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Film and Book Reviews for 2015

Films released in 2015

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Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller
3 star rating
Max is embroiled in a wild road trip through a post-apocalyptic desert, in search of redemption and freedom.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens directed by J. J. Abrams
2 star rating
In the seventh instalment of the Star Wars saga, a young woman helps a droid get important information into the hands of the Resistance, whilst a sith lord once again terrorises the galaxy.

Books published in 2015

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
5 star rating
A young woman leaves her tribe to go to university across the galaxy, far from her home culture.
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Radiance by Grace Draven
5 star rating
Two minor royals marry to secure an alliance between their countries, although they find each other hideous and others will scheme to tear them apart. The first novel in the Wraith Kings series.
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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass And Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch
5 star rating
A group of young women would rather get drunk and slay trolls than call their parents. A graphic novel.
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Rat Queens: Volume Two: The Far Reaching Tentacles Of N'Rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic
5 star rating
The second instalment of the Rat Queens series the Queens take on demons from another dimension who are destroying their town. A graphic novel.
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Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle
5 star rating
Cinderella is used to being mistreated by her step family, but little is as it first appears in this twisted version of the classic Cinderella story. The first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen series.
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The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
5 star rating
An adventuring trio take on a quest for a lost object in the frozen north, without accounting for the complex political situation there. The second novel in the Copper Cat series.
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Eidolon by Grace Draven
4 star rating
A very different couple face the imminent destruction of their world as demons move in, and they wonder if impending doom will rob them of love as well as everything else. The second in the Wraith Kings series.
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Future Arctic by Edward Struzik
4 star rating
A detailed look at how the Arctic is changing and is likely to continue changing in response to politics, climate change, animal movements, and other ecological challenges.
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Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
4 star rating
Some people seem to believe Callum Hunt is the personification of evil, and the young mage is afraid they might be right. The second novel in the Magisterium series.
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Sleepless by Lou Morgan
4 star rating
A group of students take a mysterious study drug to help them cheat at their exams. But none of them are prepared for the side effects.
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The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by K. J. Charles
4 star rating
A 19th century ghost hunter and his assistant solve occult mysteries, whilst trying to keep secrets of their own.
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The Upside Of Stress by Kelly McGonigal
4 star rating
Stress is commonly thought of as an entirely negative condition that makes us sick. Kelly McGonigal reveals the evidence that challenges that view, and explains how to use stress to improve our lives.

In This Year

The author Terry Pratchett died.

Unreviewed books

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Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen
A group of girls discover their summer camp is a hotbed of mystery, supernatural monsters, and dodgy puns. A graphic novel.

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Bitch Planet Volume One: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro
In a harsh future difficult women are consigned to a prison planet and forced to fight in a brutal game. A graphic novel.

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Empire by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
Two young people from opposite sides of a conflict are exiled to the far reaches of the universe for falling in love. Book two in The Chronicles Of The Invaders.

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The Codex by Joe Duck
A frosty young sorceress attempts to make some money from dragon slaying, but she falls in with an innocent and none-too-bright angel who takes all his direction from a saucy Codex.

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Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
A zombie animator and US Marshall faces a case of zombie exploitation in which the zombies seem conscious. The twenty-fourth Anita Blake novel.

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Melody of Demons by Ros Jackson
Two women with secret demonic sides fight to uncover the mystery of a spate of missing people in their city. The first book in the Kaddon Keys trilogy.

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Saga Volume Five by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Marko pursues his divided family across the universe with the dubious help of his former enemy Prince Robot IV.

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The Brush of Black Wings by Grace Draven
On a trip to the woods, Martise comes across an ancient temple and reawakens a dangerous power. This novella is a sequel to Master of Crows.

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Protection by Elle Thorne
A hairdresser with a past she wants to hide encounters a bear shifter in this contemporary fantasy novella. The first in the Shifters Forever series.

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Tin Men by Christopher Golden
When an EMP cripples communications, Danny Kelso is stuck in the body of a robot soldier, a Tin Man. The Tin Men try to keep order as society falls into anarchy.

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The Vital Question: Why Is Life The Way It Is? by Nick Lane
An exploration of the origins of life at a cellular level, which looks at why complex life on Earth has many common features.

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Alien Contact For Idiots by Edward Hoornaert
An island full of American Indians from an alternate timeline in the future arrive in the Pacific in the 21st century. The biologist who makes first contact ends up learning more than she expected about the alien newcomers and their prince.

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A Reluctant Assassin by J.C. Morrows
In the monarchy of Auralius, a young woman has been sent to assassinate the prince as he tries to select a bride. The first in The Order of the Moonstone series.

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My Alphas: The Complete Series by Emily Cantore
A young woman walks into a den of werewolves, knowing they could tear her apart but drawn to the two alpha males of the pack.

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Dark Avenging Angel by Catherine Cavendish
Jane grows up with an abusive father, and is bullied at work, but finds solace in a mysterious angel that normally only she can see. But she may have struck an infernal bargain with too high a price.

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Depravity by M. J. Haag
A young woman flees her tormentors only to end up on the enchanted estate of an angry beast. The first in the Beastly Tales series.

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Deceit by M. J. Haag
Living with an enchanted beast is challenging for Benella, who is trying to civilise him and undo the curse he is under. The second in the Beastly Tales series.

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Devastation by M. J. Haag
A young woman struggles to sort out her feelings for a man who was once an enchanted beast. The third in the Beastly Tales series.

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Re-Wired by Greg Dragon
A socially awkward robotics student makes his own android woman. But he may have made her too perfect. The first in the Wired For Love series.

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Styx And Stoned by Boone Brux
A widow who happens to be a grim reaper goes to LA to tackle demons, ghosts, zombies, and the heat. The second novel in the Grim Reality series.

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Cornered Magic by Charissa DuFour
A young woman with the power to drain magic is shunned by her community, when a fae is murdered and she is asked to help solve the mystery. The first book in the Void series.

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The Horse Mistress by R. A. Steffan
A young stable hand hides the secret of her gender in a village where women are forbidden to work with horses. After the village comes under attack she may be forced to reveal her secret to save everyone. The first novel in the Eburosi Chronicles.

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Lady Mechanika: Volume 1 by Joe Benitez
A part-mechanical woman searches for clues to her forgotten past life whilst working as a private investigator. The first graphic novel in the Lady Mechanika series.

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Teeth: The First Bite by Chele Cooke
When Thomas wakes up to a horrific scene of gore his life changes forever in this tale of urban vampires. The first in the Teeth series.

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Switching Hour by Robyn Peterman
A clothes-obsessed witch just out of magical prison has to complete a mission or become mortal. The first in the Magic and Mayhem series.

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Reconstructed by Tasha Black
Cordelia works for a rich, selfish boss with little respect for others. Then he is badly injured, and must take time to consider the needs and feelings of other people as he is rebuilt with new technology. The first in the Building A Hero series.

Unreviewed films

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Crimson Peak directed by Guillermo del Toro
A young novelist and heiress is wooed by a baronet, although her father is suspicious of him. His home in England is a huge crumbling ancient pile full of secrets, in this gothic ghost story.

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The Last Witch Hunter directed by Breck Eisner
When something terrible happens to his colleague and friend, an immortal witch hunter investigates. However, the uneasy truce between witches and mortals has never seemed more fragile.

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Goosebumps directed by Rob Letterman
A young man moves next door to the uptight author of the Goosebumps books, who is fiercely overprotective of his daughter. When the stories come to life they have to team up to save the town of Madison, Delaware.