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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 Carry On   cover of All-New All-Different Avengers   Poster for Fantastic Four


Books


Well, back in May I made one list of books I was looking forward to and then I made another list with lots of overlap for Fangirl Happy Hour, so you'd think I'd be out of books. They keep getting announced, though. I'm doomed.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell — I loved Fangirl. I thought the fanfic parts were cute, for sure, but since Cath seemed to write in isolation and not be part of fandom so much I connected much more readily with the interpersonal storyline. (This way of doing fandom is totally fine! It's just not an experience I'm very familiar with so have a hard time grokking.) Based on that I shouldn't be that excited about Simon and Baz's adventures, but I really, really am and can't help it. And there's already been assurances that this is not going to be a queerbaiting thing, which is a pretty big relief? I hate that I'm so dubious of queer content in ANY mainstream fiction. Oops.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — I've been reading criticism and commentary by Ta-Nehisi Coates for a year now. No matter what, I always learn something new when I read his work. This book was meant to come out later this year, but they moved it up to mid-July. The book is formatted as a letter to his son, which I suspects means I will end up in tears at least once.

Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples — After catching up on the series, I could not have predicted the ending to volume four. I gaped at my trade and re-read the end twice. I've resisted reading this in floppy because it's torture going issue to issue with this series in particular, but I'm going to be patient. I'm going to wait! I am definitely not going to cheat by reading issues on the sly in my comic shop because this series is TORTURE issue to issue. Patience, patience.

All New All Different Avengers #1 by Mark Waid, Adam Kubert, Mahmud Asrar, and Alex Ross — I'm so amazed at the formation of this team. It's so exciting to see Kamala here, and that's the reason I'm going to be reading this series in floppy come October (Kamala is also coming back in her own series with a new #1). My comic guy seems dubious about Waid writing Kamala and Miles (although I don't know much about Miles yet), and seems kind of down on Waid as a superhero writer, but I'm going to give it a shot. But this means I should really catch up on Thor (even if I HAVE already been spoiled).

Film


Paper Towns — This isn't my favorite of John Green books, but it's a really interesting experiment. The trailer, of course, makes it look like another "boy chases a manic pixie dream girl" and doesn't handle any of the examination of the trope. Which is fair! Because it's a trailer. I'm curious if film can do the type of deconstruction the book managed.

Fantastic Four — I barely remember the previous films at all, which makes me feel mildly guilty as a Chris Evans fangirl. I just found them so boring. But the trailer for this made it look pretty awesome. Kate Mara! Michael B. Jordan! I'm into this.

Television


The Expanse — THIS COMES OUT IN DECEMBER. I'm so upset because I want it to come out right now. Immediately. I may be angling for us to get cable back so I can record it on DVR and watch the first episode repeatedly on a loop. I'm so happy that some of my favorite characters show up in this season even though they don't appear in the book series until the second book. Avasarala! The casting so far has been really great, although I am gonna have to wait and see about Amos. SOMEWHAT DUBIOUS over how pretty the dude they cast is and whether he's gonna be able to pull off the physical presence Amos has in the books. I want this show to be good. I really, really do. Don't let me down, SyFy. ;___;

Games


Horizon Zero Dawn — This game looks so gorgeous and has ROBOT DINOSAURS. Plus, the main character is a woman who can take down huge ROBOT DINOSAURS. I'm going to have to sell a kidney to get a PS4. This game beat my excitement for the Final Fantasy VII remake that means I will finally get to play the whole game without motion sickness, and that's a pretty big feat. I was very excited about FFVII. >.> I'm curious if the ROBOT DINOSAURS are meant to be the main enemy or if there's a larger big bad lurking in the depths of the game.

ReCore — I don't think there's a chance for me to play this, because I don't think my partner is going to be okay with me selling a kidney plus additional body parts for another XBOX system. But it's a girl and her team of pet robots!


Jodie



cover for The Great Green Heist   cover for The Seventh Bride   cover for Monstress


Books



I find myself spending a lot of time scrolling through the 'Readers Also Enjoyed' feature on Goodreads lately. As a consequence, my first We Want It list in ten months is enormous.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho — Possibly the internet's most hotly anticipated fantasy book of September. I love the idea of this magic and manners universe and I'm kind of hoping people will find a way to write crossover fanfic involving Steven Black from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon — Angie tweeted about this gender swapped contemporary Robin Hood rewrite. I've been wanting to try Magoon's books for ages. I would read every Robin Hood story going and love gender swapped classic stories so Shadows of Sherwood looks like a good way into her work.

The Great Green Heist by Varian Johnson — Another book recommended by Angie. It sounds like a high school version of a scheme from The Hustle and it's giving me kind of a Filmore vibe (y'know from when Filmore was still a prankster). Overall, it just sounds like a lot of fun.

One Man Guy by Mchael Barakiva — I've got a feeling Angie might have talked about this one too. See, I don't get all my recs from Goodreads. Summer school romance between two guys! This contemporary novel sounds like it's going to be lovely and I hope it's going to be one of the best reads of the year.

Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki — After reading This One Summer I know I need to read everything Tamaki creates. This one sounds a little heavier, maybe closer to the intensity of Skim?

Thorn by Intisar Khanani — I think Gin Jenny put me onto this book? Whoever it was knows me pretty well because it looks like this book has a lot of tropes that I like including misunderstandings, switched identity, long ass journeys of discovery.

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh — The Wrath & the Dawn is a retelling of the Scheherazade story. A trickster heroine who knows how to tell a good story - the only way to improve on that is to give the girl a pet dinosaur. I'm a little wary of the idea that there may be a romance between her and the Caliph, but it could be a really great story if the book handles the mystery of the other girls deaths well. If he's a misogynistic murderer and she loves him, well… It's not going to fly is it. However, I saw on Twitter that Kate Elliott is very excited about this book and so I feel like I can trust this book.

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell — Disney are releasing a set of 'what if' novels that each change a classic moment from a familiar Disney film. And they're starting with Aladdin. As Clare said on Twitter, 'Fine take my money, you JERKS!' Whether this series is good or hokey really depends on the writers creating something new and surprising each time rather than phoning it in for Disney dollars, but I'm hopeful as Liz Braswell has already worked on a series of retellings.

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell — Ever since I read Malinda Lo's Ash I've been in the mood for another great Cinderella retelling. Mechanica, with it's inventor heroine and 'mechanical menagerie' sounds like it might hit the spot. A 'tiny metal horse named Jules' is the revolutionary leader. Could that be any more adorable?

Illuminae by Ami Kaufman — 'This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.' I am a real sucker for a punchy blurb and it is beyond my powers to resist this catchy hook. It sounds like this book packs in a lot of big concepts and plot points — corporations at war, a deadly virus, conspiracy — which means it could be messy, but it sounds so promising I'm willing to chance it. I'm also intrigued by the fact that the two main characters are a broken up couple who have to work together to survive. That idea has the potential to be cute and smart if handled well.

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith — Another SFF novel that caught me with it's hook. The blurb promises 'A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.' I immediately want to know how that world is going to work.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow — Scorpion Rules has a killer cover — a stark piece of artwork that almost slaps you. The premise, diplomatic hostage exchanges which keep a finely balanced peace in place, sounds highly political and brutal. From what I understand, The Scorpion Rules is a departure for Bow - more high concept than Plain Kate. It'll be interesting to see how she shapes her world.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman — A gusty heroine looking for answers and revenge in the Wild West? Authors hit my kinks so well. A True Grit style story without the distracting presence of Jeff Bridges? Even better.

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham — The blurb for this book makes it sound like Latham has crossed Ms. Marvel with Veronica Mars. I want this SO hard!

Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swedson — Steampunk spy stories just never get old for me. This book about an American governess who becomes a spy undermining magister colonialists sounds like an excellent choice for anyone who has finished Y. S. Lee's The Agency and Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series.

Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown — I'm all about the female spies this month. Although, really, when am I not? This book is about a female spy agency operating in WWI and a young woman sent on a mission to extract their most valuable spy. I haven't read a great spy novel, featuring female spies, set in this time period before so I'm looking forward to trying this out.

Hit — And why don't I throw in a female assasin for good measure? I like the corporate sound of the big bad in this book and it sounds like Hit has the chance to examine a lot of big issues, from national debt to trauma, while also mixing in a strong story about personal relationships.

Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty — I almost want to apologise for wanting this book. It feels a little like I'm betraying certain sections of Sherlock shipping fandom by showing interest in it. Mostly I'm just willing to go through fire for any female version of Moriarty. This is a sign I should finally watch Elementary isn't it?

Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu — Everyone's excited about Monstrous, right? It sounds like an epic examination of how society defines women as monsters and an epic SFF story. Can't wait!

Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark — I have a real comics problem at the moment. There's just too much good stuff out there and the whole comics world moves so fast that I'm pulled into buying trades quicker than I can really read them. Looking to add this to my pile though because the cover is amazing. Also, I know [personal profile] chaila liked Rucka's work on Wonder Woman so I hope he's going to create something reall special in this project.

Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini — The society in this book sounds almost like a manifestation of the Undersea in Station Eleven. Which is great because all I wanted after I read Mandell's book for the second time was for an artist to bring the Station Eleven comics to life. I love stories that take place under the sea, love apocalyptic stories and I'm already seduced by the colours of this project's cover artwork.

Shutter, Vol. 1: Wanderlust by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca — I came across this series about a female explorer while looking at what other people read if they liked Lazarus. It looks really cool — kind of surreal and fantastical set in a world where Earth is much more magical. And it's always nice to see a woman on a comic's creative team (please recommend more comics by women in the comments, everyone).

Dicebox, Vol. 1: Wander by Jenn Manley Lee — I really enjoy SFF projects that ground their world in ordinary detail so this comic about the lives of two factory workers in space sounds right up my alley. I like the rusty palette they've used for the cover too and kind of hope it continues throughout the issues.

The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher — This book sounds very Frances Hardinge like with its talk of animal companions and unlikely ordinary heroines. Also, I can't get enough of women rewriting the Bluebeard tale and I want to see what the 'mysterious women' in this one are like.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman — Another book with a blurb that makes me think of Hardinge's work. A mysterious lady in a plum dress creeps into Bartholomew's neighbourhood and steals away a changeling child. This book sounds like it offers a romp through a gothic but funny fantasy recreation of London.

Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young — I'm on the look out for great contemporary YA at the moment (I think it's getting a little lost in amongst all the excitement over all the SFF trilogies) and Hotel Ruby sounds like the kind of book I could get along with. It's set in an alluring hotel and it sounds like there are secrets down every corridor.

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut — And finally, an adult book in amongst all that YA. I'm excited that Galgut's written a book about E. M. Forster, one of my literary heroes, but I hear his novels often have sad endings.

Date: 2015-07-04 05:32 am (UTC)
muccamukk: Guinevere looks speculative. (King Arthur: Looking Good)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Have pre-ordered the audiobook of Between the World and Me as TNC reads it himself.

Really looking forward to the Avengers book. I've almost always liked Waid, though I've usually read him writing male heroes like Steve Rogers or Matt Murdock.

Also super excited about Erin Bow, though I think Sorrow's Knot was pretty high concept in its own way.

Monstress! October? Idk.

Date: 2015-07-04 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
I haven't read any Rainbow Rowell yet. I probably should because every time I come across a mention of her books it is full of praise.

I loved The Seventh Bride & Thorn. Great great stories. (Although I am a huge Ursula Vernon fan back since she was doing the Digger comic online so I may be slightly biased there.)

Date: 2015-07-05 11:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
I am also weirdly into the new Fantastic Four even though I think this reboot happened way too fast (I really like the first film with Evans but I think I really liked all the casting for that franchise). I'm into it even though they're going to hide Jamie Bell's beautiful everything for most of the film, which is a huge step for me - I'm proud of myself.

And you've def convinced me to be excited about Expanse. Every time someone buys Nemesis Games I get excited because I know you would be.

Date: 2015-07-05 12:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lynnoconnacht
Oh! Oh! Oh! Jodie, you're reading Thorn and The Seventh Bride at some point? I had so much fun with them! <3

I really like the sound of Monstress and I like the sound of Carry On as well.

I'm very curious about Horizon Zero Dawn as well because it looked fascinating, but I'm rubbish at console games. (This is both sad and awesome. Sad because look at all those games I can't play and awesome because at least my To Be Played pile is somewhat manageable.)

Date: 2015-07-06 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
WHAT. What what WHAT what is this now? Kekla Magoon, who I love, writing a version of the Robin Hood story, which I love, and it's all going to be genderswapped which I ALSO LOVE? This is the greatest news I have ever received. (That's an exaggeration but barely.) This is amazing! Aaaaa can't wait until August!

Date: 2015-07-07 01:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] litomnivore
I am really excited about the new Fantastic Four. It's kind of (from where we're standing now) a good example of how to darken up something in a compelling way; dig it inherently out of the subject material (body horror is at the heart of the darn thing!) instead of slapping it on willy nilly from external sources. It's nice to see a director have that much of a stamp on superhero films, especially as the MCU gets more and more… uh… blurred together.

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