Console Wars

Growing up in the late '80s and early '90s certainly had its drawbacks — hair metal, hair styles in general, Hammer pants, etc. — but one thing you didn't miss out on is video games. With the NES firmly entrenched, upstart Sega released the Genesis, starting a bit-based battle that still rages today (albeit with different players). Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation takes a look at the, ahem, genesis of this rivalry through the lens of more than 200 interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, telling a fascinating story and making it a must-read for fans of retro gaming.

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    Literary characters can be pretty much anything the author wants, from murderous bastards to dragon-riding heroes. But almost universally, they all need to eat. Fictitious Dishes celebrates the meals of some of literature's best known tales, from the tea party in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the Swiss cheese sandwich and malted milk from Catcher in the Rye, by photographing each and placing the images next to the text from which they came. Add in some food trivia and stories about the authors, and you've got great coffee table fodder for any serious reader.

  • Dust & Grooves

    Whether you choose to organize your record collection chronologically, alphabetically, or autobiographically, there's no denying your obsession with vinyl — you hunt, dig, and browse for that all-important LP, willing to do just about anything to add it to your collection. The writers of Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting understand that obsession all too well. This book details the fixation with vinyl of 130 collectors, and their collections, with gorgeous photographs, and in-depth interviews that shed light onto what makes them tick. With 250 full-page photos featuring the collections of DJs, producers, music lovers, and record dealers, as well as 12 detailed interviews, you might just get some insight into what motivates you.

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