Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Tech, Tabletop, Comics, Movies and more
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Editor's Note: A quick Google search of the following books, comics will reveal prices. Stores differ online and in-store, so you might want to check places near you in person for their prices. Digital options are also available online.
Books / Comics / Movies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Deluxe Heirloom Edition - Amazon
With a movie releasing in 2016, what better time to catch up on your Jane Austen fan-fic than now? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded version of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. This deluxe heirloom edition includes a new preface by coauthor Seth Grahame-Smith, thirteen oil painting illustrations by Roberto Parada, and a fascinating afterword by Dr. Allen Grove of Alfred University. Best of all, this limited special edition features an incredible 30 percent more zombies—via even more all-new scenes of carnage, corpse slaying, and cannibalism. Complete with a satin ribbon marker and a leatherette binding designed to endure for generations, this hardcover volume honors a masterpiece of classic zombie literature.
Room - Amazon
A powerful novel getting a film adaptation, Room is a must-read. The story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother.
A Monster Calls - Amazon
Yet another amazing and emotion novel getting a movie next year, now is the time to read the book. A Monster Calls is an unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy - Amazon
Created by Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki using his son's favorite toys, the book features painstaking recreations of classic movie moments and hilarious new takes on fan-favorite characters and themes. Informative captions give technical details for each scene, while anecdotes from Lehtimäki offer background insights to his creative process.
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Novels
Star Wars: Aftermath - Amazon
Aftermath sees the beginnings of a new government in the wake of the Empire's losses during the Battle of Endor, and features at least one fan favorite character from the Star Wars films.
Star Wars: Lost Stars - Amazon
This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends--Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell--who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart? Star Wars: Lost Stars also includes all-new post-Star Wars: Return of the Jedi content, as well as hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-read for all Star Wars fans.
Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure - Amazon
Princess Leia returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set betweenStar Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, the story follows the warrior princess as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the evil Galactic Empire.
Star Wars: Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure - Amazon
Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team-up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone's favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion.
Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure - Amazon
Luke Skywalker returns for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set betweenStar Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores a dangerous duel between Luke and a strange new villain.
Marvel's Star Wars Comic
Marvel's Star Wars comics (13 issues)- Marvel
Set between the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Marvel presents the best Star Wars comics ever. Get ready to follow the adventures of your favorite characters like Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.
Star Wars: Lando comic- Marvel
You know him...you love him...now, join him for his biggest caper as master of charm Lando Calrissian gets his very own comic book! Before he joined the rebellion, before he ran Cloud City, Lando made his way in the galaxy getting by on some swindles, some swagger, and a smile. Lobot at his side, Lando has a plan to steal a very valuable ship...but has he bitten off more than he can chew?
Star Wars: Vader Down #1- Marvel
When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the Rebel Fleet on his own, the rebels will learn the true strength of the Dark Side of the Force! Once Vader crashes on a nearby planet, the Rebellion is willing to risk everything for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to take out one of their biggest enemies!
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire (4 issues)- Marvel
For the first time in the new Star Wars canon, journey into the time after the end of Return of the Jedi! Writer Greg Rucka (PUNISHER, WOLVERINE, Gotham Central) and artist Marco Checchetto (AVENGERS WORLD, PUNISHER) take us past the destruction of the second Death Star into the chaos of a Shattered Empire.
Avengers: Age of Ultron - $22.49 Amazon
Marvel Studios unleashes the next global phenomenon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- Avengers: Age of Ultron. Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark unwittingly creates Ultron, a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve "world peace" via mass extinction. Now Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk -- alongside Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury -- must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind.
Star Wars Trilogy - $34.96 Amazon
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens releasing in theaters on December 18, and Star Wars Rebels making a splash on Disney XD, the original Star Wars Trilogy on Blu-ray is the perfect gift for you child. Episodes 4 throug 6 are fun for the whole family!
Blade Runner 30th Anniversary - $13.89 Amazon
With Blade Runner 2 a go, what better time to revisit the Ridley Scott classic. In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specializes in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when four replicants escape from an off-world colony to Earth. The #1 sci-fi film of all time is captured in this 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD and 30th Anniversary commemorative gift set. The set includes: the final cut on Blu-ray and DVD.The 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition box set features an all-new concept spinner car, action Lenticular and a 72-page art production book with never-before-seen Ridley sketches, poster art and photos from the set.
Ant-Man - $29.98 Amazon
Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must channel his inner hero and help his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of ruthless villains! With humanity's fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. Filled with humor, awesome special effects and exclusive bonus features.
Jurassic World - $14.96 Amazon
The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park's attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities. When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it's up to Owen and Claire to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - $19.99 Amazon
With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt out in the cold, a new threat -- called the Syndicate -- soon emerges. The Syndicate is a network of highly skilled operatives who are dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. Faced with what may be the most impossible mission yet, Ethan gathers his team and joins forces with Ilsa Faust, a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of this deadly rogue nation.