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Film and Book Reviews for 2018

Films released in 2018

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Venom directed by Ruben Fleischer
4 star rating

When alien organisms come back to Earth, an investigative journalist tackles the corporation that wants to conduct unethical experiments on them.

Books published in 2018

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A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
4 star rating

In modern Atlanta, a young woman called Alice finds a portal to Wonderland and her mission to protect the world. But mundane duties keep pulling her in different directions. The first book in the Nightmare Verse series.
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How To Live Plastic Free by Luca Bonaccorsi, Richard Harrington, and Clare Fischer
4 star rating

The Marine Conservation Society shares advice on how to prevent the scourge of plastic pollution in our oceans with this guide to daily living.
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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic To Brew by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
4 star rating

In a town where supernatural creatures live beside ordinary humans, a werewolf barista tries to blend in. But when her friend is hurt by a rogue magician she has to take a stand. The first in the Moonstruck series.
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Prisoner Of The Crown by Jeffe Kennedy
4 star rating

A princess is brought up in luxury and taught not to question or make waves. But her family are scheming for power, and if she is to survive outside of her gilded cage she must learn to be the kind of person she was taught not to be.
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Sidney's Escape by Nirina Stone
4 star rating

Sidney and a disparate group of friends attempt to escape from the inhospitable Blue Dome and find a better life elsewhere on the planet of Allendia. The second in the Allendian Post-Apocalypse series.


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Unreviewed books

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Monstress Volume Three: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
In this graphic novel Maika Halfwolf and her friends reach a safe refuge from those chasing them, and begin to find answers. But their respite from danger is not to last.

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Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
Changed by alien technology, Binti must try to save her family and pacify two groups that are intent on war with each other. The third novella in the Binti trilogy.

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The Subjugate by Amanda Bridgeman
Two detectives investigate murders in a small religious community near to a place where violent offenders are turned into placid servants. The first in the Salvi Brentt series.

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Michael Ruscio
An exploration of the role of the gut and its microbes in a range of health conditions, and the effect of dietary changes on these. Each chapter incudes extensive references to research.

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The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
A special agent in the Naval Crime Investigative Service travels through time to try to solve the brutal murder of a family, and to locate a missing daughter. But the future holds the possibility of an apocalypse humanity cannot survive.

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Hunted by G. X. Todd
In a world where almost everyone has been driven to madness and death by voices invading their heads, the survivors find themselves hunted in this post-apocalyptic thriller. The second book in The Voices series.

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Saga Volume Nine by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Hazel and her family and friends remain fugitives in space, but they are offered a chance to take new identities in exchange for telling their story to the press.

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The Planetsider by G. J. Ogden
A young man lives in a post-apocalyptic world threatened by roaming savages driven mad by a strange illness. Then someone arrives with knowledge of the world as it was before civilisation fell.

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Rat Queens Volume 5: The Colossal Magic Nothing by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
The Rat Queens search for a friend, only to encounter weirdness, and a mysterious stranger arrives in Pallisade and they begin to lose people and memories.

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Lady Mechanika Volume 4: The Clockwork Assassin by Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen, Martin Montiel, and Beth Sotelo
Lady Mechanika and her friends investigate a series of murders which only an assassin with mechanical strength could have carried out, in this graphic novel. Her friend Mr Lewis confronts demons from his past.

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In The Darkest Midnight by Grace Draven
A timid young noble lady marked with a prominent birthmark lives in fear of mockery, until a swordmaster promises to teach her a few things. A novella set in the Wraith Kings universe.

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The Last Dome by Nirina Stone
Sidney has been safe in the Red Dome for a few years, in spite of its stifling conformity, but revelations about history and a huge sandstorm are about to change everything. The third in the Allendian Post-Apocalypse series.

Unreviewed films

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Upgrade directed by Leigh Whannell
An old-school mechanic living in a cyberpunk future is attacked after an accident and left a quadriplegic. But he gets the offer of surgery that will upgrade his body and mind, which will allow him to find the perpetrators and get revenge.

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A Wrinkle In Time directed by Ava DuVernay
A schoolgirl and her younger brother are traumatised by the loss of their physicist father. Then a group of strange women turn up and suggest there is a way to find him, so long as they are prepared to jump through the universes.

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Time Trap directed by Mark Dennis and Ben Foster
Students search for their missing archaeology professor in a cave where he went to find other people who had gone missing. But time does not pass in the cave in the same way as it does outside.

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How To Be Really Bad directed by Marco Petry
If the daughter of the devil can turn a good girl bad within a week, she can leave hell and stay on Earth in this high school fantasy.

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Replicas directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff
A scientist works on a threatened project to imprint the minds of dead people into robot artificial intelligences.

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2036 Origin Unknown directed by Hasraf Dulull
A supervisor works with an artificial intelligence on a Mars mission, as they investigate a strange monolith of unknown origin.