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Film and Book Reviews for 2014

Films released in 2014

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 directed by Francis Lawrence
5 star rating

Katniss must choose between sparking a rebellion against the repressive Capitol, or laying low in an attempt to protect those she loves who the Capitol still holds hostage. The third film in The Hunger Games.
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Maleficent directed by Robert Stromberg
3 star rating

This re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty tells the story from the point of view of the fairy who curses Aurora.

Books published in 2014

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The Incredible Unlikeliness Of Being by Alice Roberts
5 star rating

Alice Roberts looks at the amazing journey of human development and why our bodies have evolved in the way they have.
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Sleeping Late On Judgement Day by Tad Williams
5 star rating

Bobby Dollar has already been to Hell, but his toughest test will come when he takes on a rogue angel who outranks him many times over. The third Bobby Dollar novel.
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The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin
5 star rating

The modern world can bombard us with information, making it exhausting to try to keep organised. Daniel Levitin examines the neuroscience behind keeping order and remembering what we need to.
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Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery
5 star rating

An exploration of how the move to industrialised farming has affected animal welfare, human health, and the environment. Taking a global perspective, this book pulls no punches in its critique of intensive factory farming.
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Solatium by Becca Mills
5 star rating

Beth Ryder has hidden powers that mark her out for a different life, but she is about to find out how different when she embarks on a fantastic and dangerous journey. The second novel in the Emanations series.
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Saga: Volume Three by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
5 star rating

New parents from opposing sides of a conflict hide out in a lighthouse, but their pursuers are on their trail. A graphic novel.
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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
5 star rating

We are in the middle of a mass extinction event, caused by the actions of mankind. This book tells the story so far, and examines how we are changing the biosphere.
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Written In The Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones
4 star rating

A young woman with the power to change her appearance is tasked with saving her kind from extinction. Unfortunately, people like her are more hunted than she knows.
Magisterium: The Iron Trial poster    
Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
4 star rating

A boy gets the chance to go to magic school, but he would rather do anything else. The first in the Magisterium series.
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Mine To Spell by Janeal Falor
4 star rating

A young woman living in a repressive society struggles to conceal her forbidden magic. The second novel in the Mine series.
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The Knowledge by Lewis Dartnell
4 star rating

If humanity suffered an apocalypse, what would it take to rebuild civilisation from its ashes?
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Breach Zone by Myke Cole
4 star rating

A witch invades New York with a plan to take over, and she wants illegal magic users to join her against humanity. The third novel in the Shadow Ops series.
The Gospel Of Loki poster    
The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
4 star rating

The trickster god of Asgard offers his version of events.
War Cry poster    
War Cry by Jim Butcher and Carlos Gomez
3 star rating

Harry Dresden leads a group of rookies on a top secret mission. A graphic novel in The Dresden Files series.


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Unreviewed books

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The Infinity Program by Richard H. Hardy
If a computer told you it could save the world, would you believe it?

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Snowblind by Christopher Golden
A blizzard brings supernatural death to a small town. Twelve years later a new storm comes, and with it more than the memories of their lost loved ones.

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The Troop by Nick Cutter
A scout troop goes hiking on a cut-off island with only one way to contact the outside world. Then a skeletal man arrives with a strange disease and an insatiable hunger.

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The Three by Sarah Lotz
Four plane crashes take place on the same day, leaving three child survivors. The coincidence gives rise to conspiracy theories, but is there something very eerie about the children who lived?

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The Shattered Crown by Richard Ford
The city of Steelhaven is endangered by hunger, unrest, and the threat of attack. Book two in the Steelhaven series.

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Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos, and Jordie Bellair
Death has a daughter who spends her time hunting evildoers in the wild west. A graphic novel.

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Legends Of Red Sonja by Gail Simone,
A collection of stories about the she-devil warrior as a group of mercenaries hunt her down for execution. A graphic novel with contributions from Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Rhianna Pratchett, Marjorie M. Liu, and many others.

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Blades Of The Old Empire by Anna Kashina
A skilled mercenary guards a prince with a magical gift. When his enemies hire her she has to choose between duty to her guild and her sense of honour. Book one of The Majat Code.

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The Knight: A Tale From The High Kingdom by Pierre Pevel
A knight emerges from a long imprisonment in this fantasy of kingdoms and betrayal.Translated from the French by Tom Clegg.

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Diabolical Taste by Ros Jackson
Kenssie and her master hide out in the countryside, where the demoness must fight for liberty, the lives of innocents, and every last scrap of dignity. The second book in the Kenssie series.

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Alex + Ada by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna
A lonely young man receives an android companion for his birthday, but he is unprepared for this advanced android. A graphic novel.

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Saga Volume Four by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Baby Hazel has become a toddler, but her family is still in hiding and her mother struggles to work as an entertainer. A graphic novel.

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Spook's: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney
A young occult warden tries to deal with hauntings, things that go bump in the night, and a young woman who wants to be his apprentice. The first novel in The Starblade Chronicles.

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Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One by Jolie Du Pré
A young survivalist tries to get by after a zombie plague turns nearly everyone into shambling cannibals. The first volume in the Benton series.

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The Lost Centurion by Monica La Porta
An immortal is searching for the vampire who killed his wife when, acting out of character, he decides to save a newly-turned vampire. The first book in the Immortals series.

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Life Blood by V. M. Black
A young woman with leukemia gets the chance of a cure, but the price may be high. The first part of the Cora's Choice series.

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Accidental Leigh by Melanie James
Leigh Epstein is in serious mourning for her book boyfriend when she decides to start writing romance. After getting an antique desk she finds her stories have a way of seeping into reality.

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Turned: A Werewolf Love Story by K. M. Carroll
A man stuck in a loveless marriage searches for a cure for the werewolf curse that afflicts his city. This novella is the first in the Regency Shifter series.

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Her Alien Saviour by Elle Thorne
A woman struggles to save her restaurant business, unaware that an alien soldier is trying to save her from the orders of his superiors. The first in the Ultimate Passage series.

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Mistress Of Masks by C. Greenwood
A dark sorcerer escapes a crypt, three people are chosen to save the world from ruin. The first in the Catalysts of Chaos series.

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The Silvering Of Loran by G. B. Wren
A princess discovers magic, and must master it to save her kingdom from darkness and herself from an unwanted marriage. The first book in the Silvering series.

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Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestley
An alien falls for a clumsy fighter with unexpected martial arts skills, but his family would disapprove. The first book in the Alien Attachments series.

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A Tale Of Two Colonies by Aurora Springer
A woman competes to join a colony ship and escape the subterranean overcrowding of Terra. But nobody knows what dangers wait for them at the destination colony.

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Orientation by Al K. Line
After a disease known has The Lethargy has destroyed most of mankind, one man struggles to create a safe haven for the remnants. But some would rather let humanity die out. The first book in the Commorancy series.

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The Galapagos Incident by Felix R. Savage
A nervous member of the Space Corps tries to evict the colonists of an asteroid peacefully, but her robot has its own agenda. The first novel in the Elfrida Goto trilogy.