2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Books Worthy Of Wrapping (Part 1)

Hard to believe that it is already November.  It’s supposed to be 90 degrees here in the OC today!  We wanted to start this years gift guide ideas off with books.  Books ALWAYS make great gifts.  I know you can get them digitally and book stores are disappearing at an alarming rate but there is something special about books that make them the perfect gift.  Here are a few that we found entertaining.  There is something here for everyone on your list. Check these out and get them before it’s too late.

The Art Of Assassin’s Creed III:  This one is from Titan Publishing and is a must for fans of the incredibly successful game franchise.  This over-sized book is packed with never-before-seen concept art along with artists commentary from the Ubisoft studio that explores the vision and development of the extraordinarily breathtaking. With legendary heroes of American history, vistas and cityscapes, frozen winter landscapes, threats from the natural world, weather systems and a wholly new environment for any Assassin so far, it’s all here in this book.  The Art Of Assassin’s Creed III is a visual testimony to the extraordinarily breathtaking art of this groundbreaking game.  Click HERE to order yours.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin: Please tell me that you have already read Justin Cronin’s first book in this triology, The Passage.  If not then you now have 2 books that you need to get.  In The Twelve by Ballantine Books, Cronin returns us to the post apocalyptic world we left behind at the end of The Passage.  The characters are compelling, the evil they encounter is all consuming and the way Cronin crafts this story will keep you up late into the wee hours of the night feverishly turning the pages with the bed covers pulled up tight and all the lights on.

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.  Taking elements from Stephen King and J.R. Tolkien, Cronin has secured his spot as a force to reckon with in the horror genre.  Much like The Passage, The Twelve has left us DYING for the next book, the final installment in this series.  Click HERE to get your copy.

Star Wars – The Old Republic Encyclopedia: Big news last week with the announcement from Disney and Lucasfilms.  The fact that there are 3 more, (and possibly 3 more after THAT) Star Wars movies coming out has literally kept me up at night pondering the possibilities.  With Star Wars- The Old Republic Encyclopedia by DK Publishing we get the definitive guide to the epic conflict.

This book is the essential in-depth guide to the characters, weapons, vehicles, events and planets of the Star Wars galaxy during the turbulent times of the Old Republic.  Featuring stunning artwork from the groundbreaking video game and amazing in-game images, this comprehensive encyclopedia contains knowledge and Star Wars lore that go far beyond the realm of the game.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia provides a unique guided tour of a dangerous, compelling, and mysterious galaxy.  Discover the ancient secrets of the tombs of the Korriban, confront the galaxy’s most lethal aliens, and learn about the true origins of the Jedi and Sith – and their  eternal struggle for the fate of the Republic.  Click HERE to order yours.

“Beware the Court of Owls that watches all the time.  Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and time.  They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.”

Batman: The Court of Owls: This hardcover from DC Comics is part of “The New 52” and quite honestly, one of the best comic stories I have read.  Scott Snyder has crafted one of the best Batman stories ever written and paired up artist Greg Capullo it is a must have for any fan of The Dark Knight.

Batman had heard the tales of Gotham City’s Court of Owls.  Meeting in the shadows and using the nocturnal bird of prey as their calling card, the members of this powerful cabal are the true rulers of Gotham.  That being said, the Dark Knight had dismissed the stories as rumors and the old wives’ tales.  That oversight was his biggest mistake.

A brutal assassin is sinking his razor-sharp talons into the city’s best and brightest, as well as its most dangerous and deadly.  If the dark legends are true, his masters are more powerful predators than the Batman could ever imagine…and their nests are everywhere…

Click HERE to get yours and discover one of comics best writers, Scott Snyder.

We have another batch of books to recommend so stay tuned for part 2.

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