THE BEST Books

SkyMaul 2

SkyMaul 2

Kasper Hauser’s latest parody of the infamous SkyMall inflight magazine, which advertises quirky items. SkyMaul 2 ups the weirdness with ideas like a karaoke set that contains only history’s greatest speeches. SkyMaul 1 here.

Alex Gross: Future Tense

Alex Gross: Future Tense

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.”

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The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire

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.

The Best American Comics 2014

The Best American Comics 2014

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.)

Modern Classic Cocktails

Modern Classic Cocktails

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.

You Have to F***ing Eat

You Have to F***ing Eat

(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.

Amazon Kindle Voyage

Amazon Kindle Voyage

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.

Randall Munroe: What If?

Randall Munroe: What If?

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.

99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle…

99 Ways to Open a Beer Bottle…

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.

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds

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).

Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Amazon Kindle Unlimited

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.

Manga Shakespeare

Manga Shakespeare

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.

The Bible of Barbecue

The Bible of Barbecue

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.

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Chineasy

Chineasy

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.

The Drinkable Book

The Drinkable Book

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.

The Portlandia Activity Book

The Portlandia Activity Book

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.

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.

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.

The Bike Deconstructed

The Bike Deconstructed

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.

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.

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Movies R Fun!

Movies R Fun!

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.

Vader’s Son & Princess Figures

Vader’s Son & Princess Figures

A 2-in-1 bundle of Jeffrey Brown’s children’s comic books Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess. It comes with two maquettes featuring the titular characters. The Son and Princess sets are also available separately.

How to Archer

How to Archer

Sterling Archer provides sage advice for spies, from dressing for success, to personal grooming, to taking down foes, to fixing the perfect cocktail, to seducing the ladies. Browse inside the book here. Say, that cover sure looks familiar.

Mytro

Mytro

Author John Biggs may be known for his work at TechCrunch and Gizmodo, but he’s also been writing an adventure trilogy for young adults about a secret underground train system that connects New York and the rest of the world.

The Library: A World History

The Library: A World History

A book by architecture historian James W.P. Campbell and photographer Will Pryce. It features over 80 libraries from around the world and from different eras, “from ancient Mesopotamia to modern China.” More on CNN.

Echolilia

Echolilia

Timothy Archibald’s photography book features images of his autistic son Elijah when the boy was five up until he was seven years old. The photos are blunt expressions of powerlessness and alienation, but also filled with wonder and beauty.

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