Film and Book Reviews for 2012
Films released in 2012
Brave directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and Steve Purcell
In a fantasy Scotland full of bears, kilts, and haggis, Princess Merida fights for the right to decide her own fate.
The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross
The odds are against Katniss when she volunteers to take part in a vicious televised fight to the death.
Avengers Assemble directed by Joss Whedon
Marvel superheroes team up to save the world from Loki and his exceptionally bad taste in headgear.
Dark Shadows directed by Tim Burton
Barnabas Collins may be a bloodthirsty vampire, but he always puts his family first.
Men In Black III directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Earth is once again in danger from alien attack, but Agent J is on his own unless he can go back in time and save a young Agent K.
Mirror, Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh
Snow White does battle with a vain, evil queen obsessed with expensive and ridiculous couture.
Snow White and the Huntsman directed by Rupert Sanders
Does my kingdom look big in this? Queen Ravenna gets upset when her magic mirror doesn't tell her what she wants to hear.
The Cabin In The Woods directed by Drew Goddard
Five friends take a break at an isolated cabin in the woods, where dark forces start to lay into them.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey directed by Peter Jackson
Bilbo Baggins leaves his comfy home to go on an adventure, little realising how much it will change him. But storm clouds are gathering over Middle Earth as he joins the quest to retake the dwarf homeland. The first in a trilogy.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two directed by Bill Condon
Bella and Edward fight for their family against ancient vampires who will destroy those they declare to be abominations.
Wrath of the Titans directed by Jonathan Liebesman
The Greek gods are losing their powers, and Titans want revenge for their long imprisonment. The sequel to Clash of the Titans.
Books published in 2012
Railsea by China Mieville
In a world of looping rails stretching to the horizon, a young man sets out to discover what is at the end of the tracks.
Pure by Julianna Baggott
When the Detonations hit, those unprotected were left with horrifying mutations. The Pure inside the Dome were the lucky few. But is anyone safe and untainted in this post-apocalyptic world?
Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman
A short story collection featuring giant spiders, people who keep hearts in plastic boxes, a woman who gives birth to furniture, and other strange situations.
Night's Engines by Trent Jamieson
The world of Shale is about to fall to darkness, but the remedy seems worse than the sickness. The second book of The Nightbound Land.
Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman
An exploration of the psychology of action and its effects on our mood, mindset, and habits.
Maximum Willpower by Kelly McGonigal
This book explores the science of self-control, and examines the evidence for many methods for boosting willpower.
Some Kind Of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
A young woman returns to her family after a long absence. But can she walk back into her old life after all she has seen?
Soulless: The Manga: Volume One by Gail Carriger and Rem
Alexia is soulless, which means she stands between the supernatural world and the human one. A graphic novel.
Suited by Jo Anderton
Tanyana wonders who she can trust with her secrets when even her body seems intent on betraying her. The second in The Veiled Worlds series.
iZombie: Repossession by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
A smart zombie tries to sort out her love life, but it's more complicated than usual when the world is about to end. The fourth iZombie graphic novel.
Ironskin by Tina Connolly
A cursed woman becomes a governess to a very peculiar child in this dark fairytale.
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
In an alternative Elizabethan England magic and treachery abound, and the theatrical players are not the only ones putting on an act.
Empire State by Adam Christopher
Superheroes, robots and strange memory blocks baffle a private eye in this retro mystery.
Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
An examination of how data in clinical trials is polluted and the factors corrupting modern medicine.
The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
A privileged young woman goes searching for the reason her life is charmed, but her curiosity takes her to another world, and mortal danger.
Crown Thief by David Tallerman
Trouble is brewing for the thief who once stole a giant, and his developing conscience is not helping him to escape it. Book two of the Tales of Easie Damasco.
The Return Man by V. M. Zito
Half of America has been overrun by zombies. So why has one man ignored the evacuation order and stayed to put them down?
Where Are We Going? by Allen Ashley
An anthology of travel stories exploring strange and uncharted reaches of the world.
vN by Madeline Ashby
In the future robots have the ability to reproduce and think for themselves. But how long can mankind get away with treating thinking, feeling beings as property?
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
A group of people strike westwards in search of justice, revenge, their abducted families, or simply a way to earn a living. A stand-alone novel set in the world of the First Law series.
Transmission by John Meaney
One world has already fallen to the darkness, and the people responsible have more than one universe to hide in. The second part of the Ragnarok trilogy.
Tomorrow The Killing by Daniel Polansky
Warden reluctantly sets out to find a missing woman. The second in the Low Town series.
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina was already hairy, without voodoo and undead pirates to spice it up.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
A beautiful assassin must secure her freedom by winning a contest against other thieves and killers. But a year as a slave has left her weakened and out of practice.
Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
A child is born to two fugitives on opposite sides of a galactic conflict in a futuristic universe of magic and high technology. A graphic novel.
The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice
A young reporter wonders whether he has been handed a gift or a curse in this modern-day werewolf story.
Soulless: The Manga: Volume Two by Gail Carriger and Rem
Werewolves and other supernatural creatures are affected by a curse that stops them from using their powers. A graphic novel.
The Nine Deaths Of Doctor Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert
This murder mystery horror novella pays tribute to Vincent Price.
The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar
Lizards, aliens, robots and spies are some of the players in a high stakes shadow game for the future of the empire. The third in the Bookman series.
Super Crooks: The Heist by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu
A group of crooks plan to rob the most dangerous villain of them all in order to save one of their own. But they are out of practice and unprofessional. Can they get away with it? A graphic novel.
Terror Tales Of The Cotswolds by Paul Finch
An anthology of creepy stories from the imaginations of Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, Reggie Oliver, Simon Clark, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Gary Fry, Ramsey Campbell, and others.
The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby
A battlefield looter is forced to reevaluate his life when he is set the task of finding a king for the dead.
The Dirty Streets Of Heaven by Tad Williams
An angel gets on the case of a missing soul. The first in the Bobby Dollar series.
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
A Cessna pilot searches for human connection at the end of the world, but when survival is at stake the normal rules of civilisation fall by the wayside.
Giant Thief by David Tallerman
Easie Damasco will steal anything not nailed down and a few things that are, even a giant.
The Four Realms by Adrian Faulkner
When a wizard is killed an old lady sets out to find the truth, even if she has to leave this world to uncover it. Vampires, tentacled terrors and potty mouths beware!
Dark Currents by Ian Whates
This anthology of speculative fiction features stories on a theme of dark currents, whether they are electrical, nautical, or something else entirely.
Interview With The Vampire: Claudia's Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter
This graphic novel tells the story of a child vampire destined never to grow to adulthood.
Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain by A. Lee Martinez
What's an evil genius to do when he gets bored of being overlord of a whole planet?
Entanglement by Douglas Thompson
Quantum entanglement allows astronauts to explore the galaxy and make first contact with bizarre extraterrestrial civilisations.
Fairest: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham and Phil Jimenez
When Ali Baba finds two Sleeping Beauties, he has no idea which one he should wake with a kiss. A graphic novel featuring the characters from Fables.
Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers
A convent-trained assassin roots out plots at the 15th century Breton court. Book one of the His Fair Assassin series.
Castle Waiting: Volume 1 by Linda Medley
A fairytale castle opens its doors to refugees, misfits, and eccentrics. They all have stories to tell. A graphic novel.
Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
The neurologist Oliver Sacks examines the varied reasons why people may sense things that aren't there.
Carpathia by Matt Forbeck
Passengers on the Titanic have more than shipwreck to deal with when come to prey on them.
How To Think Like A Neandertal by Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge
The Neandertals were an evolutionary offshoot that died out. But what did they have in common with us, and what were they really like?
iZombie: Six Feet Under And Rising by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred
An outbreak of shambling zombies in the town of Eugene has Gwen and her friends hunting for allies. This graphic novel is the third in the iZombie series.
Juggernaut by Adam Baker
A group of mercenaries hunt for gold in a poisoned desert, but something else is waiting for them.
Blood And Feathers by Lou Morgan
Alice gets caught up in a world of warring angels in this urban fantasy novel.
Last Days by Adam Nevill
A hard-up documentary maker investigates a sinister 70s cult, only to discover that its horrors are not all in the past.
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Miriam Black can see how people will die, but her gift is a curse if she can't change anyone's fate.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
A young queen discovers that her people are endangered by the legacy of a tyrant. The third novel in the Graceling Realm series.
A Town Called Pandemonium by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin
An anthology of strange stories based in a town of gunslingers, rough justice and broken dreams.
Magic: An Anthology Of The Esoteric And Arcane by Jonathan Oliver
In these short stories magic is sometimes for show, but often dangerous and unpredictable. This anthology features stories by authors such as Will Hill, Allison Littlewood, Lou Morgan, Dan Abnett, and Storm Constantine.
Mechagnosis by Douglas Thompson
Have you ever felt that machines were in charge of your life, instead of helping to make it easier?
Nocturnal by Scott Sigler
A pair of detectives take on a cult of monsters that lurk under the streets of San Francisco.
On A Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard
A refugee magistrate flees to a space station that has seen better days, and puts herself at the mercy of her extended family in this novella. Part of the Xuya universe series.
Rainbird by Rabia Gale
A young woman tries to hide her identity, whilst her home on the skeleton of a dragon is threatened in this young adult novella.
The Pack by Jason Starr
A New York man struggles with his new role as a stay-at-home father in this werewolf novel.
A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day
He's the top angel, in charge of keeping all the other angels in line. So why is Adrian Mitchell trying to seduce a mortal woman?
The Mammoth Book Of Ghost Stories By Women by Marie O'Regan
An anthology of ghost stories written by female authors past and present. There are stories by Lisa Tuttle, Muriel Gray, Alex Bell, Gail Z. Martin, Sarah Langan, Mary Cholmondeley, and others.
A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia Day
A Fallen angel is attracted to a man who should be her sworn enemy. The second in the Renegade Angels series.
Dial H Volume 1: Into You by China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco
Nelson Jent believes he is an overweight failure, until he dials for help and finds himself transformed into a series of oddball heroes. A graphic novel.
The Brides Of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
A remote island community is transformed by the arrival of women from the sea. But their magic and beauty comes at a cost.
Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall
A woman replaces her heart with a clock, a child is given a martyr for her birthday, and a woman discovers a lost manuscript written inside her skin in this collection of short stories.
Superior by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu
A boy with MS gets the chance to become a superhero, but the power comes at a high cost. A graphic novel.
Kiss The Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
Juggling vampire and shapeshifter relationships whilst hunting down fang-happy leaderless undead keeps Anita Blake busy in the 21st book in the series.
Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells
A series of murders threaten the fragile peace between vampires, mages, and the other dark races. The fourth in the Sabina Kane series.
Silent Voices by Gary McMahon
Three childhood friends return to the Concrete Grove to banish their childhood demons. The second book in the Concrete Grove series.
Siegfried by Alex Alice
A shifty Nibelung raises the hero Siegfried in ignorance of the fate Odin intends for him. A graphic novel.
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Matthew and Diana time travel to Elizabethan England to track down a manuscript witches and vampires are fighting over. The second in the All Souls trilogy.
Messenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
A history student gets the chance to study Scotland, and finds it bonnier than she expected when she meets an angel. The second in the Lost Angels series.
Surrender by Rhiannon Paille
A tree tells a pair of young lovers that they must not see each other. The first in The Ferryman and the Flame series.