July is quite a quiet month in terms of books about which I am excited. There are three new releases which I am anticipating.
The first of these is Ian Drescher’s William Shakespeare’s The Clone Army Attacketh. This is the second in Doescher’s reimagining of the Star Wars prequels (the original trilogy has already been adapted.) Regular readers of my blog know how much I love these adaptations – they are witty, very clever and a lot of fun to read/listen to. I am very disappointed, however, that neither The Phantom of Menace or The Clone Army Attacketh are available in audiobook format. Random House Audio’s full cast productions of the original trilogy adaptations were nothing short of brilliant. I have contented myself to preorder The Clone Army Attacketh in Kindle format, which is released on July 7th.
This month sees the publication of two novellas in series I am following.
Pale Kings and Princes is the next novella in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series by Cassandra Clare and guest authors. This one is co-authored by Robin Wasserman. I adore Clare’s Shadowhunter world and have been loving these novellas to tide me over in the wait for The Dark Artifices. Pale Kings and Princes promises to be be particularly intriguing as the blurb promises more information on the Blackthorns, main characters in the Dark Artifices. This novella is released also on July 7th and I have preordered it on Kindle.
July 28th sees the release of Heart of Tin, the next novella in Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series. The second main novel in the series, The Wicked Will Rise, really whetted my appetite – I’m anxious to know more. This novella focusses on the Tin Woodman, one of heroine Amy’s antagonists. From what I’ve seen of the other prequels, No Place Like Oz, The Witch Must Burn and The Wizard Returns, it is not necessary to have read the novellas to enjoy the main series novels, but they help to add depth and context. In any case, they are fun reads. I don’t believe the novellas are available in hard copy, so I have preordered Heart of Tin in Kindle format.
On a slightly different note, I’m anxiously awaiting the launch of Apple Music in the next hour or so. Now, I will not claim to be an expert in this area, but I do enjoy listening to music. Currently, I use Rdio for my streaming needs and I really like it. I don’t use a radio service. I’m not too adventurous when it comes to exploring music. Assuming the song library is the same as Rdio’s may main reason for considering switching is the fact that I am an Apple girl, living in an Apple world. All my music is purchased from, or uploaded to, iTunes, and I listen to it purely on Apple devices. It would be great to have my streaming integrated with my iTunes library. I will let you know what I think.