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Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon

Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon
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The greatest movie never made is now a book: Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon is a collection of 10 smaller books that includes the last draft of the script and thousands of scouting photos.

The Good Men Project

The Good Men Project
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The Good Men Project is an anthology of 31 essays about what it means to be a man today in America; nuanced yet covering a broad range, it’s available both in book and DVD form.

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Good Eats: Early Years

Good Eats: Early Years
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Yes, we have a man crush on Alton Brown; Good Eats: The Early Years packs 140 recipes and 1000+ pics from his Food Network TV show, known for its geeky approach to cooking.

A Boy Who Harnessed Wind

A Boy Who Harnessed Wind
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a book about Malawian William Kamkwamba: as a teen, he brought electricity to his home by building a windmill from little more than junk parts.

Book: Logicomix

Book: Logicomix
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Break out the axioms, because Logicomix is a comic book for math geeks and philosophers; it’s based on Bertrand Russell’s life and features other logic-driven luminaries.

Dr. Grordbort’s Victory

Dr. Grordbort’s Victory
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Now available for Victorian men and women: Dr. Grordbort’s Victory is a steampunk-themed book that delves into the backstories and mythos behind Weta’s collectible ray-gun line.

Book: xkcd volume 0

Book: xkcd volume 0
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Everyone’s favorite stick figure web comic finally goes pulpy: xkcd: volume 0 is now available (link: Randall Munroe’s book tour schedule); a portion of profits will go to charity.

Book: Glitch

Book: Glitch
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No, your monitor isn’t acting up: Iman Moradi’s Glitch: Designing Imperfection is part coffee table art book, part technological disaster with 206 images of glorious computer foul-ups.

Book: An Awesome Book

Book: An Awesome Book

An Awesome Book may be for kids, but Dallas Clayton’s message appeals to all ages: remarkably popular for an indie-published book, he donates one book for each one sold.

Book: The Flavor Bible

Book: The Flavor Bible
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The Flavor Bible is a must for cooking and cocktail mixologists with an alphabetical listing of flavors and ingredients; it also includes short essays on regional tastes and from chefs.

The Art of Street Fighter

The Art of Street Fighter
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Available 10/14/09, SF20: The Art of Street Fighter is a 320 page uber-tome packed with 1,500 illustrations that span the SF universe, including sketches, concepts and promo art.

Toon Treasury of Comics

Toon Treasury of Comics
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Written for children, but The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics is also a good find for graphic novel enthusiasts; it’s a collection from the 40s-60s, the Golden Age of comics.

Book: The Complete Vader

Book: The Complete Vader
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Our favorite force chokin’ Sith Lord gets his own 192 page opus with Star Wars: The Complete Vader; it includes spreads, inserts and an autographed bookplate label by the authors.

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After Deluge: New Orleans

After Deluge: New Orleans
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Acclaimed as a web comic by Rolling Stone, Newsweek and more, New Orleans After the Deluge is now available in hardcover form; it illustrates the true stories of six Katrina survivors.

Bookmark II

Bookmark II

Propaganda’s Bookmark II has us wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” it’s a rubber band that straps around your book with one killer feature: an arrow to keep your place in the text.

Book: Leviathan

Book: Leviathan
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Written by Scott Westerfeld with drawings by Keith Thompson, Leviathan is steampunk with a twist: set in WWI, the Germans use steam-driven machines while the British use organic tech.

Book: Socialnomics

Book: Socialnomics
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Whether online or offline, small or large, business owners young and old should read Socialnomics; it discusses social media and business with case studies and real world examples.

Green Beret Survival Manual

Green Beret Survival Manual
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Filled with 200 how-to illustrations and survival training information, the Green Beret Survival Manual is written by 25-year Special Forces vet and Spec Ops president Myke Hawk.

Book: Where’s Stig?

Book: Where’s Stig?
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Think of it as Where’s Waldo for the V8 crowd: Where’s Stig is a collaboration between the BBC’s Top Gear and illustrator Rod Hunt, best known for his quirky isometric vector art.

Book: Pocket Ref

Book: Pocket Ref
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As seen on Mythbusters: the Pocket Ref, 3rd Edition is a compendium of seemingly inane but useful tips for geeks; it’s 440 pages of info on wiring, carpentry, first aid and more.

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CYOA Flow Chart

CYOA Flow Chart

Calling all Choose Your Own Adventure fans: designer Michael Niggel mapped out all possible endings for one book, Journey Under the Sea; not surprisingly, most endings are bad.

Absinthe & Flamethrowers

Absinthe & Flamethrowers
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William Gurstelle’s Absinthe & Flamethrowers is a book that puts the dangerous in DIY: it includes risky, but well-engineered guides that include eating fugu and making your own flamethrower.

Book: Geektastic

Book: Geektastic
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From Star Wars to Star Trek and cosplay to fan fics, Geektastic has it all; it’s a collection of short stories by best selling young adult literature authors for just about every flavor of geek.

Harry Potter Paperback Set

Harry Potter Paperback Set
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Now available: the Harry Potter Paperback Set includes all seven books of J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed series, and at a reasonable price compared to B&M stores with $3 shipping.

Book: The Geek Atlas

Book: The Geek Atlas
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Travel need not be trite for educated tourists: The Geek Atlas is a guide to 128 brainy worldwide destinations, including Bletchley Park, Alan Turing’s Memorial and the Trinity Test Site.

SIMbook

SIMbook
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They won’t fit in your cellphone, but SIMbooks provide a decidedly low-tech, but robust way to “back up” your data; that is, assuming you still remember how to “write” and “read.”

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