#SUMMERSTUFF: A series of lists by Entropy Editors on books, video games, comics, movies, albums, art shows, places, concerts, etc that they are excited about for summer.
1) Authority and Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
Both books come out in a time frame that I’d consider summer and tie up Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. If books two and three are even half as good as Annihilation, it’ll still be an amazing series!
2) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (PS3/PC/Xbox 360)
This one is going to be close w/r/t “is it coming out in summer?” I’ve heard it might drop in August, but also that it might come a little later, pushing it into fall. Whatever, I’m still excited for this game like nobody’s business!
3) Echopraxia by Peter Watts
Peter Watts’s Blindsight is one of my favorite sci-fi novels ever. Something (i.e. many things) about it really worked for me and made me excited for anything Watts had already- or would ultimately put out.
4) The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
This book is the story about a feral boy coming of age in New York, based on a legend from the medieval Persian epic The Shahnameh. What else do you even need to know? Seriously. I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first got wind of it!
5) To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
While The Unnamed was OK, Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came to the End is still one of my favorite books to come out within the last ten years. To Rise Again… finds Paul O’Rourke is Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online… Ferris has the chops to make this one sound even cooler than it normally would!
6) Last Stories and Other Stories by William T. Vollmann
Just going off the publisher’s PR kit: “Are ghosts memories, fantasies, or monsters? Is there life in death? Vollmann has always operated in the shadowy borderland between categories, and these eerie tales, however far-flung their settings, all focus on the attempts of the living to avoid, control, or even seduce death,” this sounds like it’s going to kick ass!
There isn’t much that needs to be said here. My reasoning should be clear. I would like to mention that I’m probably going to pay extra to see it in IMAX 3D because well Godzilla(!!!).