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!
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!
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…
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!
Image: Cover art for The Golden Compass Philip Pullman’s seminal trilogy started with The Golden Compass in 1997 and ended with The Amber Spyglass in 2000. Or so we thought—because now, the author has announced an entire sequel trilogy, The Book of Dust, will come in October. Advertisement The first book doesn’t have a title, but the name of the trilogy is extremely suggestive to fans. In the world Pullman created, “dust” is a particle responsible for everything from thought to the truth-telling device (the Alethiometer) that protagonist Lyra carries. And, as far as the Church in Lyra’s parallel world is concerned, it’s also a manifestation of original sin, since it seems to be attracted to people. The announcement published on Pullman’s website proclaims that The Book of Dust isn’t actually a sequel or prequel story it’s “an ‘equel.’ It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it.” He adds that Lyra is the center of it all, she’ll start and finish the new trilogy. “This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra’s life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
It’s not unusual to see terrible spin-off novels based on hit video game series, but The Witcher is actually a hit video game series spun off of a fantastic series of novels. The first chapter in the series, The Last Wish, is only $3 on Kindle today. Even if you haven’t played the games, it’s a great introduction to the lore, so don’t worry if you don’t know your botchlings from your bilge hags. $3 From amazon 151 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Hello, apocalypteers! Reality is a nightmare, so let’s head immediately into the sweet embrace of pop culture. This week, I explain the many reasons why video games movies don’t work, the difference between Iron Fist and Rogue One’s Chirrut Imwe, what the hell the Super Friends cartoon is in the Arrowverse, and more. Take shelter! Revenge of the Revenge of the Sith: Another Confused Rebel: Dear Mr. Postman, One thing about Rogue One is that it makes us look at the original trilogy in different ways. Now the exhaust port is a brillant piece of “screw you” to the Empire from Galen Erso. With that in mind, I would assume the Han Solo film is going to take place timeline wise during the prequel trilogy. We do see the Millennium Falcon in Episode III on Coruscant. Do you think there is a way for the Han Solo film to improve the prequels or put a different spin on something from the prequels? Also, I have a follow-up question to the answer you gave ConfusedRebel last week. If Jedha is destroyed in Rogue One, where the crystal mines are, where does the Empire get the crystals READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
With actual news headlines looking more and more dystopian, there’s no better time to take a literary journey to an imaginary galaxy, parallel universe, or fantastic realm. February may be the shortest month, but it’s stuffed with books that are perfect for the job. The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry A celebration of the iconic cult film, with behind-the-scenes photos, storyboards, poster art, and more, including a foreword by director John Carpenter. Check out an excerpt here! (Feb. 1) $26 From amazon 82 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai A man who lives in a version of 2016 as envisioned by the 1960s, complete with flying cars and moving sidewalks, accidentally time-warps into the parallel universe that’s our version of 2016. He finds it a horrific dystopia at first, but soon realizes some things about this alternate reality are actually pretty great. (Feb. 7) $17 READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
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!