Chronicle Books have announced their upcoming releases for the fall and winter of 2013, and quite a few will be of interest to gamers and geeks (like you).
For those who won’t be happy unless they have a fully-functional R2 unit running around their house before they die, Uma Droid’s How To Speak Droid will teach you how to tell your astromech droid to get you a soda, bring you some snacks, and repair mechanical problems with your X-Wing. It’ll be out in September.
If you’re more of a fighter than a (droid) lover, September also sees the release of Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling, which consists of seven fighting arenas that have holes for your thumbs, as well as two thumb-mounted lightsabers.
Also out in September is the self-explanatory Classic Book Of Rude Jokes by Scott McNeely, which, in the Star Wars universe, would be subtitled How To Get Lightsabered In Three Easy Jokes.
For those who prefer to see people cut down with tree-chopping equipment instead of laser swords, October brings the release of Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie, a making-of book on the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Best of all, the book was written by Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface in that classic 1974 horror movie.
October also brings the release of Mr. Spock Logic and Prosperity Box, which pairs a booklet of the Vulcan’s most philosophical quotes with a hand-painted bust of Spock Prime on a stand that says “Live Long And Prosper.”
Finally, December will see the release of Tartine Book No. 3, a cookbook from the co-owner of the famed San Francisco bakery. Which may not seem that geeky until you know that it’s a favorite haunt of local geeks (as well as some not so local—still make a point of going there every time I’m in S.F.).