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WPR Gift Guide: Read

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Final Day of our Gift Guide, let’s get you edumacated in the ways of BUUUHHKS and other stuff. Here are the essentials that we all think you should be reading, or better yet, your uninitiated friends who need to get learned should be reading. Since the point of gifts are for GIVING, right?

James Says: Reamde. Neal Stephenson has done it again. Somehow he managed to bring to life a psudeo World of Warcraft game, playing out as the backdrop for an international Mafia crime, murder, kidnapping story.

If you have read any of his previous books, then this one shouldn’t leave you surprised in its quality. How can this guy know what he does? He must have a team of researchers working on game development to help him understand the intricate workings of the cyber game playing world.

Not for the faint of heart, its about 1000 pages. And while nothing as back breaking as cryptonomicon (1152pg), it is a great cyber thrill ride. Not as ground breaking as snowcrash, but worth the pages it was printed on. And then some…

Scott Says: Ender’s Game along with all the Shadow sequels.

Chad Says: Daredevil, you must start reading Daredevil. The covers are worthy of framing and the story has something special about it that you can’t pinpoint but makes it beyond awesome. Trust me, just read it and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s magical.

Evan Says: I’m going to suggest a series of books instead of a single one – Barnes and Noble recently released a series of hardcover books called the “Leatherbound Classics” series. These books are compilations of different authors or bodies of work. They have interesting, eye-catching designs on the hardcovers, and have an awesome price range of 15-25 dollars. So far, I’ve picked up The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Seven Novels By H.G. Wells, and The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. All that only cost me about 70 bucks. Get cultured!

Ryan T Says: If you have a friend that likes epic fantasy (Think; Lord of the Rings and RR Martins’ Song of Ice and Fire), I suggest you pick up Crown of Vengeance and Dream of Legends, the first two books in the awesome series by Stephen Zimmer. I don’t get a lot of time during the year to read, but once I started on Crown of Vengeance, I had to read Dream of Lengends (almost done reading it finally) Stephen is an excellent world builder and had a really cool way of plucking a group of people from “todays world” and shoving them headfirst into the World of Ave and watch them fight for survival in a land they don’t know, can’t speak the native language and is filled with awesomely dangerous creatures.

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