A new year brings with it new books, comics, movies, TV shows and all kinds of geeky wonders. Here's what we're looking forward to; are your favorites on our list?
The second Hobbit movie.
I liked the first movie, once Bilbo finally left the Shire. I keep remembering that the second LOTR movie was my favorite of the three, so I admit to having high hopes for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I just get to twiddle my thumbs until December...
Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D .
Dear gods yes.
Books, books and more books.
There's Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews. Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson. Cormorant by Chuck Wendig. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. Pantomime by Laura Lam. She Returns From War by Lee Collins. Trickster by Jeff Somers. Written in Red by Anne Bishop. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire. iD by Madeline Ashby. Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone. Carniepunk edited by Rachel Caine (with so many awesome authors contributing it is staggering). Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells.
And that's just a tiny list.
Neil freaking Gaiman's new book!
I am foaming at the mouth for Gaiman's newest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It sounds equal parts twisted and whimsical. It's been a long, long time since Gaiman's released a new adult book, and I am just besides myself. June can't come soon enough!
And other books in general
2013 is going to be a particularly AWESOME year for books. Hope springs eternal that this will be the year that Locke Lamora returns to our lives in the MUCH anticipated The Republic of Theives by Scott Lynch. 2013 also marks the return of some of my favorite characters. Simon Morden brings back foulmouthed Russian anti-hero Samuil Petrovitch in The Curve of the Earth. Without A Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal returns us to her lush world of Jane Austen-y magic. Bannon and Clare return in The Red Plague Affair by Lillith Saintcrow. Chris Wooding gives us the final tale of the crew of the Ketty Jay in The Ace of Skulls. Druid Atticus O'Sullivan returns for another rollicking good time in Hunted by Kevin Hearne. Sandman Slim also staggers back in Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey. Finally, Royce and Hadrian come back in a prequal to one of the BEST epic fantasy stories I've ever read, Michael J Sullivan's The Crown Tower.
Those doesn't even get into all the fancy NEW books to delight your fevered brainmeats this year. Steampunk from freakin' JIM BUTCHER! A whole new series by Gail Carriger! It's going to be a year to remember!
After the Ponds left in a completely devistating fashion, I thought I could never love again. I have less than zero trust in Stephen Moffat but after the wonderful Christmas special, I am chomping at the bit for new Who. It's the 50th anniversity of our dear Doctor, so who knows what kind of fireworks we're in for. Or what kind of disappointments. Will I ever learn? At least there's a new episode written by Neil Gaiman this year, involving Cybermen!
If this doesn't come back this year, I don't know what I'll do. I've heard rumors it may return in the fall, and I have every exteremity on my body crossed in the hope that it's true.
I'm not so sure this year will be good for movies, but we do have a few gems to look forward to. There's Warm Bodies, a zombie rom-com (because why not?), Iron Man 3 (yes, give me more RDJ!), Star Trek Into Darkness (CUMBERBATCH!), Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing (Whedon + Shakespeare = epic win!), The Wolverine (I'm such a sucker for Wolvie), The World's End (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can do no wrong), and Thor: The Dark World (HIDDLESTON!).
Honestly, this year may not be good for films so much as it's good for fangirls. Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston all back on the big screen? Yes please!
Ummmm ... what Meghan said.
No, seriously, she picked most of the books, movies and TV shows I'm dying for in 2013. Why is Much Ado not out yet? When can I see more Tom Hiddleston in a cloak? How will Locke Lamora get out of the massive cliffhanger he's been stuck in since 2008?
Still, I have a few items to add. I'm looking forward to the final book in Veronica Roth's excellent YA trilogy that began with Divergent, which Goodreads assures me will be out this year. In television, I'm eager to see what Game of Thrones will do in season three, which will cover A Storm of Swords, the series' strongest book. And I'm hoping The Walking Dead will keep its momentum when it returns in February.
This year, it's the movies that have me most excited. To wit:
- I'm deeply curious as to whether an Evil Dead remake that doesn't star Bruce Campbell can succeed.
- Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby will no doubt be a dazzling, colorful, stylish feast for the eyes, and I can't wait.
- There are many adaptations of beloved books coming to theaters, and I'll probably end up catching all of them: Ender's Game, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Host, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Book adaptations are always dicey, but I'm an optimist at heart.
- Anchorman: The Legend Continues. It's not genre, and there's no way it'll be as funny as the first one, but I don't care. I'll be there opening weekend.
- I've been waiting for the next movie from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp since, well, I walked out of the theater having just seen District 9. Happily, Elysium is out in August.
|Baldy Matt Damon in Elysium|
On probation: World War Z. It may be a perfectly good zombie film, but the trailers sure don't look anything like the book, which is one of my very, very favorite pieces of fiction. I'll go see it, but I expect to bitch and moan the entire time about missed opportunities. (Maybe I should go see that one solo, to spare my long-suffering husband.)
And what of you, readers? What are you anticipating in 2013?