Semi-Meta Post: Things I’m Excited For

The great thing about this blog is that it helps me keep track of what some of my favorite authors are up to (and is, in fact, how I discovered some of them!). In something resembling chronological order, here are some upcoming books (and a bonus movie) that I’m on the edge of my seat, anticipating:

Bruce Coville’s The Unicorn Chronicles, Book 3: Dark Whispers
Release Date: August 1
To be up front about it, Bruce is pretty much my favorite ever. This is the third book in what will probably be a four-book series (though originally it was only supposed to be a trilogy), and it has been a long time coming. I absolutely love the first two books in the series and am intensely excited for the next installment. If you have a fondness for unicorns and dragons or for portal fantasy stories, this is definitely something you should check out.

Justine Larbalestier’s How to Ditch Your Fairy
Release Date: September 16
Justine is also totally fantastic. Her blog is so much fun to read that I can’t wait to see her actually do humor, and so far she’s gotten nothing but positive reviews. I will be snatching this one off the shelf as soon as I can find it, and hoping she does a signing somewhere in the city so I can fangirl at her in person.

Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games
Release Date: October
Collins wrote the knock-out fantastic Underland Chronicles, which I think are probably the best books I’ve blogged about since AV has been around. And her upcoming trilogy is a dystopia with a teen girl protagonist… In other words, pretty much my very favorite things! All the reviews I’ve seen on this one have described it as intense, exciting, and gripping, and I’d expect nothing less after the Gregor books.

Movie: The City of Ember
Release: October
Speaking of dystopias where a (pre-)teen girl (and a boy) saves the world, The Books of Ember are great. The movie trailer and the stills all look fantastic, and I’m a Bill Murray fan and was excited he got involved in the project. I’m actually skeptical about how well this will do in the theaters, but I will definitely see it. (And, as a double bonus, there will be a fourth Book of Ember released sometime in the fall, according to the author’s website. Score!)

So that’s my list. What’s everyone else looking forward to?

    3 Responses to “Semi-Meta Post: Things I’m Excited For”

    1. I’m about a third of the way through Fairy now and enjoying it a bunch.

    2. Ingrid says:

      Oh /man/. I remember buying the first of Coville’s Unicorn books when I was ten or so, and reading it and re-reading it until the spine was white with cracks. And then waiting, and waiting, and /waiting/ for the second book. I think my young mind eventually assumed Bruce Coville had died. Fourteen years later, I know that’s not true, but I’m startled to learn there eventually was a second book, with a third coming.

      I’m “looking forward” to the new Diana Wynne Jones – “House of Many Ways”, but I suspect it doesn’t count, as it came out some weeks back, and is currently sitting on my coffee table along with twenty or so other books. But I haven’t actually read it, and it’s new, so I’m definitely looking forward to it in that sense.

    3. Rebecca says:

      Seth: So jealous! 🙂

      Ingrid: I had a similar experience — I read the first book in fifth grade or so, around the time when I was starting to move into adult books, so it was one of the last Covilles I read before coming back to YA as an adult. *g* I had always assumed the series had finished and so when I went back to find it and realized that only the next book was out, and that depsite it being ten years later the third was still not out. (Apparently, three and four were supposed to be one book, but it just got too long.)

      I definitely recommend picking up the second, if you haven’t yet; it’s longer and more detailed than the first, and brings in some truly awesome backstory.

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