Boing Boing Gift Guide 2014

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Welcome to this year’s Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved items from 2014 and beyond. Books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides! For Boing Boing tees, check out our own shop.

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The Shibboleth, the sequel to The Twelve Fingered Boy

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John Hornor Jacobs’s 2013 debut YA/horror novel The Twelve Fingered Boy established him as one of the scariest, most lyrical new writers for young people; with the 2014 sequel, The Shibboleth, Jacobs shows that he’s got lots more tricks up his sleeve, and each one is scarier and more thrilling than the last. Cory Doctorow just read it and now he’s sleeping with the lights on.

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The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

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SS Taylor and Katherine Roy’s adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it’s a steampunked alternate history story that’s full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book.

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Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the classic childrens’ book series is brought into contemporary times.

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Strong Female Protagonist Book One

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, several years’ worth of the wonderful webcomic Strong Female Protagonist has been collected in a book called Strong Female Protagonist Book One, and the story is now available in a single, powerful draught. Cory Doctorow reviews a comic that has a lot more to say about justice than the typical superhero story.

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Photos of colorful Tokyo

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Kevin Kelly searches for maximum vibrancy in Tokyo

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EXCLUSIVE: Photo gallery of Ferguson demonstrators in NYC

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Photographer Daniel Schaefer captures the grief, anger, and resolve of demonstrators who took to the streets of Manhattan after the announcement that the police officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown would not be indicted.

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The real reason you are motivated to work

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It’s likely very easy for you to explain your motivations for going to work. David McRaney is not sure he believes you.

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Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy

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Ethan Gilsdorf explains why Socrates would have made a good DM and that John Stuart Mill was Lawful Neutral. Catch his talk on Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling, and Summoning Demons tonight in Cambridge, Mass.

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El Deafo: moving, fresh YA comic-book memoir about growing up deaf

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Cece Bell’s young adult graphic novel El Deafo is a beautiful, sweet, moving and funny memoir about growing up deaf. Take one part Ernie Pook’s Comeek and two parts of Peanuts, mix thoroughly, and add some indefinable secret ingredients, and you’ll get El Deafo, which Cory Doctorow thoroughly enjoyed.

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MC Hammer trading card

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Factoids and trivia about one of the most popular rappers in history. New Hip Hop Family Tree strips begin next Tuesday.

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Death, Science, Sexology: Joanna Ebenstein of the Morbid Anatomy Museum

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Mark Dery shines a light into the literary unconscious of Joanna Ebenstein, director of the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

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Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

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With the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede.

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Miri in Love

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Maggie Tokuda-Hall describes the special, intimate relationship between a woman and her office supplies.

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The new Kindle Voyage and the best portable scanner

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This week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their new gadgets for archival scanning and e-reading.

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