My Monthly Anticipation | October 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

Who doesn’t love the anticipation of new releases and things that they plan on doing? Every month there seems to be something new and exciting ready to hit the market for our consumption.

Being ready to embrace them with open arms is all we can really do.

To showcase this, I’ll be sharing my top 3 for each category of things that I look forward to this month right here, right now!


TO BE READ.

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The Pariah by Anthony Ryan;
Release Date: August 24th 2021.
From the international best-selling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria series comes the spectacular first novel in an all-new epic fantasy trilogy.
Born into the troubled kingdom of Albermaine, Alwyn Scribe is raised as an outlaw. Quick of wit and deft with a blade, Alwyn is content with the freedom of the woods and the comradeship of his fellow thieves. But an act of betrayal sets him on a new path – one of blood and vengeance, which eventually leads him to a soldier’s life in the king’s army.
Fighting under the command of Lady Evadine Courlain, a noblewoman beset by visions of a demonic apocalypse, Alwyn must survive war and the deadly intrigues of the nobility if he hopes to claim his vengeance. But as dark forces, both human and arcane, gather to oppose Evadine’s rise, Alwyn faces a choice: can he be a warrior, or will he always be an outlaw?

Considering how last month turned out, I won’t be putting myself any reading pressure throughout this month. I’ll let my reading mood flow according to my present moment’s feelings. I’ll, however, finish this one up for sure.


BOOK RELEASES.

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw,
Release Date: October 19th 2021.
Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.
A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.
It’s the perfect wedding venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends.
But a night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare. For lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.
And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.
Besides the very first Illuminae book, I haven’t tried anything by the guy but I’m sure there are fans out there who are looking forward to his take on vampires.

There aren’t any actual book release that I really anticipate this month, which is a bit surprising, but I will admit that this title caught my eye with its cover and a couple of raving reviews in the bookworm community. Tell me it doesn’t have a horrifyingly appealing cover! 😀


COMIC BOOK RELEASES.

Issue #1 of A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance comes out on October 6th 2021 over at Image Comics.
A NEW ONGOING CRIME SERIES from the writer of DEADLY CLASS!
When an unassuming man stumbles upon a dark-web contract assassin’s vicious plot to kill an innocent target, he turns himself into one. The Professional meets Road to Perdition in this story of a family’s unlikely guardian being hunted by rich and powerful men who are used to getting away with everything.
Join New York Times bestselling writer RICK REMENDER (DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE) and ANDRÉ ARA JO (GENERATION GONE, Man Plus) for a uniquely atmospheric murder mystery with sudden bouts of brutal violence.

The author of Deadly Class returns with a brand new series and it sounds as intriguing as it could ever get!


Issue #1 of Batman: The Imposter comes out on October 12th 2021 over at DC Comics.
Bruce Wayne’s mission as the Batman has only been underway for a year or so, but he can tell he’s making a difference. Unfortunately, he’s made some powerful enemies. All the traditional power brokers of Gotham resent the disruption the Batman has brought to town…and it seems one of them has a plan to neutralize him. There’s a second Batman haunting Gotham’s rooftops and alleys—and this one has no qualms about murdering criminals, live and on tape. With the entire might of the Gotham City Police Department and Gotham’s rich and powerful coming down on his head, Batman must find this imposter and somehow clear his name…but how can you prove your innocence from behind a mask?
Director and screenwriter Mattson Tomlin (Project Power, Little Fish) has teamed up with Eisner-winning suspense and horror artist Andrea Sorrentino (Joker: Killer Smile, Gideon Falls) to create a wholly new version of Gotham City, informed by grim reality, where every punch leaves a broken bone and every action has consequences far, far beyond Batman’s imagination!

Just when I was raving over Andre Sorrentino’s unique and psychedelic artwork style, here he is, ready to tackle a unique Batman graphic novel. I look forward to seeing how this will turn out in the end.


Issue #1 of Venom comes out on October 27th 2021 over at Marvel.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
AN EPIC NEW ERA FOR THE SINISTER SYMBIOTE STARTS HERE! Hot off the heels of VENOM #200 and EXTREME CARNAGE, we’re closing out 2021 with one of the most ambitious books in symbiote history—an all-new VENOM from some of comics’ greatest talents! Marvel mainstay Al Ewing, who himself has just ended a character-redefining run on IMMORTAL HULK, is being joined by Ram V, a horror maestro all his own, to craft a mind-bending and gut-wrenching tale of symbiosis the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen! AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, they’ve been joined by industry legend Bryan Hitch, who is leaving IT ALL ON THE PAGE! We haven’t led you astray yet, have we? So trust us when we tell you that you have NEVER seen a VENOM like this!

The Venom comic book series has been going on strong and will now go into the hands of writer Al Ewing, resetting the numbering and just in time for all the hype around Venom: Let There Be Carnage.


TV SHOW RELEASES.

Out on October 22nd 2021 on Netflix.

There aren’t many TV series that caught my attention this month either but at least fans will finally get a second season for this series based on Joe Hill’s beloved comic book series!


MOVIE RELEASES.

Out on October 1st, 2021.

As a die-hard fan of Tom Hardy and of Spider-Man, I’m pretty excited to see Venom getting a sequel and that Carnage is finally on the big screen (although I still wish this ended up being an R-rated movie instead). While the community seems pretty conflicted about it, the end credits scenes are apparently worth the trouble!


Out on October 8th 2021.

Daniel Craig’s final movie as James Bond. What a saga it has been. While people are already wondering about who will be the next Bond, I’m just glad we’ll finally get to see this movie (it got delayed way too many times).


Out on October 22nd, 2021.

By far my most anticipated movie of the year! Denis Villeneuve is my all-time favourite director and for him to tackle an unadaptable masterpiece like Dune is a challenge that I believe only he can take on. You bet I’ll be at the premiere of this one!


PERSONAL LIFE.

There goes summer for sure with rain taking over our daily lives. While I’m fine not having to worry about staying cool, it does remind me that we’re only a couple of days away from Halloween and Christmas. Which also means that 2022 is pretty darn close now too.

Having now gotten through the biggest challenge yet academic-wise, back in September, I’m looking forward to reevaluating my month of October in the optic of optimizing my time towards doing things without worrying about time. So much of life is regulated by that measure that we never really get the chance to breathe without thinking about that next thing we need to do before the end of the day. I’m thinking that the final three months of the year will allow me to recalibrate myself towards a balance that will make me happier. Let’s get it!

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Thank you all for checking out my monthly anticipation post!

Now tell me what you’re looking forward to this month! Any new releases? Anything exciting you plan on doing?

Yours truly,

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34 comments

  • I did not realize the new venom movie was going to feature carnage. I might have to go watch the first one then.

    I am looking forward to Dune too. However it turns out, it should be a fun ride 😀
    I am trying to drum up interest for the upcoming WoT series on amazon. With just having posted my review of the final book yesterday and being done with the series, I don’t know what to feel. I want it to succeed but I had enough issues with the books that I’m not sure how I’ll view the movies. I’ll be watching it though, for sure 😀

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    • Don’t expect the first movie to be mind-boggling. It was a fun movie, it had a lot of flaws, but it’s just so nice to see Venom on the big screen, done way better than what we got in Spider-Man 3. 😛 I’ll be checking out the sequel on Wednesday and I hope Carnage does some… carnage. 😉

      Glad to hear that you’ll be sacrificing yourself for the good of the people by trying out the show. I look forward to your rants or raves of it. It might as well give me a good idea of its quality and if it’ll eventually be worth my time. I’ll personally probably try and get through the first book before the season premieres! 😀

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  • I loved Tom Hardy in Peaky Blinders, but I wasn’t into the first Venom film at all. My son is looking forward to it seeing the new film as he loved the first one. Bond looks great, but I can’t decide if I want to watch it in the cinema as it’s almost three hours long! Plus I was so disappointed with Sceptre as I loved Skyfall, it was brilliantly over the top! 😀

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    • Ahhh, the first movie really was something… messy. 😛 I definitely wouldn’t say it’s perfect or really that good but Tom Hardy makes things decent no matter what and I had fun with it despite all the ranting by the community hahah If this sequel does at least better than the first one, I’ll be really happy! I hope you get the chance to check out the final Bond movie someday soon, or once it hits a streaming service that you have, Nicki!

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  • Hope you have a great month! I hope you enjoy Dune – I definitely want to see it, but if I see one film at the cinema this year (I haven’t been for 2 years…) it will be the new Matrix.

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      • You’re right… although I only went maybe once or twice a year anyway 😀 Has to be something I really want to see! I will also be looking forward to the next Fantastic Beasts film which was recently announced, I will certainly want to see that at the cinema.

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  • It’s all about balance. I hope you find a good one for you. After all, being happy is worth putting a little effort into, eh? 🙂 Can’t wait to read your thoughts on The Pariah, whether or not they match my own. And though I won’t be there for the premiere, and I likely won’t even catch it in the theaters, I do look forward to seeing the new Dune.

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    • Absolutely. It’s always about balance. Excess has never been a good thing. Unless it has no repercussions whatsoever? 😀 I do look forward to exchanging notes on The Pariah! I hope you get the chance to check Dune someday, my friend. If you have HBO Max, it’ll be on there on day 1 at least! 😉

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  • I’ve been trying not to think about how close Dune finally is to coming out, since I’ve been waiting for it for so long. But it’s only about three weeks away now, and I’m starting to get super excited. I can’t wait!

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  • Villeneuve’s DUNE turned out to be everything I hoped for and more: I’m glad that we were able to watch it sooner on the other side of the ocean, because I could not wait to see Herbert’s vision finally translated on screen, and this time I have no qualms with how the story and the characters were portrayed. And now the wait for Part 2 begins… 🙂

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  • Those three movies are on my list, too! 😀
    Hope you’ll be able to find more balance in life soon, Lashaan! Balance is important, take it from me 😉

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      • I like Hardy too much for facepalms 😜 I actually liked it more than most of the new MCU movies – it didn’t take itself seriously and was gloriously, refreshingly wacky. Not sure if the sequel is any good, but I intend to give it a try 😉

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  • Here’s to recalibration! I think it’s something many of us need.
    The book looks absolutely horrifying (in a good way), so I’m not surprised to hear that you might give it a go.

    (P.S. This post seems to have a different design. No? Some text is bolded and in a different font. It clashes a bit for me, which messed with my reading of it.)

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    • Absolutely! And yes, if I ever get my hands on a copy, I’d read it (but, for now, I don’t, so I doubt I’ll get to it hahah). Hmmm… Interesting. There are some different fonts used to distinguish different things (for example, to distinguish blurbs from my thoughts). Would you have preferred everything with the same font?

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  • Lol! I have Nothing But Blackened Teeth on my TBR because of that cover. It’s so scary.
    I’m looking forward to Venom too. I liked the first one, but I also wish it was R-rated. I want it to be dark and gritty, which I think it has potential to be.
    Hope you get to take it easy in October.

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    • Right? What an intriguing cover. I can only hope that the story is just as good too hahah I hope we both adore the sequel of Venom then! It promises to be quirky and silly beyond measure. 😉 Hope October will be an epic one for you too, Z!

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  • Sooo many things to look forward to, yet so little time, but at least there are great movies and books to keep us company no matter what 🙂 Khaw’s book looks too scary for me, so I’m definitely skipping that haha Here’s to a great rest of the year, Lashaan!

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