The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 8: Books
We reserve our 8th day of Geeks-Mas for those literary concoctions that rattle the mind and soul (and also lay the groundwork for some pretty kick-ass movies! Ex. A little book about a wizard named Harry!) So if your nerd is a bookworm, then here’s an honest-to-god list that you can’t go wrong with…Enjoy!
Do you like pulp? Check out the Shadow’s Sanctum website. They specialize in 2 for 1’s printed from the original magazines with the two column page style and the actual pictures that originally accompanied them. They have a vast collection of both Doc Savage and The Shadow but others as well. Starting in January they’ll begin publishing reprints of the The Spider too! So if that’s your thing like old Biff here or if you’re looking for some rip roaring old school adventure than check it out, there’s a lot to choose from. You can see a list of their entire collection by going here.
MARTIAN LUTHOR KANG THE 117TH
I don’t suppose you need us to recommend current popular literature, there are plenty of places for that. So instead I’ll offer some old favorites.
I’ll start off with the only man who can out-Batman the Dark Knight himself, Sherlock Holmes. Actually reading the old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales can be very surprising to someone who was only familiar with the popular portrayals of the character. In recent years, some of the adaptions have followed the characterization a bit more closely, but before having read these myself years ago I was under the impression that Watson would have been mildly retarded and that Moriarty was more along the lines of Dr. Claw in his ominous presence.
Plus, with these stories being in the public domain you can get them very cheaply… or you can splurge and buy a relatively inexpensive high-end printing of them.
Hello Gang! Like my man Kang, I’m throwing you out an oldie but a goodie that many of you may have already read; but you never know, new nerds are born each day! So my recommendation to you is J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” I know, I know, this is a really old one and that is true, but it is still fantastic. As a kid this was one of my favorite books and although it may not have the epic feel of the LOTR trilogy, it is the setup to the entire tale. Tolkien laid tremendous groundwork in Middle Earth with this book, which can seem childish at times, but is a forever classic! It’s pretty small so you should be able to get through it in a few days and its available everywhere. If its new to you and wets your appetite, then go on and read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For nothing else, those books will give you a new-found respect for Peter Jackson and his team for the amazing visual displays and dynamic storytelling that we use been given. If you eat that up and want more, then I suggest Tolkien’s last book “The Silmarillion,” which basically is an offshoot of tales that really explain the legends of the First Age of Middle Earth. OK kids, that’s all I’ve got… Enjoy!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 9: Nerdy Travel
Seasons Greetings Nerds!
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