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Holiday Book Gift Guide 2017

It’s that time of year again for some giving and receiving, and what better way to get into the spirit than with gifting some good books! This year sees many selections to choose from for fans of properties like Star Wars and Star Trek; tie-ins for Alien, Harry Potter, E.T., and The Twilight Zone, as well as titles by authors like Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Anne Rice, Brandon Sanderson, Andy Weir, and many more.

Check out here below our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2017 for Books, eBooks, and Audiobooks for our favorite holiday gift picks for this year for the reader in your life.

Kindle

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The standard 6-inch Kindle e-reader now with Touchscreen display starts at only $49, while the Kindle Fire tablet devices also start at $49, and comes in various colors and with Alexa. On each product page, there’s a “compare” chart to help you decide which device is best for your recipient. Also, you can easily gift someone a Kindle ebook – see details about that down below.

Recommendations by Empress Eve

Neil Gaiman Neverwhere Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Neverwhere
Illustrated Edition – Hardcover
By Neil Gaiman, Illustrations by Chris Riddell
Publisher: William Morrow | HarperCollins

This year, Willaim Morrow publishers re-released Neil Gaiman’s 1996 novelization Neverwhere as an illustrated hardcover edition, with gorgeous artwork by Chris Riddell. Fans of Gaiman will definitely want this to complete their collection, and it’s attractive packaging makes it the perfect gift (trust me on this one!). The novel follows Richard Mayhew, an average Londoner whose world is turned upside down after he rescues a mysterious young girl named Door. After his good deed renders him invisible and unable to go back to his normal life, Richard must find Door in London Below, a dark bizarre hidden underworld populated by angels, monsters, assassins, supernatural beings, and more. Read more about the book in our book spotlight.

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Artemis: A Novel
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown Publishers

Writer Andy Weir follows up his smash-hit debut novel The Martian with a new science fiction tale, Artemis, a crime-caper set in the near on Earth’s first and only colony on the Moon. For the audiobook, actress Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s Daredevil, Sin City, Clerks II) provides the narration. Read more about the book in our review.

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Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Set
Paperback
By Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books

Quick Books has taken the massively popular Miss Peregrine series from Ransom Riggs and put it together in a new paperback box set. The three separate paperback books — Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, Library Of Souls — now contain new photographs that were not in the original printing, and are housed together in a slipcase, along with a collectible postcard.

The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium: Another GOREgeous Coloring Book

The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium
Another GOREgeous Coloring Book
Paperback
By Alan Robert
Publisher: IDW Publishing

Comic book artist/creator and Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert returns to the gorgeously gory world of Ghouliana with The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana’s Creepatorium: Another GOREgeous Coloring Book. That’s right, a sequel! The first coloring book was insanely fun — and soothing! — and this follow-up is no different. This is the perfect coloring book for adults who love horror, and older kids will dig it too.

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies
Hardcover | Kindle
By Andrew DeGraff (Illustrations), A.D. Jameson (Essays)
Publisher: Quirk Books

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies contains from illustrator Andrew DeGraff contains hand-painted maps from 35 films throughout pop culture like the original trilogies for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, as well as Ghostbusters, The Princess Bride, and The Breakfast Club. To go along with the colorful, detailed maps is commentary by author A.D. Jameson who provides information on the films, such as what influenced their making and what motivates the characters, as well as points out their anomalies and inconsistencies. This over-sized hardcover book will provide hours of fun and knowledge for movie geeks who pay attention to details. Read more about the book in our review.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook
Pop Classics
Hardcover | Kindle
By Kim Smith
Publisher: Quirk Books

A perfect little book for the kiddies, in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook, writer and artist Kim Smith takes the mega-blockbluster film from Steven Spielberg and turns it into a children’s illustrated storybook. We meet the little kind-hearted alien E.T. who’s left on Earth who befriends a young boy named Elliot who tries to help him find a way back home. The story is a classic that hugs at the heartstrings and exemplifies the true meaning of friendship.

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Star Trek: The Klingon Empire
Hidden Universe Travel Guides Book 2
Paperback | Kindle
By Dayton Ward | Art by Livio Ramondelli and Peter Markowski
Publisher: Insight Editions

From the people who brought you the travel guide to Vulcan comes Star Trek: The Klingon Empire, the second installment in Insight Editions’ Hidden Universe Travel Guides series. If you’re looking for something unique for the hardcore Trekker in your life, this is what you get them. I mean, it’s a full-color TRAVEL GUIDE to visiting the Klingon Empire, c’mon! Bundle this guide up The Klingon Dictionary and Klingon for the Galactic Traveler so your recipient will be properly prepared for their intergalactic journey to Qo’noS and its moons. Qapla’!

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Star Trek: The Book of Lists
Hardcover | Kindle
By Chip Carter
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins

Author Chip Carter stuffs Star Trek: The Book of Lists with 100 lists that highlight memorable moments throughout the beloved scifi franchise’s 51-year history, along with plenty of little-known facts, too. This new 224-page full-color book, which is an adorable and easy-to-handle 7×9 hardcover, is broken down into 8 chapters, grouping together aspects like Starfleet personal, ships and technology, the future, and more. Read more about the book in our book spotlight.

Star Trek Novels

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Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By David Mack
Publisher: Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster

This year saw the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, a new Star Trek television series, and this novel from David Mack is a tie-in to the show. Star Trek: Discovery: Desperate Hours takes place a year before the beginning of the TV show and introduces us to its lead character Starfleet officer Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman who was raised on Vulcan by Spock’s parents. Read more about the book in our review.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Gamma: Original Sin
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By David R. George III
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Patterns of Interference
Paperback | Kindle
By Christopher L. Bennett
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Dayton Ward
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Star Trek: Section 31: Control
Paperback | Kindle
By David Mack
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage
Paperback | Kindle
By David R. George III
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Headlong Flight
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Dayton Ward
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Star Trek: Titan: Fortune Of War
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By David Mack
Star Trek/Pocket Books | Simon & Schuster

Quick Picks

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Paperbacks From Hell
The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
Paperback | Kindle
By Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Hardcover | Kindle
By Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Retrograde
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Peter Cawdron
Publisher: HMH Books | John Joseph Adams

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Creatures of Will and Temper
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Molly Tanzer
Publisher: John Joseph Adams | Mariner Books | HMH

Flames Of Rebellion
Flames Of Rebellion Book 1
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Jay Allan
Publisher: Harper Voyager

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Paradox Bound: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Peter Clines
Publisher: Crown Publishing

Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Hugh Howey
Publisher: John Joseph Adams | Mariner Books | HMH

The Four Horsemen: A Novel
Alvise Marangon Mysteries
Hardcover | Kindle
By Gregory Dowling
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books | Macmillan

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Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books

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The Bannerless Saga #1
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: HMH Books | John Joseph Adams | Mariner Books

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A Closed and Common Orbit
Wayfarers Book 2
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Becky Chambers
Publisher: Harper Voyager | HarperCollins

The Dark Days Pact
A Lady Helen Novel, Book 2
Hardcover | Paperback | Audiobook
By Alison Goodman
Viking Books | Penguin Teen

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The Cthulhu Casebooks – Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities
Hardcover | Kindle
By James Lovegrove
Publisher: Titan Books

Recommendations by Stoogeypedia

The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia

The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia
Paperback | Kindle
By Steven Jay Rubin
Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Slip into another dimension with this expansive guide on everything Twilight Zone. From tidbits and trivia even the most stalwart fan will be impressed by, and chock full of rare photos and episode guides covering every inch of the storied CBS program, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia is made “to serve man” indeed.

Recommendations by Waerloga69.

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Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Edited by Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: Del Rey

Over thirty tales of action and intrigue that take place during Star Wars: A New Hope, just from a different perspective. Exploring the supporting cast as well as the primary characters, this anthology brings a sense of completion to that first film. A myriad of authors give it their own personalized spin for a massive collection of original voices set in the same universe and time frame.

Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice, Christopher RIce

Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra
Ramses The Damned #2
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Anne Rice & Christopher Rice
Publisher: Anchor Books

For anyone who likes Anne Rice and has a fondness for 1989’s The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned, there’s its follow-up Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, which the author co-wrote with her novelist son Christopher Rice. The story centers on the reawakened ancient rulers Ramses and Cleopatra. After reading this sequel, which had hoped for decades would be written, I immediately thought this would make a great gift this holiday season.

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Leonardo da Vinci
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Arguably the most influential figure of all time, Leonardo da Vinci epitomized the concept of genius. Painter, inventor, scientist, and more, da Vinci was a man centuries ahead of his time. This exploration of the man who bridged science and art is based on the plethora of manuscripts he left behind, woven expertly by an author who is renowned for his enthralling biographies.

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The Book Of Swords
Hardcover | Kindle
Anthology; Edited by Gardner Dozois
Publisher: Bantam

A collection of the finest contemporary authors that the genre has to offer, The Book Of Swords is sure to please even the most discerning reader of fantasy fiction. More than just sword and sorcery exists between these two covers, for magic and mayhem also holds its rightful place alongside that of high fantasy. This one even includes a heretofore unpublished A Song of Ice and Fire story by George R. R. Martin!

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Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Mark Frost
Publisher: Flatiron Books | Macmillan

The return of Twin Peaks this year was arguably one of the greatest television revivals of all time, and is set 25 years after the conclusion of the first television series. Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier explores what happened to the main characters between then and now. The book is loaded with insights into the series and the audio version has even more, with context and a final commentary from the author.

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First-Person Singularities
Paperback | Kindle
By Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Three Rooms Press

From master science fiction author Robert Silverberg comes 18 tales all set in, you guessed it, first person. Compiled over the last forty years, every story has a unique narrator. Every tale is also prefaced by the author, providing a point of reference for each. This is the perfect gift for the sci-fi reader this holiday season.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History
Hardcover
By Mark Sumerak
Publisher: Insight Editions

Nothing embodies chaos and change like the Guardians of the Galaxy. Tackling the original team that first appeared in 1969 to the many changes in the team roster up to today, this book has it all. Included are conversations and interviews with creators from the nearly 50 years of comic book awesomeness. It is an oversized book that is over packed with everything GotG related.

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Oathbringer
Book 3 of the Stormlight Archive
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Books | Macmillan

In this third installment of the Stormlight Archive, we find that victory is not without cost. As war has brought a ravishing of the landscape, the once docile parshmen have come to realize they have been nothing more than chattel. New threats arise to menace mankind and unless the races of the world unite, civilization may well be doomed. Fan favorite Sanderson is always a hit at the holidays!

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Tor Minis
Miniature Hardcover Series
Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders
Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
From the Two Rivers (Wheel Of Time) by Robert Jordan
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Wild Cards I: Volume One edited by George R. R. Martin
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Books | Macmillan

Perfect for gift-giving this holiday season, Tor has created a small format hardbound book for the discriminating reader. With six offerings so far, there is sure to be something that appeals to the science fiction or fantasy fan in your life. Measuring in at around four inches by six, these mini hardcover books should fit in almost any stocking or will be easy enough to add to a box for that special someone.

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The Michael Crichton Collection: Airframe, The Lost World, and Timeline
Audiobook
By Michael Crichton
Publisher: Random House Audio

This abridged collection contains three of my favorite Michael Crichton novels. Great for keeping you awake during those long drives to visit family, these three audio books are exemplary examples of the author’s best work. From a suspenseful air accident to a revisit to an island where prehistory has come back to life to a trip back in time for a rescue mission. There is a little something for everyone in this collection!

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Tomb of Annihilation
Dungeons & Dragons Supplement
By Wizards RPG Team
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

The power over death that once rested in the hands of clerics seemingly has lost its potency, including those previously raised. As the powers keeping them alive revert, more and more people succumb to that which they previously avoided. This adventure is great for beginners as it exposes them to a myriad of creatures and situations. Beware the Soulmonger, for it is necromancer’s best friend and worst enemy.

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Xanathar’s Guide To Everything
Dungeons & Dragons Supplement
By Wizards RPG Team
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

New rules, new options, new expansions. Everything you never knew you needed but now realize you cannot live without. A ton of specialization information to personalize your character and your adventure, time after time. Truly an unearthed arcana of magic, weapons, and classes.

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D&D Adventure Grid
Dungeons & Dragons Accessory
By Wizards RPG Team
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

The perfect accessory for tabletop gaming, this grid helps players visually depict where their characters are in relation to others. Two-sided, it has one side for dungeons and city scapes while the flip side is all about outdoor terrains. It even folds up for the gamer on the go!

D&D Character Sheets

D&D Character Sheets
Dungeons & Dragons Accessory
By Wizards RPG Team
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

Included in this pack are standard character sheets for skilled players who want to keep track of their statistics and possessions as well as beginner sheets for those just starting out in the game. While these sheets have changed over the years and with each edition, these are geared for the Fifth Edition and are a priceless tool for the world’s greatest role playing game.

Quick Picks

William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh

William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Series Book 7
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
Written by Ian Doescher, Illustrations by Nicolas Delort
Inspired by George Lucas, William Shakespeare
Publisher: Quirk Books

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Claudia Gray
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Legends of Luke Skywalker
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Ken Liu, Illustrated by J.G. Jones
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

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Deadlands: Boneyard
Deadlands Book 3
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Tor Books | Macmillan

Recommendations by Dr. Zaius

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
By Michael Klastorin
Foreword by Steven Spielberg
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins

This immersive and gorgeous book takes you every step of the way through one of the legendary pieces of sci-fi cinema detailing the epic score by John Williams, groundbreaking special effects, and of course, the aliens themselves and their mothership models. Michael Klastorin and Harper Design have created a stunning hardcover book with 200 pages to dive through. If you are a fan of Close Encounters, a Spielberg devotee, or simply a film buff this is the must-own holiday gift for you. It works as a conversation piece, coffee-table book and makes a perfect add on to the film itself. I imagine screening the film for my kids and then going page for page with them through it. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History is available in stores and online now

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Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond The Armor
Star Wars: Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Hardcover | Kindle
By Ryder Windham & Adam Bray | Foreword by John Boyega
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to theaters December 15th, there’s no better gift to get the Star Wars fan in your life this holiday season than Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray. Their epic 170-plus page hardcover book is a perfect coffee table piece guaranteed to stir up discussion at the pre-Episode VIII Star Wars movie binge. The book is loaded with gorgeous photos, drawings, collectibles, and more and features an introduction from former Stormtrooper himself, John Boyega aka, FN 2187 (Finn). The book, published by Harper Design, is available online and in stores now.

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Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor
Hardcover | Kindle
By Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn; Introduction by John Hodgman
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books | Macmillan

Bruce Campbell, the star of the Evil Dead trilogy follows up his hilarious memoir If Chins Could Kill with this sequel covering the last 15 years in the career of the greatest B-Actor of his or any other generation. The book is must-own for Bruce’s groovy supporters and fans of his work. Follow Campbell from the set Bubba HoTep, to the small screen where he thrived on USA’s Burn Notice for 7 seasons, and then all the way back to the beginning of Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz. Campbell is still funny, but also gets more poignant and “mature.” He leaves LA for a quieter life in Oregon, and visits troops in Iraq. He writes in such an easygoing style that this is a book you give as a gift Christmas morning and it’ll be done before you polish off the eggnog.

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The Book of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual
Hardcover
By Owen Williams
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins

Another hardcover edition for movie buffs from Harper Design, The Book of Alien doubles as a beautiful assortment of photos and artwork from the Alien franchise as well as an interactive game you play on your phone. Download the free Alien AR App from the app store or iTunes and get immersed in the world of Ridley Scott’s nightmares. You can play seven different missions with objectives like landing a drop-ship simulator, conducting an alien autopsy, and encountering the queen alien herself. I tried it and it was easy to set up, fun, and like all things phone related, slightly addictive. For those not into games, the book itself features over 150 pages of cool stuff that is perfect for the Alien fan, and sci-fi completists.

Recommendations by Pfeff-Bot.

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Harry Potter: The Wand Collection
Hardcover
By Monique Peterson
Publisher: Insight Editions

“Every wand has a story of its own,” author Monique Peterson begins in her new book, Harry Potter: The Wand Collection. As visually appealing and easy to flip through as it is meaningful, this book covers wand characteristics, the wandmakers, Ollivander, wand selection and Harry’s first wand, wand movement and wand battles. The marketing and production choices are excellent; shaped nearly like a wand case, the book’s long, thin pages are printed with lustrous images and descriptions of perfectly appropriate lengths. Like each book in the beloved original series, Harry Potter: The Wand Collection once again meets practicality with the magic of it all.

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The Art of Harry Potter
Hardcover
By Marc Sumerak
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins

The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak is a masterpiece. The pages are thick with a rich texture accompanied by a surprising variety of artistic styles amongst the images. The artwork is credited and captioned with identifying information and book quotes appear on pages, bringing back reminiscences as readers are carried along this timeless tale all over again. The vast, lush grounds of Hogwarts Castle are depicted from all angles imaginable and beloved settings like the quaint, snowy Hogsmeade and bustling, ancient Diagon Alley are featured. Character studies and magical creatures are explored in artful detail. From Quidditch to Horcruxes, brooms, potions, wands and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, this book has it all.

Recommendations by Olympus Athens.

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Strange Weather: Four Short Novels
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Joe Hill
Publisher: William Morrow | HarperCollins

Joe Hill fans and Stephen King fans and horror fans will gobble this book up. A fat boy takes on a polaroid-snapping, spirit-sucking menace in “Snapshot.” A reporter tries to find the truth within a gunshot filled “Loaded.” Skydiving takes a strangely unique turn in “Aloft.” In “Rain,” a perfect summer day turns deadly, as a deluge of needles murder much of Boulder, Colorado. This was the horrific collection I did not know I was waiting for!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale
Hardcover
By A.M. Robinson, Willow Rosenberg
Publisher: Insight Editions

Willow Rosenberg, the witchy brain of the Scooby gang, started chronicling her adventures from around the time Buffy went away, distraught over killing Angel (so beginning of season 3), to her last entry about the “spell to share the power of the chosen one” in season 7. Sprinkled with photographs, spells, and comment notes from Buffy, Giles, Xander, and more, this hardcover book will keep you coming back to look through it again and again, long after you read it the first time. Be sure to check out the bonus letter from Tara on the inside back cover. It is 161 pages of authentic Buffy (rather…Willow), a truly unique addition to your book collection.

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Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
By Fred Van Lente
Publisher: Quirk Books

Nine comedians of varying levels of talent and success are summoned by the great Dustin Walker, legendary improv master and star of the “Help! I Married a Cat” franchise. None can resist for both personal and professional reasons. Soon, they begin to get killed off one by one, and still cannot stop the jokes as they rush to find the killer or their own demise. A comedic twist on Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, Ten Dead Comedians takes you there with very real yet unreal characters, whose fame (or lack thereof) make them all desperate for this “project.” The humor is crass at times, but mostly the quips are genuinely funny, creating that realistic joking through pain thing that seems to be the heart of the most successful comedians.

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Though the Brightest Fell
The Brooklyn Angels Series Book 1
Paperback | Kindle
By Nola Cancel
Publisher: CreateSpace

Joe is a junkie, a dead mobster’s son whose life is spiraling down the drain. His wife is on the verge of leaving him, and somewhere he cares, until the need for the next fix pulls him back down. But it seems his luck is about to change. He is saved from death by an angel, and the surprise is not that angels exist, but that Joe already knew that. Stuck in the midst of an angelic war, Cancel takes you on an otherworldly adventure through the streets of 1980s Brooklyn.

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The Dark Net
Hardcover | Kindle
By Benjamin Percy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Dark magic has infiltrated the Dark Net, putting us on the verge of a unique type of apocalypse, and the savior is a 12-year old blind girl. Benjamin Percy’s very original internet horror captivates from the start. Creating a demonic virus where your electronics can possess you is a perfect storyline in our current technology-obsessed world. Each of the characters, even those in just “guest star” status, make you care about them in a matter of a few pages.

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A God In The Shed
Paperback
By J-F. Dubeau
Publisher: Inkshares

A serial killer had been living right under the village of Saint-Ferninand’s nose for years. The culprit was a surprise, and when the remains were finally discovered, the scene was gruesome and strange. But there is a bigger darkness underneath that horrific find, and the town knows all about it. It might be the worst kept secret in the village. In A God In The Shed, Dubeau did a great job of keeping the reader guessing about who was good and who was not, and the factions behind the old orders in the town. The intricate mystery unfolds slowly, building up the tension and creepiness.

Quick Picks

Stephen King Sleeping Beauties

Sleeping Beauties
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Stephen King and Owen King
Publisher: Scribner | Simon & Schuster

The Geeky Chef Strikes Back
Even More Unofficial Recipes from Minecraft, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Twin Peaks, and More!
Hardcover | Kindle
By Cassandra Reeder
Publisher: Race Point Publishing

After the End of the World
Carter & Lovecraft Book 2
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Jonathan L. Howard
Publisher: Tor Books | Macmillan

Steal the Stars
Paperback | Kindle
By Nat Cassidy
Publisher: Tor Books | Macmillan

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A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic
Hardcover
By Doogie Horner (Author); JJ Harrison (Illustrator)
Publisher: Insight Editions

Black Goat Blues
The Mythos War Book 2
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Levi Black
Publisher: Tor Books | Macmillan

The Scarecrow Queen
A Sin Eater’s Daughter Novel: Book 3
Paperback | Kindle
By Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press

The Ship of the Dead
Book 3 of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Hardcover | Kindle
By Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Recommended by Marissa Bergen, from our Metalhead Gift Guide.

Bruce Dickinson: What Does This Button Do

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Bruce Dickinson
Publisher: Dey Street Books | HarperCollins

What hasn’t Bruce Dickinson done? A Renaissance man in every sense of the word, he’s a heavy metal frontman, airline pilot, beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, radio deejay, and now author. Read this autobiography to explore the Iron Maiden singer’s journey from early childhood right up to his recent battle with cancer.

Recommended by Empress Eve, from our Metalhead Gift Guide.

Scott Ian Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life

Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life
Hardcover | Kindle
By Scott Ian
Publisher: Da Capo Press

Scott Ian, guitarist and co-founder of NYC thrash metal band legends Anthrax, follows up his 2014 autobiography I’m the Man with Access All Areas, a new memoir filled with the musician’s tales from the road and other escapades.

Giving Kindle Books as Gifts

— You can gift Kindle books and set your gift to be delivered whenever you want to anyone with an email address. On the Product Page (on the top right side), click the button that reads “Give as a Gift.” From there you enter the recipient’s email address and note the date you’d like your gift to be delivered via email, and also include a personalized message. There’s also the option to have the gift emailed right to you that you can forward the gift email to the recipient yourself or print it out and personally deliver it to the recipient.

— You don’t actually need a Kindle device to read these ebooks. Books can be read on a Kindle or one of Amazon’s free reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.

Remember, if all else fails, there’s also the Amazon.com Gift Card, you can have emailed to the recipient (arrives immediately) or you can print out the gift card at home and give it to the intended that way. If you order in enough time, you can get the physical gift card sent to you.

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