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The Cyclopedia

The Cyclopedia

If you're one of those people who need constant internet access to answer any question at any time, perhaps you should consider picking up Running Press Cyclopedia: The Ultimate Visual Reference Tool ($14). A pocket-sized wonder, the Cyclopedia features over 1,000 illustrations and more than 200,000 facts covering topics such as world history, science, arts, and the environment — it's like having a blazing-fast Treo in your pocket, but without the email, phone, or internet connection. Okay, maybe it's not like a Treo at all, but it's still damn cool.

  • Absolute Dark Knight by Frank Miller

    If you're not really that in to comic books, you'll probably recognize the name Frank Miller from the recent movie adaptation of his graphic novel Sin City. Fortunately for us, his talents have extended well beyond that realm. Frank Miller's Absolute Dark Knight ($100) includes two graphic novels, The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the former being a groundbreaking work that infused Batman's beloved Gotham with a darkness that only Miller could realize. Along with other plotlines, sketchbook material, and more, this is a must have for any superhero aficionado.

  • Playboy: The Celebrities

    Celebrating the pictorials of Playboy's history sounds great to us, and it sounds even better when they are iconic pictorials of some very important women. Playboy: The Celebrities ($27) is filled with over 150 photographs from some of the magazine's most famous subjects, including Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Jenny McCarthy, Pamela Anderson, Debbie Harry, and Marilyn Monroe. Beautiful women, beautiful photographs, and Playboy — sounds like a great present to pick for yourself this holiday.