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Film and Book Reviews for 2011

Films released in 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 poster    
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 directed by David Yates
4 star rating

Will Harry survive his confrontation against Voldemort in the final part of his magical adventures?
Captain America: The First Avenger poster    
Captain America: The First Avenger directed by Joe Johnston
4 star rating

In the forties a secret plan to boost the war effort results in the creation of a superhero. But can one person really make a difference?
I Am Number Four poster    
I Am Number Four directed by D. J. Caruso
3 star rating

Making and keeping friends is hard for a teenage alien on the run.
Cowboys And Aliens poster    
Cowboys And Aliens directed by Jon Favreau
3 star rating

The wild west gold rush has attracted more than bandits and cowboys in this alien abduction adventure.
Source Code poster    
Source Code directed by Duncan Jones
2 star rating

A man is forced to relive eight minutes on a train that will blow up again and again, until he can solve the crime.
Green Lantern poster    
Green Lantern directed by Martin Campbell
2 star rating

Can a shiny green costume help failed pilot Hal Jordan find his inner hero?
Beastly poster    
Beastly directed by Daniel Barnz
2 star rating

A vain and unpleasant high school student is cursed with ugliness in this modern interpretation on Beauty and the Beast.
Thor poster    
Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh
2 star rating

The god of thunder is cast down to Earth to learn a little humility.

Books published in 2011

Further Conflicts poster    
Further Conflicts by Ian Whates
5 star rating

Thirteen stories of future warfare as humanity faces all manner of threats.
Miss Peregrine    
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5 star rating

Jacob stopped believing the stories his grandfather told him a long time ago. But what if the old man's fables had a grain of truth to them?
Debris poster    
Debris by Jo Anderton
5 star rating

When a fall destroys her latest grand project, magical architect Tanyana feels like she has lost everything.
Dead Bad Things poster    
Dead Bad Things by Gary McMahon
5 star rating

People are wicked enough, without rogue interdimensional angels putting their oar in. The second Thomas Usher novel.
A Serpent Uncoiled poster    
A Serpent Uncoiled by Simon Spurrier
5 star rating

Dan Shaper sees visions of his own corruption. He is forced to confront his guilty past when a killer starts picking off victims in this crime novel.
Bloody War poster    
Bloody War by Terry Grimwood
5 star rating

London is transformed into a war zone in this chilling story of modern conflict.
Restoration poster    
Restoration by Guy Adams
5 star rating

Can a group of stranded time travellers fix history and recapture an ancient evil being capable of destroying the world? The sequel to The World House.
The Last Four Things poster    
The Last Four Things by Paul Hoffman
5 star rating

Thomas Cale is supposed to be the Angel of Death, but will he give the Redeemers the destruction they crave? The sequel to The Left Hand of God.
The Information poster    
The Information by James Gleick
5 star rating

An eclectic account of the history of communications.
Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute poster    
Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard
5 star rating

The acid-tongued necromancer journeys to the Dreamlands and takes on ghouls, gods, and furry menaces with a society who want to defeat fear itself.
Harbinger of the Storm poster    
Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard
5 star rating

The Revered Speaker has died, and the High Priest for the Dead must keep order so that his successor has an empire left to rule over. The second book in the Obsidian and Blood series.
Allison Hewitt Is Trapped poster    
Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux
5 star rating

A young woman hides from marauding zombies, knowing that eventually she must leave her place of safety and confront them.
God’s War poster    
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
5 star rating

A government-sponsored assassin finds herself in trouble when she breaks too many rules. But she is the one the queen turns to in order to track down a dangerous alien.
The New North: The World In 2050 poster    
The New North: The World In 2050 by Laurence C. Smith
5 star rating

Will rising population and temperatures and thawing permafrost lead to a future dominated by bustling northern cities?
The Enterprise Of Death poster    
The Enterprise Of Death by Jesse Bullington
5 star rating

A story of necromancy, warfare and painting in Renaissance Europe.
Angelfall poster    
Angelfall by Susan Ee
5 star rating

When a teenager's little sister is abducted by angels, she sets out on a journey across an apocalyptic wasteland to retrieve her. Book one in the Penryn and the End of Days series.
The Night Eternal poster    
The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
4 star rating

The last remnants of mankind battle to defeat the vampire plague whilst staying true to their humanity. The third part of The Strain trilogy.
666 Charing Cross Road poster    
666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs
4 star rating

Shelley thinks the man she wants to move in with is entirely right for her. She's mistaken.
Roil poster    
Roil by Trent Jamieson
4 star rating

How do you hold back the end of a world when most of it is an inferno?
Feather poster    
Feather by David Rix
4 star rating

A young woman tries to make sense of her life in this collection of linked short stories tinged with the supernatural.
Hateful Heart poster    
Hateful Heart by Sam Stone
4 star rating

A group of vampires travel back in time to protect themselves from a supernatural weapon. The fourth in the Vampire Gene series.
Apoidea poster    
Apoidea by Douglas Thompson
4 star rating

In a world without real bees, who will control their robot replacements?
Master Of The House Of Darts poster    
Master Of The House Of Darts by Aliette De Bodard
4 star rating

The High Priest has to solve the mystery of a magical plague whilst a dangerously paranoid Revered Speaker rules. The third book in the Obsidian and Blood series.
The Steampunk Bible poster    
The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers
4 star rating

This guide covers the creative side of steampunk, including literature, fashion, art, music, and much more.
iZombie: Dead To The World poster    
iZombie: Dead To The World by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
4 star rating

Gwen needs to eat brains to keep her zombie side in check. But every time she indulges her craving she absorbs the unfinished business of the deceased. A graphic novel.
Electrified Sheep poster    
Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese
4 star rating

A look at some of the stranger experiments carried out in the name of science.
Divergent poster    
Divergent by Veronica Roth
4 star rating

A young woman has to choose between her family and being true to the kind of person she knows she really is.
The Epigenetics Revolution poster    
The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey
4 star rating

DNA is not the whole story. This book examines how cells know which genes to activate and what that tells us about disease, inheritance and biology.
Fire and Thorns poster    
Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
4 star rating

A fat princess bears a mystical stone that marks her out as the chosen one. But is she up to the challenge of fighting sorcery?
The Butterfly Man And Other Stories poster    
The Butterfly Man And Other Stories by Paul Kane
4 star rating

This collection of short urban horror stories features pet demons, blood plagues, a dark apocalypse and rebellious body parts.
Inflight Science poster    
Inflight Science by Brian Clegg
4 star rating

This book examines the science behind flying, from check in at the airport to touch down.
Angelfire poster    
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
4 star rating

Ellie Monroe believes she is an ordinary teenager who has weird nightmares, until she meets a man who can tell her who she really is.
Equations of Life poster    
Equations of Life by Simon Morden
4 star rating

The London Metrozone is being torn apart by warring gangs and the New Machine Jihad. Can a young man with a bad heart save the city?
Phoenix Rising poster    
Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
4 star rating

Armoured corsets and steampunk style abound in the adventures of agents Books and Braun. The first Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novel.
Paranormality poster    
Paranormality by Richard Wiseman
4 star rating

The science behind seeing ghosts, believing psychics, and how brainwashing works.
Ember and Ash poster    
Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman
4 star rating

Ember is prepared to put political gain before her own personal happiness. But can she really shut out her feelings so easily?
Chasing The Moon poster    
Chasing The Moon by A. Lee Martinez
4 star rating

A woman tackles Lovecraftian horrors, odd neighbours and strange appetites when she moves into a suspiciously nice new flat.
Automatic Safe Dog poster    
Automatic Safe Dog by Jet McDonald
4 star rating

Telby Velour is an executive who wants to prove himself to the woman of his dreams. But how long can he pretend to be something he isn't?
The Watchers poster    
The Watchers by Jon Steele
4 star rating

A young man with a limp, a prostitute and a private investigator with amnesia fight to keep darkness from engulfing the world.
Queen of Kings poster    
Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley
4 star rating

What if Cleopatra became an immortal monster?
The Straight Razor Cure poster    
The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky
4 star rating

The Warden has fallen from war hero to criminal, but he will not stand for the murder of a child on his patch.
Cosmos Close-Up poster    
Cosmos Close-Up by Giles Sparrow
3 star rating

A view of the universe, as revealed by space telescopes and other modern technology.
Physics Of The Future poster    
Physics Of The Future by Michio Kaku
3 star rating

An examination of how science could shape the world of 2100, and how it can help us to predict the near future.
iZombie: uVampire poster    
iZombie: uVampire by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
3 star rating

Gwen realises how much she has forgotten as a zombie after she eats a brain that holds memories that are uncomfortably close to home. This graphic novel is the second volume in the iZombie series.
Black Light poster    
Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Stephen Romano
3 star rating

Ghost hunter Buck Carlsbad faces off against evil on a high speed train.
The Christmas Spirits poster    
The Christmas Spirits by Whitley Strieber
3 star rating

In this modern retelling of A Christmas Carol George Moore is a futures trader who has forgotten the importance of generosity and compassion.
Kultus poster    
Kultus by Richard Ford
3 star rating

Steampunk occult mayhem as thug with demonic powers takes on cultists, otherworldly adversaries and anyone else unwise enough to get in his way.
Camera Obscura poster    
Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar
3 star rating

In this steampunk fantasy Milady de Winter investigates a gruesome murder inside a locked room in Paris.
The Silver Wind poster    
The Silver Wind by Nina Allan
3 star rating

Do you ever wish you could alter time? Nina Allan explores themes of grief, love and family secrets in this collection of five linked stories.
Mistification poster    
Mistification by Kaaron Warren
3 star rating

His magic is real. But how long can Marvo the Magician keep everyone fooled with his illusions?
A Discovery of Witches poster    
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
3 star rating

Diana Bishop is determined to keep magic out of her life when she discovers an old, enchanted book full of secrets and hidden text.
Avenger    
Avenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
3 star rating

An archangel tries to win over his archess in this raunchy modern day fantasy.
Knocking On Heaven    
Knocking On Heaven's Door by Lisa Randall
3 star rating

From particle physics on the tiniest scales to the most awe-inspiring cosmology, and modern experiments that could be on the verge of cracking open the secrets of the universe.
Dragon    
Dragon's Time by Anne and Todd McCaffrey
2 star rating

Will time travel provide the answer for the dragons and dragonriders of Pern in their continuing battle against Thread?
Bricks poster    
Bricks by Leon Jenner
2 star rating

The story of a humble bricklayer. Or is he the reincarnation of an ancient Druid who was the architect of something much bigger?


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The Finder Library: Volume One cover    
The Finder Library: Volume One by Carla Speed McNeil
A troubled young man with special powers tries to protect his adoptive family in a far future world where our civilisation is merely an echo.

Ghost Story cover    
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
The thirteenth novel in the Dresden Files series.

Inheritance cover    
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The fourth novel in the Inheritance cycle.

Among Thieves cover    
Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
The first novel in the Tales of the Kin.

The Doomsday Code cover    
The Doomsday Code by Alex Scarrow
The third novel in the Time Riders series.

The Eternal War cover    
The Eternal War by Alex Scarrow
The fourth novel in the Time Riders series.

Jack Cloudie cover    
Jack Cloudie by Stephen Hunt
The fifth book in the Jackelian series.

Fool Moon: Volume One cover    
Fool Moon: Volume One by Jim Butcher and Chase Conley
Harry Dresden investigates werewolf attacks in Chicago. A graphic novel in The Dresden Files series.

Howl cover    
Howl by Jody Morse and Jayme Morse
A young woman finds her life changed after she is bitten by a werewolf. The first novel in the Howl series.

Dead Reckoning cover    
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Sookie is in danger when an old enemy is released from jail and attacks take place at her home and place of work. The eleventh Sookie Stackhouse novel.

Dragon Stones cover    
Dragon Stones by Kristian Alva
The tyrannical Emperor Vosper wants to eradicate all dragons. A young man finds a dragon stone, but to save the dragon race first he must escape the authorities. Book one of the Dragon Stone Saga.