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Well folks, this is it. The final blog full of books. The final day of the fundraiser.
On January 21st at midnight, Worldbuilders will be over for another year.
We’ve had a really good week. Just to give y’all some perspective, Worldbuilders has raised more money in the last four days than we did in our our entire first year.
As I write this, our total is a little more than $392,000. So it looks like $400K is well within our grasp. When we hit that, I’m personally donating an extra $100,000 to Heifer International.
Our $450K goal is looking a little distant, though. Which is a shame, as I was really hoping to have an excuse to write a piece of erotica with Amber Benson.
Still, I’ve been surprised before in the final day of the fundraiser….
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Some of the coolest books Worldbuilders received this year came from the authors themselves. Today’s batch includes special editions, numbered editions, and a few copies of books that won’t even be hitting the shelves for a couple months.
Remember to thank these authors if you get the chance. They’re cool people, and they’re helping out Worldbuilders from the goodness of their hearts.
- A limited edition copy of The Windup Girl. Signed by Paolo Bacigalupi.
This is a publisher’s copy of the limited edition from Subterranean Press. There were less than 600 of these made, and they’ve been sold out for some time, but Paolo sent us one of his personal copies for the fundraiser.
“Not since William Gibson’s pioneering cyberpunk classic, Neuromancer (1984), has a first novel excited science fiction readers as much as Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl…” – Washington Post
- A set of The Dreamblood Series. Signed by N.K. Jemisin.
“The world is so fully fleshed out that I could breathe its spices, while the story and characters are so much a part of the world that you could not pull this story or these people out and plug them into a different setting. Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene.” – Kate Elliott
- 3 copies of Leader of the Tribe. Signed by Nicholas W. Fuller.
“Fuller rises to this challenge with great skill in this accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful novel.” – Amazon.com
- A copy of Goblin Secrets. Signed by William Alexander.
This won the National Book Award. And with quotes like this from Peter S. Beagle, you can see why….
“Goblin Secrets is a knockout. It’s an original, owing absolutely nothing to Tolkien, or to any of his descendants, disciples or imitators.” – Peter S. Beagle
- An ARC of Red Moon. Signed by Benjamin Percy.
“Red Moon is a serious, politically symbolic novel – a literary novel about lycanthropes. If George Orwell had imagined a future where the werewolf population had grown to the degree that they were colonized and drugged, this terrifying novel might be it.” – John Irving
This one is a big deal, folks. This is an ARC of a novel that doesn’t come out until May 2013. He gets bonus points because he taught creative writing here at UWSP.
- A set of Onyx Court novels. Signed by Marie Brennan.
“Enchanting, fearsome faerie vistas and pinpoint character delineations make Galen’s absorbing quest one to savor and remember.” – Publishers Weekly
- A set of Devil Said Bang and Aloha From Hell. Signed by Richard Kadrey.
“Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series is one of my favorite sets of fantasy books from the last few years…” – John Scalzi
- 3 copies of White Lies by Alice Sabo.
“While carefully piecing together the ravaged scraps of his life in a quiet suburb of LA, [Asher Blaine] is arrested for murder […] When he turns to the people he trusted most, he discovers he must convince them not only of his sobriety, but of his innocence.” – Book summary
- A set of The Fall of Ile-Rien novels. Signed by Martha Wells.
“Wells…has created a finely detailed world that echoes with not just one culture and people but many. …A story on many levels, part high adventure, part personal story. Tremaine is not a scream and clutch heroine; she is a fascinating character with many facets. Check it out.” – Tulsa World
- 3 copies of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Signed by Jenny Lawson (aka The Blogess).
Amanda’s note: I’ll admit that I didn’t know who Jenny Lawson was a few months ago. I’d vaguely heard the name “The Blogess” but hadn’t ever wandered over to check out her blog before. Then Pat had her on Storyboard, and from then on, I was hooked. She’s hilarious, and socially awkward in all the ways geeks like us can relate to.
We have 3 different copies of this book – two different paperbacks, and a CD audiobook, read by Jenny. Each one will be put into the lottery as its own prize, and believe me: you won’t be disappointed. Especially if you enjoy the F-word and stories about taxidermy.
- A set of The Wild Side, Tales for the Dead of Winter, Crimes by Moonlight, and Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. All signed by Dana Cameron.
Dana sent over a bunch of anthologies she’s been featured in, and signed the title page of each of her stories. It’s such a cool urban fantasy pack that we figured someone would appreciate having all four.
“This is a very good book, extremely engrossing and entertaining, including a couple of remarkable highlights of superior quality when compared with more celebrated anthologies.” – SF Site, about The Wild Side.
- 5 ARCs of A Consipiracy of Alchemists. Signed by Liesel Schwarz.
Here is a book that isn’t released until March. Liesel was kind enough to send over some ARCs, so if you win one, you can read it before your friends do, then taunt them with the fact.
“Urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance: if you want them, you’ve got them in this charged debut.” – Library Journal
- An ARC of Promise of Blood. Signed by Brian McClellan.
Another ARC, and this one doesn’t even come out until April.
“Promise of Blood is a hugely promising debut. Guns, swords, and magic together? What more could you want? How about tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes, and cool, cool magic? Not only the finest flintlock fantasy I’ve read, but also the most fun. Brian McClellan is the real thing.” – Brent Weeks
- 2 copies of Eon’s Door. Signed by J.G. McKenney.
“Wholly immersive and enchanting…J.G. McKenney has written a gem.” HopelessBibliophile.com
Amanda’s note: It’s also worth noting that J.G. McKenney offers a free novel study unit for Eon’s Door on his website for middle school teachers, which makes him extra cool in my book.
- 5 copies of Libriomancer. Signed by Jim C. Hines.
Amanda’s note: If that blurb isn’t reason enough to love Jim Hines, you may want to check out what he, Pat, and a bunch of our favorite authors did at ConFusion for Jim’s fundraiser.
Yeah. You can never un-see that. You’re welcome.
- 5 copies of Troubletwisters. Signed by Sean Williams.
“[An] enjoyable romp […] satisfying to a wide range of middle school readers.” – Publishers Weekly
- 3 copies of The Wicked Game. Signed by Olivia Fuller.
“For someone who likes reading historical fiction with an intent to learn a little while being entertained perhaps this review will encourage you to give it a try. The author is articulate, imaginative and I hope to see her write more.” – Amazon.com
- 3 copies of Strangeness in the Proportion. Signed by Joshua Alan Doetsch. With toe tag bookmarks.
“Joshua Alan invites readers to the outer edge of surrealism where horror, mythology, stand-up, and Mother Angelica won’t agree to meet, but metabolize in a fantastical and satisfying gumbo. You don’t have a hair on your rumpus if you’re not hipwaggin’ it to be the first in line for the next ladleful.” – Joanna Beth Tweedy
- 2 copies of The Knights Tale. Signed by Colin McComb.
“Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight’s Tale … is a riveting debut fantasy from an author who knows what fantasy fans love (he wrote adventures for TSR, after all) – visceral prose; logically sound and creative world-building; and fascinating characters that do not follow genre conventions..” – The New Podler Review
- A set of The Nightrunner Series. Signed by Lynn Flewelling.
“A new star is rising in the fantasy firmament…teems with magic and spine-chilling amounts of skullduggery.” – Dave Duncan
- A limited edition, leather-bound copy of Legion. Signed by Brandon Sanderson.
Some of you have been waiting a long time for this one. There were only 1000 of these made, so we were excited when Brandon sent it, and we’re tossing it into the lottery where anyone who donates can win it.
“Reality and illusion, sanity and insanity, are but subjective labels in this thought-provoking foray into a world where ‘hallucinations’ abound like the Biblical demons the title evokes… The engaging if madcap events of this outre narrative unobtrusively prompt the reader to reflect on the nature of reality.” – Publishers Weekly
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And that’s it. Our last blog of the fundraiser. You’ve seen the books, DVDs, CDs, and comics that will be in the lottery, and you have the chance to win just by donating by January 21st at 11:59pm CST.
If you’d like to donate, head over to the Worldbuilders Team Page.
There are a couple of auctions left, including the Favor from Pat. Check out our current auctions over here.
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 our main page.