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E-Books: The Easy Last-Minute Gift Idea

There’s still time to look thoughtful on Christmas.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve ignored the gift guides, forsaken Black Friday, and are now stuck with your balls to the wall thinking up Christmas presents for Mom and Dad. We’re here with a last minute suggestion: The Kindle Paperwhite is a simpler alternative to the myriad of tablets out there, letting your parents read their favorite books in literally any light, and ensuring you won’t be volunteering as their personal lT guy for the next two years. So pull the trigger on a Kindle, and take some of our recommendations for the best fiction e-books this holiday season.


Inferno by Dan Brown

Robert Langdon returns for another adventure in Italy that combines Dante’s Inferno, a treacherous plot, and a race against the clock. Good for Mom or Dad.


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling)

This hard-boiled detective novel, set in modern-day London, was successful in its own right even before Rowling revealed that it was hers. Good for Mom or Dad.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Modern day master Gaiman taps into some base humanity in his typical contemporary mythological style. This is his latest. Good for Mom or Dad.


Flashman: A Novel by George MacDonald Fraser

We didn’t know the English were this funny before Monty Python. The hijinks of Harry Flashman, a scoundrel and womanizer who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, is what we imagine Sterling Archer would have been like had he been a colonial English soldier. Good for Dad.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A twisted tale of a marriage gone awry, Gone Girl makes you wait for the payoff but, damn, does it pay off. Good for Mom.


Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

This classic sci-fi book transcends categorization, because Ender Wiggin’s story mixes politics, war, coming-of-age, and government deception into a story that remains poignant decades after it was written. Good for Mom or Dad.


Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ok, ok, this is actually non-fiction, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is astronomy’s rock star, and his writing isn’t just smart, it’s incredibly entertaining; enough to make us forgive him for taking away Pluto’s planetary status. Good for Mom or Dad.


Kind of Cruel: A Novel by Sophia Hanna

We took notice of Sophia Hanna when we found out she’d be helming the next Poirot novel, the only author we’d trust with that task since Agatha Christie herself. Her novel, Kind of Cruel, tells the story of an amnesiac who, under hypnosis, remembers an essential part of a woman’s murder. Good for Mom or Dad.


The Bourne Retribution by Eric Van Lustbader

The latest in the Bourne series, Lustbader carries on the story of one CIA-created super spy and his globetrotting quest to put an end to every terrorist threat ever. Good for Dad.


Editor’s note: DO NOT BUY ANYTHING BY BILL O’REILLY. No, that’s not the name of the book; we’re just giving you a heads up that getting your parents (or anyone) a “book” by this malcontent jackass will make conversation during Christmas dinner completely intolerable.


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