Gift Guide: 10 Must-Have Books for Superfans


For some people, books are the ultimate gift. For others, not so much. However, the last few months have been fantastic for book releases that appeal to a wide range of fans. If you or someone you know enjoys such fandoms as Star Wars, anime/manga, video games, The Walking Dead, and Rick and Morty, you’ll want to take a peek at the list below. It contains nine awesomely unique books and one series - all of which are on sale for a limited time.

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A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic: The ultimate Christmas movie is now the ultimate Christmas book. A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic was written by comedian Doogie Horner in the style of the classic poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and comes complete with machine guns, terrorists, a deadly hostage situation, and a wisecracking New York cop with marriage problems that always finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can order it here for $15.29 (10-percent off).

Death Note (All-in-One Edition): You could buy the entire 12-volume Death Note manga series in English for over $60, or get it all in one super chunky 2,400 page volume with slipcase for $34 (14-percent off). The manga is a lot better than the Netflix movie. It’s a lot better than a lot of things actually - a true masterwork. This massive tome is, without a doubt, the funnest way to own it. You can order it here.

Star Wars - From a Certain Point of View: The amount of new detail about Star Wars that’s packed into this anthology is truly staggering. It’s been one revelation after another since the book was released in October. You’ll learn details about Obi-Wan’s experiences after death, why Boba Fett helped Jabba in the 1997 special edition of Star Wars, and Yoda’s surprising thoughts about Leia. There’s a story that bridges the gap between Rogue One and A New Hope, a story about Wuher the bartender, a story about Lando when he owned the Millennium Falcon, and much more. In other words, it’s a treasure trove of gap-filling detail. You can order it here for $15-$25 (30-percent off in hardcover).

Star Wars: The Blueprints: Star Wars: The Blueprints was originally released in 2011 in a limited edition batch of 5,000 hand-numbered copies. Those books quickly sold out, and currently fetch prices as high as $800 from resellers. A standard edition of the book was released in 2013 at a more affordable price, but that edition also went out of print several years ago. Now it’s back, and every huge Star Wars fan should have it on their coffee table. The book contains more than 250 blueprints, 500 photographs and illustrations, and ten stunning gatefolds that highlight the work of the engineers, designers, and artists who created the look of the Star Wars universe. You can order it here for $59 (26-percent off).

Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set: This Akira boxed set is the ultimate edition of the manga in English. It contains all six volumes in hardcover along with the hardcover Akira Club art book and an exclusive patch. This is also the first English edition printed in right-to-left reading format. The boxed set is available on Amazon now for $119.99, which is a lot easier to swallow than the $200 list price.

The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide: The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide includes “expert information on foraging, hunting wild game, and outdoor cooking." It also includes recipes for meals that were featured on the show - and none of them involve human flesh. You’ll learn how to make Carol’s famous cookies, Carl’s pudding, and Hershel’s spaghetti along with “exotic” fare like Daryl Dixon’s deer stew. It’s a book that should be in every bug- out-bag and bunker. Grab it here for $19.49 (35-percent off).

The Art of Rick and Morty: The 224-page book The Art of Rick and Morty was written by show insider James Siciliano, and it's loaded with never before seen process, concept, and production art from seasons 1 and 2, along with commentary from the creators. It even has a glow-in-the-dark cover! You can order it here for $35.99 (10-percent off).

Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery: Harry Potter: A Cinematic Gallery includes over 80 “striking” images from the films for you to color, from Harry’s first-ever visit to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. It also includes several gatefolds, iconic quotes from all eight films, and a cover embossed with gold-and-red foil. It’s the most lavish Harry Potter coloring book for adults to date, and you can order it here for $25.47 (36-percent off).


The Legend of Zelda Goddess Collection: Nintendo and Dark Horse Publishing teamed up to deliver a trilogy of gorgeous books that documents the history of The Legend of Zelda series in staggering detail. The series includes The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts and the recent unveiled Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia which is available to pre-order in two flavors - a standard edition and a super clever gold cartridge edition (though it won't ship until April). Each of the books is on sale with prices ranging from 15 to 40-percent off.

The Art of Harley Quinn: The Art of Harley Quinn is packed with the most iconic covers and panels in Harley Quinn history. It details the creation and evolution of the character with exclusive interviews with the writers and illustrators - including a foreword by co-creator Paul Dini and a specially commissioned piece of cover art by fan-favorite Harley Quinn artist Amanda Conner. It’s the ultimate coffee table book for Harley Quinn fans. You can order it here for $28.46 (37-percent off).