Christmas is coming! It’s time to go out and brave the crowds, searching for that perfect gift for the one you love. No traffic is too heavy, no line too long to deter you from your quest!
Or you could put on some Christmas music and shop from the comfort of your own home. The Mistress of Death has already provided a Black Christmas Gift Guide for those who share her somewhat…unusual tastes. For the people on your list who have somewhat less macabre tastes, you’ll need something a little less esoteric. Fear not! FangirlNation is here to help. The list is divided into sections, so if you have a particular type of gift you’re looking for, you can just
Fly or turn invisible? Which superpower would you like? What about your friend? And, how can you or anyone else get it with all those pesky regulations in the way? Screw your lab safety, I want superpowers!. Let your loved ones show their indifference to safety and their willingness to protect the world with the “Screw Your Lab Safety” shirt from Human ($23).
If your friend reads, there is a very good chance you’ve heard laments about the death of entirely fictional characters. Show your sympathy and allow them to mourn with the the Don’t Talk to Me, My Favorite Character Just Died shirt from Human.
With the Star Wars Dark Side Adult Footed Pajamas, your friends can sleep sound in the knowledge that they are the worst nightmare around. $29.95 from JumpinJamerz.
Or maybe your friend is a true Jedi, in which case they’ll enjoy demonstrating the fact in stylish, warm Star Wars Jedi Onesie ($52.16 & FREE Shipping) from TruffleShuffle, fighting the nightmares rather than becoming them.
Perhaps you have a friend who never stops talking about books. Demonstrate your support for their hobby and an appreciation of great literature by giving them this Nevermore shirt from UpshhirtsCreek. ($14.99)
Try the Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES Game System ($24.99 – $99.99) from ThinkGeek, an item one of our writers assures us has been on her wish list for five years running. It is portable, with a battery lasting up to eight hours, or it can plug into the TV for big-screen gaming.
Reports from all over have computer RPG players praising the recently released Dragon Age: Inquisition (though it is only fair to point out that some of these include comments about arguing over who gets to play at any given time). All indications are that players disappear into Thedas for hours at a time, so keep that in mind! Some those reports are from FangirlNation staff members and it’s hard to get them to stop questing long enough to talk about it, though one of our reviewers did surface long enough to yell “Tell them they should do their best to do everything in Halamshiral in one go because that area is only open for one quest!” She also later called it Gaming Done Right in her review, where she enthused more about the joys of playing.
Prices vary by platform, ranging from $69.99 for the PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation Three $84.23 for the PlayStation 4 on Amazon.
We read. We review. We’ve found some really good books this year!
Legends of Red Sonja by Gail Simone and others (see below!) Gail Simone has written the She Devil with the Sword with attitude, swagger, and humor. In Legends, she recruited some of the best women to write a series of interlinked tales as Red Sonja is tracked by a ruthless group of mercenaries.
Written by: Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Kalile Grason, Meljean Brook, Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Mercedes Lackey, Rhianna Pratchett, Marjorie M. Liu, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Blair Butler
Art by: Noah Salonga, Carla Speed McNeil, Mel Rubi, Tula Lotay, Doug Holgate, Cassandra James, Nei Ruffino, Phil Noto, Naniiebim, Valentine Delandro, Jim Calafiore, and Jack Jadson. $15.47 through Amazon.
The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1Every ninety years, some teenagers get to be gods. Two years later, they’ll all be dead. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie’s and color by Matt Wilson, The Wicked + The Divine focuses on Luci, one of the teens, and our reviewer writes “if you’re a teenager cursed with occult tendencies and a brain that thinks too much, buy this book. If you can remember what it was like to be that teenager, you should also buy this book. If you like gorgeous art, rad coloring, and clever writing… well, you get the idea.” So if you have anyone on your list who meets any of those criteria, you’re in luck!
There is a fuller review here
Imagine Agents by Brian Joines (writer) and, Bachan (Illustrator) an all-ages graphic novel that follows Dave and Terry, agents of I.M.A.G.I.N.E. as they track down rogue imaginary friends and stop one particularly nasty customer from trying to gain power over humans. They are aided in their quest by Blounder, a cheerful pink blob, now retired from being the imaginary friend and Furdlgurr, an imaginary friend trying to protect his boy, Elliot. The story is as much fun as you think, balancing the danger the runaway “figment” represents with the craziness of the premise, with Bachan’s colorful, off-the-wall creatures inhabiting every panel. (Comes out December 16; $13.41 through Amazon).
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke is a humorous tale of friendship and problem-solving featuring a determined, capable red-head who takes care of her loneliness by inviting a host of lost creatures, everything from the Patched Up Kitty to a dragon, into her home, and then finds a creative solution to dealing with the mess they make. The prose is evocative and the pictures delightful. A fuller review is on site. $9.99 on Kindle and $13.28 hardcover through Amazon.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers is a is a series of twenty-six short, humorous stories, sometimes interlinked stories, one for each letter of the alphabet. They had our reviewer laughing out loud. A fuller review is on site.
Non Fiction for the Curious
The Compatibility Gene by Daniel M. Davis is a clearly-written history of our exploration of the immune system and how it works. Davis provides quick portraits of the scientists at work and solid explanations of their findings. A full review is on site.
Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life Sometimes the inspiration to get up and go as a woman can be just a few pages away. Leading Women (edited by Nancy D O’Reilly), the new collection of advice for Women by Women gives advice and action steps to those women looking to build their careers and make a difference in the world. The book is a great gift for recent graduates and women taking on a leadership role in the workplace. A fuller review is given here
Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff If your obsessions lie closer to Downton Abbey, this new book gives a behind the scenes look into the lives of the household staff. Guides for how to be a Valet and Lady’s maid show just what the characters downstairs would be facing on a daily basis in the Manor house. Fuller review here
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan is he history of the women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee who worked to enrich the uranium used for the first atomic bombs in a town that officially did not exist and without ever being told what they were doing; often, they did not even know what the person next to them was working on. Kiernan has a knack for choosing the moments that make her topic come alive making this an engrossing as well as informative read. A Full review is on site. Available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Finishing School books by Gail Carriger Sophronia is not at all happy to be sent to finishing school—then she finds out that Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is a school for finishing whatever needs finishing, from the covert gathering of information to discreet assassinations. Her teachers include a vampire and a werewolf, and the school is held on board a giant dirigible, and she thrives. The series is ultimately going to be four books. The first three, Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies, and Waistcoats & Weaponry are available now in paperback, hardcover, or ebook. Fuller reviews are on site.
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd is full of words and the wonder of words. The narrator, Felicity, is a word collector. She likes not just the sound and meaning of words but also their shapes and colors. When she comes to Midnight Gulch, a town that tales say was once full of magic, Felicity feels at home. The trouble is, her mother never likes to stay in one place for any length of time. Felicity is determined to help the town recover its magic and find her family a home. The book is available in paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audiobook. There is a full review on site.
Schrödinger’s Cat is alive; Schrödinger’s Cat is dead. Help your friends ponder quantum reality and educate others with these Schrödinger’s Cat Earrings from ThinkGeek. ($5.99).
Periodic Element Jewelry For the girl who wants something a little bit fancy, but still wants to stay true to her science roots, BeautyisEloquent from Etsy has a periodic table entry necklace for both Gold and Silver. She also does custom work, just in case you’d prefer to be decked out in the symbol for Iron.
Friendship Necklace Set – DNA and RNA Base Pairs Do you and your best friend have perfect chemistry together? It is like you’re DNA and RNA base pairs? Show the one you love that together you build something real with this DNA and RNA Base Pair Friendship Necklace set from Molecularmuse on Etsy. It’s a bit pricey at $110.00, but worth it for that special match
Hermoine’s Yule Ball Earrings Were you drooling over Hermoine’s look at the Yule Ball? The Noble Collection sells a beautiful replica of her Yule Ball earrings for $95.00. Also, don’t look now but there might be a time turner or two on their site as well.
Dragon Fantasy Clip You might not be the Mother of Dragons, but you can have the style of one. Available in various types from Etsy store Aishavoya, this hair clip gives every girl their own dragon.
The Raven Cuff The literature lover in your life may enjoy you taking a page from Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem The Raven with this bracelet cuff. Artist JezebelCharms on Etsy also offers other famous works by Poe.
Who could resist this Planetary Glass Set from ThinkGeek? It even includes Pluto for the nostalgic. $49.99 from ThinkGeek.
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