The Harrow Holiday Gift Guide: Essentials for the Geek in training

This is The Harrow Holiday Gift Guide, made with intention of helping someone of Geeky persuasion learn about certain essentials of Geek-dom.

This is the master Poster that features previews for the other sections.

 

Modern Sci-Fi by Tim McLean

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Equilibrium

is hands down one of the greatest movies I have ever seen in my life. It is damn near as close to perfection as a movie can get. The plot is simple, but far from stupid: Emotions are outlawed to prevent World War 4, so the “feeling police” is instituted to keep people in line. When the head of the “feeling police” forgets to take his drugs, he becomes the face of the resistance. The simplicity of the plot ensures that the movie does not overstay its welcome, and it allows the most interesting aspects of the movie take the forefront.

 

Classic Sci-Fi by Alex C.

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
What: Set in the 23rd century, it tells the story of a starship crew sent to a distant planet to re-establish contact with a science expedition, who have been gone for over 20 years. After landing on the planet, against the wishes of scientist Dr. Morbius, they discover all the other members of the expedition have been killed by an unknown alien force, save for Morbius and his daughter. Unknown to the crew, one of the survivors has a deadly secret (cue dramatic music).

 

Anime by Stephanie Hall

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COWBOY BEBOP

This right here is the grandaddy of intro anime. One of the greatest anime of all time, it mixes elements of film noir, westerns, and sci-fi alongside a jazz-filled soundtrack and incredible characters to create one of the best experiences you can have with anime. Endlessly stylish, and incredibly emotional at times, this is something everyone should see. The adventures of Spike, Jet, Faye, Edward, and Ein are not to be missed. Plus Ein is an adorable Corgi doggo so that has to count for something right?

 

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Tom King

These days the name Tom King resonates with DC in the Batman title he took over from Scott Snyder after a very successful five-year run with Greg Capullo. To me, the book that has shown the strength of Tom King: Comic Book writer is “Vision” with artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta. The 12 issue series was about synthezoid and Avengers member “The Vision” and the family he had created for himself.

 

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The Books

Ian Fleming wrote 12 Novels and two Short Stories about James Bond, 13 of his 14 Bond stories are currently in print on Amazon for $8 Shipping and handling depending. Start from the beginning with Casino Royale and go from there. However, reader be warned, the books are not for the faint of heart. Dirty, violent, angry, sexist, and disgusting are all words associated with the books.  They tend to be more esoteric and not be as fanciful as the films, realistic espionage and crime thrillers that lean more toward le Carré and less Austin Powers.

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