Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2016: Books, eBooks, and AudioBooks
By Empress Eve
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 12:00 pm
The holiday season is upon us. It’s time for giving and receiving, and what better way to get into the spirit than with gifting some good books. And this year, there’s plenty of selections to choose from for fans of properties like Star Wars, Star Trek, Labyrinth, and the movies of Guillermo del Toro, as well as titles by authors like Stephen King, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, Roger Zelazny, and Greg Cox.
Check out here below our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2016 for Books, eBooks, and Audiobooks for our favorite holiday gift picks for this year for the reader in your life.
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! 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
Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide Hardcover
By Pablo Hidalgo
This is a visual guide to the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which tells the story about the Rebels mission to steal the Death Star plans. This 200-page hardcover includes character profiles, details on new vehicles and mapped-out locations, and photos from the movie. If you know someone who’s really excited for this upcoming film (like me!), which takes place just before the events of the 1977 original film (called A New Hope now), then Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide would make a great gift.
The Star Trek Encyclopedia A Reference Guide to the Future, Revised and Expanded Edition 2-Volume Hardcover Set
By Michael Okuda, Denise Okuda
Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda taken their insanely informative Star Trek Encyclopedia and have revised and expanded it into a massive 2-volume hardcover set, houses in an attractive slipcase. Anyone big into Star Trek would love to get this set, even if they already own the previous paperback editions.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Hardcover | Kindle
By J.K. Rowling
Best-selling Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling goes back to the beloved wizarding universe with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book, which is actually the script for the London stage play that features a new story. In it, Harry Potter is now a husband and father of three small children, and working at the Ministry of Magic. Fans of the books will definitely want to read this new tale.
Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters Inside His Films, Notebooks, and Collections Hardcover
Written by Guillermo del Toro | Illustrated by Guy Davis
Fans of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro know that there’s a lot going on in that man’s head, thanks to films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak. A new full-color oversized hardcover book, Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, showcases del Toro’s artwork, pages from his journals, and personal art and pop culture collections, which he keeps at his “Bleak House,” and includes interviews with the filmmakers and his peers. Fans of del Toro will definitely love to delve into the mind of this visionary creator with this new book.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth Inside the Creation of a Modern Fairy Tale Hardcover
Written by Nick Nunziata and Mark Cotta Vaz | Foreword by Guillermo del Toro
If you’re looking for gifts for someone who’s a fan of Guillermo del Toro, chances are, they like his 2006 dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth. This new full-color oversized hardcover book Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, was created for the 10th anniversary of the film and goes behind-the-scenes of its making, with details on the creative process, the production, and more. The book also includes additions components inserted throughout the pages, like additional sketches and overlays.
Bundle this book up with Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters to make a great gift for someone special.
Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box Hardcover
By Steve Mockus
The Cthulhu: The Ancient One Tribute Box is insanely adorable and is essential for worshippers of the Great Old One. This set comes with a hand-painted figurine of Cthulhu with a stand suitable for an altar (or, you know, a bookcase), and comes with a small, 48-page hardcover booklet that covers H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book Paperback
By Alan Robert
The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book, by comic book artist/creator and Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert, is certainly gorgeous and perfect for horror fans. I spent a lot of time coloring in this one, so I can tell you it’s not only soothing, but fun. While the artwork is more intricate and meant for adults, children into creepy stories can also appreciate this one.
Star Wars Propaganda A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Pablo Hidalgo
Star Wars Propaganda is an oversized art book with full-color graphics based on the Star Wars universe, so it will definitely appeal to the average fan of the franchise. But, this slipcased hardcover book from Harper Design also provides a detailed in-universe history for each piece, which diehards will absolutely love. It also comes with 10 prints that are ready for framing.
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History Hardcover
Written by Paula M. Block, Terry J. Erdmann | Foreward by Toby Froud | Introduction by Brian Henson
Created in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Labyrinth, this oversized hardcover book provides a visual history the 1986 musical fantasy film, which starred Jennifer Connelly as a young girl who must to save her baby brother from Jareth the Goblin King, played by David Bowie. The book includes interviews, concept art, behind-the-scenes images, and photos from the production, directed by Jim Henson, and featuring his puppet creations.
Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom Hardcover
Written by Robb Pearlman | Illustrated by Anna-Maria Jung
Disguised as a children’s book, Star Trek: Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom offers up adult humor based on the premise that any officer in Star Trek wearing a red uniform will likely bit the dust. A fun little illustrated book, this one will definitely be appreciated by Trek fans who understand the red-shirt heartache. At only $10, this makes a great stocking stuffer.
Metallica: Back to the Front A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour Hardcover
By Matt Taylor | Foreword by James Hetfield | Afterword by Ray Burton
Metallica: Back to the Front is the ultimate in reading material for fans of old-school Metallica. This oversized hardcover book contains tons of rare photos of the band back in their early days with bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed a tour bus accident while they were in Europe playing in support of their album Master Of Puppets. Not just a visual experience, the book also gives a very detailed account of Metallica’s history, and hones in on the events surrounding the fatal crash that took Burton’s life and change the band’s course forever.
Star Trek: Vulcan Hidden Universe Travel Guide Book 1 Paperback
By Dayton Ward | Art by Livio Ramondelli and Peter Markowski
Star Trek: Vulcan is the first book in Insight Editions’ Hidden Universe Travel Guide Book series, and it centers on the home planet of Spock from the Star Trek franchise. Writer Dayton Ward, who’s no stranger to the Trek universe, creates a travel guide book here that will make you wish there really was a planet like this to go to. Packed with fun trips and tidbits about Spock’s home world, as well as beautiful illustrations, Star Trek: Vulcan makes a great, fun gift for anyone who loves Star Trek, and especially its fan-favorite character Spock.
The Complete Marvel Cosmos Hidden Universe Travel Guide, Book 2
With Notes by the Guardians of the Galaxy Paperback
Written by Marc Sumerak
For those not up for a trip to the Star Trek planet Vulcan, there’s always a tour through the Marvel universe. The Complete Marvel Cosmos, Book 2 of Insight Editions’ Hidden Universe Travel Guide Book series, will help your gift recipient plan a vacation to places like Asgard, the Kree Empire, or right here on Earth to Doctor Doom’s Latveria, Black Panther’s Wakanda. Like a typical travel guide, this one includes places to see, foods to eat, and how to get around, all with tips from the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Drax, and of course, Groot.
Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years Hardcover
Foreword by Nicholas Meyer
Star Trek celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, so Titan Books put together this oversized hardcover art book with commissions from 50 artists that feature scenes and characters from the original series, as well as some from The Next Generation. Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years has beautiful, unique creations from talented artists, and is a wonderful, commemorative item for the anniversary.
Dead Jack And The Pandemonium Device Paperback | Kindle
By James Aquilone
A Kickstarter success, Dead Jack And The Pandemonium Device offers up author James Aquilone‘s first full-length book with a great new zombie detective story. A bunch of us here at GoD got to read an advanced copy of the story, and it was great, so we’re really proud of James (an alumnus of Doom) and his first published novel. The book also includes a previously published early Dead Jack short story, along with bonus materials.
Star Wars: Catalyst, the new novel by James Luceno, gives us a prequel story to the upcoming feature film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story centering on scientist Galen Erso, who believes his research will be used for good, but Palpatine’s people plan to use it to create the ultimate superweapon, the Death Star. A definitely must-read before Rogue One, which sees Galen’s daughter Jyn in the lead. Also, I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by Jonathan Davis, who does a great job setting the stage for all these new characters, giving them different voices. The audiobook also includes sound effects familiar to the Star Wars universe.
Another great original Star Wars novel to choose from this year is Star Wars: Ahsoka, which is a new adventure starring Ahsoka Tano, one of the lead characters in the animated series The Clone Wars. This 400-page young adult novel takes place after she’s left the Jedi Order at the end of The Clone Wars, but before she appears in the current animated series Star Wars Rebels, and sees her struggling to make a new life for herself, especially since the pull of the Rebel Alliance is strong. For people who enjoy audiobooks, this will be a real treat, because the voice of Ahsoka, Ashley Eckstein, narrates the book, and does so enthusiastically and will the aid of classic Star Wars sound effects.
Star Wars: Goodnight Darth Vader / Darth Vader and Friends Deluxe Box Set Hardcover
By Jeffrey Brown
This deluxe oversized slipcovered box set from Chronicle books contains two hardcover books from author Jeffery Brown’s illustration Star Wars storybooks, Star Wars: Goodnight Darth Vader and Darth Vader and Friends, and includes two separate frameable art prints. This one is nice for kids, who will enjoy reading Darth Vader’s adventures with his children Luke and Leia when they were every little, but is even more fun for adults who grew up seeing the Dark Lord of the Sith wielding his dark side Force powers.
It’s Different Every Day Page-A-Day Calendar 2017 Calendar A Day to Day Calendar
By Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel
Suicide Squad: The Official Movie Novelization Paperback | Kindle
Written by Marv Wolfman
Jack of Shadows Rediscovered Classics Series Paperback | Kindle
By Roger Zelazny | Foreword by Joe Haldeman
Chicago Review Press
Star Trek: Legacies: Book 3: Purgatory’s Key Paperback | Kindle
By Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Prey: Book 1: Hell’s Heart Paperback | Kindle
By John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: Prey Book 2: The Jackal’s Trick Paperback | Kindle
By John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: Prey Book 3: The Hall of Heroes Paperback | Kindle
By John Jackson Miller
Recommendations by Stoogeypedia
Art of Atari Hardcover | Kindle
By Tim Lapetino | Foreword by Ernest Cline | Afterword by Robert V. Conte
Art of Atari, a lavish book which covers all things visually historic and celebratory regarding the storied, pioneering video game company, is without question a must-have book for the video game zealot, the pop culture maven, or the scores of gamers in between. Done with expertly meticulous research both textually and graphically, the entire history of the company starting from 1972 is covered within this 352-page full-color hardcover, which shows all of their gaming products, packaging, advertisements, catalogs, and much more.
Less of a novel and more of an interactive immersion into the world that David Lynch so hauntingly brought to the small screen, this is a must have for any Twin Peaks fan. Slow to start but full of answers (and more questions you might not have thought to ask), the vastness of the show is explored with deliberate patience and skill. It is the perfect gift for that “hard to shop for” person who is anxiously awaiting Season 3 that is coming next year.
Due out in November, this latest adventure of Lestat de Lioncourt, arguably Anne Rice‘s most beloved character, takes the reader far beneath anything she’s ever written on this world. Possessed by the spirit of a creature that once created and ruled over a kingdom that many consider myth, Lestat is shown the rise and fall of Atlantis. But can this being from ancient vampire lore be overcome or has the time come for this omnipotent and omniscient ancient one to rule again? Exploring the depths of power like never before, Rice has taken her vampire prince on a most terrible journey in Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.
The passing of one of music’s most influential artists, Leonard Cohen, has sent a ripple through the musical community. For almost fifty years, Cohen touched the very souls of those who would listen. This book chronicles his life in such detail that you feel as if you are standing beside this legend, feeling his pain, his love, his sorrow. This is the complete story, examining his early poetry and prose in addition to his prolific tunes. I personally will be giving this book to a few friends this year to celebrate the life of an artist that helped shape my soul.
Beyond the Ice Limit: A Gideon Crew Novel Hardcover | Paperback
By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing
Finally, the sequel to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s thriller from 2000, The Ice Limit, has arrived. Set just a few years after the original book, this one picks up on the astounding cliffhanger with which readers were left. The loss of almost every crew member involved came about while trying to retrieve a meteorite that was found in an extreme southern part of the world. But all is not as it seemed. The massive meteorite seemed to have a mind of it’s own, causing catastrophe time and again. When finally it was lost at sea, there was a sigh of relief. But not for long. New studies indicate it was never a rock at all, it might well be alive!
Monsters and Heroes of the Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book Paperback
By Dungeons & Dragons
More than sixty pages ready to be colored, topped off by 16 fully colored illustrations to inspire you to do more than just color in the lines? Yeah, that’s what’s in this softbound collection of amazing. Whether it’s for you or for someone else, you are going to be stunned by the beautiful artwork that is almost begging to be filled in. The skill level for this is higher than your average coloring book, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with Monsters and Heroes of the Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Book.
Volo’s Guide to Monsters – Limited Edition Cover Hardcover
By Dungeons & Dragons
Aladdin’s lamp and its djinn occupant are real and sought after by The Forty. That’s right… as in Ali Baba. That is the quest our modern day Librarians are sent on, before they really know who or what they are looking for. Their Librarian recruiter, Flynn Carsen, thought he solved this case in 2006, when he ran solo (okay – with a cute little museum lady). The djinn is no flashy, funny, always-ready-with-a-musical-number type of genie. The Librarians and The Lost Lamp, a novel with an original adventure based on the TNT series, The Librarians, and author Greg Cox understands these characters and their quirks just as well as the writers of the show. Baird, Stone, Ezekial, Cassandra, Carsen, and even Jenkins were written with the actors’ versions of these characters in mind, and they moved as I expected them to. This is a quick, fun read, with adventure and harrowing situations at every turn, just like the show. If you love the movie or the TV series, you will love this book. It is an interesting story that I would not mind seeing as an episode (especially with… spoiler alert! Flying carpets).
Wonder Women 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History Hardcover | Kindle
By Sam Maggs | Illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs is a wonderful and necessary read. Although it says 25 women, there are so many more women in here than that, including some Q&As with some incredible females. Without these gender rule-breaking phenomenons, women would not be doctors (thank you Blackwell sisters in the 19th century!), we would not have paper bags (thank you Margaret Knight!), and the feeding tube would be fiction (thank you Bessie Blount Griffin!). And there’s so much more. You think of how hard women have it now, fighting stereotypes in this man’s world to this day, and you just marvel at the success through the struggle during less enlightened times. Not only does Maggs present their awesomeness with a sardonic wit needed to deride the patriarchal stage these fantastic women performed on, she is the gender defender at every turn. If only these brainiac ladies had Maggs by their side in their own time.
The Art of the Strain Hardcover
By Robert Abele | Forward by Guillermo del Toro
With a forward by creator Guillermo del Toro, The Art of the Strain by Robert Abele has glorious illustrations of the creepy FX show from sketch to concept. Check out the evolution of the Master and his strigoi, in sketches and color drawings, and then to the makeup artist chair, as an actor gets globs of fake skin glued to his face. Enjoy the detailed character descriptions and the choreographed movements of the strigoi extras. There’s just so much!
This beautiful book is a must have for any fan of The Strain, for any fan of horror, and really… for any fan of art.
Peter ClinesEx-Heroes series has examined the”super” interesting “what would you (superheroes) do” scenario – Clines has his own “metahumans,” both heroes and villains. And sometimes… not even human. Once the “Ex” dust settles, what is life like for these heroes that live amongst the humans, and the little society they have created? Ex-Isle is that story. A mysterious man-made island was found out at sea by Zzapp (who can turn into a traveling bolt of lightning) – an island made of many ships and boats tied together. Together he, St George (can fly, jump crazy heights, has impenetrable skin), and Corpse Girl (not an ex, is dead, can regenerate when ripped apart, mind almost erases every day) go to check it out, and hopefully rescue some people. They definitely find some people, but it is not what they were expecting. You can expect the unexpected in this novel.
Stephen King finishes his Mercedes Killer Trilogy with End of Watch. In 2009, a suicide obsessed killer drove a Mercedes-Benz through a crowd of unemployed, waiting for a job fair to open up, murdering and maiming as many as he could. Retired cop Bill Hodges, obsessed about catching “Mr. Mercedes,” cannot stop the chase. With the help of a young boy and a a woman with “graying hair and the face of a neurotic teenager,” the trio managed to put the killer, Brady Hartsfield, down and in a coma. Mr. Mercedes was riveting excitement on every page. Finders Keepers, puts Hartsfield’s story on hold as Hodges, Jerome, and Holly reunite to save a boy from an author-obsessed lunatic killer. Although it strayed from the first novel, the connecting tendrils satisfied that basic reader need. In End of Watch, Brady Hartsfield is awake and plotting, and it’s up to Hodges and the gang to stop him. King gives a satisfying end to this thrilling story.
For a novel that does double duty as an entertaining read AND a recipe book for your holiday cocktails, Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge: A Novel of Magic and Mixology by Paul Krueger is the way to go. Bailey used to go through life living at the top – excellent grades, choices of top schools, a bright future. How did she end up cleaning vomit and running glassware for her high school BFF? AND… she’s back living with her parents. One night, she closes up, but finds a secret stash of liquor and makes herself a glowing screwdriver for the road. She gets powers, and the door opens to the secret world of bartenders who protect the world from disgusting demons. Every drink gives off a different power, and the novel also serves as a magical recipe book. Turns out demons aren’t the only things she has to fight. Read and find out!
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Paperback | Kindle
By Ryan North
Ryan North gives us a childhood gift in Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure. So much fun and a completely “novel” idea! I LOVED “Choose Your Own Adventure” books as a kid. Sometimes I let the pages take me where they may, and sometimes I made markers in the book so I could backtrack between choices, afraid I would miss reading every single word. So what if Juliet accepted her mother’s choice and married Paris instead of Romeo? What if Romeo waited just a few extra minutes before drinking the poison? This story has been adapted, retold, reimagined, and regurgitated in so many ways. There’s a reason Romeo and Juliet is one of the most (if not THE most) famous Shakespeare play of all time. As we read and watch, one keeps hoping the outcome will be different, less tragic… and it never is. But what if it could be? Check out this book to find out all the possibilities.
With this first installment in a new 5-book series, Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan has done it again with his thoroughly enjoyable mythical world, in The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle. He chose one of the best gods to be the main character, Apollo, who is so full of himself, he actually is one of those macho teenage boys on the inside. Unfortunately, he’s been turned into one of those gawky, insecure teenage boys on his outside. Apollo, Greek god of the sun, music, art, poetry, prophecy, healing, and plague, and the most perfectly, perfect god (according to himself), has gotten himself in trouble once again with his dad. When your dad is Zeus, god of thunder and king of all Olympians, the punishment can tend to be quite long, arduous, and definitely on the unpleasant side. And is there anything more unpleasant than becoming a teenage mortal boy? Apollo needs help and there’s only one place that can really help him – Camp Half-Blood. The humor throughout the book is rampant, with new characters highlighted for their quirks (advertising geyser – you’ll see).
Grady Hendrix‘s fascinating novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Abby and Gretchen have been BFFs from the moment Gretchen showed up to her 10th birthday party… the only one who showed up… and they bonded over roller skating and a split lip. The friendship deepened with secrets, sleepovers, and coded conversations. Until one day, as teenagers, they took LSD with 2 other friends, and Gretchen disappeared into the water. When she was found, there was profound relief, but then… Gretchen starts acting weird. She says invisible hands are touching her, scratching at her. She stops caring about how she looks, stops bathing, starts becoming more withdrawn, and says mean things – some of which are true, but who tells the truth so plainly in high school? Abby is freaking out, because it seems as if nobody at this rich preppie school even cares, and nobody at Gretchen’s house is facing the truth either. It even takes Abby a while to figure out the true cause, and she only does after a traveling evangelical show passes by the school.
Fellside Hardcover | Kindle
By M.R. Carey
Orbit Books | Hachette Book Group
Fellside by M.R. Carey is one of those unexpected treasures, a novel so layered and full, the warmth of finishing a good book lasts longer than usual. It is the story of Jess, a heroin addict, a burn victim, an amnesiac, and… a murderer. She does not really remember what happened, but she knows she must be guilty, even if it was not intentional. She feels so guilty she just wants to die – she deserves it. But something pulls her back… something so unbelievable that it gives her a spark of purpose in this hell of a prison, where most are corrupt on both sides of the law. Alex Beech – the boy she befriended and burned to death.
Reports of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy Hardcover | Kindle
By Wayne Gladstone
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood Paperback | Kindle
By Lara Parker
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.