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