My Monthly Anticipation | November 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!


BOOK RELEASES.

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The Fall of Babel by Josiah Bancroft,
Release Date: November 9th, 2021.
As Marat’s siege engine bores through the Tower, erupting inside ringdoms and leaving chaos in its wake, Senlin can do nothing but observe the mayhem from inside the belly of the beast. Caught in a charade, Senlin desperately tries to sabotage the rampaging Hod King, even as Marat’s objective grows increasingly clear. The leader of the zealots is bound for the Sphinx’s lair and the unimaginable power it contains.
In the city under glass at the Tower’s summit, Adam discovers a utopia where everyone inexplicably knows the details of his past. As Adam unravels the mystery of his fame, he soon discovers the crowning ringdom conceals a much darker secret.
Aboard the State of Art, Edith and her crew adjust to the reality that Voleta has awoken from death changed. She seems to share more in common with the Red Hand now than her former self. While Edith wars for the soul of the young woman, a greater crisis looms: They will have to face Marat on unequal footing and with Senlin caught in the crossfire.
And when the Bridge of Babel is finally opened, and the Brick Layer’s true ambition revealed, neither they nor the Tower will ever be the same again. Also by Josiah Bancroft: The Books of BabelSenlin AscendsArm of the SphinxThe Hod KingThe Fall of Babel

I haven’t read a single book within this series but I have been meaning to in the future. Fans can now look forward to the fourth and final book in the series this month!


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Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson,
Release Date: November 23rd, 2021.
Spensa’s life as a Defiant Defense Force pilot has been far from ordinary. She proved herself one of the best starfighters in the human enclave of Detritus and she saved her people from extermination at the hands of the Krell—the enigmatic alien species that has been holding them captive for decades. What’s more, she traveled light-years from home as an undercover spy to infiltrate the Superiority, where she learned of the galaxy beyond her small, desolate planet home.
Now, the Superiority—the governing galactic alliance bent on dominating all human life—has started a galaxy-wide war. And Spensa’s seen the weapons they plan to use to end it: the Delvers. Ancient, mysterious alien forces that can wipe out entire planetary systems in an instant. Spensa knows that no matter how many pilots the DDF has, there is no defeating this predator.
Except that Spensa is Cytonic. She faced down a Delver and saw something eerily familiar about it. And maybe, if she’s able to figure out what she is, she could be more than just another pilot in this unfolding war. She could save the galaxy.
The only way she can discover what she really is, though, is to leave behind all she knows and enter the Nowhere. A place from which few ever return.
To have courage means facing fear. And this mission is terrifying.

I don’t know how he does it but Brandon Sanderson puts everyone to shame with the number of books he writes up in such short periods of time! Here’s the third book in his Skyward YA series for those who religiously follow the man’s work!


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Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey,
Release Date: November 30th, 2021.
The Laconian Empire has fallen, setting the thirteen hundred solar systems free from the rule of Winston Duarte. But the ancient enemy that killed the gate builders is awake, and the war against our universe has begun again.
In the dead system of Adro, Elvi Okoye leads a desperate scientific mission to understand what the gate builders were and what destroyed them, even if it means compromising herself and the half-alien children who bear the weight of her investigation. Through the wide-flung systems of humanity, Colonel Aliana Tanaka hunts for Duarte’s missing daughter. . . and the shattered emperor himself. And on the Rocinante, James Holden and his crew struggle to build a future for humanity out of the shards and ruins of all that has come before.
As nearly unimaginable forces prepare to annihilate all human life, Holden and a group of unlikely allies discover a last, desperate chance to unite all of humanity, with the promise of a vast galactic civilization free from wars, factions, lies, and secrets if they win.
But the price of victory may be worse than the cost of defeat.

Here’s another beloved series now at its 9th book within The Expanse series. I haven’t read a single book in this series but I know I’ll fix that in the future!


COMIC BOOK RELEASES.

Issue #1 of Dark Knights of Steel comes out on November 2nd, 2021 over at DC Comics.
An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems…
From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeasedSuperman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!

Tell me this idea doesn’t sound super original and fun? I can’t say that Tom Taylor will get it right but with such a premise, I’m down to find out!


Issue #1 of The Human Target comes out on November 2nd, 2021 over at DC Comics.
Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target—a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder…as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead. Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood!

A gritty noir detective noir story? Murder attempt on Lex Luthor? This mysterious Christopher Chance character? Count me in!


Issue #1 of Robin & Batman comes out on November 9th, 2021 over at DC Comics.
The legendary story of Batman and Robin has reached nearly mythic proportions: the crime-fighting Dynamic Duo, always one step ahead of the criminals they pursue and never meeting a case too big. This isn’t that story. This is the story of a young Dick Grayson, newly orphaned, struggling to find his way in a strange, difficult, dark new world…This is the story of Robin and Batman. The bestselling creative team behind the Eisner-winning DescenderJeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, reunite in Gotham City to tell the story of a remarkable young man learning to navigate an incredible new world!

I love the twist on the classic “Batman & Robin” title and even more that the team behind Descender is back for some beautiful watercolour action!


TV SHOW RELEASES.

Out on Netflix on November 19th, 2021.

Fans of the original anime will get to relive it all now with a live-action series that looks visually stunning!


Out on Amazon Prime on November 19th, 2021.

Something tells me it won’t manage to draw as many fans as it could’ve but I am curious to see if it will succeed enough to get multiple seasons!


Out on Disney+ November 24th, 2021.

The next Disney+ MCEU mini-series is right around the corner! And it has a Christmas vibe to it. While I’m not convinced by the tone, I hope it’ll do justice to Matt Fraction and Jeff Lemire’s comic book story it’s based on.


MOVIE RELEASES.

Out on November 5th, 2021.

The next phase of the MCEU gets its next movie and it’s supposed to be a big one (despite all the mixed reviews popping up so far). Will they be able to shake things up with this new gang???


Out on November 24th, 2021.

How do you even say no to Disney Animation? And… Colours… colours, everywhere!


Out on November 24th, 2021.

In Riddley Scott, I believe. And wow. Look at Leto’s transformation!


VIDEO GAME RELEASES.

Out on November 5th, 2021.

Call of Duty has been a tradition with my friends since high school. Even when it’s bad, we got it, and we bashed it. Vanguard is the next title and I can’t say that the story will be any good. Hopefully, multiplayer will be just fine.


Out on November 19th, 2021.

Unfortunately, the latest Battlefield title won’t feature any campaign but this will definitely serve as a wonderful break from Call of Duty here and then, alternating between large-scale to small-scale combat!


Out on November 23rd, 2021.

The latest expansion to the critically-acclaimed MMORPG is not too far away and, as per usual, the trailer for it is fantastic!


PERSONAL LIFE.

You already how November goes. It’s usually the only month of respite before the holidays kick in. It’s that sort-of depressive time of the month where everything is colder, rain becomes much more frequent, and you start to wonder where 2021 has gone. I do want to use this month to discipline myself into doing things I set myself to do throughout the day. I want to limit those instances where I tell myself that I can always push it back to later or another time. As I start wondering about how I dealt with 2021, I also notice that we often tend to over-focus on the things that we are displeased by. I want to use this month of November to not get carried away by the things I could’ve done but to appreciate the things I did accomplish and the goals/dreams I continue to chase to this day! Well then… that got a bit more introspective than I wanted to. With that being said, I hope you guys all enjoy November and make the most of 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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  • You know I’m not the biggest fan of the DC titles, but The Human Target sounds really interesting and perhaps something that might be enjoyed even without knowing much about the DCU’s history. Of course, I’ll wait for you to confirm or deny that before I try it out. 🙂

    I’m hesitantly curious about Cowboy Bebop. I really loved most of the anime, though it did have some quirks I didn’t care for. And it appears perhaps this version might leave some of those out which I’d be happy about. But will it capture the feel of the anime? We’ll see.

    “I want to use this month of November to not get carried away by the things I could’ve done but to appreciate the things I did accomplish and the goals/dreams I continue to chase to this day!” Great attitude to take this month, and I hope you’re successful with it! I think it’s good to acknowlege and learn from our setbacks or failings but even more important to appreciate our accomplishments, stay positive, and continue striving. All the best to you in November, Lashaan!

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    • I love those stand-alone stories that have the right amount of issues to tell the story that the creator wants to tell and you’re right. The Human Target, by its premise, it sounds like something that could attract any reader. I’ll definitely share my thoughts on it when it gets collected.

      Something tells me it won’t stick too much to the anime and will try to give us something exciting in its own way. I’ll definitely be curious to see what hardcore fans will think of it.

      Thanks, Todd! It’s so easy for so many of us to dwell on the negative just because it stays with us longer. I hope people will learn to search for positive stuff in their lives more often with experience.

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  • Human Target looks good. As for Tom King and previous DC forays into medieval stuff, I’m not convinced (to put it lightly :P) Eternals – count me out 😉 But Robin & Batman looks very promising indeed! Best of luck for November, Lashaan! 😀

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    • You still need to try King’s stand-alone graphic novels though. I will always vouch for those (at least those that I read so far). He gets his ideas across much better than on longer series. As for medieval DC… I haven’t read anything like it before and from the sound of it, I’ll probably try and avoid past attempts for now and see what this new series will receive as love/hate from its readers.

      I saw Eternals yesterday. You should definitely avoid it. You’d probably tear it to shreds. It might fool you with Zhao’s visual direction but otherwise, the story is messy and with more plot holes than swiss cheese! I can only give credit to the after-credit scenes though… The exploration of obscure Marvel characters continues… 😀

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      • Aaargh! We’re witnessing a steep steady decline of MCU 😜 thanks for the warning, Lashaan, I’ll definitely heed it! 😁

        I’ve read King’s Vision standalone; it was pretty solid, except for the ending 😜 I liked the idea, though, of the dangers of the suburban life 🤣

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  • Even thought I have an ARC for it, I’m looking forward to the release of Fonda Lee’s Jade Legacy. I’m about 60% of the way through, and it’s been good so far. The action’s starting to pick up, though, so I can’t wait to get to the rest of it.

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  • My husband’s enjoyed the first two books in the Josiah Bancroft series, and of course loves Brandon Sanderson as well, as does my son. I’ll definitely let them know about both these books Lashaan. I’m looking forward to Hawkeye and hope it’s as good as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Hope you have a great November Lashaan! 😀

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    • I hope they’ll have a blast with these in that case! I too hope Hawkeye will turn out fun and not too cheesy. My expectations are a bit high considering that I read and enjoyed the graphic novel it is based on hahah Hope you’re having an excellent month of November too, Nicki! 😀

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  • I am looking forward to the Wheel of Time. I’ve heard that season 2 is already in production, so that’s good.

    I read Film Authority’s review of the Eternals yesterday and even given his penchant for not liking super hero movies it still sounds horrible. I feel like the big screen MCU is stuttering pretty badly.

    Good luck getting life how you want it. That’s always a tough row to hoe.

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    • I’ll be very curious to hear about your thoughts on The Wheel of Time, especially since you’re pretty much the only living person I know that read the whole series hahahah

      I saw Eternals yesterday and I can confirm that it was a messy attempt to explore the MCU’s origin, with too many characters, poor editing, and a predictable plot. It did have intriguing post-credit scenes but that doesn’t change how little invested I was in the story and characters hahahah

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      • Once I watch WoT I’ll definitely be writing up a post on it. I invested too much time on the books to do otherwise 😀

        Blahhhhh 😦
        as much I might badmouth comicbook movies now, I still want them to succeed. There are so many fantastic stories they could tell from the source material and they just throw it all away 😦

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        • I’m hopeful that the next Spider-Man movie might do things better than recent MCU movies though. We’ll just have to pray that this whole Phase 4 plan will pan out and not just give us obscure Marvel characters to discover and quickly forget… 😛

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  • Being a huge Expanse fan, I can hardly wait to read Leviathan Falls even though I know it will be a bittersweet experience, since I will have to say goodbye to an amazing series and a set of beloved characters – and I also somewhat envy you because your of the journey of discovery that awaits you down the road… 🙂

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    • Knowing how huge of a fan you are of the Expanse series, I can only imagine how excited you are for this next installment! I hope it delivers everything you want for it! I really can’t wait to make time for the series… The first book has been on my shelves for too long. 2022 will be a good year of prioritizing. 😛

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  • Cant’ wait for Cytonic! Got my preorder in all ready. Man, I’m so on the fence about the Cowboy Bebop adaptation, I can’t tell how that style is going to hold over the course of the season. We’ll find out soon!

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  • Wise words – “we often tend to over-focus on the things that we are displeased by.” And the signature/gif/whathaveyou is awesome. Where do you get those these days?

    Other than The Human Target, nothing looks that appealing to me. Maybe I’ll go see Clifford the Big Red Dog and be done with this month. lol

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    • Absolutely random searches on google with keywords of things I want. I don’t recall what I even put to find that gif too hahah

      Pfft hahahah maaaaaaan, I still can’t believe that cartoon got a live-action movie. At least it looks way better than the live-action Dora the Explorer movie we got… 😉

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  • Thanks to your monthly anticipation I always know the movies that are coming up and always end up very pleasantly surprised! 😁 Also, you’re definitely not alone on the whole “procrastination” thing, and it is totally normal! Especially in the depressing winter months… That being said, I hope you had a great start of the month looking on the bright side!

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    • Hahaha I’m always glad to highlight the movies I would personally check out, it also serves as a great reminder for myself of what’s coming out this month. 😛 Thanks, Juliette! Hope you got used to the timezone and rainy weather out there and somehow got back to your usual routine too. 😀

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  • Yup, November is certainly the month where we start thinking, “where did the year go?!” It’s also normally an extremely busy month, the last hectic effort before things calm down before Christmas. I haven’t been that active in the blogging world lately. Hope everything is well, with job, PhD and all…

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    • It is always so good to hear from you though! I hope things have been not too hectic on your end. Out here, November is usually the calmer month before December becomes insane with deadlines in all spheres of life for everyone and with people going nuts trying to figure out and plan out their holiday festivities hahah

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  • WOWW! Looks like you’ve got to look forward to! I wish I could watch Encanto and House of Gucci (I LOVE GAGA!) But alas, no chance. Not risking going to the movies, plus, not possible to watch in peace with kids in tow…and no way am I gonna let them watch House of Gucci LOL Been so so bz lately I wish I could spend some time with my reviews 😦 (SOON!) Hope you’re doing well, my friend!

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  • I’m late to this, but I hope it’s going well with your goals for the month. I really want to see House of Gucci too and that Wheel of Time TV show, of course.

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