I often enjoy making lists of things I plan on enjoying after getting through difficult bouts of work. Given that I have 2-3 conferences and loads of other stuff to work on up until mid-November, here are some things I'm looking forward to enjoying (note that all of these have been featured at various points on this blog in one form or another) as all of that winds down.
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (October 25, 2011)
Murakami's latest is supposed to be a really sensational novel on the order of Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Released in three separate volumes in Japan, the English translation will released late-October. A selection from it recently appeared in The New Yorker: "Town of Cats".
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (November 15, 2011)
Taking place in early 16th century Constantinople (i.e. Istanbul) promises to be a stunningly beautiful and expansive end to Ezio Auditore's story. (Might have to wait until Christmas break to tackle this one!)
The Rum Diary (October 28, 2011)
This movie adaptation of a classic but rather less well-known book by Hunter S. Thompson starring Johnny Depp is a unique, early look at the young author that is not present in most of his later works that releases, whaddya know, late-October.
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (November 20, 2011)
Probably going to end up being the best example of the Wii's "last stand" before the new console (Wii U) rolls out. Apparently this game is huge. Invoking a less-mature look than Twilight Princess, the visuals on this game look promising. And let's hope that the WiiMotion Plus controls deliver!
Professor Layton and the Last Specter (October 17, 2011)
The latest installment of this fantastic puzzle series is actually a prequel in terms of the timeline of the story. Apparently it includes a lengthy RPG detailing Layton's "London Life"! Coming to stores mid-October.
At various times in my life I have determined that (1 or 1.5 hours) less sleep each night is worth it. I suspect this might be one of those times.