My Monthly Anticipation | August 2022

Hello everyone,

Who doesn’t love the anticipation of new releases and things that they plan on doing? Every month there seems to be something new and exciting ready to hit the market for our consumption.

Being ready to embrace them with open arms is all we can really do.

To showcase this, I’ll be sharing my top 3 for each category of things that I look forward to this month right here, right now!

BOOK RELEASES.

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean.
Release Date: August 2nd, 2022.
Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book’s content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries.
Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon—like all other book eater women—is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories.
But real life doesn’t always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds.

My thoughts: Suddenly, I feel like eating books too. 😀 This surely got my attention though.

The First Binding by R.R. Virdi.
Release Date: August 16th, 2022.
All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first.
I buried the village of Ampur under a mountain of ice and snow. Then I killed their god. I’ve stolen old magics and been cursed for it. I started a war with those that walked before mankind and lost the princess I loved, and wanted to save. I’ve called lightning and bound fire. I am legend. And I am a monster.
My name is Ari. And this is the story of how I let loose the first evil.

My thoughts: It’s been a while since I have seen an epic fantasy novel this intriguing and it has already started getting a lot of praise from fellow bloggers. I’ll be keeping a watch on how it gets received from others but I’m almost already convinced that it’s worth giving a shot.

Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang.
Release Date: August 23rd, 2022.
Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.
1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation — also known as Babel.
Babel is the world’s center of translation and, more importantly, of silver-working: the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation through enchanted silver bars, to magical effect. Silver-working has made the British Empire unparalleled in power, and Babel’s research in foreign languages serves the Empire’s quest to colonize everything it encounters.
Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, is a fairytale for Robin; a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge serves power, and for Robin, a Chinese boy raised in Britain, serving Babel inevitably means betraying his motherland. As his studies progress Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organization dedicated to sabotaging the silver-working that supports imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide: Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence? What is he willing to sacrifice to bring Babel down?

My thoughts: R.F. Kuang’s latest novel sounds quite intriguing in so many ways and I’m curious to see what this fantasy historical fiction is going to be like. Not completely sure I’ll get around to it sooner rather than later compared to the previous titles though.


COMIC BOOK RELEASES.

Issue #1 will be released by DC Comics on August 2nd, 2022.
“Bruce Wayne is Batman.” Four words that saved Jason’s life and destroyed his future forever. Banished by his mentor and damaged by The Joker, the former Robin is left to become something different, something stronger, a relentless force for justice in the city…Red Hood! With nobody to answer to, he walks the dangerous line between hero and villain. That is until he meets Gan, a local girl from East Backport who needs his help to save her neighborhood from a super-criminal terrorizing its citizens. And she’s willing to fight alongside him, whatever it takes!

My thoughts: As a huge fan of the Murphyverse, I’m definitely excited to see where this Red hood story will go!


Issue #1 will be released by Marvel on August 3rd, 2022.
THE END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE IS COMING! edge (’ej) noun – 1. outermost limit of an object. – 2. the sharp side of a blade. The leading edge of the Spider-Verse brought you Spider-Gwen and Peni Parker. This final edge will introduce you to some of the most important characters in the future of the Spider-Verse…but it will also slice the final strand of the web. IN THIS ISSUE: SPIDER-MAN NOIR! ARAÑA’S NEW STATUS QUO! SPIDER-REX AND MORE!

My thoughts: Intriguing, to say the least. I doubt it’ll be mind-blowing but it should have some nice little stories for key Spidy characters for the future of Marvel.


Issue #1 will be released by DC Comics on August 16th, 2022.
Tom King and Mitch Gerads, the Eisner Award–winning duo behind Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon, and Strange Adventures, reunite to dive deep into the mind of Batman’s most intellectual foe…the Riddler. The Riddler has killed a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, but…there’s always a reason. The Riddler is always playing a game, there are always rules. Batman will reach his wits’ end trying to figure out the Riddler’s true motivation in this epic psychological thriller; this is not to be missed!

My thoughts: I’m always down for a King and Gerads team-up and this latest story sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to try it out.

TV SHOW RELEASES.

Premieres on August 5th, 2022.

My thoughts: I have been waiting for such a long time for Gaiman’s Sandman to be brought to life and this continues to look so promising. The wait is almost over!


Premieres on August 10th, 2022.

My thoughts: I don’t expect anything sophisticated from these shorts but I’m sure they’ll be cute and fun for what they are!


Premieres on August 17th, 2022.

My thoughts: My expectations are so, so low for this one. Whatever the quality of the story, I think the cameos promised are what’s really keeping me hopeful.


Premieres on August 21st, 2022.

My thoughts: It’s time for Game of Thrones to be back on everyone’s table! Let’s see if they get fans to commit.

MOVIE RELEASES.

Premieres in movie theaters on August 5th, 2022.

My thoughts: A fun action thriller with Brad Pitt is bound to be good to some extent!


Premieres in movie theaters on August 31st, 2022.

My thoughts: I’m loving the originality of this latest picture by George Miller. I’m very curious to see this in theaters.


VIDEO GAME RELEASES.

There are no major releases that interest me this month but, having beaten and enjoyed the heck out of it, I thought I’d just put this one here: Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. PC players get to finally play it on August 12th, 2022 and I’m sure plenty will have fun with mods with this one too.


PERSONAL LIFE.

Rejuvenated from my trip to Europe, I am eager to make the most of every day and discover new things right and left whilst still maintaining a routine. I think the month of August will be the perfect month to do just that, to enjoy the final days of summer, to work my way through the list of things I want to get done before the “pseudo-New Year” that September tends to be, begins. Here’s to a great month of August for all of us! 🙂


Thank you all for checking out my monthly anticipation post!

Now tell me what you’re looking forward to this month! Any new releases? Anything exciting you plan on doing?

Yours truly,

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29 thoughts on “My Monthly Anticipation | August 2022

  1. I hope Netflix does a good job and doesn’t totally botch things up. While I’ve heard good things about Stranger Things, but most of the other things Netflix has produced seem to be flops. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you (didn’t work so well for me and the recent 1.3billion lottery though, so I wouldn’t put too much faith in it)

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  2. I’m very, very curious about Sandman and yet I’ve avoided trying to learn something about Gaiman’s famous creation because I want to approach this series without any kind of expectation.
    And then there is Groot: just seeing him on screen makes me smile…
    As for House of the Dragon… well, the disappointment for the way GoT was wrapped makes me wary, but I will watch nonetheless 🙂
    Here’s to a great August!!

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    1. That reminds me of how you approached Locke & Key (which also has its final season coming out this month, I believe). I hope you enjoy Sandman as much as we both hope we will!! 😀 And yes, Groot sure makes me grin. A little competition for little Grogu. 😀 I’m with you for House of the Dragon. I hope they’ll get it right this time. Have a fabulous August, Maddalena! 😀

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  3. I keep seeing Babel around and while I don’t think it’s necessarily my cup of tea, I get why everyone is excited for it. I’m definitely looking forward to Bullet Train, Three Thousand Years of Longing and Sandman though. We’re so close to all the amazing releases!!
    I hope you have a splendid August!

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  4. I’m about a quarter of the way through my ARC of Babel, and so far so good! I’m looking forward to The Sandman show, too, and also a new podcast that premiers later today, called Trice Forgotten. It’s a fantasy/adventure story set on the high seas.

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    1. I remember when you got it too! I’m glad to hear it’s good and I hope it holds up till the end. Really excited for The Sandman and hope it has a solid story to go with the gorgeous visuals! Ouuuh, I haven’t heard of Trice Forgotten but it sounds so interesting. Reminds me of R.J. Barker’s last trilogy. 😮

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  5. Agree about The First Binding, it really does sound intriguing! And so does Babel… Not sure I’ll get around to any of them, but I am making an effort to read more varied literature at the moment, which has been quite fun. To be honest, I don’t follow new releases, but I do remember there are a few crime novels from favourite authors (incl Ann Cleeves) coming out in the next couple of months.

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    1. I’ve been trying to go wild and mixed with my genres too (currently in non-fiction). I’ve abandoned new releases in practice but still like to just keep up with what’s hyped and buzzed about. That way, when it all quiets down, I can verify if it’s really worth it after others actually get through it. 😛

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  6. The Book Eaters looks intriguing! I have read Bullet Train, it’s a really good thriller but the trailer makes it seem more of a comedy action movie… I don’t think I’ll see it at the cinema.

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  7. I’m interested in each of the 3 books. The Book Eaters not only sounds interesting but has a very appealing cover. The First Binding is fairly new to me, and though the writeup sounds reminiscent of others I’ve read I’m always up for giving epic fantasy a try. It’s one of my favorite genres. And Babel is another where I was intrigued by both description and cover. And speaking of covers… well not really, but sort of… the still image for The Thousand Years of Longing makes me think of the comic book Cloak & Dagger. I hope you have a great August, Lashaan. I feel like I’m getting further and further behind, but hoping I’ll get caught back up at some point this month. 🙂

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    1. I’m with you regarding all three books. They caught my attention for the same reasons. I do look forward to hearing more about them from other fellow bloggers just to better understand if they’re for me or not. Hahahah it does remind me of C&D too! However, I doubt the story has any similarities to those heroes hahah Hope whatever has been keeping you busy isn’t too much of a hassle, Todd! Stay safe and I hope August will be a fantastic month for you too! 😀

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      1. Can’t really claim that anything has been too much of a hassle, at least not compared to any real problems folks could have. Had a leak in the wall so had a plumber fix that, now trying to patch the drywall (my first time working with drywall), and trying to fix some toilet issues, some of which are easy but some that are proving more difficult than I’d thought. And I finally get a new computer to slowly take over from my very old one, and I’ve been struggling with parts of the upgrade. Some things have gone very well, but software has changed enough that my entire workflow with managing my entertianment content (music, audiobooks, podcasts, etc) will have to change and I’m not at all sure yet how I’ll do it. This will end up being a massive upgrade for my photography work but also a massive downgrade for managing entertainment content and syncing with my phone. In the scheme of things, these are all little things that can be worked through. But it has left me searching for more hours in the day. 🙂

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  8. I tried to read Bullet Train but I lost my patience at it pretty soon, still I always thought that it would be amazing as a movie and I am dying to see if I was right!!
    And I am intrigued by all the three books you mentioned, I really hope to read them all soon!!

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      1. I think I probably will. My problem with the booj was, mainly, that it was like reading a Tarantino’s movie, or something on the line. And I love some of the Tarantino’s movie, especially the older ones (and this book has definitely that kind of vibes) but as a book that didn’t really work for me!
        And thank you!!

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  9. Ooh! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on The Book Eaters. Sounds whimsical! But I see the potential for a riveting, dark, and serious tale, too.

    The blurb from The First Binding sounds too generic for me to be interested.

    I feel like Babel has a lot of potential, but feel that the Oxford part of it all will kind of destroy it.

    OK, so, funnily enough, shortly before reading this post, I stumbled upon a negative review of She-Hulk. (I didn’t read it past the opening sentence that said something to the effect that the movie was horrible.) Once I played the trailer on this post, I became perplexed. Is the acting really that bad? Or is it meant to be funny and on purpose for some weird reason? I skipped around. Looks absolutely terrible.

    Nope. Not stepping back into Game of Thrones. They’re definitely going to milk it. But, for the fans’ sake, I hope they make it decent.

    “…bound to be good to some extent” that made me laugh. I won’t be seeking Bullet Train out, but might reconsider if you absolutely love it.

    As I skipped through the trailer for 3 thousand years, I thought of Everything, Everywhere all at once. That’s the vibe I’m getting. Intriguing. WIll it deliver?

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    1. I agree, The Book Eaters does sound whimsical yet sinister somehow! I’m convinced a lot of the excellence of The First Binding from early reviewers and readers who got it already. I might cave into that one before any of the other, honestly hahah Same for Babel. There’s something odd by the concept but something tells me it’ll still be well executed.

      I don’t know what to tell you hahahahah I only saw the first released trailer of She-Hulk and was irked by the comedy, acting, and CGI. I still plan on watching it all and reviewing it too so I won’t overly bash it before even having given it a try. 😀

      Yeh, they have a lot of plans to expand the universe and know that it’ll sell since the original show did a lot of the hype/buzz heavylifting.

      I fear the comedy of Bullet Train might throw me off and that the story won’t be as compelling as some say the book is. And you’re right about 3000 years. It did remind me of Everything, Everywhere All at Once! I doubt it’ll be as good but something tells me it’ll still be pretty good. We’ll see in September. 😀

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