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Because we haven't quite managed to work out a way for us to consume ALL the entertainment yet: to keep us from emerging haggard and zombie like after regular all night box set marathons, book splurges and music overload we've set up this quarterly space where we can express our pure fannish glee at the fact that so many projects of awesome potential are continually being made. All of our past wants and desires can be found in the We Want It! tag.



Renay



cover of Southern Cross   cover of Ariah   cover for Jessica Jones


Books


Southern Cross by Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger &, Lee Loughridge — This sounds like an excellent mystery in space. Although nothing has yet to replace Event Horizon as my horror/haunted house movie IN SPACE inside my heart, I do keep looking for contenders. Not sure when the first trade will be out, but I'm on board. Comic Guy gave this one a thumbs up.

Descender by Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen — This is about a little robot in a world where robots are hated, feared, and killed. My comic guy compared it to A.I. but in the positive way (what I remember about A.I.: nothing, but that kid was great as Sora!). The art looks excellent and since the first issue mentions multiple planets, I'm excited about the world building. Plus, robots!

Invisible Republic, Vol. 1 by Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko — I can't remember where I saw this mentioned, but I mentioned this to my comic guy and he was like "YES!" really loudly. I've seen him get this excited about Saga and The Wicked and the Divine (love the first, have been give 10,000 recs for the second). The description of the first issue says, "Breaking Bad meets Blade Runner." and, not to derail a fun round up with reading politics, but this is another example of cultural pressure to read/watch stories by/about men. Neither of these things mean anything to me! Will this trend ever die? Anyway, sign me up for fallen planetary regimes.

Catwoman, Vol. 6: Keeper of the Castle by Genevieve Valentine & Garry Brown — I've been hearing such great things about Genevieve Valentine's work on Catwoman. I've never read any books about Catwoman, but I've seen several people say this isn't a bad place to start. At the very least, I want to give this volume a try just because it's Valentine and I love her work.

The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore — I saw this recced on io9 and made it as far as "The crew of the interstellar ship" before tossing it on my rec list. Exploration! Culture clash! Friendship amid political tension. Into it.

Ariah by B.R. Sanders — [twitter.com profile] fozmeadows came out on Twitter flailing excitedly about this book. [twitter.com profile] hawkwing_lb then promptly seconded the rec, and so onto the pile it went. :D

Television


Jessica Jones — I don't know much about this character. What I think I know: she's married to Luke, they have a baby, and fandom leads me to suspect there's a Leverage-esque OT3 with some dude named Danny. But acquiring knowledge from fandom is risky business. Whatever the case, I'm super excited about this show because I loved Krysten Ritter's supporting work on Veronica Mars. :D


Jodie



cover of Revenge and the Wild   cover for Vixen   cover for What We Left Behind


Books


Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum — I'm in the mood to dip into really weird worlds right now, and this book looks like it'll fit the bill. It's got a dangerous circle of strangers, nightmares made real, and a desperate quest to save as best friend.

The Brothers Jetstream by Zig Zag Claybourne — Speaking of weird, Deliah Dawson linked to this the other day and it looks super quirky. Sometimes the oddball titles you hit on by accident become some of the best books you ever read (case in point, Spaceman Blues) so I'm keen to investigate this story about a crew saving the world one last time before anyone else does it. Looks like it might only be available electronically at the moment though, which is sad for me because I don't have the attention span to read whole novels on screens.

The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne — I might have included this in another We Want It post but as I still haven't got around to reading it there's no harm in mentioning it again. It sounds really inventive, and I like extended road trip stories. Probably another list addition we can blame on my need for serious weirdness.

The Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto — A magical Western with cannibals. Well, this book sure sounds like a ton of fun! And maybe a bit like a Cherie Priest book... I feel like I've heard Modesto's name mentioned in good circles although I can't quite bring to mind why I've heard about her before.

Promise of Shadows by Justine Ireland — I've seen Promise of Shadows mentioned around a lot of my favourite internet places but hadn't really clocked how much of a "me book" it was. It's got gods, goddesses, sisters and a reluctant teenage monster in training who really just wants to slack off and watch reality TV.

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons — ALERT, ALERT! SYMPATHETIC MEDUSA RETELLING! Oh. My. God. Medusa is one of my top five monstrous women (yes, I have a top five). This just has to be awesome.

Steel Victory by J. L. Gribble, Bradley Sharp — Mercenary women, mother daughter relationships, and sword wielding ladies on the cover. How could this possibly go wrong?

Red by Linda Nagata — Woah that cover looks hardcore. I'm expecting a big military SFF piece with a lot of commentary on war, reality TV and disconnection.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall — Retellings of The Odessey with a female cast seem to be cropping up all over at the moment. I'm kind of obsessed with The Odyssey despite not having made it all the way through the original Homeric text yet. And, as we all know, I like stories about women. So this niche trend is working out pretty damn well for me. This version of the story features five sisters trying to make it to their grandmother's house in Texas. It sounds really individual (although I kind of hope it still has a cyclops).

The Watchmaker of Filgree Street by Natasha Pulley — This looks like an all out fun historical science fiction romp perfect for reading on a rainy British day. The hardback version is so beautiful (cut outs and foil detailing, oh my) that I may have to break down and buy it.

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann — I'm digging the gothic X-Men vibe this book's blurb is giving off: 'Five gifted teenagers are selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris.' Ooo. People should rec me all the creepy underground stories because I love them.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig — So, I'm always suspicious of books where a woman's death drives a male characters motivation BUT the premise of this book makes it sound like it might actually deal with that messed up narrative device. Nix's father wants to travel back in time and save his wife from dying in childbirth, which may or may not erase his daughter's entire life. Nix is the book's protagonist, so if the story doesn't interrogate the hell out of the male saviour quest narrative I will be very surprised.

Trouble is a Friend of MineAngie recommended this on Twitter, so I immediately went off to check it out. Angie's recs are always compelling. This looks adorable and has an investigative element, which I wish was more common in YA (more teen detectives, of all variations, please).

Running Girl by Simon Mason — Which brings me to Running Girl. This book is getting a lot of buzz in the UK right now. I'm not keen on the crime setup (the protagonist's ex-girlfriend is murdered) but I really want to see what Mason does with a YA investigative hero who teams up with a police officer. Thank goodness they redesigned the jacket when it went into paperback because that hardback cover was a mess.

For the Record by Charlotte Huang — I have a big thing for stories based around music (which is why it was so easy for reality music shows to suck me in before they all started going so negative). I also like the idea of a band book where the band aren't super supportive and where the main talent comes from a TV show. That kind of setup isn't explored often in fiction.

The Trouble With Destiny by Lauren Morrill — I found The Trouble With Destiny while browsing the books Goodreads recommends if you're interested in For the Record. This book sounds like Pitch Perfect and Glee rolled into one, and set on a boat. It could be tons of fun.

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers — Speaking of cute summer fun books, Truest sounds like a lovely read about a developing relationship full of secrets. I read so much SFF that sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on contemporary releases.

Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe — Another book that sounds more contemporary (and literary) than I'm generally reading at the moment. 'Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery.' Sounds really interesting.

The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements — Some historical fiction now. I've been into the time of Oliver Cromwell ever since college (well done, enthusiastic history teacher) and I can't resist a female take on that age. Also, the description has me wondering if Clements has written a lesbian companion to As Meat Loves Salt which would be awesome. Except, obviously I would prefer there to be a happy ending in this book.

Vixen by Rosie Garland — This book's cover is SO pretty. The story sounds like the magic-laced love child of Karen Maitland and Joanne Harris, and I'm kind of hoping it's got Red Riding Hood overtones too.

The Woman in the Picture by Katherine McMahon — Apparently this is the second novel in a series about a female solicitor but I must confess I have never heard of the first book. It popped up on a table in the shop I work at and I was struck by its smoking (yes, I pun) cover. It sounds like a historical version of the kind of courtroom drama TV shows I enjoy watching.

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley — These last two books both came up when I was looking for books related to Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, which I'll be reviewing for Shiny New Books. I have one of Talley's other books, Lies We Tell Ourselves out from the library, so I'd better read that first. Still, hoping to get to this one by the end of the year. It's about a couple going off to separate colleges and finding their relationship challenged as Toni, a transgender character, begins to connect to the transgender community at Harvard.

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scesla — I've got a proof of this from work and it could either be a genius story about a polyamarous relationship or odd, so cross your fingers for the former!

Film


Ex Machina — Against my own will, I find myself really fascinated with the continuation and progression of stories where people essentially go 'let's build a woman'. And the aesthetics of this film look really interesting; it's all big wide shots and then dark claustrophobic interiors with some red light thrown in for extra menace.

The Girl KingThe Girl King takes a look into the life of Kristina of Sweden, a young European queen who I know nothing about. Lesser known feminist history - yeah, I'm on it.

Girlhood — A coming of age story based around girl gangs in France. This is on Netflix now and I'm so excited because I never thought I'd get to see this.

MoanaMoana doesn't release until 2016, so there isn't that much information out there about it yet but I think it's one to watch out for. It features Disney's first ever Pacific Islander princess setting off to find a fabled island with a god at her side. And the internet seems pretty excited that Taika Waititi wrote the script for this film.

Sisters — Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are gonna be in a film together, and not only that but they'll be the main characters! When I first read the premise (there's the good sister and the other sister - hmm) I was a little concerned it would be another film that sets up unnecessary conflict between two comically opposite women. However, after watching the trailer, I feel pretty confident that the creative team have built something totally different that's about sisterly support and women having a lot of fun.

Date: 2015-08-08 03:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] litomnivore
Gothic X-Men? Color me intrigued. I look forward to see what you make of A Drop of Night.

Date: 2015-08-08 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Jessica Jones! Yay :) We should attempt to watch the first ep around the same time when it eventually comes out.

Also I am very excited for my pre-order of Catwoman to arrive.

Date: 2015-08-10 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
Heyyyy, I'm excited for Promise of Shadows too! At the library this weekend I finally remembered I wanted to try Justine Ireland's books, so I checked out two, one of which is Promise of Shadows. The first few chapters are a lot of fun. And For the Record is one I'm excited for, as well.

Date: 2015-08-11 09:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chelseagirl
I started Valentine's Catwoman in single issues, but should have known myself better -- I'm not enough of a comics person to keep going back month after month; I get busy and I miss an issue and . . . . However, it is definitely everything you're expecting it to be, and I'm looking forward to getting it in graphic novel format.

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