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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.



Jodie



cover for Saving Montgomery Sole   cover for Southern Fire   cover for All the Birds in the Sky


Books


A Year of Ravens by E. Knight, Ruth Downie, Stephanie Dray, Russell Whitfield, SJA Turney, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter, Ben Kane — An experimental novel written in seven parts by seven different authors about Boudica. I mean, how great does that sound? Hang on, I have to go lie down for a minute.

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
edited by Jessica Spotswood — Speaking of fantastic projects... I'm often not a fan of multi-author short story collections but this one sounds so appealing I can't resist. Fifteen pieces of historical fiction all about women and the blurb mentions pirate ships, barkeeps and monsters. I am excited!

Hidden Figures: The African American Women Mathematicians Who Helped NASA and the United States Win the Space Race: An Untold Story by Margot Lee Shetterly — This book chronicles the story of African American women who helped NASA win the space race. It's got women and space and a serious conversation about how African American mathematicians were hidden from public view. Also, it's already been optioned for a film which would just be amazing if done well.

First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson by Simon Schwartz — I have a lot of books about Arctic exploration to work through next year so why not add one more? This one's a graphic novel about Matthew Henson, an African American who was part of early missions to the North Pole. The colour palette used on the cover art is lovely so I can't wait to see what the art's like inside.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee — So, I had some concerns about how Stacey Lee's Under a Painted Sky used cross dressing tropes but otherwise found it a loveable historical roadtrip story centred around the friendship of two chromatic girls. Her new YA novel sounds like it will be less about female friendship (sad) but may have the same kind of historical quest narrative and spirited heroine. I look forward to giving it a try next year.

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki — Mariko Tamaki's books are automatic TBR adds for me since I read This One Summer. Her newest book sounds like it has a little SFF in it which is really exciting. However, I'm mostly looking forward to seeing Tamaki once again craft a sensitive story about complicated contemporary teens.

Captain Marvel by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale — Renay, I feel like Marvel's new YA selection is full of presents just for you. Black Widow novel. Squirrel Girl novel. Iron Man novel. And (the one I'm most excited about) this Captain Marvel novel. I know there isn't much detail out there about this book yet but still - lucky you and lucky me!

Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn — This book, about the importance of being careful what you wish for, sounds a little like a Christopher Pike book that horrified younger me. But seeing that I also loved Pike's books, even while they scared me out of my skin, it might prove a good fit...

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters — A reimagining of Hamlet set in 1920s Oregon with a biracial female Hamlet. I mean, that's a lot of good things all at once. You might warn people before you offer them so much potential awesome. A person could collapse.

Realm of the Goddess by Sabina Khan — 'Seventeen year old Callie discovers she is an avatar of the powerful Hindu Goddess Kali and she has to save the world from Mahisha, the King of Demons.' Sounds kickass. Kind of hoping this book is going to prove a good substitute for Kendare Blake's Goddess Wars trilogy now I've read all those books (sob).

Southern Fire by Juliet E. McKenna — I saw Juliet McKenna speak a couple of times when I went to FantasyCon in 2014 and have been meaning to check out her books ever since. Plus, this fantasy novel has a Viking boat on the front and I am so down with that.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanen McGuire 'But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.' When people ask how I died, you tell them it was this book's blurb. I mean, obviously I am a fan of McGuire's work for life but this sounds especially heart squishing and wonderful even for her.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders — I hear great things about Charlie Jane Anders' short fiction so I'm keeping an eye on her novel as well. It sounds like a wonderfully weird urban fantasy full of original detail.

Confucious Jane by Katie Lynch — A bit of a departure from SFF now. This book looks like a really fun romance between two heroines trying to find their way.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton — I find novels about professional dance fascinating. There's no real reason for this (much like Arctic exploration, it's something I'll never do). It's just one of those odd interests you sometimes accumulate along the way. I think I came across this when someone was discussing Pointe by Brandy Colbert and dance novels with chromatic protagonists. Yoink - added to the TBR.

Take On Me by Minerva Zimmerman — Annnnd back to SFF. Who knew Fireside Fiction produced books as well as a magazine? Probably everyone in the SFF community apart from me… Anyway, I can't resist a book that draws its title from a "classic" 80s song. And the plot - dying girl turned vampire has to figure out how to live with uncool guy who turned her - sounds like a fun domestic SFF story. It's a shame this book is currently only available in e-book though because my track record of reading novels on screen is very poor.

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff — Despite really enjoying Brenna Yovanoff's first novel The Replacement, kind of digging her second The Space Between and being almost too into her blog writing about high school (I think at one point I was linking every post she put up) I kind of drifted away from reading her later novels. I heard Paper Valentines wasn't the best and Fiendish seemed really hard to find in the UK. But I think Places No One Knows could easily pull me back to her writing. It sounds so full of difficult emotions, and Yovanoff has proven herself the queen of wrenching maximum feeling out of everyday relationships.

Film


The Wiz Live! — I saw some cast shots from this on Tumblr and was just like "Yes, WANT" right away. Hopefully there will be a way to watch this in the UK soon.

Wonder Woman — Having been burned by the decision to bump both Captain Marvel and Black Panther back to 2018, I will believe we are getting a Wonder Woman film when I'm sat in my seat watching it. At the same time, desperately hopeful that this actually makes it to screens on time. Ugh, it would be so great!

Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice — Sorry/not sorry.


Renay



cover for Ninefox Gambit   cover for Poisoned Blade   cover for Rime


Books


Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee — This sounds like a super cool redemption story, complete with one of my favorite tropes: undead dudes! (I definitely went "Yoon Ha Lee, did you read my teenage diary and my all of my feelings about Vincent Valentine/Kai from Lexx???" There's also words like hexarchate, which is such a cool name for a government body that I'm jealous I didn't come up with it.

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott — Court of Fives was pretty good and had all the things I love from her work present, although, of course, my heart belongs to Black Wolves (sorry Court of Fives, we can still be friends). I am pretty excited for the sequel that will hopefully resolve all my heart-wrenching internal screaming at the cliffhanger that first ended on. Although it will probably turn around and end on another, even worse, cliffhanger.

Groot Volume 1 by Jeff Loveness and Brian Kesinge — I kept seeing the floppies at my comic shop and being curious about the art, but I couldn't justify adding it to my pull list with all the other stuff I had on my pull list. Again, the way the comics industry works makes me mad because I always feel guilty for waiting for trades, knowing that because I didn't buy the single issue the comic might get squashed. SIGH. The art for this looks so cute, and I've seen a few panels that make me really excited to pick this up.

Film


Alice Through the Looking Glass — I loved Alice in Wonderland, especially Mia Wasikowska as Alice. The costumes were amazing and I loved the dark tone and that Alice gets to put on armor and battle things and that she had great allies. So I am so pleased to see it get a sequel with the same players, because yeah, I even liked Johnny Depp. Linda Woolverton is writing, and I liked Maleficent even though it didn't quite live up to my (huge) expectations), so I have high hopes for this. :D

Games


Rime — The other day [twitter.com profile] echthroi asked me what games would be good for the Playstation 4, as he begins the slow, inevitable slide to buying one. I thought I could speed up the process by showing him some cool games they were out or coming up for the console, and I found this while making it. It reminds me of Journey/Okami, and looks so pretty! Clearly he should give in to the siren call of the PS4 soon enough for us to play this. >.>


Susan



cover for DRAMAtical Murder   cover for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir


Television


DRAMAtical Murder — Okay, for context: DRAMAtical Murder is a gay porn visual novel that manages to be one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had and unmitigatingly awful, all at the same time.

And someone is dubbing the anime adaptation.

Guys, I have no idea if this is going to be good, bad, or the same mix of BEST and WORST that the game has, but I can't wait.

Games


Odin Sphere Leifthrasir — Part of me is being very sensible about this and pointing out that I own the PS2 version of this, and there surely can't be a lot that they can do to improve the cel-shaded art? But the rest of me is going "But Odin Sphere is so pretty and a really fun side-scroller!" which seems to be cancelling out to really stoked. (PLUS this could lead to a GrimGrimoire remake! Oh man, that'd be amazing.

Final Fantasy VII Remake — I was a little excited about the FFVII remake, and then this trailer was released. It looks amazing! It feels very recognisably Midgar, in a way that genuinely feels like the original game, the graphics are amazing, Barrett looks... Actually cool?! Where is Tifa, I have a mighty need. Cloud looks like appropriately strung out and broken! Plus, I hear that they're releasing the game episodically, which I'm quite intrigued by. If it means that the game is all this quality then I am ALL FOR THAT. Is anyone else excited?

(If you're looking for real nostalgia, here is a side-by-side of the original gameplay and the trailer.)

Date: 2015-12-10 12:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
A year of ravens sounds great!

Date: 2015-12-10 12:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
So good! I'm kind of sad Manda Scott isn't involved but maybe she's said all she needed to about Boudica.

Date: 2015-12-11 01:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
Ooh, tell me about Manda Scott and Boudica.

Date: 2015-12-11 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
The Tamaki ladies really are the best. I am excited for Supermutant Magic Academy also. I nearly got it for my sister for Christmas, sight unseen, but then I chickened out. I'll get it at the library and test-read it first.

I didn't know Brenna Yovanoff had a new book coming out! Exciting! I loved The Replacement best and not her subsequent ones quite so much, but then Fiendish was a delight of a read, so I have high hopes for what comes next. She's at least an auto-library-hold author for me. :D

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