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Gone Girl [based on the book] by dir. by

Gone Girl dir. David Fincher

On the day of her fifth wedding anniversary Amy Dunne disappears. Her husband Nick gets home, a neighbour has spotted their cat wandering outside, to find the door open, the coffee table smashed, and no sign of his wife. We already know that their marriage is not a good one, he has been moaning to his sister at the bar

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The Bees by

The bees by Laline Paull

From the moment she emerges out of her cell Flora 717 is not like the other bees. She has been born a sanitation bee, meant to clean and to take orders from all other orders of bees. But unlike her sisters she can talk. And soon she learns that she can be more. She can nurse and forage. She can

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Ashes of Honor by

ashes of honor

The October Daye series # 6 My first book for this year’s RIP challenge1 It has been almost a year since the events of One Salt Sea and, understandably, Toby still hasn’t recovered one hundred per cent. I won’t say what from, because spoilers, but if you’ve read the book you’ll know. But she is back on the job, private

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Selkie Stories Are for Losers by

selkie

Read online at Strange Horizons Our unnamed narrator is a teenage girl, working in a restaurant after her mother left, trying to get her father to understand that she isn’t interested in college. All she cares about is getting to a land-locked state, whether or not she should kiss Mona, and the fact that she hates selkie stories. Selkie stories,

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Do butlers burgle banks? by

dobutlers

Read originally 19/07/2010. Reread June 2014 On my reread I enjoyed it just as much as the first time round, if not more. Wodehouse has that wonderful way of poking fun of people but somehow managing to do it without any nastiness. Original review below ISBN: 0140050361 Horace Appleby is a criminal, specialising in “inside jobs”, his modus operandi is

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The Unfortunate Fursey by

unfortunate

Fursey is a lay brother in Clonmacnoise. The only monastery in Ireland to be unafflicted by demons and other such occult presences. The power of its bells have kept all those evil powers away. But that has changed! Demons, vampires, and numerous other evils are now tempting the holy monks. None have much to fear, they simple say the words

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X-Men: days of future past dir. by

xmendays

Mutants throughout the world are being hunted down and murdered by the Sentinels. And not only mutants, but anyone with the gene that might result in them producing a mutant child, or a mutant grandchild. The world is not in very reasonable hands. Charles and Eric discover that Kitty Pryde can send an individual’s consciousness back through time, only a

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Adam’s Rib dir. by

adams rib

Warren Attinger has been a bad husband, but his wife, Doris, has caught him out. She follows him one day and when she uncovers him with Beryl Caighn she has had enough. She shots him. And the wall, several times. He lives, but she is now on trial for attempted murder. This is a story that makes a splash in

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Shadows by

Shadows by Robin McKinley

Read a sample Shadows is set in an alternate world, one where the Newworld has eradicated all magic, and the risks they feel it brings. Magical families have been gene-spliced and teenagers are regularly tested to ensure that no magic user might slip through. This is a world where the word magician is a bad word. Not like Oldworld, where

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The Marrying Kind dir. by

The Marrying Kind dir George Cukor

In the domestic courts it is time for Keefer vs Keefer. But the various arguments carry on until it is six o’clock and the presiding judge calls a halt. She wants to reconvene at nine the next morning, but before everyone leaves she decides to have a sit down with the two parties; Florence and Chet. She asks them how

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