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Film and Book Reviews for 2017

Films released in 2017

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Beauty And The Beast directed by Bill Condon
4 star rating

A bookish young woman is taken prisoner in an enchanted castle by a beast. But is he as terrible as he seems?

Books published in 2017

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells
5 star rating

A rogue security android with a fear of human interaction is embroiled in a crisis when things go badly wrong for a peaceful scientific mission. The first novella in the Murderbot series.
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Defender by G. X. Todd
4 star rating

People everywhere have started hearing voices which urge them towards violence. Pilgrim and Lacey are struggling to survive in a world where even their own thoughts may betray them.
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Inheritors Of The Earth by Chris D. Thomas
4 star rating

An examination of the species that are benefitting from rapid environmental changes brought about by mankind, and how they are doing so.
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Petra by Nirina Stone
4 star rating

The first book in the Allendian Post-Apocalypse Series follows a young orphan trying to survive killer robots, acid rain, and vicious raiders in a ravaged far future world.
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Storm In A Teacup by Helen Czerski
4 star rating

Helen Czerski takes a look at how physics affects everything we do, whether it is making a cup of tea or powering our lives.

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Unreviewed books

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Saga: Volume Seven by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Reunited with her family, Hazel travels to the comet of Phang in order to refuel. There they will make new friends and lose others as war rages on.

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Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples by Saga: Volume Eight
Hazel wishes for a sibling to keep her company as her family flee from planet to planet. Meanwhile their friend Petrichor is hiding painful secrets and memories.

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Demon Hunter by Mary Abshire
Demons seem to be multiplying, whilst a group of vampires stand as the protectors of humanity. The first in the Divine Justice series.

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Clouds of Venus by Jeff Tanyard
After the mayor of a flying city orbiting Venus is murdered, a student is framed and must work to clear his name. The first novel in the Free Space trilogy.

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Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly
The ruler of her people is expecting to be banished at the end of her reign, as is custom. Instead she is faced with the threat of rebellion and dark prophecy. The first novel of the In The Heart Of The Mountains series.

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The Proem by F. F. John
In the 25th century Neith expects to marry for money, not love, and a poor match could ruin her family. A prequel novella to the Nome series.

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Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods, and Becca Farrow
The men of Mancastle disappear on a quest, leaving the women to deal with a curse attracting monsters to their castle and to sort out their own leadership.

Unreviewed films

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Bright directed by David Ayer
A human cop is unhappy about being paired with an orc in a Los Angeles filled with magical beings, as they go after a dangerous wand that people will kill to obtain.

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Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins
Diana, Princess of the Amazons, gets involved in the Great War when a pilot crashes into her island.