It's been a banner year for book-reading nerds. Finally, books written for nerds, by nerds are making their way into the popular culture, and the nerds are squeeful. This makes the job of holiday shopping for the nerd in your life easier than ever. Here are a few great ideas along those lines, from your friends at CNN Geek Out:
Several of the most famous geeks out there have written personal books in the past year or so, foremost among them, "Shaun of the Dead" and "Star Trek" star Simon Pegg.
"Nerd Do Well" sees Pegg sharing many personal stories about his rise in Hollywood, but he doesn't let you forget his genuine nerd cred. The man can talk "Star Wars" trivia with the best of them.
Similarly, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, known for "Ratatouille" (not to mention a memorable guest spot on "Dollhouse"), tells of his time growing up in Virginia and his many, many hours logged playing "Dungeons & Dragons" in "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland." Oswalt represents angry nerds everywhere, and this book lets you get to know him better.
Taking a bit more of a self-help route, Chris Hardwick, a.k.a. "the Nerdist," has advice for being the best nerd you can be in "The Nerdist Way." Hardwick has built something of an empire, with his website, podcast, and hosting gigs on BBC America and AMC.
Speaking of outspoken geek icons, Carrie Fisher also has a book out (and she's currently in the midst of a feud with Shatner). Her book, "Shockaholic," of which we got a preview this year at Dragon*Con, tells you everything a "Star Wars" fan would want to know about the writer and "Star Wars" star and perhaps a few things they didn't.
And, we would be remiss if we didn't mention the "Hunger Games" books here. Interest in them is at an all-time high in the geek community, thanks to a movie trailer that hit a home run. If they don't have the books yet, they will likely want them for this holiday season.
Hopefully these will give you a few ideas for gifts for your geek who likes to sit down with a good book. Check back here for more gift ideas in the coming days.