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Gift guide: Books and videos to make the season bright

Posted by on December 17, 2012 – 8:00 am

The holidays are fast upon us — and nerds have needs. Nerdvana has a few ideas to aid in your selfless quest!

Books

Tarzan The Centennial Celebration hardcover coffee table book

Tarzan The Centennial Celebration – The Lord of the Jungle celebrated his 100th anniversary this year and Titan books has released a wonderful hardcover commemorative coffee-table book that takes a look back at Tarzan’s books, movies, comics and art over the past century. The book has 320 pages of color art, photographs and commentary by Edgar Rice Burroughs historian Scott Tracy Griffin – the perfect gift for the Ape-Man in your life. — Bob Leeper

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule HistoriaThe Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – Fans of Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda games may not have a new adventure to play (yet), but there is something they are drooling over this Christmas – Hyrule Historia, a legendary tome that has long been only a dream on these shores. Now Dark Horse Comics has made this long-sought, beautifully illustrated hardcover history of the game franchise available in the States. It’s dangerous to go alone — take this! — Jayson Peters

Videos

Buffy the Vampire Slayer complete DVD setBuffy the Vampire Slayer – Seven seasons, 39 DVDs packed full of Joss Whedon wonderfullness. Amazon is selling this $200 boxed package, which contains the entire saga of one of the greatest heroines of all time, for less than $80. You almost have to buy this set, just to cleanse your soul after watching that last Twilight movie. And with the famous musical episode, your recipient can really have a “slaying song tonight.” — BL

The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray combo pack (Warner Bros.)The Dark Knight Rises — Unquestionably one of the biggest movie events of the year, Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his vision of the Batman saga is almost a must-have for Blu-ray collectors. It’s available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, DVD and download. The robust special features and interactive elements make up for some of the more preachy and over-the-top moments. — JP

The Charlie Brown and Snoopy ShowThe Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show — On Nov. 20 the Warner Archive Collection released The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show: The Complete Series for the first time on DVD. Few times of the year summon thoughts of the beagle and his melancholy owner like Christmas (except maybe Halloween) and this would make a nice addition to a fan’s DVD library — and an unexpected one, as the Emmy-nominated 1983-85 series hasn’t been seen by many in years. It’s great for cartoon lovers of all ages and makes for good family friendly viewing during winter break. — JP

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