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Film and Book Reviews for 2010

Films released in 2010

Inception poster
Inception directed by Christopher Nolan
5 star rating
An idea can change everything in this thriller about dream infiltrators.
Repo Men poster
Repo Men directed by Miguel Sapochnik
5 star rating
Pay your debts, or the Repo Men will have their pound of flesh in this gory near-future thriller.
Alice In Wonderland poster
Alice In Wonderland directed by Tim Burton
4 star rating
An older Alice takes a detour down the rabbit hole in this adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story.
Eclipse poster
Eclipse directed by David Slade
4 star rating
Vampires come to Seattle and the Cullens must work with their natural enemies to counter the threat.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 poster
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 directed by David Yates
4 star rating
Harry Potter takes time out to go camping whilst Voldemort tortures his plastic surgeon.
Iron Man 2 poster
Iron Man 2 directed by Jon Favreau
4 star rating
Iron Man faces threats from upstart technologists, the military, and his own health in this sequel.
Clash of the Titans poster
Clash of the Titans directed by Louis Leterrier
3 star rating
Even Greek gods have family trouble.
How To Train Your Dragon poster
How To Train Your Dragon directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
3 star rating
A young Viking befriends the dragon he is meant to slay.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time poster
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time directed by Mike Newell
3 star rating
Releasing the sands turns back time in this adaptation of the Prince of Persia video game.
Shrek Forever After poster
Shrek Forever After directed by Mike Mitchell
3 star rating
Shrek decides his perfect family life is too much for him, so he makes a bargain to allow him to go back to being a big, bad ogre.
The Sorcerer
The Sorcerer's Apprentice directed by Jon Turtletaub
3 star rating
A young man becomes the reluctant apprentice of a master sorcerer as magic and the modern world clash.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief poster
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief directed by Chris Columbus
2 star rating
The Greek myths meet modern America in this adaptation of a novel by Rick Riordan.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader poster
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader directed by Michael Apted
2 star rating
In the third film in the Narnia series a sceptical cousin joins the Pevensies on their adventures.

Books published in 2010

Johannes Cabal the Detective poster
Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard
5 star rating
The necromancer is caught up in an airborne murder mystery in this Cluedo-meets-zombies adventure.
Mr Monster poster
Mr Monster by Dan Wells
5 star rating
John Cleaver is on the trail of another killer in his home town. Can he solve the mystery before his dark side gets the better of him? The second John Cleaver book.
Pretty Little Dead Things poster
Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon
5 star rating
Thomas Usher can see ghosts. But will it help him to explain the mystery of several strange deaths before the next victim dies?
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Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett
5 star rating
Scarlett becomes a ghost after one of her schemes goes seriously wrong. But does that mean she has to be lonely as well as deceased?
Servant of the Underworld poster
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
5 star rating
An Aztec high priest tries to solve a missing person mystery in the first book of the Obsidian and Blood trilogy.
Shades of Grey poster
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
5 star rating
In the future your colour vision determines your life chances. But Eddie Russet may have seen too clearly for his own good.
Sleights of Mind poster
Sleights of Mind by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee
5 star rating
This book explores the things magicians can teach neuroscientists about the way our minds work.
The Bride That Time Forgot poster
The Bride That Time Forgot by Paul Magrs
5 star rating
Brenda and Effie fall out over men in this blackly comic tale of witches, vampires and book groups.
The End Of The Line poster
The End Of The Line by Jonathan Oliver
5 star rating
This collection of horror stories is based on the Underground and other subterranean places.
The Fall poster
The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
5 star rating
Vampires threaten the future of the human race in this sequel to The Strain.
The King
The King's Bastard by Rowena Cory Daniells
5 star rating
Byren is quite happy for his elder twin to inherit the throne, but according to prophecy he will be nowhere near as benevolent to his twin brother.
The Left Hand Of God poster
The Left Hand Of God by Paul Hoffman
5 star rating
Thomas Cale is a boy trained to expect the worst out of life. How will he pay back those who he believes have wronged him?
The Poison Throne poster
The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan
5 star rating
In book one of the Moorehawke trilogy a royal family is in conflict with itself. How can Wynter protect the people she cares about?
The Waiting Room poster
The Waiting Room by F. G. Cottam
5 star rating
For TV ghost hunter Julian Creed spectres of the past turn out to be more dangerous than he thought possible.
The World House poster
The World House by Guy Adams
5 star rating
How do you escape from a nightmarish house where the laws that govern our reality don't apply?
Unholy Ghosts poster
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
5 star rating
The dead have risen, and Church witch Chess Putnam is one of the few who can protect the living from them.
Wolfsangel poster
Wolfsangel by M. D. Lachlan
5 star rating
Vikings, witches and werewolves clash with mad gods in this dark re-imagining of the Norse myths.
Zoo City poster
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
5 star rating
Zinzi has a sloth companion and a talent for finding things. But can she find a lost girl, or redemption for her past sins?
Cold Magic poster
Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
5 star rating
A young woman is looking forward to graduation in a rapidly modernising city when she is forced to marry a Cold Mage and her life is completely changed. Book one of the Spiritwalker series.
Zombie Apocalypse poster
Zombie Apocalypse by Stephen Jones
4 star rating
A zombie plague threatens to spell the end for humanity. Can anyone stop the shambling advance of the undead?
Amortals poster
Amortals by Matt Forbeck
4 star rating
In a world where cheating death is possible, the gap between the haves and the have-nots is wider than ever.
Walking The Tree poster
Walking The Tree by Kaaron Warren
4 star rating
In Botanica, life under the great Tree is all they know. What will a young woman learn as she journeys around it?
Unpleasant Tales poster
Unpleasant Tales by Brendan Connell
4 star rating
This short story collection makes a great gift for the discerning evil lunatic.
Blind Swimmer poster
Blind Swimmer by Various
4 star rating
Eibonvale Press writers offer their unique takes on the theme of creativity in isolation.
The Uncrowned King poster
The Uncrowned King by Rowena Cory Daniells
4 star rating
Three young royals try to survive as war and betrayals threaten the kingdom. The second book of The Chronicles of King Rolen's Kin.
Bullet poster
Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
4 star rating
How can Anita Blake defeat the Mother of All Darkness, an ancient vampire with no body of her own?
The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 21 poster
The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 21 by Stephen Jones
4 star rating
This anthology showcases a varied selection of modern horror. Featuring stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, Barbara Roden, Ramsey Campbell, Simon Strantza, Rosalie Parker, Robert Shearman, and more.
City of Dreams and Nightmare poster
City of Dreams and Nightmare by Ian Whates
4 star rating
A young man goes on the run in an unusual city in this fantasy adventure.
The Hunter And The Marked poster
The Hunter And The Marked by John Beachem
4 star rating
A group of adventurers fight the jungle and each other in a quest to save their city from destruction. The second part of The Lorradda Stone.
Damage Time poster
Damage Time by Colin Harvey
4 star rating
Are we more than the sum of our memories?
Death Most Definite poster
Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson
4 star rating
For a grim reaper, office politics can be lethal. The first novel in the Death Works series.
Dragon Haven poster
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
4 star rating
Dragons and their companions journey into unknown territory, but will they find anything at their destination? The second book in The Rain Wild Chronicles.
Sylvow poster
Sylvow by Douglas Thompson
4 star rating
A brother and sister promise to look after the plants and animals. But does Mother Nature care to return the favour?
Spellwright poster
Spellwright by Blake Charlton
4 star rating
Spelling is a matter of life and death for apprentice wizard Nicodemus Weal.
So Cold The River poster
So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
4 star rating
A filmmaker takes on more than he bargained for when he agrees to document the life story of a dying billionaire.
End Times poster
End Times by Rio Youers
4 star rating
A recovering addict find he is trapped by his past misdeeds.
How Many Friends Does One Person Need? poster
How Many Friends Does One Person Need? by Robin Dunbar
4 star rating
A look at what evolution can tell us about the science of friendship, culture, morality and various other curiosities.
Flirt poster
Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
4 star rating
Anita Blake has trouble on her hands after she refuses a request to raise a zombie.
King Maker poster
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus
4 star rating
In an Indianapolis ghetto only an Arthurian-style hero can save the neighbourhood.
Lex Trent Versus The Gods poster
Lex Trent Versus The Gods by Alex Bell
4 star rating
He may be a cheat, a liar, and a thief. But can Lex Trent steal a march on the gods themselves?
Hell's Belles by Paul Magrs
4 star rating
Weird things happen when a film crew come to Whitby to remake a cursed horror movie. The fourth Brenda and Effie mystery.
Glimpses poster
Glimpses by Lynn Flewelling
3 star rating
This collection of short stories and fan illustrations is based on the Nightrunner series of novels.
Blood Oath poster
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth
3 star rating
Nathaniel Cade is a vampire in the front line in the secret war on horror.
Angelology poster
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
3 star rating
A young nun joins a secret society of angelologists in their struggle to keep a precious artefact out of the hands of wicked Nephilim.
God Of The Underworld And The City Of The Dead poster
God Of The Underworld And The City Of The Dead by R. H. Stewart
2 star rating
A teenage witch, her friend, and a talking cat face off against an evil priest from ancient Egypt.
The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire poster
The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire by Raven Dane
2 star rating
Morven the Unwise Woman faces off against Royal fools and short-tempered demons in this high fantasy parody.
Entangled poster
Entangled by Graham Hancock
2 star rating
Two young women from different times take their fight against evil to the spirit world.
A Glimpse of Hell - The Dark Gospel poster
A Glimpse of Hell - The Dark Gospel by Luke Cooper
1 star rating
A detective investigating a murder soon finds himself in the middle of a battle between hell and heaven.

Unreviewed books

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
As the rebellion against the Capitol gains momentum, Katniss is asked to become the face of the Resistance. But what will such open defiance cost her and those she cares about? The third book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

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Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris
Sookie faces intense family problems when her awkward supernatural relatives turn up. The tenth Sookie Stackhouse novel.

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Changes by Jim Butcher
The twelfth novel in the Dresden Files series.

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Embedded by Dan Abnett
A journalist finds himself chipped into the brain of a combat soldier in a futuristic war zone.

The Iron Duke cover
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
The first novel in the Iron Seas series.

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Time Riders by Alex Scarrow
The first novel in the Time Riders series.

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Day Of The Predator by Alex Scarrow
The second novel in the Time Riders series.

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City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton
The city of Villiren is on the brink of invasion, and the albino Commander Lathraea has to unite its disfunctional people before they are destroyed. The second novel in the Legends of the Red Sun series.

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Foiled by Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro
A young fencer struggles to defend her heart when a handsome young man moves to her school. A graphic novel.

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Dawn Of The Demontide by William Hussey
A young fan of horror comics discovers a demonic threat. The first book in the Witchfinder series.

Black Butler cover
Black Butler by Yana Toboso
The young earl of Phantomhive has a loyal butler with more than human abilities. A graphic novel.

Unreviewed films

The Wolfman cover
The Wolfman directed by Joe Johnston
An actor returns to his home to investigate the death of his brother. It looks like he was killed by a wild animal, but the locals suspect a werewolf.

Going Postal cover
Going Postal directed by Jon Jones
Moist Von Lipwig, a con man, is given the chance to run the ailing postal service in Ankh Morpork.