My Monthly Anticipation | April 2020

You can find out more about my thoughts by visiting me over on my blog here:

Roars & Echoes.

Banner1

INSTAGRAM – FACEBOOK – GOODREADS – TWITTER – OUTLOOK

50 thoughts on “My Monthly Anticipation | April 2020

  1. I hope that you enjoy Malazan.👍📚 It is such a fantastic series, drags a bit near the end but, that could have been just me as I read all ten books one after the other and most are big boys.😂 I will say that Gardens of the Moon is quite tough to get into and it is probably the worst book in the series. Might be a case of struggling through as then the others, particularly two and three are phenomenal.👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahhh shiet. It’s good to know that the Great Drew gives this series his seal of approval though. That’s definitely reassuring me, although I always felt like it was a series that was calling me, that it was meant to be read and loved! 😛 I do note your comment on the first being rough in the beginning. Barely two chapters in and there’s so much going on already.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow, you are ambitious this month. Weeks AND Erikson! Best of luck.

    And another GitS show? Count me in!!! While I didn’t like the original movie, or bother reading the manga, all of the tv shows have impressed me. There was a reboot a couple of years ago, Gits: Arise, that really impressed me. SAC 1 and 2 was funny even while portraying the bleakness introduced in the original movie. I’ve never watched any of the follow up movies either. So here’s to hoping SAC-2045 is a success.

    This is definitely not a good time to be a movie afficianado, that is for sure. Movies being “delayed” left and right. Kind of makes me hope that hollywood will just crash and burn. I know it won’t happen, but a man can dream, right? 😉

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Yeh. And that final Lightbringer book is 1k long!!!

      Besides having read the manga and seen the Scarlett Johanssan live-action movie adaptation (which wasn’t that good to be honest), I still need to get around to checking out the animated movies and shows. Hopefully, SAC-2045 is indeed worth our time because I’m not digging the Netflix animated style (they’ve released a recent Pokemon Mewtwo Return reboot movie with similar style and it looked so cringey…).

      Hahahaha I doubt Holywood will die. They could always turn it into a at-home industry and sort of make it work without theaters hahaha

      Liked by 1 person

      1. While The Broken White is 1K long, that is only because he used a different font and thinner paper. Otherwise it would be pushing 1.4K. Isn’t that crazy? He talked about this in one of his monthly facebook Q&A sessions.

        Because we talked about GitS, I watched GitS 2.0 (some sort of remake?) on Prime yesterday. There isa lot of gratuitous breasts and poky nipples going on. I was glad the tv shows toned that down.

        yeah, direct to home seems to be a thing. I’m seeing Amazon offering movies that should have been in theatres as “go to the movies at home” kind of thing.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Yep. I had a feeling too since I have my other fantasy tomes with around 700 pages being bigger than The Broken White. The weight of it alone betrays its fake length 😂

          Not surprised about the gratuitous sexual content. That’s what every GitS manga volume, besides the first one that barely made it predominant, had to offer…

          Yep. Lots of subscription platforms now offer movies on release. They don’t have much of a choice for new releases anyways. Except to delays those that haven’t released yet. 😂

          Liked by 1 person

  3. I like the Day of the Dead sugar masks on the ‘Birds of Prey’ cover. I was an extra in a short last month where myself and others wore that make-up. I did my own make-up and it was really scary.
    I read that first ‘Murderbot’ novella and enjoyed it. I want more!
    Like Bookstooge, I enjoyed the tv versions of ‘Ghost in the Shell’ more than the movies. I like the slower paced storytelling and the fact that the images are not overwhelming.
    Stay safe, everybody!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh man, I can totally see what you mean. When it’s done right, it looks almost too real to be true!

      I’m so glad to hear about your experience with Murderbot!!! What have you been reading lately? Have you ever got around to reading Kings of the Wyld? 😮
      Hopefully this new Netflix animated series will work for the better then!
      Hope you and the Ms. Temperance, and the dogs, have been doing good and staying safe, Icky!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I loved Rogue Protocol. Murderbot is one of my favorite characters right now. And I’ve just begun The Black Prism, enjoying it so far. I’d like to try Gardens of the Moon one day, I think I have an ebook copy. I look forward to anything new in the Ghost in the Shell world, just love those stories. I know what you mean about the animation, it reminds me of some Appleseed films I’ve seen. But I find I get so into the stories it ends up working in the end, though I’ll likely always be nostalgic for the more traditional styles. Keep that positive attitude and blast through that exam and thesis! Have a great April, Lashaan!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I love Murderbot as well! Can’t get enough of it. And I’m so very glad to hear that you’ve start The Black Prism. One of my favourite things as a blogger/reviewer is when someone ends up loving something as much as I do, to be able to share a love for a book/series! Hope your time with Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series will be just as amazing as mine so far! 😀 I look forward to sharing my thoughts on Gardens of the Moon. It has been on my TBR for far too long and I always felt like it was going to be one I was bound to love for some reason! Also glad to hear about your love for GitS. Last year I went through all the manga volumes (3 of them) and looked forward to now indulging the cinematic pieces next. But man… the visual design for this new animated series really isn’t selling it to me though but hopefully itworks out. Thanks for the continued support, Todd! Stay safe and awesome as always, sir! 😀

      Like

  5. Gardens of the Moon is one of the books that you either love or hate it 😉 I loved this one, but it’s not a favorite. And while I was aboslutely awed by the entire Erikson 10-book Malazan series (not Esslemont, steer clear of Esslemont :P), afterwards I found out how indebted he was to Glen Cook’s Black Company – and this diminished my enthusiasm for Erikson quite a lot 😉 Still, these are very solid books, so happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So far, I am fully invested and intrigued by the world despite it feeling a bit messy. Duly noted for Esslemont… A bit sad. But your mention of Cook’s series reminded me that it’s also waiting impatiently on my bookshelves. I need to make it a priority. If not this year, it’s definitely going to be a must-read for 2021. Hope you got some good ones queued up for April too, Ola! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Last Agent Cormac novel, which I’m currently reading, the second installment in Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy, re-read of The Fellowship of the Ring, and maybe I’ll take that fateful step and sign up for Net Galley? Depends on how much time I will end up having, for now it doesn’t look too promising…

        How about your grand spring proclamation? Was it the end of studying in sight?

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Oh snap, some really awesome books queued up for April. Sounds like working from home (I think?) is a pain for you! I do hope you’ll be able to accomplish everything you set your mind on this month, Ola.

          I haven’t “studied” in a while but as of tomorrow, I won’t ever have to “evaluated” by a teacher again. I’ll, however, continue to be at the other end of that relationship and continue to evaluate other students hahaha Spring should pretty interesting. Especially once May approaches. I can’t help but wonder what the academia world will look like with potentially extended confinement…

          Liked by 1 person

          1. My work situation has become quite complex, to be honest, but I won’t bore you with details 😉 We sure live in interesting times!

            Congratulations are in order, then! 😀 How do you feel as a teacher, oh venerable Lashaan? 😄
            Yes, I do wonder about that. I hope academia will cope with it by changing at least a bit, and allowing for more flexibility in the teaching/learning arrangements.

            Liked by 1 person

  6. The Murderbot series is one of the most intriguing and amusing ones I remember reading, and I can hardly wait for the full novel that will come out shortly. As for Scalzi, being a staunch fan, I can only recommend his books – any one of them 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I’ve had my eye on Foundryside for a while now. Will there be spoilers if I read the novel for Murderbots without reading the novellas? I have the 1st book though.

    It’s good to hear that you’re keeping a healthy positive outlook on the current situation. I wish you great luck in your upcoming venture!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I believe you’ll be spoiled mildly by picking up the new book but I can’t tell. We’ll know more once it releases I guess hahaha You definitely should try the first book though. Same for Foundryside! 😉

      Hope you’re staying safe and taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this crisis too!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Oh, forgot to add, I’m actually looking forward to Paolini’s ‘To Sleep in a Sea of Stars’ coming in…SEPTEMBER 😂 And urgh, they gave a PARTIAL galley. WHat kind of a tease is THAT?? How am I supposed to give a complete review? Although, I guess it’s a marketing tactic that works. But a frustrating one. If the rest of the book turns out ‘meh’ then our readers will lose trust in reviewers. I hope other publishers don’t start doing the same.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahahaha I too believe it’s a marketing strategy. I mean he wrote Eragon and if it’s now time for a new series, he’s going to need to sell it to everyone! 😛 At least books aren’t getting delayed because of the epidemic though. That would’ve been insane. 😮 😮 😮

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Great list Lashaan, as always, lots to look forward to! I’m curious about Dark Horse’s adaptation of O’Bannon’s original Alien concept, although I’ll temper expectations as before Ridley Scott became involved it was quite different and more of a ‘B’ movie. The original Predator adaptation which starts coming out in June should be interesting as well.

    I’m yet to see the Harley Quinn animated series although the rights have been picked up by a tv station here but no airdate announced at present. Glad you mentioned Ghost in the Shell SAC 2045 (but you REALLY need to see the 1995 anime first!), looking forward to it but likewise I’m not a big fan of the CG animation style and disheartened that it’s becoming more and more the norm for modern anime – Castlevania is proof that traditional cel animation is still the best!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Chris! It’s always quite fun to look up what new and exciting things are planned for the month. Those “original screenplay” stuff by Dark Horse have been fun so far, even if they don’t always stand out for me. Hopefully these will have interesting unexplored ideas to indulge!

      I haven’t checked out the animated Harley Quinn either. I am much more pumped for the Deathstroke one in the making though. Duly noted for GitS. I need to make myself some time to binge through those classics series/movies. I think the last two manga volumes left a sour taste in my mouth. Oh, and Johansson’s live-action movie was an average take too. Glad you mentioned Castlevania though. That’s quality material right there!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Well, the 1995 GiTS anime and the Standalone Complex series are vastly superior to the live action version and based on what I read in your reviews a much better and more intellectual realisation of the concepts than the original manga! I definitely think you would appreciate those versions.

        I had no idea there was a Deathstroke animated series in the works! I hope it’s not a parody though, that may work for Harley Quinn but not for that particular character.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s