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The 15 in ’15 series concludes with this year’s exciting new genre literature!

[Note: It was most convenient to link to Amazon in this case, but please consider purchasing from your local bookstore.]

  1.  The Just City by Jo Walton (1/13) Time traveling Athena? Greek philosophy as spec fic? Yes, please.
  2. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (2/3) Link is at the top of the Pantheon in American dark fantasy/magical realism.
  3. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (2/3) Gaiman only releases new collections every several years, so there are many reasons to be excited about his newest compilation.
  4. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (2/3) Old West steampunk from a Hugo-award winning storyteller.
  5. Shutter by Courtney Alameda (2/3) Debut horror with a promising premise–always worth a look.
  6. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson  (2/10) I tried to avoid sequels as much as possible for this list but the Shades of London series is so good you should just go read it anyway. Besides, it’s Maureen Johnson.
  7. The Death House by Sarah Pinborough (2/26) Sounds thoroughly creepy.
  8. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (3/3) From the genius who brought us Never Let Me Go, his first novel in a decade.
  9. Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory (3/24) Lovecraft meets family drama in this macabre tale of a boy searching for his mother.
  10. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (4/7) His debut novel! (If you haven’t read his stories, get to it.)
  11. The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor ( 5/5) Prequel to the amazing Who Fears Death, a story of another powerful woman making her way through an unforgiving world.
  12. Uprooted by Naomi Novik (5/19) From the brilliant author of the Temeraire series, a different take on dragons and sacrifices.
  13. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (5/26) Bacigalupi returns to a climate change ravaged future to explore a new dimension of our diminishing resources–the men who protect water supplies in desert cities.
  14. Time Salvager by Wesley Chu (7/7) A compelling new take on time travel and environmental issues.
  15. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (8/26) From the author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, a reimagining of film and Hollywood in an alternate universe.

 

What books are you looking forward to in 2015?

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The 15 in ’15 series continues with this year’s exciting new genre television!

1. Galavant (showing now) [ABC] It’s hilarious, deliberately corny at times, and doesn’t take the musical genre too seriously. Plus, they’ve gotten some fantastic people to guest star, including Hugh Bonneville and Weird Al. And they’re so very diverse!

2. Agent Carter (showing now) [ABC] I cannot believe this isn’t getting better ratings. This show is everything I wanted and more. Here’s hoping it kicks open the door to a wider range of stories being told in comic book adaptations.

3. Face Off (showing now) [SyFy] I appreciate that SyFy tries to do something a bit different every season. For 8, they’ve brought back three champions to mentor the current group of aspiring make-up artists. The friendliest reality TV show on the air.

4. Last Man on Earth (3/1) Following in the footsteps of films like ZombielandLast Man on Earth aims for a comedic post-apocalypse. It’s good for us to laugh at this subgenre, I think.

5. Community (3/17) Saved from the clutches of cancellation by Yahoo, your favorite community college tv show returns for season 6. And if you don’t think this counts as a genre show, you’ve clearly never seen any of their fantastic pastiche episodes.

6. iZombie (3/17) [CW] Yup, they had me at zombie.

7. Daredevil (4/10) [Netflix] I will watch this for two reasons: 1) it’s humanly impossible for it to be worse than the Ben Affleck movie and 2) Netflix has been kicking ass at its original series.

8. Orphan Black Season 3 (4/18) [BBC America] I have been madly, madly in love with this show since the first episode and last season ended with a killer plot twist. Plus the teaser will give you chills.

9. Penny Dreadful Season 2 (4/26) [Showtime] This show is a wonderfully fun–but not campy–celebration of gothic literature. It’s great to see the genre dealt with so lovingly.

10. Wayward Pines (5/14) [Fox] I am genuinely curious to see how M. Night will handle this new medium. It might be that his deep affection for plot twists will serve him better on the small screen. Unless this goes the route of Lost, of course.

11. Supergirl (Unknown) [CBS] See my comments for Agent Carter.

12. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Unknown) [BBC America] The book is amazing; I have no doubt the BBC will do a beautiful job with it. And I am thrilled at the prospect of a fantastic series that isn’t utterly ridiculous (looking at you, Once Upon a Time).

13. Humans (Unknown) [Xbox] It’ll be interesting to see how this approach works for XBox. It’s heartening that they’re collaborating on the production of this show, which has an intriguing premise and supposedly very good source material in its Swedish counterpart.

14. The Magicians (Unknown) [SyFy] You never know how a Syfy show will turn out or whether it will last. I am, however, a Sera Gamble fan, so it’s encouraging to know she’s onboard for this adaptation of Lev Grossman’s very popular book.

15. Scream Queens (Unknown)[Fox] Three words: Jamie Lee Curtis.

What TV shows are you looking forward to in 2015?

Happy New Year, readers! In honor of the changing of the calendar, I’m doing a series of blogs in January to highlight exciting new genre projects in film, television, and literature that you might enjoy in 2015.

[Note: As always, I ripped many of the release dates from IMDB and, as we all know, they often change. Links are to trailers or official sites when available. Please note that not all content will be appropriate for all ages.]

1. Seventh Son (2/6) The appeal of this movie is about 63% Julianne Moore. She looks like she’s having a damn good time in the trailers and what else could you possibly ask of your villain? No, it’s probably not going to do a lot of justice to the books, but it does look very pretty and fun, which is sometimes all you can expect of mainstream fantasy films.

2. What We Do In the Shadows (2/13) You might very well be sick of vampire films (who could blame you?) but I still wouldn’t pass this one up. Produced by the guys behind Flight of the Concords, this mockumentary follows a group of vampires around Wellington, New Zealand and looks eighteen kinds of hilarious.

3. Chappie (3/6) From the director of District 9 (whose sophomore offering, Elysium, sadly flopped), we have another thoughtfully made social science fiction film which deals with the development of the titularly named robot, Chappie. Rescued by a group of misfits, Chappie comes into awareness in a world not quite ready to accept him. Looks fantastic and totally tearjerking.

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1) I mean, who hasn’t been excited for The Avengers sequel since the first movie came out? Plus, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have successfully proved that Marvel has become quite capable of producing kickass sequels.

5. Tomorrowland (5/22) The teaser trailer doesn’t give much away about this newest offering from Brad Bird and Disney except a mysterious world and a sense of wonder. But it’s Brad Bird, so I’m willing to go along with it.

6. B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (6/5) Seth Rogen and the absurdly talented Melissa McCarthy provide voices for otherworldly operatives Jackson Moss and Watts in this animated feature from DreamWorks, who has been more or less hitting their stride lately.

7. Jurassic World (6/12) The website alone makes my whole brain go “eeeee!”

8. Inside Out (6/19) The first of Pixar’s offerings this year personifies the feelings inside a little girl’s head. Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, and Lewis Black all provide voices for emotions, so you know it’s going to be good. And if you still don’t, the trailer is utterly charming.

9. Poltergeist (7/24) There aren’t many directors I’d trust Poltergeist with, but Sam Raimi is definitely one of them. Three things to feel good about for this project: 1) They’re calling it a “reboot” and not a “remake,” 2) Sam Rockwell, and 3) the summer (instead of February) release.

10. The Fantastic Four (8/7) The success of the Marc Webb Spiderman remakes is probably to blame for this one, but I’m okay with it. It looks like we’re veering in quite a different direction from the 2000-era cheesy adaptations. Plus, I am so excited for Michael B. Jordan (The WireFriday Night LightsFruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm.

11. Kitchen Sink (9/4) Comedic horror is always a tough row to hoe, but I have good feelings about this film about a town where vampires, humans, and zombies usually coexist peacefully which will see supporting performances from the likes of Patton Oswald, Joan Cusack, and Keegan-Michael Key, who are all pretty hilarious.

12. Victor Frankenstein (10/2) Daniel Radcliffe gives us Igor’s side of the story in this reimagining while James McAvoy stars as Victor. Hey, it’s a Frankenstein movie so it’s either going to be wonderful or so terrible you’re sort of entertained anyway. Besides, Radcliffe was pretty fantastic in Horns last year.

13. Crimson Peak (10/16) New horror from Guillermo del Toro? And it’s a haunted house story? Starring Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Mia Wasikowska? Yespleasetakemymoney.

14. The Good Dinosaur (11/27) Pixar’s second offering of the year might very well put Jurassic World to shame. But can there really be too many dinosaur movies? Plus, the preliminary art for this looks absolutely adorable and endearing.We’re ready to cry, Pixar. So ready.

15. Krampus (12/4) Christmas and horror have always been natural bedfellows so I’m hoping this movie about Santa’s evil incarnation embraces that history and really freaks us out.

What movies are you looking forward to in 2015?