Skyrim, Stephen King and Harry Potter highlight our new releases heading into 11-11-11
This is an unusual week for new releases because many companies have decided to forgo the usual Tuesday or Wednesday timeframe in order to take advantage of the far more eponymous sounding 11-11-11. Still, we've tallied up everything worth a mention, which includes novels from two heavyweights in the literary world, Stephen King and Umberto Eco. The Friday releases are topped off with the final installment of the Harry Potter series and what is probably the biggest RPG release of the year, Skyrim. Read on to see these, and more.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Why this book isn't being released on November 22 is completely beyond us, but regardless, here it is, Stephen King's newest 1,000 page gigantic book. This book is not what we've come to expect by Stephen King, not by his horror roots or his modern fantasy tales -- this is a ridiculous story about time travelling to stop John F. Kennedy from being assassinated. How does this happen? Well, the main character's buddy happens to have a storeroom that's a portal to 1958. So, logically, they decide to start there, in '58 and work their way to stopping JFK's assassination. Ridiculous? Yes. But that doesn't mean this won't be an enjoyable tale.
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
It has been a while since we've seen a book from Umberto Eco and The Prague Cemetery looks to be just as controversial and massive as everything he's ever done. The book covers a lot of ground, from the Jesuit plot against Freemasons to Hitler and the Elders of Zion. It's a conspiracy theory through and through but like Eco's best work, you'd never know it as a thriller on a glance. It's a book that will go over your head on several occasions, but while the chaos and changing fonts are busy giving you a headache the story -- at least the parts you understand -- will certainly keep you pushing through it.
Life in a Day
Life in a Day seeks to do one thing: chronicle the world on July 24, 2010. Yes, the entire world. Over 4,500 hours of footage uploaded to YouTube was combed over by director Kevin MacDonald to create one, singular view of human history on one day. It is the story of us -- truly, just us, the normal people (or as normal as the people who upload things to YouTube can be) and with the backing of producer Ridley Scott, this film is much bigger than you'd think.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (11-11-11)
What better day to end the Harry Potter era than 11-11-11? We don't really know if it's supposed to mean anything, but it sounds cool. Harry Potter fans have probably already seen this movie 900 times in the theater, but if you're not one of those, you might have been frightened away by the 60-year-olds in wizard caps and steered clear, so you can now dork out in the privacy of your own home. The big news is that this will be your one and only chance to pick up the stand-alone disc, as after this year, the series will only be sold in one box-set addition.