Horsing around

Horsing around

You won't be bored during the Year of the Horse, with plenty of exciting entertainment set for release

Well, so much for the Year of the Snake. It was filled with ups and downs, and a couple of surprises (Beyoncé!). But as the horse-lovers will say - no doubt with a dismissive neigh - their year has much more to offer.

We've already marked our calendars with the most anticipated releases for the Year of the Horse. Look forward to promising debut novels, thrilling superhero movies, ground-breaking gadgets and much more.

Movies

Hollywood sequels are often cynical money-grabs. But we're still dying to see whether Peter Parker can save his girlfriend from the evil Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ( released May). We're also wondering what Professor X and Magneto have in store for Wolverine after battling with the immortality thief in X-Men: Days of Future Past (May). And how will Katniss Everdeen overturn Snow's rule in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (November)?

Also, be prepared for Angelina Jolie's return in the hypnotising Maleficent (May). Christopher Nolan has a new sci-fi movie, Interstellar, about astronauts travelling through a wormhole (November). And finally there's the return of Godzilla (May)!

Games

With the release of the PS4 and Xbox One, we're dying to get stuck into some of the new games. At the top of the list - for Xbox gamers at least - is Titanfall (March). It's first-person shooter that won't have gamers just carryong a gun, but controlling giant robots too. March will also bring Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for both Playstation and Xbox. It's the first outing for Kojima Productions' Fox Engine and lead character Solid Snake will be voiced by Kiefer Sutherland. 

For those who aren't interested in shooting things up, there are plenty of other options. We have our eyes set on two classic family-friendly favourites from Nintendo: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (February) and some racing madness in Mario Kart 8 (May).

Tech

The "phablet" wars continue. Having mastered built-in gesture controls with the Galaxy S4, rumour has it that Samsung's next big challenge is to create an eye-scanning Galaxy S5. We are hearing that Apple's iPhone 6 will get a 14.5 cm screen, while Asus plans to marry a 13cm smartphone with a 23 cm tablet for its new PadFone X.

There's Apple's iTV , coming in three sizes. And after a long wait, Google Glass will finally go global.

Books

We've already made space on our nightstands for some exciting, upcoming novelists. Fans of Percy Jackson will like Dianne K. Salerni's The Eight Day (April) in which the protagonist discovers an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. We're counnting on Phillip Siegel's The Break-Up Artist (April) for a good laugh; it's an unconventional story about a girl who breaks up couples for money. 

After OCD Love Story, Corey Ann Haydu returns with Life by Committee (May), in which an online forum forces a teenager to complete tasks in exchange for keeping secrets. 

Albums

Expect to hear from Adele this year, with Kid Harpoon and James Ford rumoured to feature in the follow-up to 21. The album could be titled 25 or 26 depending on whether she releases it before or after her May birthday.

Ed Sheeran was spotted with legendary producer Rick Rubin in December, so he may be preparing a new album. We're also watching for releases from budding stars, such as Banks' Brain, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour (May) and Iggy Azalea's The New Classic (April). 

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Horsing around

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