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Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Jackson

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable hobbit with no experience when it comes to world beyond his home, is invited to join thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim their homeland. Of course, there’s potentially a dragon to deal with first, but that’s why they need Bilbo to be their burglar. Is he willing to trade the comforts of home for a rather uncomfortable adventure?

Lord of the Rings Online

Review: Lord of the Rings Online – Standing Stone Games

Most people know the tale of Frodo Baggins and his quest to destroy an evil ring. But do they know of the many other unsung heroes of Middle-Earth fighting against the shadows? What happened in the rest of Eriador while Frodo was travelling to Imladris? How did the common folk of Rohan, Gondor and the Dale-lands survive during the War of the Ring and thereafter? And who took control of the Dark Lord’s lands after his downfall?

In Lord of the Rings Online you embark on your own journey, discovering secrets and realms no one has ever seen before.

Review: Dune: Part Two – Denis Villeneuve

Having joined a band of Fremen guerillas, Paul Atreides, now Duke of Arrakis, needs to find a way to avenge the death of his father and friends. But how can he strike back at the Harkonnens, or even the Emperor, from the depth of the desert? His mother believes the key to lie with the Bene Gesserit prophesy of the Lisan al-Gaib, the off-world prophet foretold to lead the Fremen to paradise. But along that path lie many dangers, and Paul is reluctant to follow it.

Review: Magic Kingdom for Sale: Sold! – Terry Brooks

Ben Holiday, a depressed lawyer whom has lost his joy in life after losing his wife and unborn child in a car accident, gets the unique offer to buy a magical kingdom called Landover. Though Ben thinks this offer is too good to be true, he knows one thing for sure: he’s got nothing left to lose. He might as well seek out what this so-called kingdom entails, no?

Review: Damsel – Netflix

Elodie, the daughter of a Lord, agrees to marry the prince in order to secure a better future for her people. The union seems like something out of a classic fairy tale, but a terrible secret will soon be uncovered…

Review: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster – Jonathan Auxier

Life isn’t easy when you’re a chimney sweep in Victorian London. However, it’s the only life the young eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow has ever known. First under the tutelage of the Sweep, a man she loved as her father. Later, after the Sweep’s mysterious disappearance, she continued this existence in the name of a new cruel master. However, Nan’s life is about to change, when she discovers that a sentimental piece of char is actually a golem left to her by the Sweep.

Yearly Wrap-up: 2023 in Review

Our curators look back at their 2023 resolutions, and their favourite fantasy and science fiction media of the past year. Which media on their to be read/watch/listen/play piles got their attention? And what else did the year bring?

Review: Disenchanted – Disney

In ‘Enchanted’, former storybook princess Giselle leaves her fairy tale life behind to find a happily ever after in the real world with a single dad and his pre-teen daughter. In this movie, Giselle has a baby of her own and a now gloomy teenage stepdaughter. To try and escape an existence in a rut, Giselle makes her family move to a small suburban village. Furthermore, she uses a magic wand to wish a fairy tale life for her family. Alas, as often tends to happen with wishes, things don’t work out as she intends…

Review: The Last of Us – HBO Max

Global society collapsed after a fungus turning people into zombies spread like a wildfire. Joel is a world-weary smuggler used to a life out of sight of what remains of the authorities. Ellie, on the other hand, is a sassy teenager growing up in a dreary post-apocalyptic world, whose importance neither she nor Joel can grasp. When Joel is tasked to take Ellie on a dangerous trip across country, he is (understandably) less than thrilled.