Sideshow’s Top 10 Geeky Reads for Summer 2022

Whether you’re heading to the beach, the plane, or your backyard, there’s one thing every geek needs during the summer: a good summer read! Just sit back and relax with a cold drink, a nice book, and some warm weather (imagined or not).

Have you heard of all these geeky books for the summer? They’re perfect for some light reading by the pool or in the park. Plus, when your eyes get tired, they make an excellent sunblock for your face. It’s a win-win. Here’s our summer 2022 reading list for geeks!

The Octunnumi® Fosbit Files Prologue (The Custodian Edition) by Trevor Alan Foris

Reality is nothing but a promise waiting to be broken. Magic and mythical beings materialize from the shadows and on the horizon, a distant disaster awaits. Tomorrow is yesterday and a whole menagerie of hidden worlds are ready to be explored — as long as you know the way. If you seek to begin your Octunnumi adventure, look no further. Sideshow is the premier distributor of The Octunnumi Fosbit Files Prologue (The Custodian Edition) in North and South America.

When you pick up The Octunnumi® Fosbit Files Prologue (The Custodian Edition), you’ll leave this plane of existence and embark on a reading journey like no other. From the moment you unbox this product, The Custodian Edition enwraps you within exquisite black and gold packing, a luxe reading experience from cover to cover. Inside, Augmented Reality components as well as a two-sided Pronouncerys & Definitionarys are only the beginning of the endless secrets in this well-loved, highly-sought-after book from Scariodintt Publisharys. It’s a portal to an ever-evolving sci-fi and fantasy experience. Across time and space, prepare to encounter 520 pages of magic and mystery.

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Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin by Marieke Nijkamp

Adventure is calling, and it’s only a role of the dice away. When you dive into Critical Role: Vox Machine – Kith & Kin, you’ll be transported from a world of the mundane into the fast-paced frenzy of Vox Machina’s signature set of twins.

Before they joined the traveling band of Vox Machina, the cunning ranger Vex’ahlia and the conning rogue Vax’ildan were caught in a conflict with the Clasp — a conflict that threatened to tear the twins apart. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp, Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin is a brand-new story adding depth to Vex and Vax’s history. And, of course, Trinket is around to join in on the journey.

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Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Major comic book stories often focus on the super hero or the super-villain. But what about those nameless people in the back, the ones getting kicked around or setting up the perfect crime? Natalie Zina Walschots’ novel Hench finally gives this unnamed figure an identity.

Anna is a temp, but her office life isn’t one you’re likely familiar with. Her world is a place where heroes and villains are very real. And she works for the villains. When an encounter with the world’s most famous super hero goes incredibly wrong, Anna’s story really begins. Through pain and crime, she’ll find out what she was meant to do all along — and that she’s more than good at it.

Out There: Stories by Kate Folk

For fans of sci-fi streaming anthology series like Love, Death, and Robots or Black Mirror, Out There by Kate Folk is a perfect summer read. This sharp, perceptive, and poignant collection of 15 short stories captures the absurdity of modern life with a surreal twist. Each story stands apart from the others, meaning readers can easily hop back and forth through tales of artificial men designed to steal your data while dating, interdimensional sleepwalking, and romantic fetishes involving the exchange of vital organs.

The tales in Out There are often disturbing, darkly humorous, and incredibly imaginative. In a summer full of madness and multiverses, Kate Folk’s bizarre alternate realities fit right in. It’s also available in audiobook format for voracious listeners looking to get lost in a variety of strange new worlds. So if you’re headed to sit poolside or take a camping trip, get Out There and enjoy!

The Other History of the DC Universe by John Ridley

We look to stories of super heroes so we can see the best parts of ourselves. Inside colorful panels and dog-eared pages, readers recognize the quests for power and the search for hope. But the heroes of comic books haven’t always reflected the full spectrum of identities and experiences in the real world … until The Other History of the DC Universe.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) dissects DC comics from the perspectives of several heroes: Black Lightning, Mal Duncan, Bumblebee, Katana, Renee Montoya, and Thunder. Each of these heroes has, at one point or another, been part of major DC events — often from the sidelines. After reading Ridley’s masterpiece collection, your knowledge of DC comics will be richer and fuller than ever before thanks to the voices of these iconic figures.

All of the Marvels by Douglas Wolk

The world of comic books might seem simple from the outside. Good versus evil, superpowers and spandex, maybe some morality and philosophy for good measure. However, after decades of super hero lore and a nearly infinite selection of stories to consume, the world of comic books can be a little intimidating.

Douglas Wolk’s All of the Marvels is an accessible yet comprehensive perspective into Marvel comics. Wolk sifts through multiple eras of the iconic comic publisher’s history, providing insight for seasoned fans and a starting point for new readers. Plus, you’re almost guaranteed to walk away with some new issues to check out. Excelsior!

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

If you’ve ever been on the endless hunt for the right job, you’ll empathize with main character Jaime Grey’s struggle. However, unless you’ve somehow been wrangled into protecting giant interdimensional monsters, the similarities will probably stop there.

Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi, author of Redshirts and the Old Man’s War series, presents a story that combines current events (COVID-19 job scarcity) with the many perils of the ecological sector — heightened even more by an alternate-Earth setting. Readers who like their sci-fi escapism with a dash of real-world issues will enjoy this latest standalone novel from Scalzi.

What’s better than one geeky read? Two! Check out these amazing book pairs.

For Elvira Fans

Sometimes that summer sun needs a little shade — and who better to provide than the Mistress of the Dark herself? You can pair Elvira’s memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark by Cassandra Peterson with Elvira: Mistress of the Dark by Tweeterhead.

Once you’ve gotten the scoop on everything Elvira from her memoir, Tweeterhead’s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is an insider look into the hostess’ fascinating journey, from photo shoots to costume concepts. Whether she’s Elvira or Cassandra, it’s always a scary good time with this mistress of the macabre. And if someone walking by asks you, “How’s the book?” just say, “No complaints yet.”

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For Jaws Fans

Just when you thought it was safe to get back into reading. If you’re spending some time by the ocean, lake, or pool, there’s only one book that will have you shivering behind the floaties: Jaws by Peter Benchley.

This 1974 novel sparked the world’s fascination with the predators of the deep. Rows of teeth and a thirst for blood are only skimming the surface of this chilling tale. You can pair this classic monster novel with Joe Alves: Designing Jaws by Dennis Prince, which takes an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the art of the film. Bonus points for bravery if you read either of these aboard a boat.

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For Jurassic Park Fans

Feeling the need to escape it all? Step back in time with Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Whether you’ve only seen the first film or you’re a dino-hard fan of the franchise, the novel that inspired the movie is required reading.

Crichton’s detailed world is packed with mind-bending science as well as edge-of-your-reading-chair suspense. It’s even worthy of a re-read! You can pair this colossal classic with Jurassic Park: The Ultimate Visual History by James Mottram, to give new life to the way you imagine these Mesozoic monsters.

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From monsters to movies and sci-fi to salacious memoirs, there are plenty of options this summer when you’re looking for that book you can’t put down. Which of these books will you be adding to your TBR pile? Do you have any recs?

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