Finding the perfect Christmas gift for your “nerdy” friend might not be so easy. Nerds are by definition highly intellectual bookworms -nose stuck between the pages of complicated and abstruse science books, huge fantasy or sci-fi tomes! and there might be a chance that they already have read pretty much everything! Although, finding the right book is possible once you identify what their genre: is it fantasy? or is it science? sci-fi or mangas? whether genre they might enjoy, these are some of the most interesting titles you can find on the shelves.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
Coming right after Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut –Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was probably one of the most anticipated books of the year!
“Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…”.
From the author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a nice read: a guide to all of the magical creatures to Harry Potter’s world.
The Six of Crows Duology Boxed Set by Leigh Bardugo
Special editions and boxed sets are the most tangible proof of success, at least in the literary world and Leigh Bardugo‘s Six of Crows Series definitely deserve that.
The Grisha Trilogy Boxed Set: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Speaking of big success and enchanting stories this stunning hardcover boxed set of The Ghisha Trilogy is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf. A fascinating, unique world rich with detail (Veronica Roth, New York Times–bestselling author of Divergent) filled with lush descriptions, intriguing magic, and plenty of twists (Publishers Weekly), Bardugo is one of the best YA/Fantasy writer on the scene. Included in this bundle are Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
Disney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas by
Two words should be enough to convince you: Tim Burton and TOKYOPOP.
Tim Burton: genius director, producer, artist, writer and animator is known for his dark, gothic, eccentric and quirky fantasy films such as Edward Scissorhands (1990), the horror fantasy Sleepy Hollow (1999), Dark Shadows (2012), the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010) and his latest effort, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
In the early 2000s TOKYOPOP was known as one of the biggest manga publishers outside Japan, with the largest market share of manga sales in the U.S. After being suffering losses of licences, resignations, layoffs as well as the….. of the publishing industry, in 2015 the company announced a “new incarnation” by relaunching its publishing operations in North America with Disney as first major licensor.
Disney Manga Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is a must-have for manga fans, Tim Burton fans, and Halloween fans alike!!
Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by
Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations.
The Undoing Project is about a compelling collaboration between two men who have the dimensions of great literary figures. They became heroes in the university and on the battlefield―both had important careers in the Israeli military―and their research was deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences. Amos Tversky was a brilliant, self-confident warrior and extrovert, the center of rapt attention in any room; Kahneman, a fugitive from the Nazis in his childhood, was an introvert whose questing self-doubt was the seedbed of his ideas. They became one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science, working together so closely that they couldn’t remember whose brain originated which ideas, or who should claim credit. They flipped a coin to decide the lead authorship on the first paper they wrote, and simply alternated thereafter.
This story about the workings of the human mind is explored through the personalities of two fascinating individuals so fundamentally different from each other that they seem unlikely friends or colleagues. In the process they may well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.
The Gene. An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
From bestselling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master-code that makes and defines humans. An epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity – and a vision of both humanity’s past and future.
The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganizes our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.
The Glass Universe. How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as calculators, or “human computers,” to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The “glass universe” of half a million plates that Harvard amassed in this period enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim.They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight.
Enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries and memoirs, The Glass Universe is a captivating, true-story of a group of remarkable women who, through their hard work and groundbreaking discoveries, disproved the commonly held belief that the gentler sex had little to contribute to human knowledge.
Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by
One of the best books I have read in 2016. Spaceman by Mike Massimino is a splendid read for all those people who at least once in their lives looked up at the stars. Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.
Fascinating, funny and inspiring -because nothing is impossible when you fully commit your heart to it. Even spacewalking!
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