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Book Spotlight: Tor Minis, New Small-Format Hardcover Editions
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Tor Minis From the Two Rivers

Tor Minis
Miniature Hardcover Series
Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders
Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
From the Two Rivers 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
Release Date: October 17, 2017

Nothing says Happy Holidays at my house like receiving books as a gift. In this same spirit, Tor Books has seen fit to create smaller format editions of some great science fiction and fantasy stories.

I am going to give you a quick run down of the six books already available in the Tor Minis series. Hang on tight, there is a lot to take in!

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Book Spotlight: The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia
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The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia

The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia
Paperback | Kindle
By Steven Jay Rubin
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release date: November 1, 2017

The definitive compendium on the storied CBS program, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia leaves no stone un-turned. Jam packed with trivia, history, rare photos, actor bios, and rundowns on all the countless people behind the scenes, spearheaded by Rod Serling, this is a must-own book for anyone who loved the show and in a way, a primer for how books of this type should be made.

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Book Spotlight: Monday Starts On Saturday by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
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Monday Starts On Saturday
Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD
Written by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
Afterword by Boris Strugatsky
Translated by Andrew Bromfield
Chicago Review Press
Release Date: October 1st, 2017

Everything is inside out and topsy-turvy when Sasha gets a job offer from some strange hitchhiking strangers he picks up in Russia. Although disbelieving of the magical nature of this offer, he is intrigued enough to follow them into the Institute. What follows is an adventure of silly proportions, where the ridiculous is commonplace and the commonplace is crazy.

More below about Monday Starts On Saturday by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky.

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Book Review: Harry Potter: The Wand Collection
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Harry Potter: The Wand Collection
Hardcover
By Monique Peterson
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release date: November 14, 2017

“Every wand has a story of its own,” author Monique Peterson begins in her new book, Harry Potter: The Wand Collection. Admittedly, I’m hooked almost immediately. Still, I am not always one for the many informational index-style books published as part of the Harry Potter world. I like stories, depth, nostalgia in my Harry Potter books.

But Peterson does not disappoint, as this book is as visually appealing and easy to flip through as it is meaningful. There is certainly value added in the background information provided, which covers wand characteristics, the wandmakers, Ollivander, wand selection and Harry’s first wand, wand movement, and wand battles.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2017: Books, eBooks, and AudioBooks
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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.

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Xanathar’s Guide To Everything
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Dungeons & Dragons: Xanathar’s Guide To Everything
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards of the Coast
Release Date: November 21, 2017

Creating magic as they always do, the creative team at Wizards of the Coast has deemed the world worthy of a new guide book. Xanathar’s Guide To Everything is an essential addition to the world’s greatest roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons! And better yet, at least for me, these great folks sent me not just an advance copy but they, in fact, sent me two! One of each cover. But enough of my shameless bragging, let me tell you about this newest release!

This tome is comprised of almost 200 pages of lore, ranging from arcane spells and items to specialization and options within character classes. This is in addition to the additional material presented for Dungeon Masters. In fact, the supplemental book is broken into three primary parts with two additional appendices. So much is packed within these pages that I will probably not even begin to do it justice. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

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Book Review: The Art Of Harry Potter
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The Art of Harry Potter
Hardcover
By Marc Sumerak
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins
Release date: November 21, 2017

Some might call it coincidental. I call it cosmic. Not only do I have the opportunity of writing a review on The Art of Harry Potter by Marc Sumerak today, but I may or may not – by happenstance – be currently cozying up in my comfy chair by the fireplace wearing a Harry Potter-themed tee shirt. It’s getting *quite* magical over here, and I invite you to join me.

The Art of Harry Potter features original art from the Harry Potter films and it is magnificent. Its massive dimensions (10.1” width x 13.1” height x 1.7″ depth) are only outmatched by its heft, which I consider a positive. It evokes the feeling of having access to a large, valuable volume…perhaps something found in the restricted section of the Hogwarts library?

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Book Review: Ramses The Damned: The Passion Of Cleopatra By Anne Rice & Christopher Rice
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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
Release Date: November 21, 2017

The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned is my favorite of all things Anne Rice. For almost thirty years, I have loved that novel. The elegance and horror that exist side by side on those pages embodies everything I look for in a book. In no way is it the perfect example of any particular writing style or genre; instead it is a spectacular balance of the greatness that is needed to create a classical work of prose.

So you can only begin to imagine how ecstatic I was to learn that Rice was reviving these characters for a new release titled Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra. This was to be a dream come true, literally (pun intended).

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Book Review: Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond The Armor (Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
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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
Release date: October 24, 2017

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, some of the greatest and most unique characters in the history of motion pictures were created by George Lucas for Star Wars. Their names are part of Americana, engrained in zeitgeist forever. Luke, Vader, Han, Leia, Yoda, Boba Fett… the list goes on and on. We met aliens from across the universe, droids of all shapes and sizes, and a giant lovable walking furball named Chewbacca. From May 1977 all the way till December 2015, there was one group of Star Wars characters that remained an interchangeable array of white body armor, bulky helmets, and blasters guaranteed to miss every time. They were the Stormtroopers. Now as you prepare for Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Winter, tide over the Star Wars superfan in your family with the ultimate behind the scenes guide to Star Wars forgotten masses with Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor, published by Harper Design.

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Book Review: The Book Of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual
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Book of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual review

The Book Of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual
Hardcover
By Owen Williams
Publisher: Harper Design | HarperCollins
Release date: November 14, 2017

Remember those video game guide books that were sold in the magazine section at local book stores? Imagine if someone took one of those and turned it into a gorgeous hardcover coffee-table book with high quality images throughout. That’s what it felt like reading The Book of Alien: Augmented Reality Survival Manual by Owen Williams. The book, from Harper Design, doubles as a beautiful assortment of photos and artwork from the Alien franchise as well as an interactive game you play on your phone.

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