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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2018: Books, eBooks, and AudioBooks
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Holiday Book Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is upon us, so it’s time to start looking into some of the year’s best book releases to give to your loved ones. This year sees many selections to choose from for fans of properties like Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, Dracula, and Frankenstein and authors like Anne Rice and J.R.R. Tolkien; tie-ins for Die Hard, Planet Of The Apes, The Walking Dead,, and Stranger Things, as well as titles by authors like Raymond E. Feist, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Grady Hendrix, and R.A. Salvatore.

Check out here below our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2018 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 Spotlight: The Kingdom Of The Dwarfs
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The Kingdom of the Dwarfs
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Robb Walsh
Art by David Wenzel
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I stumbled upon this little gem completely by accident. But I would have been devastated if I failed to share it with you all. Therefore, I am quite ecstatic to present to you a quick little spotlight on The Kingdom of the Dwarfs. This is technically a reprint of a release from the early eighties but it has been enhanced, so to speak, with a lot of extras.

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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Lando’s Luck
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Star Wars: Lando's Luck by Justina Ireland

Star Wars: Lando’s Luck
Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon Series
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Justina Ireland
Illustrated by Annie Wu
Audiobook narrated by Soneela Nankani
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Release date: October 2, 2018

Lando Calrissian has always been one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe. He’s a gambler, a swindler, a pilot, a warrior, a general, and he’s probably the only person that can make Han Solo blush. From that first moment on Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back when Billy Dee Williams faced off with Harrison Ford, that was it for me. And I have not been disappointed with his portrayals in any subsequent movie or book… and, yes, Donald Glover nailed it.

So, given the opportunity to review Star Wars: Lando’s Luck, a book dedicated to Lando, I jumped at the chance.

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Book Club Review: The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale review

The Handmaid’s Tale
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Anchor Books | Penguin Random House
Release Date: December 31, 2013

Offred is a Handmaid, whose only purpose is to live a simple holy life in the household, and procreate with the Commander and his wife. In this new dystopian society that had overthrown the government, women have no rights and men have few as well. Well, men had more than most, but really only the rich ones. Offred is allowed to shop, but may only exchange minimal words with her shop partner. She was trained for this. The only place Offred can be herself is in her mind and her memories and even she second guesses herself doing that. When the Commander starts breaking the rules, Offred begins to remember what “before” was like, and the power of women.

Check out what my book club thought about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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Book Review: Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History
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Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History review

Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History
Hardcover
By James Mottram & David S. Cohen
Foreword by John McTiernan
Publisher: Insight Editions
Release date: October 30, 2018

In this writer’s opinion, Die Hard is the greatest action film ever made. Based on Roderick Thorp’s Nothing Lasts Forever, John McTiernan’s 1988 classic combined all the elements that make for the perfect action movie: a great protagonist, an equally detestable villain, tremendous action set pieces, and insanely quotable dialogue. It made the careers of its stars, Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, and it proved that an ’80s blockbuster didn’t need a muscle-bound hero to sell tickets. Willis played John McClane like the everyman who wanted to be a Will Rogers-esque cowboy, and Rickman’s delightfully evil Hans Gruber became the prototype for action bad guys. 30 years and 4 sequels later, James Mottram and David S. Cohen along with Insight Editions bring you Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History. This epic 230+ page book is the perfect holiday gift for the Die Hard enthusiast in your life.

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Book Review: Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History Of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction
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Paperback Crush review

Paperback Crush
The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Gabrielle Moss
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: October 30, 2018

“What exactly are computers — like, are they magic boxes that can force you to switch bodies with your boyfriend?” – Changing Places

Bummer Summer
Slam Book
The New Jessica
Twice Taken
Boys Are Yucko!

Does anyone remember these titles? These and hundreds of others delighted adolescents and teens of the ’80s and ’90s, when they swarmed WaldenBooks for the latest titles and devoured words. Gabrielle Moss has put together a lovely thick volume of teenage crushes, jealousy, horror, and happiness in Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction.

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Flame Tree Press Spotlight: “Fiction Without Frontiers”
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Flame Tree Press contest

Flame Tree Press is an exciting publisher, newly launched, and I have to say… some of these titles give me the shivers. With influences ranging from the macabre to the modern, the novels spouting forth from this press is sure to delight those who love to be thrilled.

Check out some of the horror and sci-fi titles below.

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Book Spotlight: Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery
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Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery
Paperback | Kindle
Compiled and written by Becket
Introduction by Anne Rice
Publisher: Anchor Books
Release Date: October 23, 2018

I have long been a fan of Anne Rice because of the way she blends the supernatural or preternatural with the sensual or suggestive. This sense of familiarity binds the characters together in such a way that we, as readers, are enabled to see the similarities in people and places rather than the differences. In Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery we get a full frontal view of this concept without reservation. Read on to find out more!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana: A Visual History
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Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana: A Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
By Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer
Foreword by Joe Manganiello
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Release Date: October 23, 2018

This book made me cry. No, I am not exaggerating, I literally shed tears while I read this. Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana: A Visual History is filled with so much gaming history and nostalgia that I found myself wishing I was a teenager again and could structure my weekends around role playing games and close friends. If nothing else, I sat back and enjoyed the flood of great memories that came as I flipped from page to page. It was both a sad and a happy time spent with this massive tome.

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Contest: Flame Tree Press Book Bundle Giveaway!
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Flame Tree Press contest

Flame Tree Press, a brand new imprint, “fiction without frontiers,” has given us a hardcover prize pack to give away to 3 lucky winners. Packed up just for you are a special bundle of Flame Tree Press’s Fall launch list titles, including The House by the Cemetery by Bram Stoker Award-winning author John Everson; the critically acclaimed new book from Jonathan Janz, The Siren and the Specter; JD Moyer‘s epic Earth-based science fiction debut The Sky Woman; and the new full-length speculative fiction release from award-winning author Brian Trent, Ten Thousand Thunders — as well as a special edition Flame Tree Press notebook.

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