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Minecraft can be incredibly complex and daunting for beginners. What are all these blocks? How do you make a pickaxe? What's that hissing green thing - oh.

That's where books come in. The Minecraft tomes below are perfect for newcomers seeking inspiration and an expert-level understanding of the Minecraft universe. If you need a gift for a budding Minecrafter, you can't go wrong with these!

1. Minecraft: Construction Handbook

  • Price: $8.99
  • Author(s): Matthew Needler & Phil Southam
  • Published: July 2015

An official product, the Construction Handbook is loaded with step-by-step guides to building houses, gardens, castles, and more! When you're just starting out, it can be tough to figure out what to build, let alone how to build it. This book solves both problems at once.

Here's a link!

2. Minecraft: Redstone Handbook

  • Price: $8.99
  • Author(s): Nick Farwell
  • Published: July 2015

Redstone allows you to build convoluted machines in Minecraft via the basic principles of electric circuits. Past a certain level of complexity, most Minecraft masterpieces require redstone in some capacity. But the finicky material is tough to figure out on your own. There are all sorts of rules for how it works, and big projects get complicated fast. The Minecraft: Redstone Handbook explains redstone circuits in detail and includes numerous step-by-step projects for hands-on learning!

Check it out here.

An excerpt from the Redstone Manual explaining an important concept
An excerpt from the Redstone Manual explaining an important concept

3. Ultimate Minecraft Secrets

  • Price: $8.99
  • Author(s): Zack Zombie Books
  • Published: January 2015

While this book isn't an official Mojang product, it's a peerless repository of Minecraft's craziest secrets. How do you summon a rainbow sheep? What about a giant zombie, or a skeleton horse? Ultimate Minecraft Secrets has the answers to all these questions and more. It's a definitive guide to Minecraft's hidden console commands and Easter Eggs.

Check it out here!

Learn to summon a Killer Bunny with Ultimate Minecraft Secrets
Learn to summon a Killer Bunny with Ultimate Minecraft Secrets

4. Minecraft: Combat Handbook

  • Price: $8.99
  • Author(s): Stephanie Milton
  • Published: July 2015

Nights in Minecraft are dark and positively writhing with monsters. The Mojang official Combat Handbook contains detailed information on weapons, armor, and the precise strengths and weaknesses of every enemy in the game. If you struggle to stay alive during those gnashing, howling nights, this handbook is for you. When you finish reading this, the monsters will be afraid of you.

Check out the Combat Handbook here!

5. Minecraft Medieval Fortress: Exploded Builds

  • Price: $18.99
  • Author(s): Mojang Ab
  • Published: November 2016

Another source of inspiration for aspiring builders, the Minecraft Medieval Fortress: Exploded Builds is a regal hardcover perfect for a coffee table or bookshelf. It's jam-packed with jaw-dropping castles, plus cutaway shots to reveal their elegant structural intricacies. If your castles often come out looking like lumpy cobblestone blobs, this book is an excellent way to up your medieval architecture game.

You can find Exploded Builds on Amazon here.

6. Minecraft: Story Mode

Well, this one isn't technically a book, but it is narrative, and it does concern Minecraft. Story Mode is a video game set in the Minecraft universe, brought to you by Telltale Games, creators of the popular interactive storytelling series The Walking Dead. It's available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, the Xbox One, the Wii U, and PC -- basically everywhere, in other words. And the first episode of the Minecraft: Story Mode adventure is free to download! Check out the video above for more details, and get questing!

Read any other Minecraft books recently? Let us know in the comments!


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