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Quint's Holiday Gift Guide 2009 Part 1! Books! Comics! Music! Electronics!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here, all jolly and full of holiday cheer. It's that time of year again. The Holiday Shopping Guide is here. I can safely say this one article (broken into three parts) is the single most time consuming article I write every year. It's like month's worth of A Movie A Day's rolled up into one marathon 75 hour work week. But it's also one of the most rewarding things I do. I get people asking about the Guide all year long and as a geek... well, I love window shopping, too, so it's fun to explore the geeky shit that's out there year after year. Before we start I want to take a minute to thank those who sent in suggestions. I found stuff I never would have stumbled upon by myself thanks to reader suggestions. As always, this list isn't meant to be a comprehensive list of everything out there. As they have for the past 5 or 6 years, these lists are heavily influenced by my personal interests. Tomorrow is Black Friday and this week the prices have been jumping up and down as sales happen, so forgive any prices that have changed in the time it took to compile this list. If you haven't already, I urge you to check out for the rundown on the doorbusters going on in stores across the country and Amazon's Black Friday Page to see what's shaking there. I do get a small commission from some of these links, but I wouldn't link to any site I don't personally shop on, like Amazon and Entertainment Earth and Deep Discount DVD. Full disclosure and all that. Enough of that stuff! Let's get down to it! Part One covers Books, Electronics and Music. Part Two covers DVDs, Video Games and Toys. Part Three has Collectibles, Apparel, Art and For Super Rich Only. Here is the pricing breakdown for every category: CHEAP - Items $24.99 and under
MODERATE - Items $25.00-$70.99
EXPENSIVE - Items $71.00-$499.99
FOR THE SUPER RICH ONLY - Items $500.00 and up Keep your eye out for giveaways. Got some good prizes to give to you readers this year, but I won't tell you were they are. You gotta read the Guide to find 'em. Enjoy!


CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)

It's fitting I start off this massive column with John Dies At The End by David Wong. For one, it's a great story, a funny as shit bizarre horror/comedy amalgam that feels like Douglas Adams and David Cronenberg had sloppy sex on a bed of bugs while tripping on LSD laced with angel dust. Secondly, it's a grassroots story, originally published in serial form online before moving on to bigger and better things. Thirdly, Don Coscarelli has optioned it and plans to turn it into a feature flick in the near future so if you get the book now you can say you were ahead of the curve. Hardcover and only $16.49.

While not released until December 31st, this would make a killer gift for the movie nerd friend who has everything. I'm sure many of you guys are as nostalgic about the video box art of the '70s and '80s as I am and to have a book compiling the most lurid, crazy insane art from the era of VHS with commentary is a brilliant idea. I have this sucker on pre-order myself. The book also comes packaged inside a facsimile VHS box. A bargain at only $13.59.

I can't vouch for this book other than it's the last published work by George Carlin and a memoir at that. Co-authored by Carlin and Tony Hendra the description promises an in-depth and personal look at the life of one of the best comedians to ever step on a stage... and a guy who happened to be very kind to a 14 year old me at that. Only $15.97.

As of this typing I'm only 350 pages into Stephen King's newest... only. Look at that fucker! It's a brick of a book, pushing 1100 pages, but I'm happy to report that the beginning, at least, is up to King's epic novel standards. It has the large-world feeling of THE STAND, IT and NEEDFUL THINGS and feels like slipping back into a warm comfort zone... at least to this King fanatic. $14.50... that's 1.4 cents per page! What a bargain!

Just released yesterday, Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton's final novel. It's already optioned by Spielberg... I'd bet he only ends up producing, but still... It's Crichton's last book. The dude has given me a lot of happiness and while I haven't read most of his recent output I pre-ordered the novel and will give it a read as soon as I wrap up Under the Dome. It's a pirate story (obviously) about a Captain who steals gold from the Spanish in 1665, specifically a heavily fortified galleon at harbor at Port Royal. The book promises to be a high seas adventure mixed with a heist story. $14.00.

The Losers is a kick-ass Vertigo series that I was a little behind the times on. I recently visited the set of the film adaptation (starring Zoe Saldana and Harry Dean Morgan) and in preparation I ordered all five Losers graphic novels. Man they are a ton of fun. There's nothing but gray area here... our band of misfits are all badasses, but in another story they'd be the bad guys as well. It's an epic tale of revenge that has a gut-punch of an ending. Get a jump on 2010 and catch up on this series. Volume 1 is out of print, but can be had used on the Amazon Marketplace for as low as $3.99. Volume 2 is $11.04, Volume 3 is $10.19, Volume 4 is $11.24 and Volume 5 is $11.24.

In keeping with the theme of getting a jump on 2010 films as well as highlighting the newest release in this series I had to feature Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim books. Super geeky, super smart, super funny, super touching and just plain ol' super O'Malley's work here is hard to beat. Edgar Wright's film adaptation of these books hits next year and if you've read any of them you know that's a perfect matching of material and filmmaker. Can't wait to see how that one plays out, but in the mean time 5 of the 6 Scott Pilgrim books are out and all are a cheap $8.60. You have Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Vol. 3: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness, Vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together and penultimate chapter Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The Universe. One more to go, even though the film is wrapped, but that'll get you started and pumped to see the movie!

This is the perfect book for an up and coming geek, be it a teenager or new girlfriend or boyfriend. This book has photos and summaries of most of the great Comic book storylines and serves as a good starting point for exploration. $19.79

Going from comic books to a bit of a higher-brow end of the illustrated spectrum we have this collection of New Yorker cartoons. From the pre-depression era to today this book collects the satirical cartoons. Hardcover and $13.49.

Iventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists is a book put together by the AV Club and The Onion. If you know their sense of humor you know why this is a must get book and you'll understand why this was one of the most recommended items by the readers when I initially put the call out. Only $7.93.

William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade is not a new book, but it's something I finally got around to reading this year and I felt I had to recommend this at some point. If you've ever been an aspiring screenwriter, director or just plain movie fan Goldman's book is a wealth of information. From behind the scenes looks at Goldman's best films (including HARPER, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID and MARATHON MAN) to the frank detailing of how the industry works (hint, it's not very good to screenwriters) the book is a fascinating read. It also comes with the full Butch and Sundance script reprinted. $13.59. The sequel, which I have, but haven't read yet, is called Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade and sells for $11.53.

Now this sounds right up my alley. If you've followed my AMAD or AMAW columns you know that I sometimes get a bug up my butt to explore vintage cinema, hunting for underapprecited gems. This book features essays from people like Sidney Lumet, Milos Forman, Woody Allen, Anjelica Huston, Wes Anderson and, of course, Martin Scorsese on little seen obscure movies. How great does that sound? To me it's my most anticipated book on this list. I've already placed my own order. $13.57.

If you haven't kept up with Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier's podcast (or SModcast as they call it) you either have weeks worth of audio to catch up with on iTunes or you need to pick up the above book: Shootin' the Shit With Kevin Smith: The Best of SModcast. Love him or hate him, the dude is a funny motherfucker when talking off the cuff. $10.17.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan began as a pitch for a TV show and you can feel that a bit in the book. But that's not a bad thing. In fact that structure means you're hooked right away when an airplane arrives JFK completely dark, not moving from the runway you're immediately drawn into the mystery. We know it's a vampire tale, but the character work is up to del Toro's usual standards... In many ways, this story has a Stephen King feel... a big story, but told through the perspective of some terrifically real and well-drawn characters. A great read... especially on a plane. $17.81.

The good folks at Hard Case Crime are putting out a pulpy adventure series the likes of which inspired Indiana Jones. Each story follows Gabriel Hunt on mystery-solving, globe-trotting adventures. So far there are three books and each are only $6.99. The above, Hunt at the Well of Eternity is the first, the second is Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear and the third is Hunt at World's End.


The extremely talented designer and artist Greg Broadmore of Weta Workshop has crafted this story based on Weta's fantastic Raygun line. I haven't read it yet (it's not out until 12/23/09), but I have talked with Mr. Broadmore about it and am very excited to get it and see just how crazy fun it is. I mean look at that cover! How could you not want to pick that book up? Pre-order for $13.46. Winners have been chosen! From the over 400 entries I chose 3 names completely at random. The winners are Tom Hawkins of the UK, Richard F. Paddon of Australia and Eric Vinson of the US of A! Congratulations to the winners! And yes, I'm giving away three copies of this book, courtesy of the good folk at Weta. The contest is open to anyone in the world. To enter you need only email your name and mailing address to with the subject line VICTORY! I'm going to pick the winners randomly at 4pm CST tomorrow, Friday November 27th. I'll post the names of the winners here. Good luck!

And Another Thing... is a continuation of the Dent Arthur Dent story as told by the brilliant Douglas Adams. From what I read fans are torn on this book, written by Eoin Colfer... some complaining Colfer is riffing too much on Adams and some saying he strays too far. I haven't read it myself, so I can't comment, but I can say it's extremely interesting to see Dent's story continue. I will pick this up at some point. $19.49.

The Making of a Stand-Up Guy is written by the one and only Charlie Murphy! Yep, you loved his Prince and Rick James stories on Chappelle's Show and now he's written a book (released next week) that gives us more of his behind the scenes insane stories of celebrity as his brother's rise to super-stardom. If this book is half as funny as his work with Chappelle then it's an instant buy. $16.49.

Who wouldn't trust Norm's taste in beer? Plus this seems to be more of a memoir. As someone who was lucky enough to have a meal with George Wendt I can vouch for his ability as a storyteller... plus the dude must know about beer... When I ate with him (at the Salt Lick, which is BYOB) he was given no less (and probably more) than 10 beers by strangers... I doubt this dude has paid for a beer in 30 years. $16.49.

Susie Essman is hilariously funny. If you watch Curb Your Enthusiasm you know this already. I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading her book, but I saw her appear on some of my favorite shows while promoting it and think it's a pretty safe recommend. $13.50.

Cloris Leachman has been a favorite of mine since childhood. I grew up on Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN where she absolutely killed it as the horse-scaring Frau Blucher. I later discovered her Roger Corman work and her early noir work (KISS ME DEADLY). She straddles old Hollywood and the modern age and is such a funny person that I can't imagine her autobiography isn't a great read. $16.32.

One of the great things about Monty Python turning 40 this year means a ton of Python shit for sale. The above book is the first creative collaboration by all of the surviving Pythons in decades, chronicling their live tours of the '70s and '80s. Must have for any fan of Python, big or small. $24.99.

Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks is a graphic novel continuation of Max Brooks' awesome guide book designed to save your ass in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Illustrated by Ibraim Roberson this graphic novel showcases zombie attacks from the dawn of history, be it ancient Rome or in the cradle of civilization. $9.94.

Who wouldn't want The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb? What a bizarre mixture and from what I've seen of this book they go together like milk and cookies. Absolutely fascinating and also one of the other more recommended titles from you guys. $14.58.

For the first time in the English language is the true story of Ishiro Honda's humble beginnings and a life that includes being raised by Buddhist monks and being drafted by the Imperialist Army during WW2 before following his passion for cinema and directing the majority of the Godzilla films, Rodan, Mothra and the best big monster movie of all time (in my humble opinion) Destroy All Monsters. $14.85.

Starting Point: 1979-1996 is a comprehensive accounting of the first half of Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese Walt Disney and the man behind such films as Princess Mononoke and the more recent Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo. The book is massive at 500 pages and is filled with essays, interviews with and by Miyazaki and, from what I read, gives an honest and clear picture of the brilliant mind behind some of the most beautiful movies of the last quarter century. $19.79.

To keep the Miyazaki theme going, here's the Art of book for his latest, Ponyo. I loved this movie and so much of that is in the ability to just sink into a world so distinctly Miyazaki. It's comfort food for the eyeballs and I have to imagine this artbook is just the same. $23.09.

As one of the fans of JJ Abram's reboot of the Star Trek franchise (sorry AsimovLives) the art of the movie has to make this list. I've been fascinated by filmmaking starting as a young child and the preproduction of a film is the most intriguing to me... seeing the evolution of ideas as dozens, sometimes hundreds, of creative minds attempt to bring a story to life always gets to me. Filled with pre-production art and paintings and behind the scenes photos. $19.77.

I know there's some doubt of Mr. Cameron's return to feature filmmaking and I hope those fears are unfounded, but I gotta be honest and say despite some skepticism I'm starting to get hyped up for a new adventure film James Cameron. Whether the ultimate film is a success or failure Cameron's a brilliant visionary and his work with some of the best artists working today (at Weta Workshop) is worth the blind recommend on the art of book. I know I'll seek it out upon release (provided I've seen the movie by then, of course). $19.77.
MODERATE ($25.00-$70.99)

Pixar's Art of books are required reading for anybody that thinks they like their movies. Again, watching the evolution of a film intrigues the hell out of me and the magicians at Pixar are particularly amazing at documenting this process with amazing art. And to top it all of UP is another great title from Pixar, standing shoulder to shoulder with their best work in my opinion. $26.40.

Where the Wild Things Are is in the running for my favorite picture of the year... actually, it's competing with UP, which I featured just above this title... it's been a great year for kid's entertainment. I think Spike Jonze did an amazing job with this movie and while doing research for this guide I dug up this Making of book that I must own. 240 pages broken into three parts focusing on the different aspects of production and featuring art, notes, photos and everything you could want to know about the creation of this amazing film. $26.39.

Trick 'r Treat: Tales of Mayhem, Mystery and Mischief by John Griffin details the making of Michael Doherty's labor of love and unbelievably buried flick TRICK 'R TREAT. The movie is a love letter to Halloween, my personal favorite holiday, and this book is filled to the brim with behind the scenes pics and artwork that any fan of the movie should want to own. $29.70.

The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 covers issues 1-48 in over 1000 pages of my favorite comic book currently running. That's Volumes 1-8 of the TPB, which run a good $10 or more each, so it's a helluva deal and perfect excuse to finally delve into this amazing book at only $37.79. Be warned, though... issue 48 leaves you wanting more. There are three TPBs after this compendium ends and you'll want them immediately. Vol 9 is $10.19, Vol 10 is $10.19 and Vol 11 is on pre-order for $10.11. It releases end of December.

The Stanley Kubrick Archives has been one of the most popular books included any previous Holiday Gift Guide and it's still available for the incredible price of $44.10. The book is massive, a must-own for any Kubrick fan. Considering that it started at $200 a copy it's a steal. Highly recommended.
EXPENSIVE ($71.00-$499.99)

Knowing Darkness is a large-sized (11X15) 448 paged compilation of all the artwork associated with Stephen King's novels since Carrie, even pulling in work from limited printings of his books. Represented are Dark Tower greats Michael Whelan and Phil Hale, the brilliant Bernie Wrightson and Drew Struzan and tons more. This is so up my alley it's not even funny. This is a traycased, signed and limited edition that will run you a steep $185.85.
FOR THE SUPER RICH ONLY ($500.00 and Up)

Stanley Kubrick? We were just talking about that guy! Here's a top of the line limited edition book just hit that details his Napoleon film that never got made. It limited to 1,000 copies and includes a copy of Kubrick's script as well as the bulk of Kubrick's personal research into Napoleon, transcripts of interviews, test photos, notes and essays. All of this in professional and collectible binding... tucked safely in a hollowed out book. It also includes exclusive access to a searchable database that holds 17,000 Napoleonic images compiled by Kubrick himself. Pretty amazing and priced accordingly at $700.


CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)

Incredibad is Lonely Island's album, the comedy team comprised of Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg and the fools responsible for almost single-handedly keeping SNL funny with their digital shorts. Nobody seemed to watch or like HOT ROD, but I did... so there. All their greatest SNL stuff is here including Dick In A Box and Jizz In My Pants, but the reason to buy this is to listen to the uncensored Natalie Portman rap. Te quiero, Ms. Portman. $11.99 for the CD or $7.99 digital download at Amazon.

Released last month this is the best collection of Weird Al Yankovic's work put out in one set. Eat It, Like A Surgeon, Yoda, Fat, Smells Like Nirvana, UHF, Jurassic Park, Amish Paradise and, one of my personal favorites, The Night Santa Went Crazy plus a ton more are on this 2 CD set. Perfect introduction to the man or rediscovery if you don't own any of his classics yet. $13.99 for the CD or $11.99 for digital download at Amazon.

I first took notice of Demetri Martin when he had a brief run on The Daily Show and could hold the screen with Jon Stewart. That takes some talent and talent is what The Daily Show keeps pumping out, it seems. I've only listened to bits and pieces of his new comedy album, but even with that small amount of information I can tell that it lives up to his really funny stand-up. $13.99 for the CD and $9.99 for the album download via Amazon.

Patton Oswalt's newest album is out and is called My Weakness is Strong. Patton's the greatest and always worthy of your money. $16.95 for the CD and only $9.99 for the download.

Earlier this year I nabbed great seats to a Louis C.K. performance and I haven't laughed so hard since I saw George Carlin play in the mid-'90s. This dude is funny and his album, Chewed Up, is brilliant. His hatred of deer, his use of the "C" word and self-loathing of his weakness for Cinnabon will have you either rolling with laughter or offended beyond words. $13.98 for the CD and $8.99 for the download.

Karen O And The Kids' music for Spike Jonze's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is as much a part of the film's identity as Jim Henson Co's Wild Things or Jonze's eye. Brilliant movie, brilliant soundtrack. $11.49 for the CD and $9.49 download.

And let's not overlook Carter Burwell's musical score to the film, which goes hand in hand with Karen O And The Kids' music. $9.49 download only.

Filled with great Ennio Morricone, Charles Bernstein and Lalo Schifrin cues this is a standout Soundtrack, even for Tarantino. Great film and great soundtrack. Name me another compilation that has both David Bowie and Ennio Morricone on it? $13.99 for the CD and $8.99 download.

Richard Curtis's Pirate Radio née The Boat That Rocked is a love-letter to '60s music, which means this is a fucking great soundtrack if you're like me and worship that era of rock and roll. The Turtles, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, The Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson, The Who, Cream, Otis Redding, etc, etc, etc. Best of the best and a good movie to boot. $14.99 for the CD.

James Horner working again with James Cameron. Of course I'm excited. The soundtrack comes out 12/15/09 but is on pre-order for $11.99 for the CD.

Michael Giacchino's Star Trek score is fantastic, at once paying homage to the scores that came before from folks like James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith, but also finding its own themes. Upon my first viewing of the movie I only really took notice of his great closing credits theme, which was a callback to the original TV series music, but upon further viewings I've become more and more impressed with what Giacchino did for the film. $13.99 for the CD and $8.99 download.

Unless my I'm being my typical stupid self and I'm overlooking it, I couldn't find a CD release of Giacchino's even-better-than-Star-Trek score for UP, but I did stumble across this compilation of the best music from Disney/Pixar's films, which includes some of Giacchino's UP cues as well as some of his work on THE INCREDIBLES and RATATOUILLE. Of course you also have Randy Newman's Toy Story work and Thomas Newman cues from Finding Nemo and Wall-E. $14.99 for the CD and $9.49 download.

I'm a sucker for Jerry Goldsmith and his score for Twilight Zone: The Movie is top notch. Because of the episodic nature of the film and the multi-director collaboration Goldsmith almost turns in four different scores in one compilation... five if you count the wrap-arounds. His music for Spielberg's Kick the Can segment is sweet and beautiful, but my favorite music in the set is the crazy cartoony music from Joe Dante's segment. Film Score Monthy put out a limited pressing (limited to 3000) of the complete soundtrack. I bought mine and you can get yours for $19.95 plus shipping.

Time After Time is one of my favorite time travel movies featuring Malcolm McDowell as HG Wells who chases David Warner's Jack the Ripper to "modern day" San Francisco, directed by Wrath of Khan's Nicholas Meyer. Great movie and a great score by Miklos Rozsa. Film Score Monthly put this obscure score out in a limited edition printing just like the above Twilight Zone soundtrack, limited to 3000 pieces. $19.95 plus shipping.

La La Land Records has a few great genre soundtracks out in limited runs this season. You don't need me yet again professing my love of Fred Dekker's NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, so I'll spare you the speech, but Barry DeVorzon's score is the perfect tongue-in-cheek sci-fi music. I never in a million years would have thought we'd get the full score on CD, but I was wrong. $19.98 plus shipping.

Don't let the sequels muddle your memory of the original Child's Play. That first movie is genuinely creepy and a lot of that is thanks to Joe Renzetti's atmospheric score put out again by La La Land Records. Only 1200 of these were printed. $19.98 plus shipping.

Not only is Blazing Saddles on of the funniest films ever made, it also has the benefit of having musical numbers so La La Land's release of the soundtrack has John Morris' original, hummable score as well as Mel Brooks' hilarious songs. Madeline Kahn's I'm Tired is worth the buy alone and right now the CD, limited to 3000 copies, is on sale for only $15.98 plus shipping.

I hate playing favorites, but Big Trouble In Little China and the release of the complete Back to the Future score (below) are my picks as the two coolest things in the music section this year. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's Big Trouble In Little China score is fucking epic. It's a 2-CD set with 96 minutes of movie music including that kind of ridiculous/kind of awesome theme song sung by John Carpenter and his gang of friends. Limited to 3000 copies and $24.98 plus shipping from La LA Land Records.

Something Wicked This Way Comes was a huge movie for me as a kid. Remember when they made those dark as shit kid's movies? From the great James Horner, this score has been highly sought after by movie music fans for a long time. Now you can pick it up for $24.99 plus shipping from
MODERATE ($25.00-$70.99)

Not only does this release from Intrada (streeting 12/07/09) compile all of Alan Silvestri's iconic Back to the Future score it also features his unreleased score from the early days when Eric Stoltz was playing Marty McFly, which is supposed to be tonally very different. How sweet is that? I can't wait to get mine, already on pre-order! $29.99 plus shipping.

Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks teamed up in 1959 to create a comedy album unlike anything known at that time. The star of this album was the 2000 Year Old Man, voiced by Brooks while Reiner took the straight-man interviewer. Mel Brooks's character is hilarious and this set is a must-own if you like Brooks and Reiner at all. You get three CDs of all their 2000 Year Old Man material (5 albums worth) and a DVD featuring new interviews with Brooks and Reiner as well as a compilation of their guest appearances on shows like Ed Sullivan. $44.99.
EXPENSIVE ($71.00-$499.99)

The Beatles could very well be the best rock group the world has ever known. I know they're my favorite and these remastered albums are brilliant. The Stereo box set has every released album by the Fab Four. Some prefer the mono set, which is below, but unless you're a dissecting music critic you'll love this set which gives you more bang for your buck. $177.49.

The Remastered Beatles Mono Box Set isn't the most value for your money, but it's the discerning music fan's preference, I've found. I know a lot of hardcore Beatles fans that are turned off by the Stereo remaster on some of the classic Mono titles, but I have a hard time paying almost $60 more to get a set that doesn't even include the last three (and some say best) Beatles Albums (which were recorded in stereo). That said, I have heard the mono recordings of Help!, Please Please Me and A Hard Day's Night and there is a solidness to it that is noticeable. I just don't know if it's worth the significant upcharge. $229.99


CHEAP ($24.99 and Under)

What you see above is the Phantom Keystroker, a brilliant prankster gift worthy of an Office episode, courtesy of the good folks at ThinkGeek. What you do is set the switches on the side to whatever evil idea floats your boat... be it a random caps lock toggle, or garbage text or mouse movements... and then you set the frequency of these events and find an open USB port on a co-worker's computer, then sit back and watch the terrified frustration. So much fun for only $12.99.

Lightsaber Laserpointer. How come nobody thought of this before? $14.99 plus shipping.
MODERATE ($25.00-$70.99)

I don't know why this makes me smile, but I love the idea of a showerhead that gives you a visual cue when the water's hot. I can just imagine the dread when the nice, soothing red light turns blue mid-shower as someone flushes a toilet somewhere in the house. I wonder which sense is faster? Could the light save you a shocking temperature change? Interesting... $44.99 plus shipping.

This is pretty badass. You can download NES roms and play them as God intended you to with this NES USB controller. No drivers to install, just plug and play... compatible with both Mac and PC. $29.99.

A USB controller is great and all, but what if you have a ton of old NES and SNES games lying around, but no original systems? That's where Retro Duo's above system comes in. You can play both original NES and SNES cartridges on that machine. Crazy, huh? How cool is that?$43.99.
EXPENSIVE ($71.00-$499.99)

We're entering the half-life of the next-gen consoles. It's been 4 years since Xbox and PS3 were introduced and I think now's the sweet-spot... the prices have lowered considerably on both consoles and we still have a solid 4 or 5 years before the next wave hits. Of course that's a guess, but I think it's a pretty solid bet. The Xbox Elite is better than the one I have currently, comes with two video games (Lego Batman is great), a wireless controller, a headset and a 120 gig harddrive. Mine only has a 20 gig HD on it. grumble-grumble. Now's the time... plus Xbox's warranty is enough to cover the red ring issues (although I've honestly had just as much trouble with my PS3 for all of Xbox's reputation). You can get the system for $299.00.

The strength of the PS3 still lies in its built-in Blu-Ray player. It also has the next God of War game hitting next year and is starting to catch up to Xbox on decent console exclusive titles. The PS3 has built-in wifi, a 120 gig Hard Drive and a dual-shock controller. $299.99.

Wii is probably the best system for just turning your mind off and losing yourself. It's also a good party system, but honestly... and I know I'm gonna get beat up in talkback for this... but I hate the controller for anything that's not a shooter or one of those sports compilation games. I have all three systems and the Wii gets the least play (insert inappropriate joke here). But it is the cheapest by a hundred bucks and also has some of the best console exclusive games. $199.99.

Think of YooStar as movie karaoke. The concept is simple... insert yourself into your favorite movie. You get a "studio quality USB webcam" (for PC only, Mac version coming soon), tripod, collapsable greenscreen, remote control, 12 movie scenes of your choice and the Yoostar software. Right now you can pick anything from 12 Angry Men to Terminator to Valley Girl to Rocky to Friday the 13th. Neat. For more info check out the website. $160.99.

Western Digital TV Live allows you to watch online content in full 1080p on your television... It's not a new concept, but the difference here is that you can wirelessly stream content from your computer and see it pop up in full high def with digital audio quality sound on your television. You can also connect USB drives to the machine and watch files that way... I'm sure you'll all use a machine like this to watch YouTube clips and not watch pirated movies, right? Right? Even with that darker side, this is a neat gadget and a step towards digital download being the norm in media distribution. $119.99.

I'm sure you've seen the commercials for the Powermat by now. This device intrigues me... the ability to charge your handheld devices wirelessly is a step to the future of power. I saw a TV show once talk about how scientists are working on the ability for devices like cell phones and computer batteries to draw power from the air around it. Can you imagine a world where your cell phone never runs out of juice? Sounds a bit like heaven, right? So, the Powermat is a step in that direction, wirelessly charging your handheld devices. $99.99.

That cute little guy is a Web-cam, but not any old webcam. The Minoru is the world's first commercial 3-D webcam. Imagine long distance relationships with this baby on the market! $89.95.

The Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-Ray player is currently the #1 seller on Amazon's Electronics list (and that's even with the lesser priced LG BD270 on sale via Gold Box for under $100 all day). If you're shopping for a Blu-Ray player this holiday it's hard to beat the Samsung BD-P1600 for quality, price and features. It comes wifi enabled (meaning you have to buy an add-on, but it's still one less cord for firmware updates, it also comes prepackaged with Netflix so you can do the Instant Netflix thing without a video game console. Full 1080p, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD capabilities and Pandora as well. This is one of the best deals out at $149.99.
Click here for Part 2 of the Gift Guide covering DVDs, Blu-Rays, Video Games and Toys!

Click here for Part 3 of the Gift Guide covering Food, Collectibles, Art, Clothing, Apparel and Rich Stuff!

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  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by cousin.elvin

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by cousin.elvin

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Wow, you've certainly outdone yourself Quint

    by YackBacker

    This is only PART 1 too. I have to admit, as I've gotten older (I'm 32 now) I see most of these "cool" things that I used to covet in years past as a lot of clutter. Why get a powermat phone charger when I have one that works perfectly well? Why get a Vader Laserpointer when I don't have any practical (or impractical) use for such a thing. Some people never lose touch with wanting this sort of stuff- and I don't begrudge anyone that choice. But for me, there's so much more I want to do with my time and money, and collecting clutter has dropped down my list towards the bottom. Happy Holidays, kids.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    NES/SNES player

    by Bouncy X

    that's a pretty cool machine. i guess it just plugs directly into your television. they should make one for sega master system/genesis.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    There's one that is a combo NES, SNES and Genesis machine, but it had horrible reviews saying it barely worked, so I decided against including it. Want something that plays the original Sega games. That was my system! Alien Syndrome!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Great job, man!

    by Kraken

    The VHS covers book is amazing. About to hit part II and III. Then off to fry this giant bird. See you and t-man soon.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I'm getting the beatles in stereo

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    And I'm going to Jack off to it all day

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Quint, you missed an amazing book

    by Vespalad

    Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King!! This oversized book showcases art used in and on Stephen King books. full color, 11 × 15 inches, 448 pages, over 500 illustrations, over 30 pages of double-page foldouts.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Wow, those pics big enough?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    vespa... you don't say...

    by Quint

    that is easily rectified...

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I don't think there's anyone I know that would

    by lockesbrokenleg

    be thrilled to get a Kevin Smith book for Christmas.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by DarthBlart

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Up Soundtrack

    by fett101

    The Up soundtrack is only available in digital format. iTunes and Amazon both have it.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Howl's Moving Castle the more recent Princess Princess Mononoke

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    hold on... On what planet did Howl's Moving Castle come out on before Princess Princess Mononoke? <P> And where did this "The Japanese Disney" come from?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    BTW Quint

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    This list is amazing. Thanks for doing all the foot work, man :)

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    There's only one way to play NES and SNES

    by Boo-urns

    And that's with the original official consoles. Freaking kids and their knockoffs, emulators and virtual consoles.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Best Weird Al Song is Frank's 2000" TV

    by Squashua

    For the win.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Amazon Black Friday Link Broken

    by Squashua

    See your link.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Damn You! Nah, Not Really, Love 'Ya ... BUT -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Once again, you didn't put in the Harvey Comics collections! Five volumes - CASPER, RICHIE RICH, HOT STUFF, BABY HUEY and THE HARVEY GIRLS! has them all! PLEASE buy!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Losers is overrated. Jock is good art but thats it man.

    by StarchildAD

    You guys want good comics? Try Scalped and Lucifer. Those two comics are some of the best. Period. Fuck Losers. Thats bullshit.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Quint another great book is The Age of Wonder

    by IndustryKiller!

    by Richard Holmes. It's basically stories about how back in the day of English romanticism, the jury was still out on so many sciences that any quack with a vision and a TON of bravery and willing to experiment on themselves, could make absolutely incredible discoveries. The review in Time magazine alone had me howling with laughter at some of the stories therein. /Age-Wonder-Romantic-Generation-Discovered/dp/ 0375422226

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by natrlbornthrllr

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST I was saying, Powermat:

    by natrlbornthrllr

    It's a cool idea, but I looked it up on Best Buy dot com and found the following bit of information: "requires receivers for each device, receivers not included" in the 99.99 price point. As such, the Powermat is a useless "invention," IMO.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    holllllly shit, Knowing Darkness is awesome!

    by The_Crimson_King

    I want it! I want it! I want it! but 185 is pretty damn expensive! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Books - For xmas.

    by hallmitchell

    Fantasy Freaks and GAming geeks and The Simpsons - unauthorised.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    That NES Duo system is cheap, and malfunctions like your old nin

    by George Newman

    It works but half the time it doesnt start up right. you have to remove and replace the game several times to get it all to work. <p> Maybe they designed it on purpose like that, so it would resemble your old system woes.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    2000 YEAR OLD MAN

    by frank cotton

    animated TV special from the '70s - anyone else remember that

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    hey Quint

    by BillboeFett

    I wanted to let you know I am dedicated to NOT clicking on any of the amazon links in this article. You may have to buy your christmas presents with your own money!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    EVERYONE: Boycott Amazon links at AICN

    by BillboeFett

    STOP clicking them. If you want something from amazon, be ABSOLUTELY sure you go around the link and get it without AICN getting any link credit. </BR> This way, eventually, these shitty articles will go away. </BR> We did it to scriptgirl, we can do it again!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Herc is the worst perpetrator of the links

    by BillboeFett

    because he closes the TB for his "Hercvault" posts. Why? </BR> Because he's not interested in our opinion, or getting us to interact with his mentions of recommendations. </BR> The article exists SOLELY as a means for him to try to get extra $$$, period. </BR> At least Harry and Quint encourage people to interact, critique, provide suggestions. </BR> As inscrupulous as people think Harry is here, I think Herc is the worst overall. </BR> He's a 12 year old girl with his moist-pantie love for everything Joss Whedon, he shits on good shows like Supernatural, and bores the FUCK out of all of us with his constant ratings articles. </BR> There's just zero journalistic integrity.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I'll click every link twice...

    by natrlbornthrllr

    ...y'know, to make up for yours.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    The strength of the PS3 is in its ability

    by Dingbatty

    to perform the same function as the Western Digital Media Player, not just the Blu-Ray player. Also, it can stream Netflix now.<p>The slim will be available in a 250 gb version soon, for 50 bucks more, but it's better just to get the cheaper 120 gb version and then install your own drive.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox book by Wes Anderson

    by AshbyKubrick

    What? No love for Wes Anderson's "Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox" from Rizzoli. This and the "Heads on...Wild Things" book from McSweeney's are two of the most informative peeks into two unique filmmakers processes and easily two of the best films of 2009. Not to mention they are both gorgeous books.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Saw Fantastic Mr. Fox last night. Brilliant

    by IndustryKiller!

    It deserve to crush Up in the best animated feature category. Of course it won't. But it's easily the better film. And at this rate Anderson is going to end up in the pantheon of unique and great filmmakers. I don't think he has made anything that I didn't think wasn't excellent, or at least approaching excellence. Yes even Life Aquatic.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    "As one of the fans of JJ Abram's

    by kwisatzhaderach

    reboot of the Star Trek franchise (sorry AsimovLives) the art of the movie has to make this list. I've been fascinated by filmmaking starting as a young child and the preproduction of a film is the most intriguing to me... seeing the evolution of ideas as dozens, sometimes hundreds, of creative minds attempt to bring a story to life always gets to me." <p> Oh Quint. There was nothing wrong with the artwork designed for Star Trek but the story it was designed for? Plenty wrong there. Add a TV movie look and complete lack of cinematic sensibility and I'm still amazed why people rate this film so highly.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Fantasticism and Foxes from fuckin'

    by natrlbornthrllr

    Wes Anderson...mang, I can't wait to see that movie! Wonka is my favorite musical of all time, and was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so Dahl has good marks in my book. And I'm with you IndustryKiller, Anderson has yet to make a film that I found less than wonderful. I'm glad to be hearing so much positive word about Fantastic Mr. Fox online, though I can't say I expected anything less.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    i never click the links here

    by Bouncy X

    i always open a new browser window and go to amazon directly if i see something i want. it has nothing to do with not wanting to give AICN money, i'm just weird that way.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST



    I have had mine since the beginning and i have yet to have ONE problem, plus its online is free, i guess i am just lucky:P

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:18 p.m. CST

    can someone recommend a GOOD, affordable 32"lcd

    by future help

    1080...? please. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST need to finish under the dome!!!

    by marv42134213

    Seriously...I finished it two days ago after a marathon reading session. I loved this book! I think it is one of his best. I put it up there with The Stand, IT, and, and this is hard for me to say....The GREAT Dark Tower Series. This book is King at the top of his game, no doubt. I loved it!!! And as a side note to all the people who were doggin the last three Dark Tower Books I just have three words for you...You Are Idiots:> Seriously Quint, Under The Dome is fantastic. Good recomendation!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    What's the big Twist for Under the Dome?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    They're really Minnesota Twins players?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    @future help


    I'll let you in on a little secret before i bought my TV 3 years ago a 1080p Sharp Aquos(which is fantastic by the way) i did A LOT of research, but apparently not enough, because after i bought the TV i did more research and found out you do not get TRUE 1080p unless the tv is 52 inches or bugger! so anything smaller that says 1080p is just a marketing scam, go for 720 if your going smaller than 52 inches you wont know the difference and you will save a few hundred bucks.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    thanks for that...i have been doing research myself

    by future help

    for only a day or two...that IS news to me. thanks.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Aint it Videogame news

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    A List that makes you want to slit your wrists

    by Megan_Foxs_Tool_Box

    PS3 Check. Something Wicked This way Comes. The rest is utter rubbish.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Thank you!

    by Darth Thoth

    Quint- this feature has become something I look forward to every year. Great job as always and thank you for such a wonderful annual treat!

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Also a good book about film making

    by Basehead

    But fictional: Shadows on a wall - Ray Connolly It is hilarious and exciting and suspenseful. I loved it!

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    BillboeFett: thank you for reminding me

    by Basehead

    Scriptgirl! what the fuck ever happened to that titty bouncing cue card reading youtube misery?. Almost end of the year, time to round up the failures of the last 12 months. She ranks high in my list

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Scriptgirl, did you notice....

    by Chakraborty

    ...that with the disappearance of Scriptgirl, her biggest supporter in her talkbacks, John T. Chance, has also vanished.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I dispute that Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's is a man

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    That one review that is ripping on Elizabethtown doesn't get to retroactively stereotype characters with a billion times the nuance.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    manic pixie dream girl

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Although that particular title cut off is hilarious.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Crumb's Genesis has been out for quite a while

    by ricarleite2

    Over a year I believe. But as I went down and saw other items, I realized it was not suppose to have only brand new stuff.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    A book about VHS cover art?

    by lockesbrokenleg


  • Nov. 27, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN


  • Nov. 27, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN I feel you

    by Basehead

    Tits are on my mind nevertheless...

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    scriptgirls tits are nice but jesus christ those videos sucked h

    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Best article on here

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    pretty much every year. Well done, sir, well done.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    X Rates Xmas Tunes

    by Desk of Steel

    As heard on the Howard Stern channels on Sirius, It's a Red Peters Christmas. Very histerical stuff!

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Great Soundtrack Selection!

    by ScoreKeeper

    Quint, great job with the soundtrack list. It would mirror my own with the inclusion of the STAR TREK II CD released by FSM earlier this year. Merry Christmas and happy shopping everyone! P.S. I like the Vader laser pointer (hint, hint)

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Don't know if you've caught any flack for this yet, Quint...

    by ishouldcoco795

    ...but The Beatles In Mono Box Set is far superior to the stereo one. Yes, you're missing three albums (technically only two, the only "Beatles" songs you're missing from Yellow Submarine are the six tracks from the score which weren't composed by any of the four, the other six tracks leading off Yellow Submarine are available elsewhere in the set). And I agree with the quality of Let It Be and Abbey Road. But there are three major differences you didn't take into account. One: Mono is what John, Paul, George and Ringo helped mix. They had nothing to do with the stereo mixes except for the last two albums. As such, there are many noticeable differences between the stereo and mono mixes as they were often times different takes altogether. Two: The sound quality. There is a higher compression rate on the stereo set to make them sound louder. This is bad. Moving on. Three: The packaging. The discs contained in the mono box are literally same the packaging that the original UK albums came with only shrunk down to CD size. It truly is incredible. Speaking from experience, I can say I was skeptical about getting the In Mono box. Once I got it in my hands (and compared them to the Let It Be and Abbey Road releases I got later), the difference was clear. If you're gonna pick up The Beatles this holiday, go with the mono. You are in for a treat.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Voice of reason on The Beatles sets

    by Jaka

    Here are the problems, as I see them, with these sets. One, the surviving members and their families DID approve the stereo remasters. So arguing against them from that standpoint is kind of a moot point. Two, if the mono versions are better then there should only be ONE SET. In it you would get all the remastered mono albums along with the original two stereo albums. Also along those lines, why different packaging for the two sets? So, three, this logically leads to the conclusion that it's all just one last, giant cash grab. For the cost involved, just don't listen to what anybody else is saying. Buy the set you're most comfortable with and be happy about it. If you read a selection of reviews you'll find that a vast, VAST majority of people are very satisfied with the sound and packaging of both sets anyway.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST

    IndustryKiller! re: Life Aquatic

    by Jaka

    I don't think it's a terrible film. It's still entertaining and filled with Andersons own idiosyncratic film-making style. My problem is that it's just not even close to as good (great!) as his other films. Neither is Darjeeling Limited, but I still put it above Life Aquatic. However, I agree with you that he's in a place all his own, or maybe neighboring Spike Jonze, in the pantheon of modern film makers.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone not want AICN...

    by Jaka

    ...contributors to make extra money? Is it personal? Have they done something mean to you? Don't you like this site and the contributions they make to it? Because if they haven't and you do, then you should absolutely make the effort to use the links provided when purchasing from Amazon. Jealousy and envy will get you nowhere, haters (and probably somebody working for another movie site).

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Jaka, re: the Jonze/Anderson pairing..

    by natrlbornthrllr

    I'd group Michel Gondry in with those two fellas. The Kaufman connection lends a natural comparison between Jonze and Gondry, but I think Science of Sleep is what really pulls Gondry into the same realm as Wes Anderson's more recent work.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    This New Yorker Cartoon book is better

    by Jaka Complete as it contains 2 cds worth of cartoons not printed included in the 672 page book. I can see the need for the individual books if you have a favorite "type" of New Yorker cartoon. But if you're just checking them out this is definitely the book to go with.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Jaka

    I agree for the most part as Sunshine is very near my favorite film (easily in my top ten). But I'd like to see a few more films from him before I can be sure. I really didn't like Be Kind Rewind and I dig both of the lead actors immensely. Although, really, I guess Spike hasn't made a ton more films than Michael - his films just "speak to me" more clearly. I love both of their "Directors Series" quite a bit, though.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Trade paperbacks are not "comics"

    by gruntybear

    Reprint collections in softcover are NOT comic books, children. They're just NOT. But by all means keep buying them if you want to see the comic industry die.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    This list rules

    by Count3D

    Thanks for the tips, Quint. Man, I've got a lot of shopping I need to do!

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    A book full of New Yorker cartoons

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    I can't imagine a worse gift for geeks, really.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    Yeah, I can't imagine anyone buying that.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Funny, because I own the one I posted about

    by Jaka

    But anyway.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Yes, TPB are most certainly comic books

    by Jaka

    They aren't periodicals, they're collected editions. And quite honestly they may be the only thing keeping the industry alive. A vast majority of the monthlies are over priced and generally suck donkey balls. But by getting people into comic book and/or book stores to buy tpb we may just be able to get/keep them interested enough in monthlies to stop the industry from killing itself. I mean really, when a monthly is $4.95 to $6.95 per issue and filled with ads, but you can buy a trade with no ads for $12.95 to $19.95, what do you really think most people are going to buy?

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Blah blah blah

    by Jaka

    "But the books are only $2.95 or $3.95" Really? And how much spandex are they wearing? Saved the world yet this year? Found an alternate universe yet? Most monthlies are overpriced, regurgitated crap these days. And I've been buying them since 1980, so don't tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by Basehead

    Suck donkey balls? I thought it was the dick that was pre dominantly sucked... However I do agree with you

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Walter Donovan's plan made no sense

    by Chakraborty

    He says something like, "Hitler wants an everlasting army to take over the world. He's welcome to it. But I want the grail itself. Hitler can have the world but he can't take it with him. I'm going to be drinking my health after he's gone the way of the dodo." <p> So, he plans to take the cup and become immortal. But how on earth does he plan to keep that cup out of Hitler's hands? The cup doesn't make someone superhuman, and a 12 year old from Brooklyn is stronger than Walter Donovan and could wrestle that cup out of his hands. His plan is idiotic.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Paperback Writer sounds so different in mono, Quint

    by Tacom

    And better in my opinion.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    I think Donovan planned to have Hitler drink from the wrong cup just like how Elsa killed Donavan.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    The New Yorker cartoons book with

    by Dingbatty

    the CD archive is absolutely worth it to geeks as it contains every comic by Charles Addams for The New Yorker.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    NY Cartoon Book

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Well, maybe it's amazing but I am a geek and I'd rather have anything on that list chosen at random. Great list, by the way. I hope to one day to actually be able to purchase things again.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 4:19 a.m. CST

    I'm in the wrong talkback

    by Chakraborty

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I'd like to add to your book list...

    by Mathom

    David Cross's I DRINK FOR A REASON, and Eugene Mirman's The Will To Whatev's

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    How Agassi's book didn't make this list I will never know...

    by jaws8u

    It is an incredible read... "Peter and Max" by Bill Willingham should have also made it.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    The power mat is lame

    by Bass Ackwards

    It's a neat idea, but the power mat isn't a competent realization of that idea. I'd recommend reading up on it a bit if you're thinking if purchasing, there's lots of negative feedback and it's pretty on the nose.

  • Dec. 1, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Louis CK

    by david19

    Is downright hilarious. My fav stand up by far. "Well the butterfly looks good so I think were in good shape." LOL brilliance.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Under the Dome

    by ratchet

    Erm is it jsut me, or is King's new book basically the same story as the Simpsons movie ? lol

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by cowboyone

    That was the only superlative that seemed appropriate. Thanks Q, you just saved me a shit load of stress and research and trips to the zombie-filled mall. Happy holidaze!

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    It's not just you, you're actually the billionth person to make that joke. Way to be behind the curve.

  • Dec. 2, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    I know what to get all the AICN guys..

    by seniorspeilbergio

    for christmas. A paperback copy of A Game of Thrones because one of these guys has to read it before the show airs so we can have at least one of you guys frothing at the mouth for this like i am. It really should be Herc since that's his territory but anyone... anyone at all... JUST READ IT. You'll thank me later.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    What abou the gift of interactive filmmaking?!

    by experiencefandom

    We're working on a fully interactive feature length movie where the audience can sign up to see and discuss with the film crew every detail of what's happening in the production process in real time. They'll be given the opportunity to weigh in on the key decisions of the production and given the chance to audition for a role! The $20 price tag includes a DVD and graphic novel of the finished project--the finished project that the audience helped create--which would be a perfect gift for any film geek. Check us out!

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Dimitri Martin

    by nyj_et

    I. Hate. Him. Can't believe this guy has already had his own TV show and starring role in a movie. No justice in this world. Samsung BDP1600 is great, but for a few bucks more, you can get the BDP3600 with wireless networking right out the box and 7.1 analog audio outputs.