Here at Geeks of Doom, we’ve been hard at work putting together some Holiday gift ideas so that those of you who are buying for a geek have a much better idea of what we love, what we want, and what we’re downright twitching to get our hands on. If you’ve missed them, be sure to check out our DVDs & Blu-rays, Video Game, Comic Books, Specialty Items Guides for some Christmas shopping suggestions.
If you’re anything like us, you’re still doing your holiday gift shopping, and luckily there’s still time to order some items online for Christmas Eve delivery. For very last-minute gifts, there’s always a gift card AND now you can also gift someone a Kindle book! To round out our gift suggestions, see below for our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2010: Books. We’ve also included some ordering deadlines.
This is the ebook reader I swear by. With Amazon’s vast catalog of titles, you’ll never have to go to a bookstore again. It’s new high-contrast e-ink screen makes it very easy to read and it’s easy to use. Super light at 8.7 ounces and able to store up to 3,500 ebooks, the Kindle is the perfect device if you’re looking to replace all those books taking up shelf space. Sure, the iPad can do the same thing, but at a fraction of the cost, the Kindle is a perfect gift for that person in your life who never stops reading. The Wi-Fi-only version is $139; the 3G model is $189. Also, now, Amazon makes it easy to “gift” Kindle books to others. Just look for the “Give as a Gift” button on the right on the product page.
Contributed by Cinema Junkie
The New Biographical Dictionary Of Film: Fifth Edition Completely Updated and Expanded By David Thomson Hardcover | Kindle
I already own two editions of David Thomson’s exhaustive and wildly opinionated Biographical Dictionary Of Film. I have, for the good part of nearly twenty years, been going through these volumes and his other books as well. I disagree with a lot of his opinions, but as I get older that is part of the attraction of his work. From what I can tell so far, it is who he leaves out of this latest edition that says more about him than anything else. If you love movies, Thomson’s book belongs on your shelf. The book is a perfect introduction to how David Thomson looks at films and the people who make them. Let me repeat, I disagree with a lot of his opinions, but he writes so well and he really knows film!
If you know anyone who likes to read, and has not yet read The Hunger Games series, this is the gift to give. The Hunger Games takes place in an America after a second civil war. The country has been broken up into 12 districts. It follows a girl, Katnis Everdeen, who has to be part of The Hunger Games, a battle to the death with kids from other districts. One of the best series I’ve read in a long time, the final book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, came out in August. Not a happy set of books by any means, but a great series none the less.
Contributed by Obi-Dan
The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force [Vault Edition]
By Daniel Wallace Hardcover
The force is strong with this one”¦ (Shut up, I had to say that.) The Jedi Path contains everything a young Jedi needs: the history and teachings of the great Jedi masters, including how to use the force. Told by generations of past masters who have added their wisdom through their writings and drawings, the manual is kept in a special vault to keep it from the dark side.
The Making Of The Empire Strikes Back By J.W. Rinzler Hardcover
Everything you need to know about the making of one of the greatest sequels of all time is right here. This is the second “˜Making Of’ book of the original Star Wars trilogy. There are huge amounts of rare behind-the-scenes photographs, original production design sketches and interviews with cast and crew detailing every stage of production. It’s a monster of a book and for you Star Wars fans one you will relish.
Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm By Josh Levine Paperback | Kindle
Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm: two of the funniest, most successful and influential comedy series’ in TV history were created by one man. This biography about Larry David contains episode guides and David’s thoughts on how these shows came about, providing a fascinating insight into one of the most brilliant comedy minds.
Dennis Hopper & the New Hollywood By Matthieu Orlean, Jean-Baptiste Thoret, Bernard Marcade, Pierre Evil Hardcover
This year one of the giants of Hollywood passed away. This book showcases Dennis Hopper’s love for art and film with examples of his favourite works and photographs taken by the actor himself, along with insightful interviews. A beautiful addition to any movie buff’s bookshelf.
Contributed by Jack Bauerstein83
Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20 By Matt Groening Hardcover
If you a Simpsons fanatic in your home or inner circle on your Christmas list, look no further than Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide. Originally published in multiple softcover books, this massive tome collects 20 seasons worth of the longest running cartoon. Each episode is spotlighted, along with memorable quotes, guest stars, and all the couch gags that appeared so far. This book is the perfect additional to anyone who already owns the DVDs or has seen the episodes many times.
Contributed by Empress Eve
Firefly: Still Flying By Joss Whedon with original stories by Ben Edlund, Jane Espenson, Brett Matthews, Jose Molina Paperback
Firefly: Still Flying serves as part fan guide to the short-lived Joss Whedon sci-fi television series Firefly, and part short fiction collection, which original Firefly-themed writings by the show’s writers. This is the third official companion book to the television series and contains never-before-seen photos, production notes, interviews, storyboards, concept art and design specs, cast and crew histories, and behind-the-scenes secrets. A great book to give for those fans who not only want the inside scoop on the series, but miss it enough to want to read some expanded universe stories.
Star Trek: The Original Series 360 By Paula M. Block Hardcover
All I’m saying is someone better get me this for Christmas, because I’m a huge Star Trek fan, especially of the original series, and this book is a detailed authorized guide to the original 1960s television series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. This 744-page hardcover book has interviews with the writers, cast, and crew of the show, behind-the-scenes histories, and in-depth commentary, as well as synopses the 79 episodes of the series. Along with photos and such, there’s also never-before-seen images and stills from the CBS archives, along with newly commissioned photography. A must-have for Trek fans, and a steal right now for under $20!
If you know someone who’s always wanted to get into JK Rowling’s much-beloved Harry Potter books series, then this box set (available in both hardcover and paperback), is the way to go, especially for fans who really love the movies. This box set comes with all 7 books of the series.
You know her as the sexy, tattooed babe of TLC’s reality series LA Ink, but at her core, Kat V Don is an artist who’s serious about work as a tattoo artist. Thanks to her current TV series (as well as Miami Ink, the reality show she was originally on which spun off LA Ink), she’s considered more a celebrity than an artist, but Von D’s new book is a mix of her personalty journals, while she was dating Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, along with her tattoo diaries, where she talks about the clients she’s worked on, their stories, and what those experiences meant to her. There’s tons of photos of her tattoo work, along with a lot of pictures of her personal possessions (many of which were destroyed recently when her house burned down). This book makes a great gift for anyone who’s a fan of Von D, either as a celebrity or an artist, as the photos and the book production are amazing.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History By The Red Hot Chili Peppers Hardcover
The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History is the ultimate gift for any fans of the band, as it looks over their 30-year musical history with over 300 photos, including some nude ones (remember their sock days? yeah, RHCP have a hard time keeping their clothes on), live performances (including some of the wacky outfits/stunts), and personal moments. They’re an electrifying live band, so the photos really capture their essence. Along with all the photos, the band members — Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, and Chad Smith — tell their tale in their own words, their ups and downs, the break-ups, and their rise from obscurity to rock stardom. A great gift for music fans and lovers of the RHCP.
Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film Paperback (Flexibound) By Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly
This 600-page full-color massive book is an encyclopedia of every appearance of a punk in film, with over 1100 movies represented, including some straight-to-VHS gems. There’s also interviews with the cast/creators of such films as Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead, The Decline of Western Civilization, and Valley Girl, along with interviews with musicians like Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Exene Cervenka and John Doe of X. Along with tons of info, the book its packed with loads of photos and movie posters, and is perfect for fans of punk rock who want to take a trip down memory lane with some cult films.
Harry Potter Film Wizardry By Brian Sibley Hardcover
This hardcover photo book is a must-have for fans of the Harry Potter film franchise. Written by Brian Sibley, the beautifully designed book is divided into sections that showcase each main and minor character, locations, like the Burrow, and magical items. There’s also spotlights on each film, as well as interviews with stars Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and producer David Heyman. Throughout this full-color book are prop replicas, like the Marauder’s Map which you can take out and unfold just like in the films. There’s also photos and details from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final two movies, the second of which has not been released, so it makes a nice little sneak peek. From the outside, Harry Potter Film Wizardry looks like a massive tome you’d see in the film, while on the inside it’s a gorgeous, well-made scrapbook with tons of tidbits and details. Any Harry Potter fan would absolutely adore this book.
Contributed by MK2Fac3
75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking By Paul Levitz Hardcover
What tops my personal list of geekdom gifts is 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Written by comic legend, Paul Levitz, the book collects the entire history of DC Comics! I saw this book in person at New York Comic Con, and let me tell you.. it’s beautiful. It’s about half the size of Paul Levitz, and probably twice the weight. If the aspect of owning the a detailed account of everything about DC Comics doesn’t make your geek grow, then I’m very disappointed in you.
Contributed by Jedi Of Doom
Star Wars Republic: Fatal Alliance By Sean Williams Hardcover
For any fan of video games and Star Wars, the book Fatal Alliance lays the ground work for the new MMORPG being developed by LucasArts and BioWare. The story is about an auction in which the featured item is a chest that has something of value in it. The Republic, Jedi, Sith, and Empire all send representatives to the planet where the auction is held. This story is set 3,500 years before the fall of the Republic and rise of the Empire. Each of these representatives is out to steal the piece up for auction. But the only way that is going to happen is for them to work together. I love this book and I think the story is fun and exciting. It truly captures the feel of Star Wars with incredible action and awesome characters. Sean Williams the writer of the books for The Force Unleashed and many other great Star Wars books. He really writes one hell of a story and this should be a must read for anyone interested in the game and any fan of this amazing film franchise.
If you’re ordering through Amazon.com in the United States, here’s their ordering deadlines for delivery on or before Christmas Eve (12/24):
– December 16th – Last day for Free Super Saver Shipping*
– December 20th – Standard Shipping
– December 21st – Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime), Last full day to order two-day
– December 22nd – Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime), order as late as 7pm PST [varies by item]; One-Day Shipping ($3.99 per item with Prime) Last full day to order one-day
– December 23rd – One-Day Shipping ($3.99 per item with Prime), order as late as 3:30pm PST [varies by item]
*Super Saver Shipping is FREE on orders $25 and over.
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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