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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2020: Books, eBooks, and AudioBooks
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Holiday Book Gift Guide 2020

It’s truly been one helluva year. Our lives have been turned upside down because of a global pandemic and most things we felt were “normal” are not anymore. Thankfully, the act of gift-giving remains the same. And as I always say, a book is a fantastic gift to give and receive. Reading books and listening to audiobooks helped get a lot of people through some frightening times this year, and will continue to do so in the coming months. So why not gift some books to your friends and family to provide some comfort and entertainment while we wait for “normal” to return? This year saw a lot of great releases, including lots of attractive reissues of works from the great J.R.R. Tolkien; plenty of new adventures for Star Trek, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and The Dresden Files; biographies from the world of heavy metal; some scary, yet fun Yuletide tales; and much much more.

Check out here below our Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2020 for Books, eBooks, and Audiobooks for our favorite holiday gift picks for the readers in your life.

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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2020: Dungeons & Dragons
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Holiday Dungeons and Dragons Gift Guide 2020

2020 has been a year to remember, of that there is no doubt. But while we have had to learn to social distance and protect one another by wearing masks, one thing has remained consistent: Wizards of the Coast (and others) delivered treasure after treasure throughout this year and it might be the only thing that has kept me sane. New Dungeons & Dragons books and accessories have been released that any player or Dungeon Master will want to add to their collection. Below are a few, and I do mean just a few, of the plethora of items from this pandemic-infested cycle. Undoubtedly, you will find something for a friend or family member, but do not forget to get yourself a little something, too!

Here’s the 2020 Holiday Geek Gift Guide: Dungeons & Dragons Edition.

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Book Review: Echoes of Darkness: Book 2 in the Echoes Trilogy by Cheryl Campbell
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Echoes of Darkness
Book 2 in the Echoes Trilogy
Paperback | Kindle
By Cheryl Campbell
Publisher: Sonar Press
Paperback release date: October 5, 2020

The war for Earth between the alien Echo Wardens, who want nothing more than to exterminate all humans, and the partnership between humans and their Echo allies continues to rage on. Dani, a unique Echo ally who regens (ability to die and come back to life at a younger age) to a 10-year girl with few memories, still grows to lead offensive missions to take back their cities. Her sights are set on reclaiming Boston, despite a past that is but a fragment of a horrible memory.

Keep reading for more of Echoes of Darkness: Book Two in the Echoes Trilogy by Cheryl Campbell.

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Fall 2020 Book Recommendations
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Fall 2020 Book Recommendations

Fall is almost here and with it comes lots of great new book releases. I’m an avid reader, but this year thanks to being mostly indoors because of COVID-19, I’ve already read more books in the last six months than I typically do in any given year. Probably three times as many. So, I’m really looking forward to this Fall’s new releases to keep me occupied.

Below are some books I personally am looking forward to this Fall, listed here in order of release date, starting with books releasing in September 2020. After this main list, I’ve included some picks for books that came out earlier this year that maybe you missed, and then some others that are older, but there’s a good reason to get to reading them now.

Continue on to check out my Fall 2020 Book Recommendations….

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Mythic Odysseys Of Theros
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Dungeons & Dragons: Mythic Odysseys Of Theros

Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: July 21, 2020

Greetings from the time of COVID-19, good reader! I only just received this advance copy of Dungeons & Dragons: Mythic Odysseys Of Theros and while I am not very knowledgeable about Magic: the Gathering, I do know a bit more than most about Dungeons & Dragons. From my perspective, this is a new world, a new setting. And regardless of the source material, it is a new role playing source book. But for those who play Magic, this may well something even more special.

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Book Review: Star Trek: The Higher Frontier (TOS) by Christopher L. Bennett
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Star Trek: The Higher Frontier
Star Trek: The Original Series
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Christopher L. Bennett
Publisher: Star Trek/Pocket Books
Release date: March 10, 2020

After the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, James T. Kirk retained command of the U.S.S. Enterprise and he and his trusty crew were assigned a second 5-year mission to explore new worlds. In Star Trek: The Higher Frontier, a new story in The Original Series timeline, Christopher L. Bennett weaves of tale of hatred, destruction, and betrayal, as a group of peaceful telepaths are hunted to near extinction by phantom killers and it’s up to the Enterprise crew to figure out who’s behind these attacks and how to stop them.

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Contest: Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1 by Derek Landy
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UPDATE: Apologies, but there was a glitch with the entry form that’s now been fixed. So please go ahead and fill our your entries now for a chance to win.

This month saw the release of Seasons of War, Book 13 in the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. To help new readers jump into the series, we’re giving away a copy of the paperback edition of Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book, to three (3) lucky readers, courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

TO ENTER: There’s just 1 simple step:

Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!
 

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Contest: Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1 by Derek Landy
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This month saw the release of Seasons of War, Book 13 in the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy. To help new readers jump into the series, we’re giving away a copy of the paperback edition of Skulduggery Pleasant, the first book, to three (3) lucky readers, courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

TO ENTER: There’s just 1 simple step:

Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

Good luck!
 

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Book Review: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel
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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: April 7, 2020

In the 2016 horror novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Grady Hendrix tapped into the “satanic panic” fears of the 1980s with a story set in Charleston, SC, where a high school student must save her possessed best friend’s soul. In the author’s latest novel, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Hendrix returns to the same Charleston neighborhood, but this time to a group of genteel housewives in the 1990s whose only source of entertainment is their monthly book club. That is until James Harris, a charismatic stranger, moves to town with big prospects for the upstanding families that seem too good to be true. And possibly it is, because there’s something strange about this new neighbor who has a condition that makes it difficult for him to be out in daylight, but only one person seems to suspect that something’s amiss.

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eBook Deal: ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ by Grady Hendrix For $1.99
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The enhanced Kindle ebook for Grady Hendrix‘s horror novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism is on sale right now for only $1.99.

This Kindle edition includes ’80s-themed audio, video, and other digital bonus materials, such as Satanic Panic educational pamphlets, a do-it-yourself exorcism cheat sheet, a Spotify playlist of ’80s tunes, animated cover artwork, and more.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism, originally published by Quirk Books in 2016 (you read our review from its release here), is set in 1988 in Charleston, SC, where a high school student struggles to save her best friend’s soul from demonic possession.

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