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Alex Gross: Future Tense

Alex Gross: Future Tense
$30  Buy Link Hat Tip View

Alex Gross’ Future Tense series consists of paintings with a shallow and saccharine beauty, expanding upon “themes of consumerism, industrialization and the omnipresent media” and “our inability to exist in the present moment.”

1 Stars
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The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire
$22-$30  Buy Hat Tip View

Nope, it’s not The Winds of Winter, but this prologue still contains lots of new material for A Song of Ice and Fire fans, including the full family trees of the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens. Sample chapter here.

5 Stars
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The Best American Comics 2014

The Best American Comics 2014
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Scott McCloud selects works from established and up-and-coming artists around the country. Whether you want a laugh, intrigue, romance, or just plain weird, there’s something for everyone in this hardcover book. (Contains adult content.)

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Modern Classic Cocktails

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$19-$26  Buy Hat Tip View

New York’s Death & Co. is regarded as one of the greatest premium cocktail bars in the world. Now you can create nearly 500 drink recipes, designed and curated by the bar, with incredible cocktails like the Shruff’s End and the Hostage Situation.

2 Stars
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You Have to F***ing Eat

You Have to F***ing Eat
$15  Buy Hat Tip View

(NSFW: Language) “You woke me and asked for breakfast, so why the f*** won’t you eat?” Adam Mansbach follows up Go the F*** to Sleep with another faux children’s book about getting kids to eat. Illustrated by Owen Brozman.

7 Stars
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Amazon Kindle Voyage

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$199-$289  Buy Link Hat Tip View

The Kindle Voyage is lighter and smaller than the Kindle Paperwhite. It has a 300ppi touchscreen, an adaptive backlight as well as forward and back page turning haptic sensors on each edge for one-handed use.

1 Stars
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Randall Munroe: What If?

Randall Munroe: What If?
~$15  Buy View

xkcd creator Randall Munroe ponders ridiculous hypothetical questions and answers them with scientific responses. Ever wanted to know what would happen if everyone on the planet jumped at the same time? This is the book for you.

18 Stars
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99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle…

99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle…
$10  Buy View

Bottle openers can be found on all sorts of gadgets these days, but you still never have one when you need one. Brett Stern’s guidebook offers numerous ways to pop open a cold one without an officially-sanctioned opener.

3 Stars
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Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds
$13-$15  Buy Hat Tip View

A new graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Seconds is about a successful young chef who suddenly comes upon magical mushrooms, which let her go back in time to correct her mistakes. Preview here (pdf).

7 Stars
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Amazon Kindle Unlimited

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Like Scribd and Oyster, Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited subscription service aims to be the Netflix of books. Access over 600,000 books and thousands of audiobooks on your Kindle device or through Kindle apps.

2 Stars
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Manga Shakespeare

Manga Shakespeare
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Three Manga illustrators transformed the classics A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello and Romeo and Juliet into Japanese-style cinematic graphic novels, set in a dystopian future Tokyo.

2 Stars
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The Executive Coloring Book

The Executive Coloring Book
$100  Buy Link Hat Tip View

Published in 1961, The Executive Coloring Book is a satirical tale about life as a corporate employee, told in the form of a coloring book. It’s like a Cliffs Notes version of Mad Men, but with less smoking and drinking.

6 Stars
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The Bible of Barbecue

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Not only does it have tips on cooking a good barbecue meal, the book’s pages are cooking tools as well. There’s a knife sharpener, a chopping board, a page made of coal and more. Made by JWT Brazil for Tramontina.

19 Stars
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Chineasy

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$15-20  Buy Link View

Learn how to read over 400 basic Mandarin characters using simple illustrations which help your brain associate words with images. A great coffee table book, but also quite useful if you need to pick up the language in a hurry.

20 Stars
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The Drinkable Book

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The pages of The Drinkable Book contains tips on proper sanitation & hygiene, but more importantly, they’re function as water filters. Each book can provide clean water for up to four years and costs just pennies to make.

26 Stars
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The Portlandia Activity Book

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$21  Buy Link Hat Tip View

An offshoot of the hipster hyperbole TV show, The Portlandia Activity Book is filled with fun activities and ideas like crowdfunding your baby, how to be a critic, a tarot card expansion pack and conversation starters and stoppers.

4 Stars
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What If? The Book

What If? The Book

Physicist and xkcd creator Randall Munroe will soon release a book version of What If?, his funny and enlightening science Q&A series. The book features unpublished articles as well as revised versions of some of the published ones.

13 Stars
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English Words Not on Tests

English Words Not on Tests

English Words That Don’t Appear on Tests (試験に出ない英単語) is a series of Japanese books that teach English through hilarious sentences accompanied by silly illustrations. They’re available at Amazon Japan and E-Hon.

10 Stars
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The Bike Deconstructed

The Bike Deconstructed
$19  Buy View

Chockful of diagrams and explanatory text, Richard Hallett’s visually impressive book provides an in-depth look at not only every detail about how modern bicycles function, but also how they came to be. Informative and beautiful.

6 Stars
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Corpus Libris

Corpus Libris

Emily Pullen’s Corpus Libris (“body of work”) is an ongoing photo essay. Emily and others take pictures of people posing with books in such a way that the books’ cover art appear to be part of their body.

5 Stars
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Movies R Fun!

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The perfect companion to Go the F**k to Sleep, Movies R Fun! features classic scenes from R-rated flicks like Fargo, Alien, The Godfather and Die Hard, illustrated in the style of children’s books. Illustrated by Pixar animator Josh Cooley.

6 Stars
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