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Gift Ideas for Geeks

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Ready or not, the gift-giving season is upon us! Whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or any other opportunity to give presents during the dark days of the winter solstice, we’ve got ideas aplenty. As in previous years, the ABC Staff has looked through their sections and hand-picked various choice literary jewels for your gift-giving pleasure.

We will present these titles in a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month. We hope you will find some inspiration in them, but please remember that these titles only represent a tiny fraction of the books on offer in our stores. Be sure to stop by to see what else there is in the area of your interest!

Since such a significant percentage of the ABC Staff falls into the ‘Geek’ category, it’s no surprise this post is filled to bursting with possible presents.  We’ve put together some suggestions from the Science & Math sections, Humor, Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga and – of course – Science Fiction & Fantasy.

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit to 2013 and beyond), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

Science & Mathematics

Ebook available for The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.


Staff Review: The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Reviewed by Karin

Absolutely loved it! I know I have said this before but I am a sucker for near-future dystopian fiction and The Girl With All The Gifts definitely stilled my hunger… and I didn’t even have to eat anyone ;-)

Melanie, the “gifted” girl, Dr. Caldwell, the evil and mad scientist, Miss Justineau, Melanie’s teacher and each other’s lifeline and Parks, the hard-ass sergeant, make this story with lots of heart-stopping action, surprising twists, life and death, love, mercy and yes… zombies (‘Hungries’) a gripping read.

Don’t let the word zombies put you off because this fast-paced and unsettling dystopian novel is foremost about love and redemption, and a coming-of-age story.

The only thing I don’t get is the title of the book: The Girl With All The Gifts. The Special Girl, Hungry or something like it would have worked better for me.

And finally: M.R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. The author also wrote a movie screenplay and it would not surprise me if this book will be made into a Hollywood Blockbuster in the near future. I kept thinking of Dakota Fanning as Melanie when reading but Melanie is only 10 so it has to be another blond, pale, scrawny child actress to bring Melanie alive and make us love her.

Karin is ABC’s Marketing Director.  More Staff Reviews can be found here.

Ebook available here.

ABC’s Favorite Reads 2013, part blogmistress: Karin, Ester, Sophie

Friday, December 20th, 2013

And so we come to the last favorite reads post.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the books we are so enthusiastic about, and I hope they’ve given you some new titles or authors to try out.  I always get tons of new reading tips myself and there’s not much more satisfying than seeing your fellow booksellers in full, enthusiastic bookselling mode.  :-)

Thanks so much to my lovely colleagues, who managed to find some time somewhere to send in their lists.  I really hope you will send in YOUR favorite reads of 2013, too. They don’t have to be books published in 2013, just read in 2013. Please mail your Top 5 (and why these books were so good) to by December 31st, and don’t forget to include your home address so we can send you an ABC gift certificate in the new year as a thank you. As has become a tradition, your Top 5s will be published in January.

This last Favorite Reads post comes courtesy of

  • Karin:  coordinator of many events, prize draws and other marketing things.  Hopes to improve her tennis game.  Also wants to do more volunteer work in 2014 and would like to ask everyone who reads this to try and give some of their precious time to help the many kids and elderly people who so need your support!
  • Ester:  our tweety bird.  Unable to resist any animal, especially one in need.  Just took over the Religion section in The Hague and is on a very steep learning curve. :-)
  • Sophie: your blogmistress, at your service.  I think I might hold the ABC speed record for typing, and I’m allergic to children’s choirs.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!


ABC’s Favorite Reads of 2012, part I

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Hooray!  It’s time for my favorite series of posts: ABC’s Favorite Reads!

That’s right, the ABC Staff is about to reveal their favorite books read in 2012!  There will be new titles, old titles, magazines, Dutch books, games, fiction, non fiction, anything and everything we read and liked in 2012. We are as diverse as our individual choices and that is what makes ABC unique!

Barry, Renate and Karin start us off. Barry is one of ABC The Hague’s most familiar faces and the History, Current Affairs, Political Science and Travel Literature buyer there.  Renate is ABC Amsterdam’s Fiction, Poetry and Memoirs buyer.  And Karin is our Marketing Director.

We would love to hear about your favorite reads of 2012, too. Please mail with your choices and a picture of yourself (optional). We will post your list at the beginning of the new year and send you an ABC Gift Certificate (so don’t forget to include your home address with your list!).


What We’re Reading: Both Stores

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Ester: Lover Mine – J. R. Ward
Hans: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
Hayley: Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives – Richard Wiseman
Ilse: Hoog sensitieve personen – Elaine Aron (in English: The Highly Sensitive Person)
JeroenE: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin – Masha Gessen
JeroenW: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Suzanna Clarke
Jesse: Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
Jilles: A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrick and Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days – Jared Cade
Jitse: In the Shadow of the Sword – Tom Holland
Karin: Gathering Blue – Lois Lowry
Klaartje: Lord of the Flies – William Golding and The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders – John E. Sarno
Lynn: The Keep – Jennifer Egan
Our Not-Irritating-Maarten-Of-The-No-Lists: Het spoor van de eenhoorn: De geschiedenis van een dier dat niet bestaat – Willem Gerritsen
Marten: Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire – Judith Herrin
Nadine: That’s What I AmAvo Kaplanian
Nicki: Demons Are Forever – Xenia Alexiou & Kim Baldwin
Nyjolene: The End of Illness – David B. Agus
PeterH: Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Renate: Say Her Name – Francisco Goldman and Farther Away – Jonathan Franzen
Sander: De Kapellekensbaan – Louis Paul Boon (in English: Chapel Road)
Sara: Before I Go To Sleep – S. J. Watson
Sigrid: The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table – Tracie McMillan
Simone: Hush Money – Robert B. Parker
Sophie: Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson
Steven: Shockaholic – Carrie Fisher and And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft – Mike Sacks
Tom: Mother Tongue – Bill Bryson