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Thursday, Dec 16, 2010
Lost Encyclopedia [$45.00]

Although Lost has officially ended, fans of the show know, there are still many questions left unanswered. While we may never uncover every mystery, the Lost Encyclopedia may be the first step in helping us figure out some things on our own.


With 400 pages and over 1,500 images, this encyclopedia covers every character, location, prop, plotline, relationship and mythology from the entire six season run. From backgammon to every doctor and Geronimo Jackson to LAX Airport, if it was ever on the show, it’s in this book. There are detailed character bios, breakdowns of “the incident”, maps of the island and even a list of the others. The encyclopedia might not answer every question, but it certainly reminds you of the tiny details that may lead to a real revelation.


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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City (Nintendo DS) [$29.99]

Gaming has an image problem. Gamers are typically portrayed as short of attention span, needing a constant fix of explosions or danger to maintain their interest in an activity. 


The truth is, for many gamers, nothing could be further from the truth. If you have a patient, meticulous, thinker of a gamer to buy for, Etrian Odyssey III could be just the thing. Exploration, map-making, and strategy are at a premium, and an extremely high difficulty curve will ensure an experience both frustrating and appealing. 


Not only that, but one could easily dump a solid 100 hours of time into this game. Prove to the recipient of your gift that you’re not swayed by marketing machines and familiar names. Never mind that it’s on a portable system—Etrian Odyssey III is as beautiful and absorbing as modern games get.


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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010
Star Wars Art: Visions [$40.00] - and - Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle [$50.00]

Star Wars fans are in lucky this holiday season, with two new anthologies to keep them entertained. Both books celebrate the landmark film as a visual medium and work of art. Star Wars Art: Visions takes the work of artists using the six classic films as inspirations for art that spans every medium available. The pages serve as a deserving tribute to the galaxy that has been inspiring everyone for the last 30 years.


The second book, Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, also celebrates the visual beauty of the Star Wars trilogies, exploring the inspirations that created Star Wars. As the title suggests, the book looks at how Star Wars influenced and was influenced by pop culture. It starts with the first trio logy, covers the years in between, the prequel trilogy and ends with the cone wars and beyond.


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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010
Great Detectives Anthology [$149.95]

If you like your mysteries served-up British-style (and really, who doesn’t), then look no further than the Great Detectives Anthology. Featuring the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and Sherlock Holmes (portrayed by the inimitable Peter Cushing), this collection of 18 classic capers produced for BBC television—including Death on the Nile, Murder at the Vicarage, and the Hound of the Baskervilles— is sure to be a treat for any Agatha Christie/Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiast.


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Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010
Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau [$49.95] - and - 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective [$100.00]

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the comic strip, Doonesbury. To celebrate two new books have arrived to highlight what made the strip one of the most successful comic of all time. While cartoonist, G.B. Trudeau is known for his commentary on political and social issues, the book Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau focuses primarily on the artistry that went into the strip, and they way Trudeau’s style changed through the decades. The book offers insight to Trudeau’s early influences and his creative process, while also showing Trudeau’s magazine illustrations, animation drawings, posters, and product designs, as well as previously unpublished works.


Also celebrating the work of Trudeau is 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective by G.B. Trudeau himself. The book features thousands of comic strips that Trudeau has drawn in the last 40 years. In his introduction he explains that this book does not include the more radical strips he became known for, but rather illustrates the time he was recording through the eyes of the everyday person, remembering how they saw the world. Both of these books serve as wonderful reminders of the artist and visionary G.B. Trudeau had proven to be.


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