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The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers

The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers

Back when science fiction was considered pulp fiction, art directors and artists had the freedom to run wild with the cover art for sci-fi books. Nerdwriter pays homage to some of these notable people and their work, and reminds us to have a greater appreciation for cover art.

ABCD: The Rock Alphabet

ABCD: The Rock Alphabet

Illustrator Andrew Morgan’s thick-paged kids book is perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs. But instead of animals and everyday objects, each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a rock and roll god or goddess. He also makes a version for budding rap stars.

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P Is for Pterodactyl

P Is for Pterodactyl

Is your kid good at spelling? Throw ’em a curve ball with P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, an A to Z guide to a few of the many quirks of the English language, with its silent consonants and other rule-breaking pronunciations. (Thanks Nathan!)

How to Camp in the Woods

How to Camp in the Woods

Author Devon Fredericksen presents a comprehensive guide to spending time in the great outdoors. This 304-page hardcover book is packed with useful tips, techniques, and illustrated advice for camping safely and successfully – from choosing your gear, to packing, to setting up and enjoying your campsite.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Folio Society presents a fantastic new hardcover edition of Ray Bradbury’s classic, as the denizens of Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show are brought to life through creepy, intricate illustrations by artist Tim McDonagh. A great gift for any fan of dark fantasy.

Serial Box Audio Stories

Serial Box offers compelling original content in eBook and audio formats. Each episode runs about 40 minutes , with each series running 10 to 16 weeks. Choose from sci-fi/fantasy, drama, or murder/mystery bundles, each including five series. Save 51% in The Awesomer Shop.

420 Things to Draw While High

420 Things to Draw While High

If you’re not in da couch, perhaps your brain is running a thousand miles an hour and needs a creative outlet. This book should do the trick. It’s basically a blank journal loaded with ideas of things to doodle, from a giraffe riding a rainbow to a dog on a surfboard.

The Periodic Table of Cocktails

The Periodic Table of Cocktails

Emma Stokes’ book of cocktail recipes organizes the drinks by their chemical composition – or at least what their primary liquor component is. Perfect for science geeks who like their booze, there’s also a version for oenophiles by wine expert Sara Rowlands.

Patterns of the Universe Coloring Book

Patterns of the Universe Coloring Book

Alex Bellos and Edmund Harris’ wonderful coloring book is designed for kids and adults who are fascinated with patterns, geometry, or mathematics. It’s packed with dozens of intricate and soothing designs to help keep your mind distracted from the day’s woes.

Star Wars IncrediBuilds

Star Wars IncrediBuilds

These books are the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan. Each one comes with a laser-cut and engraved 3D wood model of an iconic vehicle, spaceship, or droid. Display them as-is, or paint them to your liking. The accompanying books provide background details.

The Stan Lee Story XXL

The Stan Lee Story XXL

Previously available only in a now sold out limited run, Taschen is re-releasing Roy Thomas’ biographical art book about the late Stan Lee. The Stan Lee Story XXL contains lots of photographs, comic book art and facsimiles and features a foreword by the man himself.

Mini: 60 Years

Mini: 60 Years

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Mini. Voted the most second influential car of the 20th century (behind only the Ford Model T), the original Mini was in production from 1959 until 2000. Learn about its origins and more in this retrospective book by Giles Chapman.

Autocomplete: The Book

Autocomplete: The Book

“From what age can babies… fight to the death?” Justin Hook gathered a collection of more than 200 of the most amusing search engine autocomplete suggestions he could find. While you wait for the book to arrive this May, try a round or two of his Google Feud.

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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America is the perfect reference book for identifying our flying friends (and enemies). It features 50 snarky descriptions of annoying, dumb, and stupid looking avians you might find in your backyard.

Bookniture

Bookniture

It might look like a stool, but this is actually a book. Designed by Mike Mak, Bookniture’s cardboard honeycomb structure can hold over a ton, and folds up into a book for storage when not in use. Measures 13.5″h x 14″ dia when in use, 13″h x 7″w x 1.5″d when folded.

It’s a Gas!

It’s a Gas!

Gestalten’s It’s a Gas!: The Allure of the Gas Station is a coffee table book dedicated to the “temples of mobility.” It charts the history of the gas station and features some of the most unique and interesting examples all over the world.

APOLLO VII – VXII

APOLLO VII – VXII

Apollo VII – XVII showcases the photography of the astronauts who were part of the Apollo missions. The book contains 225 photos in large print format. The Collector’s Edition also tackles the astronauts’ photography training and equipment.

Speed Read Supercar

Speed Read Supercar

Auto expert Basem Wasef’s latest book is packed with history lessons, technical details, and illustrations of some of the world’s greatest exotic cars, from the sexy Ferrari 250 GTO, to the ballsy 1980s Ferrari Testarossa, to the high-tech hybrid McLaren P1.

Less But Better

Less But Better

“Good design is as little design as possible.” The revised edition of legendary product designer Dieter Rams’ previously sold out book. In Less But Better, Rams talks about his “ideas, criteria and methods”, and how he came up with his now famous principles for good design.

Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner

Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner

Be an entertaining host or ice breaker with Laurence King’s Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner. It consists of 21 cards that will teach you how to perform funny or risky tricks, such as sabering a champagne bottle or hammering a needle through a coin.

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New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

(PG-13) The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive contains almost 3,000 cartoons from over a century of publication. The illustrations are split into two volumes, 250 categories and 1,600 pages. Also in deluxe and as an ebook.

Rocky: The Complete Films (Book)

Rocky: The Complete Films (Book)

Taschen’s book Rocky: The Complete Films chronicles the making of the various Rocky movies, up until Creed. It features interviews, on-set photos and other archival material. The book also comes with a scan of Sylvester Stallone’s handwritten script for Rocky.

The Game Console (Book)

The Game Console (Book)

Evan Amos’ book The Game Console charts the evolution of video game hardware. It features full-color photographs of 86 consoles, including their inner components, starting with the Magnavox Odyssey and ending with the current generation (except the Switch).

Broke Millenial

Broke Millenial

Erin Lowry explains (in very relatable ways, and with true stories) how to avoid being a complete financial fool, avoid being mystified by money and be the master of your hunned dollar bills y’all, in her book Broke Millenial.

The LEGO Trains Book

The LEGO Trains Book

Do you aspire to someday make an awesome LEGO railway like this one? Holger Matthes’ book could be the place to start. The hardcover book features 248 pages packed with the history of LEGO trains, and instructions for building your own working LEGO railroad.

Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia

Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia covers the first 17 games in the series, from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World. It contains information about major and minor characters, spinoff games and more. There’s also a limited edition.

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