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More books as gifts

December 3, 2012 - Amy Phelps
Here are some more ideas for books that would make great gifts for some people on your list:

For the "Fifty Shades of Gray" fan or the cookbook fan with a sense of humor: "Fifty Shades of Chicken" by F.L. Fowler (Clarkson Potter, $19.99.) This delicious parody cookbook has plenty of great recipes to try and is complete with novel "excerpts" of a young free range chicken and the domineering cook who puts her into submission and dinner! There's humor, plenty of tongue-in-cheek laughs and also some great recipes in there for whole chickens or parts of chicken. There's Baked Chicken with Apricot Jam, Sage and Lemon Zest, Roasted Chicken with Cherries and Herbs and Chicken Hash with Sweet Potatoes to name a few.

For the "Walking Dead" fan: "The Road to Woodbury" by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga (St. Martin's Press, $24.99.) Fans of either the comic book or the television show can read more about the world and the mysterious governor in this original novel. Lily is part of a small group of survivors who ends up leaving the group after a friend is accused of murder in defending her. They end up seeking shelter first in an abandoned gas station which becomes overrun, and then stumble upon the community of Woodbury. Part of Lily's group believes that they have found salvation at last, but Lily isn't so sure, especially with the mysterious Governor in charge. Are they in even more danger now? Zombie fans who have never read the Walking Dead comic or seen the television show would still enjoy this thriller of a novel.

For the fantasy fan: "Bard's Oath" by Joanne Bertin (Tor, $25.99.) For those who enjoy high fantasy with dragons, bards and magic or for the long-awaiting fan like me, comes this sequel to the "Dragon and Phoenix" book published 10 years ago. Set in a world where Dragonlords, twin-souled people who can change into the form of a dragon, are revered, Dragonlord Linden Rathan and his wife, Maurynna Krissaean, must come to the aid of an old friend. Bard and friend of Linden's Otter soon sees old friend, Leet, claimed by the darker side as ambition and rage at the death of his beloved twists him into someone who is bent on using his bard skills to corrupt many with magic. When another friend of the Dragonlord, Raven, a horse-breeder, becomes an unwitting pawn of Leet's, Linden steps in. Is this magic and corruption something that even a Dragonlord cannot battle? Bertin's series of dragon-people, magic and intrigue is fantasy at its best and this sequel has been long awaited by many.


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