Anticipating in 2011, the TV/Books/Movies Edition


The show's on hiatus for a month or so, and it's back on January 21st, and by then I'm hoping to actually have a working TV (big screen!) and maybe cable too.  And it's about time.

Because This. Looks. Awesome.


Cassandra Clare turned into one of my favorite authors this year.  I read The Mortal Instruments Series and Clockwork Angel and was so engrossed I had to promise a lot of people not to read-walk anymore, especially late at night.

On April 5th, City of Fallen Angels:

Someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. 

As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever.

And then just half a year later in September, Clockwork Prince!


I've heard Kirsten's a fierce talent, and I met her at SCBWI last year and she's an awesome person.  Plus we have some of the same favorite books.  I know Like Mandarin won't disappoint.  On March 8th, I'm getting an early birthday present, from myself :)

It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.

When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.

Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.


Jaken Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who’s sent into the body of a civilian aboard a train in the last eight minutes of his life and forced to relive the incident over and over again until he can find out who is responsible for its bombing and how to prevent the next terrorist attack from occurring. Basically, it’s like Avatar meets Surrogates meets Super Mario Brothers.


A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

Not much else to say...especially since it's starring James Bond, Han Solo, and 13.


In a city-state known for magnificence, where love affairs and conspiracies play out amidst brilliant painters, poets and musicians, the powerful and ambitious Alfonso d'Este, duke of Ferrara, takes a new bride. Half of Europe is certain he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia, the luminous child of the Medici. But no one dares accuse him, and no one has proof-least of all his second duchess, the far less beautiful but delightfully clever Barbara of Austria.

At first determined to ignore the rumors about her new husband, Barbara embraces the pleasures of the Ferrarese court. Yet wherever she turns she hears whispers of the first duchess's wayward life and mysterious death. Barbara asks questions-a dangerous mistake for a duchess of Ferrara. Suddenly, to save her own life, Barbara has no choice but to risk the duke's terrifying displeasure and discover the truth of Lucrezia's death-or she will share her fate.

Out March 1st!

Also, in the spring of 2011, several of my favorite series have new books coming out:


Book 5 in the Night Huntress Series.


Book 11 in the Sookie Stackhouse Series.


Book 6 in the Mercy Thompson Series.


Book 9 in The Hollows Series.


I kind of love JJ Abrams so I'm dying to see this, even though I know nothing about it.


Another awesome April 5th release, I can't wait to read the follow up to If I Stay told from Adam's POV.

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and each other.

And obviously...

I was a little disappointed with HP6.  I wanted the big fight scene with the death dealers at the end...and I was leery about splitting HP7 into two parts.  I couldn't figure out how they were going to pull that off.

But they did.  I loved it.  The only downside is waiting to see part 2.  Thankfully I only have to wait until the summer, rather than until next Thanksgiving.  And trust me on July 15th, I'm going to have my midnight passes to see the end.

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Magan said...

I'm so glad that I read this post because I didn't even know that the title and cover of the next Sookie Stackhouse installment had been released!

Thanks so much for posting!

Chersti Nieveen said...

I loved IF I STAY. I was a little hesitant about the next book, because it made such a strong stand alone novel. But her writing was just amazing, and I'm interest to see where the characters have gone -- and how Mia now feels about her earlier choice, and her new life.

Great list for 2011! Thanks Suzie.

Erin Bowman said...

Oh, I was the same way about Harry Potter. At first I was upset they split HP7 it into two parts, but then, as I left the theater (breathless, mind you), all I could think was "How on earth am I going to make it until July 15th!?"

LIKE MANDARIN sounds fantastic. As does Gayle Forman's follow up. Thanks for this post. I can add to my reading list now :)

Kara said...

LOVE this! Olivia Wilde is in Cowboys and Aliens ;) I'm so excited for LIKE MANDARIN too...yay for March birthdays!!

Unknown said...

Ooh, I had not seen the trailer for upcoming episodes of Fringe.

How CRAZY has this season been? So anxious to see how the other universe issue gets resolved. I've been waiting on pins and needles during the winter break!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I felt so ripped off at the end of HP6! I kept waiting and waiting for the big battle and... nothing. Moaned about that for weeks after.

Super Happy Jen said...

I loved the Mortal Instruments series, so I'll have to check out some of your other recommendations. It's so hard to find good books (not because there aren't any, just because it's hard to sift through the schlock.)

Splitting Harry Potter up was a shameless money-grab, and I refuse to see it. Not that I have oodles of time on my hands anyway.

Natalie Aguirre said...

My daughter, her friends and I were also disappointed with HP6. But we really liked the 7th movie. July 15th is going to be awesome. It's my birthday, HP is coming out, and Maggie Stiefvater's last book in the Shiver series will be out. I can't wait!

Brent Taylor said...

I'm so stoked for DEAD RECKONING. Scenes with Eric are my drug.

Tracey Neithercott said...

I can't wait for Where She Went, either. I absolutely loved If I Stay.

Also, I'm dying for Fringe to start. I'm a bit nervous about this Friday night thing. That's where series go to die. *sniff*

Michael Barron said...

I'm looking forward to Source Code as well. Although I'm thinking it looks more like Inception meets Unbreakable meets Under Siege 2.

And then there's the Mortal Instruments books. I should be up to number four by the time this one comes out.

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