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Okay. Before we look at today’s books, I’m going to tell a little story. Because that’s what I do.
The truth is, yesterday I was right on the edge of burning out on the fundraiser. I was running on about two hours of sleep, worried about the holidays, and stressed because I’m behind on about fifty different things.
I don’t talk about it a lot, but it takes a lot of frantic behind-the-scenes juggling to make Worldbuilders happen, and even with the great team that helps run things, it can get a little overwhelming at times.
So there I was, exhausted, trudging through an interview I’m doing with Fantasy Lit about the fundraiser, the calendar, and what Heifer International is all about, when I draw a blank, and can’t remember if a flock of chicks costs 20 bucks, or 30.
So I wander over to Heifer’s website, into the “Gift Catalog” section, and I see that they’ve added stuff since I’ve been there last time. You can still give money for goats and baby ducks, but now I see “The Gift of Clean Water – $300.”
I click on it, and I see this picture.
And I just start to cry.
Now I’d like to claim it’s because I was worn down and low on sleep. But that wouldn’t be the truth. Ever since Oot was born, I’ve become incredibly soppy, and I cry the drop of a hat whenever I’m confronted with stories about kids.
My mom used to be like that. We’d see a telephone commercial where a kid calls home for Christmas, and she’d get all weepy. I’d roll my eyes at her and say, “It’s a *phone* commercial, mom.” And she’d laugh, saying, “You don’t know what it’s like.”
Now I know what it’s like.
I mean, look at that kid. He’s like, “Yeah! Clean water! This is AWESOME!”
And you know what? It is awesome. It’s the best thing I’ve seen all day.
There’s something else I haven’t seen on Heifer’s page: “Family Farm Care Package – $72.”
So I click on it.
The description reads:
“This gift will help a struggling family boost the productivity of their farm and increase their income. Training in soil conservation, irrigation and marketing will be combined with seeds, saplings or livestock so smallholder farmers around the world can transform their failing farms into dependable livelihoods”
I probably spent half an hour wandering around the Heifer site, looking at pictures. Afterwards, I didn’t feel burned out at all. I felt excited about getting back into the fundraiser.
So I figured I’d share some of the pictures with you. Just to remind you what we’re *really* doing here. When you donate on the Worldbuilder’s Team Page, you’re not just signing up to win some cool books. You’re making the world a better place.
And if you’re wondering, a flock of baby chicks is only $20.
Ah fuck. I’m crying again.
Let’s look at today’s books so I can get control of myself, okay?
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Today we’ve got another batch of books donated directly from the authors themselves.
I love it when authors send us books, because they always show up signed. And sometimes, as we can see below, they show up signed PLUS…
- A first edition copy of The Night Circus. Signed and doodled by Erin Morgenstern.
I’ve never met Erin personally, but she was cool enough to send along some first-edition hardcovers of her bestselling debut novel: The Night Circus. What’s more, she clearly cares about the cause because she took the time to doodle a little kitten sitting on the text of the copyright page, stars doodled all over the place, plus her beautiful signature and a rubber stamp of the circus tent. It’s awesome.
“Erin Morgenstern has created the circus I have always longed for and she has populated it with dueling love-struck magicians, precocious kittens, hyper-elegant displays of beauty and complicated clocks. This is a marvelous book.” – Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife
- Auction: A first edition copy of The Night Circus. Signed by Erin Morgenstern. Includes pen drawings and a rubber stamp from the author.
Because Erin was nice enough to send us a couple of these, we figured we’d put one up in an auction, too.
- 2 copies of Well of Sorrows. Signed by Benjamin Tate.
“Brilliantly detailed worldbuilding and complicated characters makes this an engrossing read.” –Laura Anne Gilman
- 5 copies of Eyes of the Seer. Signed by Peter Dawes.
“You know you’ve always wanted to read about an angry vampire slicing other vampires in half with a katana. Don’t deny it. – Heather Watson
- A hardcover copy of Wheel of the Infinite. Signed by Martha Wells.
“The vividly imagined Celestial Empire’s peril is made all the more dramatic by the characters’ sarcastic, reasonable conversations, and by their very human responses to inhuman dangers; there is real reading pleasure here.” – Publishers Weekly
- A set of The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea. Signed by Martha Wells.
“Wells merrily ignores genre conventions as she spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
- The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods. Signed by Martha Wells.
“A vastly entertaining and refreshingly different fantasy adventure with a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.” – Locus
- 2 copies of The Shadow of Black Wings. Signed by James Calbraith.
“James Calbraith’s writing is reminiscent of a classic, epic fantasy – immersive, and detailed to the letter. The real-world cultures he draws from are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements he sprinkles in between. An intriguing and impressive series.” – Ben Galley
- A set of Acacia, The Other Lands and The Sacred Band. Signed by David Anthony Durham.
“Durham has created a richly detailed alternate reality leavened with a dollop of magic and populated by complicated personalities grappling with issues of freedom and oppression.” – Publishers Weekly
- A set of Never Never Stories, Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Million Writers Award: The Best New Online Voices. Signed by Jason Sanford.
“If you’re new to [Sanford’s stories] then this is a very highly recommended collection indeed.” Jim Steel
- 2 copies of Henry Franks. Signed by Peter Adam Salomon. Each with a signed promo postcard (leaning against the book).
“Salomon’s Frankenstein homage churns through its often confounding but highly unnerving plot like a slow nightmare–readers won’t be entirely sure they even want to know how it ends. The scenes are clipped, the dialogue spare, and the prose rewards meticulous reading, making this debut the thinking teen’s horror choice of the year.” – Booklist (starred review)
- A giant set of Black Jewels Books: Tangled Webs, Shalador’s Lady, The Shadow Queen, The Invisible Ring, and Twilight’s Dawn. Signed by Anne Bishop.
“Bishop will draw you into her world like a spider and never spit you back out — it is like an addiction. I am not a re-reader, but I re-read this book simply because I love her characters and the depth she gives them — along with the mystery she is able to weave around each — leaving you guessing until she’s ready to tell you what she wants you to know.” — SFRevu
- 3 copies of Bridge of Dreams. Signed by Anne Bishop.
“With a well-paced mystery, likable characters, and fascinating world building, this is a fun read.” —Booklist
- A paperback copy of Stranded. Signed by Anne Bishop.
This is a collection of three short stories by Anne Bishop, James Alan Gardner, and Anthony Francis. So much bang for your buck!
- An ARC of Written in Red. Signed by Anne Bishop.
Pat’s Note: This is an ARC for Written in Red, so not only is it a bit of a rarity. But this is a pre-release ARC, which means that if you win this book, you’ll get a chance to read Anne’s newest book before it hits the shelves. Then, if you’re in the mood, you can go taunt people on goodreads about your insider status.
“[Bishop’s] worlds are so fully realized and three-dimensional, they jump right off the pages.” – Fresh Fiction
- A set of The Winds of Khalakovo and The Straits of Galahesh. Signed by Bradley P. Beaulieu.
“Well worth exploring… Beaulieu [depicts] a strange culture [with] a remarkable fantasy/magical reality feel.” – Glen Cook, author of The Black Company
- A copy of Shadow Ops: Control Point. Signed by Myke Cole.
Despite the fact that Myke is a relative newcomer to the publishing world, he’s made a bit of a splash, with Fantasy Faction listing his next book as one of the 10 most anticipated books of 2013.
I read his this book, his debut novel, about a month ago and really, really enjoyed it. It’s well worth your time. (You can see my full review on Goodreads if you’re interested.)
“Blackhawk Down meets the X-Men, Military Fantasy like you’ve never seen it before!” – Peter V. Brett
- Auction: A copy of Shadow Ops: Control Point. Signed by Myke Cole. Comes with a challenge coin.
Those of you who watched the Author D&D video may also recognize Myke’s name. He was the GM, and he did an awesome job wrangling all the other authors.
As a cool promotional item, Myke as donated a Challenge Coin with this book. He describes them thusly: “They’re somewhere between a medal and a shinier, cooler version of business cards.”
To make sure this ends up in the hands of someone that will love it, we’re going to auction it off.
To bid, head over here.
- A copy of Epic edited by John Joseph Adams. Signed by Patrick Rothfuss.
“At over 600 pages, Epic: Legends of Fantasy will definitely get you your money’s worth and the seventeen stories inside will help satisfy your epic fantasy cravings, or possibly leave you wanting more.” – SFF Chat
- Auction: A copy of Epic edited by John Joseph Adams. Signed by John Joseph Adams, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Aliette de Bodard, and Patrick Rothfuss.
This anthology includes works from Sanderson, Martin, LeGuin, and tons of other prolific authors. I snuck my way in there, too.
If you want this multiple-signed copy all to yourself, head over to the auction and bid.
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Every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page gives you the chance to win one of our fabulous prizes, many of which still haven’t been revealed.
All the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running are over here.
Or, if you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to the main page here.