek franchise.
Surrogates poster    
Surrogates directed by Jonathan Mostow
4 star rating

You can be anyone you want to be, provided you want to be fake.
Planet 51 poster    
Planet 51 directed by Jorge Blanco
4 star rating

An astronaut lands on a planet, only to discover that he is the alien invader.
Doghouse poster    
Doghouse directed by Jake West
4 star rating

A group of men organise an outing to an isolated, sinister village full of women. What could go wrong?
The Road poster    
The Road directed by John Hillcoat
4 star rating

A father and son search for food and hope for a better life as they travel through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Avatar poster    
Avatar directed by James Cameron
4 star rating

A paraplegic marine gets a second chance when he takes on a new body to negotiate with the natives on an alien world.
The Secret Of Moonacre poster    
The Secret Of Moonacre directed by Gabor Csupo
4 star rating

Can Maria Merryweather lift the curse that blights her family and save Moonacre valley?
X-Men Origins: Wolverine poster    
X-Men Origins: Wolverine directed by Gavin Hood
3 star rating

This fast-paced prequel tells the story of one of the most savage X-Men.
New Moon poster    
New Moon directed by Chris Weitz
3 star rating

Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
FAQ About Time Travel poster    
FAQ About Time Travel directed by Gareth Carrivick
3 star rating

Three guys are discussing time travel when they discover portal to the future.
Splice poster    
Splice directed by Vincenzo Natali
3 star rating

Two scientists create a new lifeform in the lab.
The Time Traveler    
The Time Traveler's Wife directed by Robert Schwentke
3 star rating

Henry can travel through time. But is his ability a blessing or a curse?
Pandorum poster    
Pandorum directed by Christian Alvart
3 star rating

Two crew members wake to amnesia, darkness and fear on board a failing spacecraft in this science fiction horror.
Ink poster    
Ink directed by Jamin Winans
3 star rating

A guy from the spirit world who hides his face abducts a young girl. But is Ink really as evil as he purports to be?
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian poster    
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian directed by Shawn Levy
3 star rating

A former night guard returns to help out when his friends at the museum are transferred to the Smithsonian.
Terminator Salvation poster    
Terminator Salvation directed by McG
3 star rating

The fourth movie in the Terminator series takes place during a brutal war in which man is on the verge of being wiped out by the machines.
Push poster    
Push directed by Paul McGuigan
3 star rating

Psychics In Hong Kong rush to protect a unique woman from a shadowy government agency.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince poster    
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince directed by David Yates
3 star rating

Can Harry do anything to prevent Voldemort from taking over the world of wizards in his sixth year at Hogwarts?
District 9 poster    
District 9 directed by Neill Blomkamp
3 star rating

What happens when aliens are forced to live in a slum?
Knowing poster    
Knowing directed by Alex Proyas
2 star rating

A page full of numbers appear to predict disasters. But can a man who knows what is coming do anything to change the future?
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen poster    
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen directed by Michael Bay
2 star rating

Shabby ice cream vans lead double lives as fighting alien robots in this toy-based movie.
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie poster    
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie directed by Lev L. Spiro
2 star rating

A young witch accidentally creates a spell that will cause her and her brothers to disappear, unless they can find a way to reverse it.
2012 poster    
2012 directed by Roland Emmerich
1 star rating

People face earthquakes, volcanoes, and the end of days in this apocalyptic disaster movie.

Books published in 2009

59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot poster    
59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot by Richard Wiseman
5 star rating

Professor Richard Wiseman discusses the science around self-help and presents lifestyle advice based on scientific studies.
The Dragon Keeper poster    
The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
5 star rating

A new generation of dragons that fail to live up to expectations of them set off on a journey to find a legendary lost city. The first book in the Rain Wild Chronicles.
Best Served Cold poster    
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
5 star rating

Revenge is on the agenda in this standalone novel set in the same world as the First Law trilogy.
I Am Not A Serial Killer poster    
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
5 star rating

Can a sociopathic teenager stop a demon on a killing spree? The first in the John Cleaver series.
Triumff: Her Majesty    
Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero by Dan Abnett
5 star rating

Sir Rupert Triumff fights for queen, country, and sobriety in this humorous alternate history.
Johannes Cabal The Necromancer poster    
Johannes Cabal The Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard
5 star rating

An acerbic, over-educated necromancer tries to win back his soul in this occult comedy.
Nights of Villjamur poster    
Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
4 star rating

An ice age is about to grip the land, but it's high season for murder in this fantasy adventure.
Knife poster    
Knife by R. J. Anderson
4 star rating

A young faery is forbidden to have contact with humans. But she is bad at taking orders without question.
The Edge of the World poster    
The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson
3 star rating

Explorers set out to map the edges of the known world in this epic fantasy adventure. Book one of Terra Incognita.
The Thirteenth poster    
The Thirteenth by G. L. Twynham
3 star rating

Val Saunders is a normal teenager with extraordinary abilities. But why does she have to be the one to save the day?
The Magician    
The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
3 star rating

In this prequel to the Black Magician series a young assistant healer learns that she has magical gifts.
The Killing Moon poster    
The Killing Moon by Rod Glenn
2 star rating

In post-apocalyptic northern England the future of civilisation hangs in the balance.
Bringing Forth The End Of Days poster    
Bringing Forth The End Of Days by Simon Law
1 star rating

Can the last remnants of mankind survive in a world depleted of oxygen?
Joe Fury and the Hard Death poster    
Joe Fury and the Hard Death by Paul Anthony Long
1 star rating

A private eye is faced with his one of toughest cases when reality begins to crumble around him.

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Unreviewed books

Catching Fire cover    
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Capitol did not expect Katniss Everdeen to survive the Hunger Games the way she did. So, whilst there are rumblings of rebellion in the districts, the 75th Games will be more brutal than ever. The second book in The Hunger Games.

Dead And Gone cover    
Dead And Gone by Charlaine Harris
Werewolves and shifters announce their presence to the world, whilst Sookie learns more about her distant relatives. The ninth Sookie Stackhouse novel.

Turn Coat cover    
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Harry Dresden reluctantly tries to help a Warden accused of treason. The eleventh novel in the Dresden Files series.

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Curse The Dawn by Karen Chance
Mages, gods, and supernatural factions want Cassie Palmer dead. Her clairvoyancy is unreliable, so she invests in a magical statue for protection, only to find its effects unpredictable. The fourth Cassie Palmer book.

Mengliad cover    
Mengliad by Jana Janeway
After a mosquito bite, a woman becomes a new type of human and falls into a world of danger and secret lives. The first book in the Mengliad series.

Ral's Woman cover    
Ral's Woman by Laurann Dohner
Ariel is kidnapped by aliens and given away as a prize to a big alien slave. The first in the Zorn Warriors series.

And Another Thing... cover    
And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer
Arthur Dent returns to deep space, as the universe conspires against him. The sixth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

Unreviewed films

Skellig: The Owl Man cover    
Skellig: The Owl Man directed by Annabel Jankel
A boy discovers a strange man living in the shed. However, his baby sister falls seriously ill and she will need a miracle to pull through.

Drag Me To Hell cover    
Drag Me To Hell directed by Sam Raimi
A loan officer denies an old lady an extension on her loan, so the angry pensioner curses her. In three days she will be dragged to Hell, unless she can undo it.

Dorian Gray cover    
Dorian Gray directed by Oliver Parker
A young man keeps a painting that reflects all of the corruption and excess of his life, whilst he remains young and unblemished.