John Lawson’s ABOMINABLE DUMP BIN™ – IMJ Holiday Gift Guide


2012 IMJ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE BANNER #1Unlike most gifting suggestion lists you’ll come across,  The Abominable Dump Bin endeavors to advise you on giving the gift you know somebody doesn’t want.

Yeah, I realize reading isn’t dead, what with the advent of e-readers and all. However, we all have people in our lives who watch the movie adaptation, play the game adaptation, and so forth– yet they will never, ever read the book of their own volition.

This guide is designed to help you give such persons a nudge in the literary direction.

AfflictionAffliction by Russel Banks

Why do people who like crazy also like family drama? Maybe because they’re the same thing. Give ‘em this.

American PsychoAmerican Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

For the highfalutin somebody who can’t admit they enjoy genre stuff… And for the disaffected, counterculture, angsty Occupy sympathizer.

AuditionAudition by Ryu Murakami

Is somebody in your life into romance or quiet foreign comedy? Give them this and you’ve not only taken care of this holiday season, but also got April Fools Day covered… Forever!

Battle Royale The NovelBattle Royale by Koushun Takami

I’d say give this import to the sullen teen in your life… But then you might get accused of something. Instead give it to the sullen 20-something.

BelovedBeloved by Toni Morrison

Creepy, homegrown ethnic messed-upness: You guessed it, another family drama. Also for those who enjoy period pieces.

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

For the person into science fiction, women’s studies, and damn fine storytelling. They’ll be back begging you for more before the bowl games are over.

High FidelityHigh Fidelity by Nick Hornby

People who like romantic comedy will appreciate this one… And so will dudes, making this easy read a twofer.

HolesHoles by Louis Sachar

For the young would-be reader in your life. It’s good, clean fun. No, seriously.

Let the Right One InLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Smart, easy, and a refreshing take on vampires for the horror lover. Also a nice foreign import for the Euro-fetishist.

Sailor & LunaWild At Heart/Perdita Durango by Barry Gifford

This brilliant, dark, sexy, surreal crime series just gets better as it goes along–just look at how much crazier Perdita Durango (USA film release: Dance With the Devil) is than even David Lynch’s Wild At Heart. Smooth, fast reading for all levels.

Yes, there are plenty of others that might be more obvious– like Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. And, seriously, if playing the game version, playing with the toys, and watching stuff like The Hobbit and Harry Potter doesn’t convince somebody to read the book, and if visiting Hogwarts at Universal Studios doesn’t… I mean, seriously, you’re talking about a real stick in the mud, so don’t bother buying them books. Or do. Hey, it’s your money. You’ll note I also didn’t bother with the few cool things you have to read in school, like Slaughterhouse Five, or the stuff you just know from being conscious, like Silence of the Lambs despite the fact they’re easy reads. And some of the foreign Manga-derived products like MPD Psycho and Oldboy have received plenty of play elsewhere. But you can mix and match these entries if you insist on living dangerously.

Complaints? Something I missed? Be sure to let me know. Note: this is not the gift-wrapping counter. Visit Sound Check with Jason Jack Miller for that service.

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39 Responses to John Lawson’s ABOMINABLE DUMP BIN™ – IMJ Holiday Gift Guide

  1. So Jason will gift wrap? I wonder at the quality….

    This is a great list! You have pretty okay taste, John–A Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite all time books and I think Holes is darn special too. I’m going to have to check out a bunch of these other titles soon. January is for reading–nothing better than hunkering down during cold MN winters under a blanket with a good book and great beer. Who needs hot cocoa?

  2. I have read 5 of these! How cool (or creepy) am I?

    🙂 Heidi

  3. J. says:

    I would add The Princess Bride to this awesome list. There is a whole other level of humor that you can only get by reading the novel.

  4. hleannnelson says:

    Good stuff! I’ve read several of the suggestions and nearly all the ones in the paragraph below. Yeah, good taste.

  5. IronMuskrat says:

    Hate to say it, seen all the movies, never read one of the books.. man, and I like to call myself a reader too.

    • Dude, I know what you mean. There’s no way to keep up with *every* movie based on a book, or book adapted to film, or comic or graphic novel, and so forth. You get cool points just for having seen all these films 🙂 That’s enough, isn’t it?

  6. Reblogged this on John Edward Lawson and commented:
    The holiday installment of The Abominable Dump Bin, in which we discover what books to purchase for people who dislike books!

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