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4A Games and Del Rey Books has unveiled their eBook “ARKTIKA.1: My Name is Viktoria”

MALTA – July 17, 2017 – 4A Games, the studio behind the award-winning Metro series, and Del Rey Books – an imprint of Random House and one of the world’s foremost publishers of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction – announced today a collaborative partnership behind the storyline for 4A Games’ upcoming first-person shooter for Oculus™ Touch, ARKTIKA.1, as well… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

Get Game Of Thrones, The Martian, And More On Your Kindle For Cheap

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. With only 13 titles on sale, this Sunday’s Kindle ebook sale is far from the biggest Amazon’s ever run, but it does includes some bona fide hits, including A Game of Thrones (timely!) and The Martian. Executive Editor, Commerce READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Save $5 On Any $15 Physical Book Purchase From Amazon. Yep, Any Book You Want. 

For the first time since the holiday shopping season, Amazon’s offering a sitewide discount on all physical books they sell; save $5 on any order of $15 or more with code PRIMEBOOKS17. Just like previous, similar deals, this deal excludes Kindle titles and audiobooks, but if there are any commemorative coffee table-type books or collector’s editions that you’ve been eyeing, this is a great opportunity. Just choose carefully; you can only use the code once per account. Advertisement You can buy multiple books to meet the $15 threshold, but here are a few $15+ suggestions to get you started. Again, this works on any physical book Amazon sells (shipped and sold by Amazon directly), so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a use for it. Let us know in the comments what you got! $13 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $12 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $12 From amazon 1 READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Get Your First Six Months of Audible For 40% Off, and Keep Your Books Forever

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. If you love books, but don’t have as much time as you’d like to actually sit down and read them, Amazon’s Prime Day Audible deal has your name on it. For a limited time, Prime members can get six months of the service for $9 each, down from the usual $15. That entitles you to a new book of your choice each month, and everything you buy is yours to keep, even if you cancel after the six month promotional period ends. While most of these kinds of promotions are only available to new members, you can get this deal if you’ve been a paid Audible subscriber in the past, as long as you haven’t been a member within the last 30 days. For the rest of Amazon’s early Prime Day deals, check out our roundup here. Managing Deals Editor | Send deal submissions to deals@gizmodomedia.com READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Here Are All the Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving in July

Detail from the cover for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 34th Annual Collection We’re well into summer now, but there’s still plenty of time to add a book or eight to your reading list. And you’ll want to, after checking out all the amazing-sounding science fiction and fantasy titles coming in July—including several short story collections and the authorial debut of actor Wesley Snipes. Angel Catbird Volume 3: The Catbird Roars by Margaret Atwood (author), Johnnie Christmas (illustrator), and Tamra Bonvillain (illustrator) Acclaimed author Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) wraps up her first graphic novel trilogy by bringing her superhero saga to a close—but not before a massive battle ensues between the world’s rats and half-cats. (July 4) $11 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission In Evil Times by Melinda Snodgrass The author follows The High Ground with the continuing adventures of newly-graduated Orden de la Estrella officers Tracy and Mercedes, who are stationed on far-flung battleships but face similar struggles keeping the peace between humans and aliens. (July 4) $15

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A Look Inside The Art Of Overwatch 

Coming this fall from Dark Horse, The Art of Overwatch is more than 300 pages of the illustrations and concept art that Blizzard produced while creating its frighteningly popular hero shooter. We’ve got four of those pages, and they’re quite nice. As someone who loves looking at Overwatch much more than actually playing, I’m looking forward to Dark Horse’s art anthology, and not just for the pictures. Each page includes commentary from members of the development team, and I am a sucker for art with commentary. It’s like Pop-Up Video, only without the popping up. Or the video. Just look at the pretty pictures. Click to enlarge. Right click and open in a new tab to really enlarge. The Art of Overwatch goes on sale October 24. The regular hardcover edition will set you back $50. The special limited edition hardcover runs $100 and comes packaged in a magnetic clamshell box with three original prints and a cover that’ll make you rethink the way you place books on shelves. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Amazon Just Discounted Basically Every Marvel Digital Comic To a Few Bucks Each, For Some Reason

Amazon’s running a Marvel digital comic sale that’s bigger than any Avengers movie today, with literally thousands of titles marked down to $5 or less. You’ll find everything from the Guardians of the Galaxy to Darth Vader to Deadpool to Captain America in there, and every hero in between, so there’s never been a better time to stock your digital shelves. The selection is overwhelming (nearly 400 pages!), so if you have any specific suggestions, drop them in the comments. $2 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $2 From amazon 338 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $3 From amazon 460 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $2 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $2 From amazon 1564 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $2 From amazon 487 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Your Summer of Reading Begins With This Epic List of June's New Scifi and Fantasy Books

Detail from the cover of The Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee It’s June! The days are longer, the nights are warmer, and the amount of new science fiction and fantasy books that will soon be available is truly mind-blowing. Read on to find out about more than 30 great new titles, coming out over the next 30 days! Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien Editor Christopher Tolkien draws out a key love story from his father’s The Silmarillion, exploring how the tale changed over the years by placing it within different contexts as it evolved. The book features artwork by Alan Lee, who also illustrated The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and shared a Best Art Direction Oscar for Return of the King. (June 1) $19 From amazon 16 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission Valerian: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 by Pierre Christin (author) and Jean-Claude Mézières (artist) Luc Besson’s big-screen adaptation of this much-loved French comic series arrives July 21; get a head start with this first collected READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Official Breath of the Wild Hardcover Collector's Guide Is Back Down to $24

What better way to celebrate one of the greatest games ever than with a gorgeous, full-color hardcover game guide? The official collector’s edition guide for Breath of the Wild includes a map poster, a 16-page art section, and yes, even a guide for getting through the game. $24 is a match for the lowest price Amazon’s listed, and the same amount you would have paid if you preordered. $24 From amazon 1305 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission Recommended Stories Today’s Best Deals: Philips Hue, New Balance, Model Cars, and More Catch Up on Life Is Strange For Just $7 on PC Your Workout Wardrobe Will Appreciate Amazon’s One-Day New Balance Sale READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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World War Z (the book): A meticulous, global history of the zombie apocalypse. 

World War Z (the book): A meticulous, global history of the zombie apocalypse.  Advertisement What it is: Max Brooks’ 2006 novel stitching together dozens of fictional accounts of a zombie uprising that almost killed off humanity. Adapted in 2013 into a film that threw out book’s entire concept and kept only the name. What I’ve read: Finished it a couple nights ago. Advertisement Is it good? Yeah, I liked it a lot. Quick thoughts: I actually watched the movie on a whim a couple of years ago and thought it was really boring. I remember being vaguely aware that it was based on a much better book, but it didn’t occur to me to read it at the time. The book takes a smart approach that allows it to have a noticeably different energy from your average end-of-the-world story, zombie or otherwise. Everyone the author interviews is a survivor, and it’s established in the early goings that humanity won this one. The zombies lost. The narrated flashback format removes a lot of the usual dread and tension from the story, and replaces it with these READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Graphic Novel About D&D's Creator Is Enchanting, But Falls Into A Familiar Trap

Rise of the Dungeon Master Storytelling was never the same after Dungeons & Dragons. When players, guided by a dungeon master, knit a dense narrative whose many threads are each supported by their neighbors, it makes the case that many voices are greater than one. This is the pitch on which Dungeons & Dragons stakes its brand. Advertisement We see the same technique in Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D, a new graphic novel about how cherished D&D co-creator Gary Gygax birthed Dungeons & Dragons. Together, author David Kushner (Masters of Doom) and artist Koren Shadmi animate the characters orbiting Gygax throughout D&D’s origin story. It’s not just the combination of narrative, dialogue and illustration that gives Rise of the Dungeon Master the multi-voiced feel. Kushner’s chapters begin with second-person callouts like “You are Ernest Gary Gygax” or “You are [co-creator] Dave Arneson,” continuing that conceit throughout the tales of poring over miniatures and calculating stat tables. It’s a bid for readers’ emotional investment. It works. Rise of the Dungeon Master is an enchanting history of Dungeon & Dragons, and of Gary Gygax, that you can read in one sitting. And yet, perhaps Gygax…

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This Amazon Sale on Darth Vader Comics Is Impressive. Most Impressive.

If The Hallway Scene rekindled your Darth Vader love affair, all four volumes of his new comic series are on sale on Kindle today. The first three volumes will only set you back $5 each, while the fourth is marked down to $10. Once you purchase, you’ll be able to read them on basically any device via Comixology. $5 From amazon 92 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $5 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $5 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $10 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission More Deals READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Vlambeer's Giant Book Is Fantastic

Vlambeer are best known for their video games like Luftrausers, Nuclear Throne and Ridiculous Fishing. I’ve been enjoying something else they’ve done recently, though, and it’s something a bit more tangible: this big book all about the team and their history. Advertisement At 152 over-sized pages, it’s really two books in one: there’s a massive collection of big artwork spreads throughout, but there’s also a 20,000-word history of the studio to read as well, put together by Arjan Terpstra, who did a fantastic job on the big Killzone book that came out in 2016. There are two versions available. One is $95, comes in a giant box and includes a notebook and fancy print, along with signatures from Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman. The other, at $40, gets you just the book. Advertisement Both are available from Cook & Becker, an art dealer who we’ve featured a few times before for their lush video game prints. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!