Waiting on Wednesday: Vol. 42

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The weekly event is meant to showcase eagerly anticipated upcoming releases…and to spread the word! This week I’m excited about:

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline CareyMiranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Publisher: Tor Books

Anticipated Release Date: 2017

In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the action of the entire play unfolds over the course of a single day. But what happened on the island in the twelve years leading up to that day? Why does the magician Prospero keep his daughter Miranda ignorant of her history? Why does he take the supposedly monstrous Caliban under his wing?

As an unabashed fan girl of The Tempest – one who’s painfully aware of how colonial attitudes shaped the writing of Caliban – I’m eagerly anticipating this retelling of Shakespeare’s play.

I’ve actually never read anything by Jacqueline Carey (I know!!!), but MIRANDA AND CALIBAN provides the perfect entry point into the beloved author’s work. Fingers crossed that she does Shakespeare justice…no pressure!

What are you waiting on this week? Are you planning on reading MIRANDA AND CALIBAN? Let me know in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Vol. 42

  1. Looks like a good book! I haven’t read/seen The Tempest (I know, I suck) — but I’m a huge fan of modern interpretations of classics in general.

    I’m eagerly waiting for the Kindle release of Saint’s Blood, which comes out in the next ~1.5 weeks or something. I guess it’s not quite a retelling of any classic, but I think it would be fair to say it’s pretty heavily inspired by the setup of The Three Musketeers.

    1. I’m sure there’s a movie version out there that you could get your hands on! The plays really are better “seen” than read, in my opinion.

      The Three Musketeers is such a great story, but believe it or not I haven’t actually read the original. I need to get on that soon! And I’d like to start The Greatcoats books too. 🙂

  2. I saw the cover on Goodreads earlier this week and knew I’d be seeing a lot of excitement for this one today! It’s so awesome people are anticipating a new Carey book, I’ve already seen this on a couple WoWs today. I’ll read anything she writes!

    1. So many great covers were released in the last few weeks, but I have to say that aesthetically at least, this one is my favourite. I’m glad to hear that you love her writing because I haven’t read anything by her yet!

  3. OMG – thank you, thank you! Shakespeare and Carey – get in my life right now. hadn’t heard of this until now so very happy!
    Lynn 😀

  4. I am not a reader of SHakespeare. In my mind Shakespeare has been relegated to a person whose work you are forced to read as part of English at school and to be ignored at all other times. Do I feel bad about this? Yes, but Shakespeare english is so hard to read and it hurts my small brain. I mean, I really enjoyed studying King Lear at A-Level, but I think it helped I had a teacher helping to explain what on earth was going on.

    That being said, this book sounds amazing! I think I need to read The Tempest so I actually get what is going on, but I really want to read this book so badly, so logically I must want to read The Tempest too, right? One of my book categories for the challenges I’m doing this year does include a play, so I guess Shakespeare counts. It helps that all of his work is free on Kindle, but I feel like I probably need one of those editions that translates into english for me.

    1. LOL! Honestly Becky, I felt the same way for a long time. I had to take a million courses on Shakespeare for my English degree and I was extremely resentful. Watching the plays, either at the theatre or in a film adaptation, helps me understand what’s really going on. I really do think these stories are meant to be seen rather than read.

      There are a lot of really good annotated version of The Tempest out there that help explain some of the obscurity, I’m sure that some of them must be available for Kindle. I hope you get a chance to experience the story (even if you hate it!) because I feel like it’ll enhance your enjoyment of Carey’s interpretation of the story!

      1. That means I seriously need to figure out where I can watch some Shakespeare round by me… or see if I can find anything on Netflix. I want to like Shakespeare… but it requires so much focus on my part to keep track.

        I will try and read this because I am very interested in this book. I’m off to google to see if there is a good Tempest film I can watch. There has to be, right?

  5. Ooh, I hadn’t heard of this one yet! I do love Shakespeare (Twelfth Night is maybe my fave) and I basically have to read it out loud when I do, but I haven’t read the Tempest yettt. I do have a massive complete works thingy upstairs so maybe that’s on the agenda for tomorrow now 😛 But yeah. I have to add this one onto my TBR! I haven’t read Jacqueline Carey either…

    Also also, I just got the Palace Job for my kindle! Happened to see it on amazon and it was on sale for 99p and I was like “Danya said that was good. I need it.”

    1. I’m a Shakespeare geek now, but I used to loathe him. My favourite play is a tie between King Lear and Macbeth…what can I say? I like the murder-y ones, haha. Although I guess they’re all kinda murder-y…

      Ahhhhh I really hope you enjoy it! I mean, for 99c you really can’t go wrong, right? 😀

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