December 19, 2011

Gift Ideas

Well, it's Christmas time/ holiday season, so that means gift cards! And buying gifts for others, of course. So I'm dedicating this post to some gift ideas, whether it's buying for others or yourself. Not for me, but I am a bit biased in that they are things I like....Price range varies.



Books





I like fantasy books mostly, but here are some great suggestions anyway...
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson  

A biography about former head-boss at Apple. Was planned and in progress before he died (finished too?). The fact that he died of course would elevate sales. Either way, it's a hot seller and people have been saying it's great. For tech people / Apple users, mostly.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
King's latest, and one of his best, is about a time travel attempt to save JFK.
Complete Harry Potter Collection by J.K. Rowling

Philosopher’s Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Order of the Phoenix
Half-Blood Prince
Deathly Hallows [finale]
The classic story of the boy wizard. 

Dark Tower by Stephen King

Gunslinger
Drawing of the Three
Waste Lands
Wizard and Glass
Wolves of the Calla
Song of Susannah
Dark Tower [finale]

Stephen King's best books ever? Possibly... 

Camelot Chronicles by Jack Whyte
Skystone
Singing Sword
Eagles' Brood
Saxon Shore
Fort at River's Bend
Metamorphesis
Uther
Clothar the Frank
The Eagle [finale]

What Batman Begins & Casino Royale achieved with 'realism', Jack Whyte shows us how Arthur, Merlyn & Camelot could have / might have existed...

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

Golden Compass
Subtle Knife
Amber Spyglass [finale]

The anti-Narnia!


Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind


Wizard’s First Rule
Stone of Tears
Blood of the Fold
Temple of the Winds
Soul of the Fire
Faith of the Fallen
Pillars of Creation
Naked Empire
Chainfire
Phantom
Confessor [finale]

More 'adult' fantasy, and better than average run of the mill stuff. A great series with a strong debut.
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Eye of the World
Great Hunt
Dragon Reborn
Shadow Rising
Fires of Heaven
Lord of Chaos
Crown of Swords
Path of Daggers
Winter’s Heart
Crossroads of Twilight
Knife of Dreams
Gathering Storm (with Brandon Sanderson)
Towers of Midnight (with Brandon Sanderson)
Memory of Light [forthcoming] (with Brandon Sanderson) [finale]

One of the better fantasy series out there, in the same sort of style as Tolkien.

Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Game of Thrones
Clash of Kings
Storm of Swords 
Feast for Crows
Dance With Dragons
Winds of Winter [forthcoming]
Dream of Spring [forthcoming] [finale]

My favorite series of books (and the HBO show is quite good too). Even more than Tolkien. Even more than Harry Potter. You may have heard of it, too. HBO series is named after book 1. Good reads, well written, and anything can happen. No one is safe.

Tech


Iphone 4S

What can't it do? The only thing is that the touch keypad on the screen may take some getting used to. But baically, if you want or need something, the new iphone is the best at doing it. Not a fan of Apple or iphones? Then get a really good Android. Blackberry is going down the tubes. Fact.

X360

It's THE best gaming system out there, and at a decent price too. Two reasons to get one - Skyrim & Arkham City

Hi-Definition

Ok, so a few pointers in general for getting HD:

- make sure the tv size is not too big or too small for the room.
- get a respectable brand, and warranty. This is an investment.
- adjust all components accordingly. If you have a X360, or HD sat / cable receiver, set the video / audio settings accordingly so you get the full impact.
- HDMI cables! Without these, you don't get HD; and your investment (and components) is useless.
- make sure you get / use the HD channels. Otherwise, you'll be watching everything low quality.

Kobo Vox

I dislike e-readers, but this is prolly the best one - it's touch & color, and does BOOKS the best; which is what it's intended for.





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