I’m going to try a new feature out for Fridays around here as I’d like to spice up the content available. Looking Forward To will be things, bookish and not, that I’m looking forward to in the next week or so. This is a two fold thing for me. I want to share cool news and upcoming releases or ideas, and it helps me mentally to have things to anticipate in the coming days. So! Let’s look at what’s happening next week!
As far as bookish things, I have a few things I’m pretty pumped to see coming next week
- An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King – This one has been on my radar for a while. It sounds fascinating, with such a promising summary.
From the book blurb
“China’s One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man’s quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.”
- Hath no Fury Edited by J.M. Martin and Melanie R. Meadors – I tend to really enjoy Ragnarok Publishing’s anthologies. They manage to pull in some great writers, and this one caught my eye because who doesn’t love amazing women?
From the book blurb:
“In this anthology, readers will find 21 stories and six essays about super-smart, purpose-driven, ultra-confident heroines. Hath No Fury defies the stereotypes. Here, it’s not the hero who does all the action while the heroine smiles and bats her eyelashes; Hath No Fury’s women are champions, not princesses in distress. Embracing the strong warriors to the silent but powerful, or perhaps the timid who muster their courage to face down a terrible evil, the women of Hath No Fury will make indelible marks upon you and leave you breathless for more.”
A recent acquisition that I’m super excited to start this weekend is Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction, edited by Michael Sims. Frankenstein is one of my favorites, I absolutely love that book, so this one definitely caught my eye. It’s got a lot of gems I’ve never seen or heard of before so I’m pretty pumped to get a taste of some old school SF, and hopefully find some new to me authors to dig up!
There are some other great releases coming out next week that I’ve got my eye on but aren’t on my immediate ‘To Buy’ list.
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I might be the only bookish person on the internet not to read Everything I never Told You but I have it on my shelves so I’m half way to it! This one I’m watching, The premise sounds great (click the title to read the summary on Goodreads) so if I see it at the library it’s definitely one I’ll be picking up.
- A Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey – Another sequel! This one to the popular River of Teeth, which again, I am going to get to! I’ve heard nothing but good things about these, once this second one is out I may binge them.
Moving out of newer releases into some backlist additions to my TBR, I’ve found some interesting things! Drown by Junot Diaz, a collection of short stories, One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Asne Seierstad, translated by Sarah Death – this is a nonfiction account of a massacre that hit Norway, and The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne – I’ve been eyeballing this one but seeing more and more good things I think I’m going to have to try this.
My last bookish related note is the new movie of IT. Is anyone else going to see this?
My husband recently read the book (shame upon me, I didn’t get to it with him) and he is beyond pumped. So we’re going Saturday because there is nothing more he loves than scaring the shit out of me. I’m simultaneously excited and dreading it
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Finally, in other non-bookish related things the one big release next week I’m excited for is the new Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for Playstation 4. I have loved the YS games since as far back as I can remember. They were devilishly hard for me back in the day, and still hold some challenge now with the right difficulty. I know they have their problems but the music and the traditional ‘save the world’ narratives just really pull me in on these. I’ve been replaying YS I & II just to scratch the itch till this comes out. I’m so excited.
Anything I missed? What else exciting is happening next week?