If lifestyle and beauty bloggers can have winter edits, so can geeks! This is a blog post about the books, TV shows, video games and films I’m looking out for this season.
With Christmas and New Year falling under winter’s domain, there’s a lot to look forward to this season. It’s a quiet season in terms of video game and book releases, but that doesn’t mean winter is without its benefits. Christmas is the perfect time for a cosy cinema trip, there’s more time to curl up by the fire with a new book, and maybe you’ll even find a box set or video game or two in your stocking. So here are the new releases to get excited about.
The Punisher has just arrived on Netflix, and I’ve already started watching it. I loved Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle in season two of Daredevil, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this gritty Marvel series unravels. I’m also hoping for plenty of cameos (more Karen, please!).
Already streaming on Netflix
Another series which has just made it onto UK Netflix is Wynonna Earp, a Supernatural-esque show about a demon hunter, tasks with ridding her hometown from “revenants”. I’ve been intrigued by this TV show since I heard of it, but I’ve been unable to watch it until now, when it unexpectedly appeared on Netflix UK. From what I can tell so far, this is a fun, entertaining series with plenty of action and plenty of characters to ship.
Already streaming on Netflix
On SyFy on demand in the US
Homeland not be the geekiest of shows, but it’s one that I look forward to each year. Carrie Mathison is one of my ultimate TV heroes, so I can’t wait for her return in early 2018. Last season was left on a pretty big cliffhanger, and I’ll be excited to see where it leads and whether the excitement of last season can be topped.
11/02/2018 on Showtime, US
UK date unconfirmed, Channel 4
Persepolis Rising by James S. A. Corey
I’ve finally caught up on this series, just in time for the latest installment to be released! I’m loving this epic sci-fi series, filled with politics, action, and some high concept sci-fi, so I’m looking forward to reading the latest in the series.
Saga, Volume 8
I’m not quite caught up on this sci-fi space opera in comic book format, but I’m sure a lot of people will be excited about the upcoming release of the latest collected edition. The series follows a young couple from opposing sides of an interplanetary war, on-the-run from armies and royalty with their newborn child.
The Secret Loves of Geeks, Edited by Hope Nicholson
One of my favourite reads this year was The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, an anthology that collected non-fiction essays from geek women including Marguerite Bennett, Noelle Stevenson, and Marjorie Liu, about romance, love, friendship and being yourself. I’m very excited for this second anthology from cartoonists and professional geeks.
Other notable mentions:
Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard – 08/02/2018
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – 27/02/2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Of course, I couldn’t possibly leave out the new Star Wars movie. The Last Jedi has been hyped for some time, and after the success of Rogue One and The Force Awakens, I can see this film becoming a staple of a lot of peoples’ holiday plans.
Already in cinemas.
I’m feeling a lot of superhero fatigue at the moment, since it feels like a new superhero film or TV show is announced every other day, but I’m hoping this latest Marvel movie will be sufficiently different. I’m excited to see the setting of Wakanda, and to learn more about T’Challa.
In cinemas 16/02/18
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Episode 3
The final episode of the Life is Strange prequel is here! These games follow teenager, Chloe Price, as she meets Rachel Amber and navigates friendship and romance, school, her harsh stepdad, and the loss of her father. The Life is Strange games are so emotional and different to anything else I’ve played, and I’m sure the finale of this episodic series will pack a punch.
Out 20/12/2017 for PS4, Xbox One and Windows
Other than this, Winter is looking like a quiet season for gaming, and I can’t think of any other games I’m really excited for.
Winter is also a quiet season for the major conventions, which tend to take place through late Spring to early Autumn. However, winter fan conventions do exist – you just have to find them! While I won’t be attending myself this winter, I’m sure there are some great hidden gems around. And bring on the start of my convention season for the year in April, when I’m hoping to go to EGX Rezzed for the second time.
More Reasons to be Excited About Winter
- Snow! Here in England, we’ve already seen some pretty decent snowfall, and maybe we’ll see some more. Snowball fights and geeky snowmen in wizard hats? Yes please!
- Days off mean more lazy mornings-in with books, and more time for those video games I’ve been neglecting lately.
- Festive displays in bookshops make stocking up on beautiful new hardbacks even more difficult to resist. Must be stronger!
- Christmas is the perfect occasion to force book recommendations on your friends. If it was up to me, I’d be gifting everyone copies of my favourite books of the year.
While it might be a quiet season for video game releases, conventions, and books, there are still plenty of old favourites to look forward to revisiting over the holiday season.
Let me know which books, TV shows, films and video games you’re looking forward to this winter!