Friday, December 30, 2011

Why We Can't Wait for 2012!

by Megan S., Sara N., Meghan B. and Laurie K.

Now that we've honored our favorite things from 2011, here's a list of what we're looking forward to in 2012!
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Sara N.'s Picks:

Long-awaited book sequels: Blackout by Mira Grant, due in June, the final book in Grant's zombie/bloggers/politics Newsflesh trilogy. The Twelve by Justin Cronin, due in August, the sequel to the vampire novel The Passage. Cold Days, the next Harry Dresden book by Jim Butcher, with a release date TBA. (Which makes me nervous that it won't actually be forthcoming this year.) And as always, I'm dreaming of a release date for The Republic of Thieves, book 3 in Scott Lynch's fabulous Gentleman Bastards series. Lynch has had some personal setbacks that have kept him for continuing work on his series. I wish him good health and good writing so we can all enjoy more rousing and heart-breaking adventures with Locke and Jean. (I feel like I'm missing some book sequels. What did I overlook?)

The Hunger Games movie, out March 23 - Quivering. With. Excitement.

Game of Thrones season 2 on HBO - Now with 100% more dragons!

More PopStuff podcasts - This podcast from HowStuffWorks writers Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey could very well come directly from my own brain. Both women are geeks with deep and abiding love of Joss Whedon, J.R.R. Tolkein, the Muppets, and many other books, movies, TV shows and pop culture icons that I, too, adore. Their podcasts are funny and smart and addicting. Frankly, this is the first podcast I've listened to religiously, and I love it so. Almost every week, I find myself wanting to crash into their recording studio and join the conversation. (Don't worry; I live too far away from Atlanta, where they record, to follow through on that.)

Megan's Picks:

via Matt O'Hara
Mayan Apocalypse! - I can't wait for the batshit craziness to begin as we come closer to end of the world.  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Here's the deal: over a millennium ago, the Mayans created a series of cyclical units of time including one, nicknamed the Long Count, that spanned 5126 years.  Most Mayan scholars agree, the end of the first cycle coincides with the northern hemisphere's shortest day of the year, December 21, 2012.  Of course, the theory that the Long Count is cyclical isn't exciting whatsoever so conspiracy nuts and people that don't bother to Google crazy ideas are all worried that we have less than a year till doomsday.

Fingers crossed, the next 350 something days will be filled with crackpot theories, more cheesy movies, and an internet meme explosion all capitalizing on the non-apocalypse.  You just know it's going to be incredibly entertaining.*

*We at Stellar Four only support safe and sane apocalypses (apocalypsi?).  Do not use any predicted doomsdays as an excuse for violence or doing something idiotic like draining your bank account.  Grand romantic gestures and random acts of awesomeness, however, are strongly encouraged.

Meghan's Picks: 


The Avengers - Another film I need like yesterday. Joss Whedon AND Tony Stark and Thor? I'm sorry, I think I just started to foam at the mouth from the highly concentrated AWESOME.

Brave - Pixar's upcoming movie features their FIRST female protagonist ever and I'm over the moon about it. This movie looks like it's going to be just beautiful. 

Books. So many, many books - As an unashamed book fiend, I can not wait to get my hands on the next installments in some of my favorite series. Timeless by Gail Carriger ends the amazing Parasol Protectorate series. Rachel Aaron's master thief Eli Monpress returns in The Spirit War.

Music - While less talked about here at good ol' Stellar Four, I am a total music geek and I am dying in anticipation of new music from some of my favorite bands, like Mumford & Sons. 2012 is going to be a huge year for music, and I just can't wait!

Laurie's Picks:

There's no hard date yet, but it looks like the last book of The Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson) will be out sometime in 2012. This will be the end of a series I started reading when I was 14. Damn, that's a long time ago. (Like, you know, 10 years! *cough*)

Like Meghan, I'm ready for The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Brave - but I also add The Hobbit to that list. It looks amazing.

We kind of have to wait all freakin' year to see if that whole Mayan thing comes true, but the movies and books I'm looking forward to all come before that, so it's all good.

One more thing - I'm looking forward to seeing the Green Bay Packers repeat as the Superbowl Champions in 2012.

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  1. Dark Knight, Avengers, and Brave all look so awesome. I too, can not wait. Oh yes, and Hunger Games!!

  2. What about Prometheus!!!! aaaaargh!

  3. "Blackout by Mira Grant, due in June" That's toooo faaaaar!! I want it NOW!!!

  4. Brave and The Hobbit - yes! WANT!

    Of course, there is a ton of books I want too, and I'll be watching the Mayan madness.

    Meghan - after I saw your love of the Eli Monpress books I checked them out. Turns out that there will be a bundle of the first 3 books out in Feb ($9.99 for eBook, $10.98 for paperback), so of course I pre-ordered it. If anyone is interested, it's called The Legend of Eli Monpress. That way I will be ready when book 4 comes out. :)