Every geek worth even half his salt knows George Lucas penned Star Wars. But what if it was actually written hundreds of years ago by The Bard himself? It'd likely read a lot like William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Ian Doescher has reimagined A New Hope in full iambic pentameter glory, and adorned it with 20 detailed Elizabethan-style illustrations. It's certainly not as easy as just watching the film, but odds are you've already seen it several hundred times, anyway.
If you've spent much time in Portland, Oregon, you've undoubtedly heard of Le Pigeon, and with any luck you've been fortunate enough to enjoy a meal there. For those who can't make it out to the Pacific Northwest, you can enjoy their French New American cuisine at home with Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird ($26). This cookbook is divided into sections covering the myriad of dishes available, including: Tongue, Fat Liver, Little Birds, Rabbit, Pork, Horns and Antlers, Lamb, and more. Highlights include Elk Tongue Stroganoff, Rabbit and Eel Terrine, Lamb Belly BLT, and Pork Tacos. While some of the ingredients may be a bit hard to find if you're not an all-star chef, you'll find plenty of recipes to fuel your next dinner party.
Far-flung destinations, beautiful women, gunplay, fast cars — this is life behind the cameras of the greatest spy movie franchise in film history — and now you can experience it all with Bond On Set ($20-40). These books explore behind the scenes of several of the most recent Bond films: Skyfall, 007 Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Die Another Day. With photography documenting the making of these thrilling movies, excerpts from the screen plays, and illuminating captions, you'll find deep insight into how these films came to be. Whether you're a die-hard Bond fan, or just a cinephile with an interest in how great movies are made, there's plenty to like in every one of these books.
Just because the saga is over, doesn't mean you can't relive your favorite moments with Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug — and there's never been a better way to do it than with The Hangover Trilogy ($50). Follow the shenanigan-filled chronicle of the Wolf Pack as they journey from Las Vegas, to Thailand, and back to Las Vegas in this story of over-indulgence, bad decisions, and fuzzy memories. This Blu-Ray box set includes each of the movies in the trilogy, as well as a never-before-seen documentary exploring the making of these three ridiculous movies.
If you're a true Star Wars fan, you can probably close your eyes and picture some of the series' most iconic moments: Han Solo as he's lowered into the carbon freezing chamber, or the bittersweet look of redemption on the face of Anakin Skywalker as Luke removes his mask. Star Wars: Frames ($90) is a celebration of 1,416 moments like these, hand-picked by George Lucas from over one million frames of film, and reproduced across two hardcover volumes — one for the original trilogy and one for the prequel trilogy. Each set arrives in a box designed to resemble Vader's Tie Fighter and opens to reveal images of the Sith Lord himself.
Whether you're a completely-obsessed Apple fanboy, or just an industrial or packaging designer looking for inspiration, Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation ($75 or $300) is the coffee table book for you. Filled from cover to cover with carefully-shot photos documenting the evolution of Apple products from the Apple II to the iMac, this book details Apple's rise from a two-man company in a Silicon Valley garage to one of the top producers of consumer electronics in the world. See full-color photos of desktops, portables, iPhones, iPods, prototypes, and packaging, accompanied by introductions and quotes from Apple insiders. If you're really wild about Apple, opt for the special edition which comes in a specially-made retro peripheral case celebrating computing products from the late 70s and early 80s.
Experience the classic board game of capitalism and real estate like never before with the Monopoly 3D Edition ($500). This special edition game is limited to just 2,000 pieces, and features custom-designed elements depicting New York City from popular three-dimensional artist Charles Fazzino. These elements include six pewter game pieces, money, title deeds, chance and community chest cards, wood houses, hotels, and banker's tray, as well as three-dimensional artwork with embedded crystals and foil accents. The set comes in a two-inch-deep wooden cabinet with a glass top, and each set is numbered and signed by the artist.
Rap, hip hop, whatever you want to call it — sometimes song lyrics leave you feeling clueless about their meaning — but don't worry, Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You & Your Grandma Can Understand ($10) is here to save you from uncool ignorance. This book explores rap lyrics from songs divided into multiple categories (braggadocio, cars, crime, disses, fashion, intoxicants, people, places, and sex) giving you deep insight into sometimes-cryptic hip hop turns of phrase. Each lyric is quoted, along with the artist, song, and album, and then explained in a matter-of-fact, academic manner that will leave even the least knowledgeable feeling like a hip hop head.
Perfect if you're the kind of guy just getting into Bob Dylan and looking for a complete discography to jump-start your collection, Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection ($180) is nearly all-encompassing. It includes each of his 35 studio and six live albums —many of them newly-remastered and independently packaged with reproduced original artwork — as well as a two-disk compilation of additional music not found on the original albums.
With Halloween just around the corner, it's never been a better time to start assembling a respectable collection of classic scary movies — and a secret stash of candy to hold you over for the rest of the month. Get your horror library started with Chucky: The Complete Collection ($60). Relive the early scenes of Chucky and Andy that made us all terrified of dolls in Child's Play, Child's Play 2, and Child's Play 3. Watch as Chucky finds true love in Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky. And, if you're not quite caught up, watch Curse of Chucky for the first time. This collection includes all six films as well as hours of bonus content.
As an adaptation of Max Brooks' oral history of the zombie apocalypse, World War Z ($20) may leave something to be desired — but as a star-studded globe-spanning monster epic, it has enough thrills, incredible set pieces, and Hollywood scares to keep you engaged until the last bite. For those unfamiliar with the source material (from which the film differs substantially) or the movie itself, it chronicles the efforts of one UN investigator (Brad Pitt) to find the source of, and cure for, an undead outbreak of global proportions. This unrated blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy edition will give you plenty of opportunities to re-watch, pick apart, or just stare anxiously from the edge of your couch, and the extra seven minutes give you a bonus you never found in theaters.
You all know by now that Legos aren't just meant for kids — there are grown men (and women) all over the world building incredible things out of these little colorful bricks. Beautiful Lego ($18) highlights the amazing creations made by Lego enthusiasts that really transcend the medium. This book features photos of Lego replicas of everyday objects and famous buildings, ships, creatures, and more, as well as interviews with the artists that give you a window into their creative minds. It might be just the inspiration you need to pull that box of bricks out of your basement and start building.