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Those of you who live in the Minneapolis area probably already know about Dreamhaven Books. For those of you that don’t know about it… well… there’s a reason I just posted that link up there. It’s for clicking. By you.
Dreamhaven is the sort of bookstore I dream about having in my town. Not only do they carry great sci-fi and fantasy, but Dreamhaven has acted as a publisher of some original works, too. They produced some of the first audio cd’s that Neil Gaiman ever recorded, as well as stuff from Peter Beagle, Larry Niven, and Gene Wolfe.
And signed books? Yeah. They have signed books.
In addition to donating a blog full of books to Worldbuilders this year, (I’ll get to those in a second) they’ve also given us a special treasure. Something rare and cool.
- A signed, numbered, hardcover copy of A Screenplay by Neil Gaiman.
This is a screenplay Neil Gaiman wrote a long time ago. It’s an adaptation of the novel Good Omens which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett.
This thing is a true rarity. It is the First and Only Edition of this work, numbered 409 out of 500.
According to Neil Gaiman in his introduction, this screenplay was revived from “a dusty and cobwebbed place on my hard disk, where people never go.”
Personally, I can’t think of a better item to start this year’s auctions.
This auction will run for 7 days, ending on the evening of December 22nd.
To see more pictures, or bid on this piece of raw, crystalline awesome, you can follow this link.
And now, on to the books….
- A first edition hardcover copy of The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart.
“Returning to the era of Arthur and his Camelot, Stewart has given life to two lesser-known characters from Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. She enlarges upon and gives wonderful detail to Alexander, a young prince who sets off on a quest to avenge his father’s assassination and to Alice, a gentle young lass who accompanies her father on pilgrimages to Holy shrines.” – School Library Journal
- A first edition hardcover copy of Libyrinth by Pearl North.
“A unique world with two quick-witted heroines, an excellent book to get lost in.” – Maria V. Snyder, Bestselling author of Fire Study
- A first edition hardcover copy of Reiffen’s Choice by S.C. Butler.
“Reiffen’s Choice will likely be a popular fantasy for years, or generations, to come.” – SCIFi.com
- A hardcover copy of Soul Enchilada: The Devil is in the Details by David Macinnis Gill.
“Gill scores big in this action-packed, power-punch of a debut…All readers can do is buckle their seatbelts, close their eyes and take the plunge.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
- A first edition hardcover copy of Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe.
“It’s the soul of rock and roll that saves the soul of humanity in this fun-house ride through the very near future. Jarpe has definitely got my attention!” – Karl Schroeder
- A set of Wolfbreed and Wolf’s Cross by S. A. Swann.
“Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.” – George R. R. Martin
- A hardcover copy of The Stones of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston.
“Stands on its own as an intriguing time-shift fantasy, deftly blending the real and the fantastic . . . written with grace and conviction.” – The Bulletin
- A hardcover copy of Cobwebs by Karen Romano Young.
“Young’s prose is simple and graceful, and her depictions, including several freakishly authentic New York neighborhoods, are subtly drawn.” – School Library Journal
- A hardcover set of Gerald’s Game and Misery by Stephen King.
Pat’s note: Misery. The book Stephen King wrote in an attempt to keep other people from becoming authors.
“Set in the same universe as Weis’s “Star of the Guardians” series, this effort by the popular sf/fantasy author and first-timer Perrin is a fast-paced galactic adventure designed to introduce the motley crew of antiheroes known as the Mag Force 7. Spiced with humor and a dash of romance, this space opera should appeal to most fans of sf adventure.” – Library Journal
- A hardcover copy of Whole Wide World by Paul McAuley.
“The best science fiction writer to come out of Britain in the past fifteen years.” – Locus
- A copy of Tempting the Fire by Sydney Croft.
“Croft’s ACRO series is fascinating to say the least and features an endless supply of agents just waiting to have their story told by this talented author! The multiple characters in Tempting the Fire keep the reader engaged as each facet of the action-packed, scorching plot is revealed!” – Reader to Reader Reviews
“There’s nothing ordinary about Ordinary Farm, a place filled with strange creatures and dangers around every corner. Readers will identify with Tyler and Lucinda and wish they were there with them. This is a rousing tale that should and will find a wide readership.” – Terry Brooks
- A first edition hardcover of Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen.
“Is there anyone who wouldn’t enjoy reading Here, There Be Dragons?” If there is such a person, I haven’t met him, and I doubt that I would like him if I did. I am only disappointed that, because this book is so new, I’ll have to wait too long to read the sequels.” – Orson Scott Card
- A copy of Odalisque by Fiona McIntosh.
“Two words on the cover—Fiona McIntosh—always let me know that I’m in for a good read.” – Robin Hobb
- A copy of the 2009 Nebula Awards Showcase edited by Ellen Datlow.
“An essential index of one year in SF and fantasy.” – Booklist
- A hardcover copy of The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin by Patrick Doud.
“A thoroughly enjoyable adventure from first page to last.” – Midwest Book Review
- A first edition hardcover copy of The Tale of the Swamp Rat by Carter Crocker.
“Crocker has created a realistic fantasy world, set in the swampland of Florida and populated with the animals that reside there. This timeless tale of an unexpected hero is narrated in a traditional folklore style by a mole who tells “every bit, just as it was. The rest I made up, as best I could.” With Southern flavor, adventure, and environmental drama, Ossie’s tale of finding his own way in the world will hit close to home for many.” – School Library Journal
- A hardcover copy of Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison.
“With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humor, world building, strong female characters, true friendships, and a bit of realistic romance. I found it all right here.” – Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others.
What’s more, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donations. So if you chip in before January 31st of 2012, you get a bigger bang for your buck.
To see the other books folks have donated, as well as our auctions, and the items we’re selling in the store, you can head over to our main page HERE.