Go inside the world of history's most notorious, powerful, and secret organizations with Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies ($11). From well-known groups like the Skulls, Illuminati, and Freemasons to little-known clubs like Oulipo, a group of literary intellectuals who devised unique formulas for creating written masterpieces, this 384-page investigation looks at everything through an entertaining, inquisitive eye, making a read through as fun as it is informative.
If they have to make another Star Wars movie, we hope they base it on this. Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber ($16; October 13) eschews the Jedi heroics the series is known for, instead inserting another great class of beings: zombies. After an Imperial prison barge breaks down, a team is sent to an abandoned Star Destroyer to salvage whatever they can find, only to return carrying a zombifying disease that leaves the half-dozen survivors fighting for their lives aboard the isolated, forgotten starship. Sounds good to us.