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Books from Gollancz, Exterminating Angel Press, and AudioGo

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Gollancz has been a big supporter of Worldbuidlers for the last several years. They’re a huge UK publisher, so it’s worth noting that everything from them is the UK edition, which automatically makes it 6 times fancier.

  • 5 box sets of the the Sookie Stackhouse Novels paperback box set by Charlaine Harris.

“Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who’s not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot.” – Publishers Weekly

“Enthralling . . . a story so packed with thrills, comedy, drama and a bit of red herring that the result is apt to satisfy the most discriminating, and hungry, reader.”— The Denver Post

“Sanderson’s saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility.” – Publishers Weekly

  • A full set of the Gollancz 50 Top Ten: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick,The Book of the New Sun: Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe,  I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Eric by Terry Pratchett, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, and Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

 

For it’s 50th’s aniversary, Gollancz polled its readers, asking them to vote on their best titles over the last 50 years.

They printed the top ten books in special retro editions, five sci-fi, five in fantasy. To my delight, The Name of the Wind was one of the five fantasy picks.

These editions are out of print now, but you can win the full here at Worldbuilders by donating to Heifer International.

 

  • Auction: A full set of the Gollancz 50 Top Ten: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick,The Book of the New Sun: Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe,  I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Eric by Terry Pratchett, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, and Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

And for those of you who simply HAVE to have it.  We’re throwing a set up in an auction over here.

And now, some books from Exterminating Angel Press:

  • 2 copies of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid.

“…Even as it delivers its clear-eyed critique of the way mainstream superhero comics have alternately eroticized or deified female characters, The Supergirls gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, glorious excess.” — NPR

“The Supergirls is a long overdue tribute to the fabulous fighting females whose beauty and bravery brighten the pages of your favorite comics.” — Stan Lee

  • 2 copies of 3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale by Danbert Nobacon.

“Even as an adult reader, the story is interesting and intelligent enough for you to find it worth your while.” — Graham Storrs

  • 2 copies of Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven Plus a Five-Star Rating System for Music, Food, Drink, and Accommodations by E. E. King 

“Impish and delightful—a hilarious Zagat’s Guide to Heaven!”—Ray Bradbury

  • 2 sets of Snotty Saves the Day: The History of Arcadia and Lily the Silent: The History of Arcadia. Signed by Tod Davies

“Dressed up with footnotes, scholarly introductions and a bibliography, as well as lovely line drawings by Gary Zaboly, Snotty’s story seeks to prove that fairy tales rank with quantum mechanics in their ability to establish parallel worlds.”—Publishers Weekly

  • Auction: One set of Snotty Saves the Day: The History of Arcadia and Lily the Silent: The History of Arcadia. Signed by Tod Davies.  Also comes with an adorable teddy bear.

Who doesn’t want an adorable teddy bear with an adorable t-shirt on?  To bid on him and his friends, the books, click here.

From AudioGo:

  • A copy of The J. R. R. Tolkien Collection (BBC Dramatization) by J. R. R. Tolkien.

I’ll be honest with you, this set is cool enough that I considered stealing it rather than putting it in the fundraiser. True story.

  • A set of Immobility by Brian EvensonDreadtime Stories: Volume One, and Dreadtime Stories: Volume Two.  All narrated by Malcolm McDowell.

“Evenson is stunning, a postapocalyptic Dashiell Hammett, in this blistering tale. I read Immobility from cover to cover without stirring from my chair, and I imagine most readers will share that fate.” - Jesse Ball, Plimpton Prize–winning author of The Curfew

  • A copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Complete BBC Radio Series by Douglas Adams 

“It’s not just that these are even better than the novels, The Guide, originally conceived as a radio show, still works best in its original medium. All these discs are worth listening to, especially if you have a long commute. Adams’ life was too short, but he left us with enough funny, startling, and original ideas for several lifetimes.” – Tom Marcinko

  • 2 sets of Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama and  Superman: On Trial: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama by Dirk Maggs

“An interesting, if slightly quirky, audio play about The Dark Knight, as it is the villain’s motivation that drives the tale.” – Tim Knight, Hero Press

“An amusing audio play, well worth the time.” – Brendan’s Reviews

  • A set of Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: and Other Stories by John Taylor and The Adventures of Sexton Blake: Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatization by Dirk Maggs

 

I’ve talked on the blog before about how much I loved this production of Sexton Blake. Not only can you get this hard-to-come-by BBC production here, but the Sherlock Holmes audiobook is read by Benedict Cumberbatch himself. As such, it’s very much worth your time….

  • Auction: A set of Sherlock Holmes: The Rediscovered Railway Mysteries: and Other Stories by John Taylor and The Adventures of Sexton Blake: Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatization by Dirk Maggs

Make your ear holes happy by bidding on this lovely prize over here.

  • A copy of Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Two Exclusive Audio Adventures Starring the Eleventh Doctor

Come on.  It’s Doctor Who.  Do I really have to tell you?  By donating just $10 to the team page, you will have a chance to win an audio recording of two episodes of Doctor Who that have never aired on TV.  I think that’s worth it, don’t you?

  • Auction: A set of Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes: Collection 2: 1965-1966 and Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Two Exclusive Audio Adventures Starring the Eleventh Doctor.

“DOCTOR WHO – THE LOST TV EPISODES (COLLECTION TWO: 1965-1966) is, like the first collection, a remarkable anthology that demonstrates the enduring quality of the series in delivering agreeable stories for all generations both past, present and future.” –Eye of Horus

That’s right.  Multiple lost-to-television episodes of Doctor Who, all for your listening pleasure, if you bid on our auction over here.

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and many, many more.

If you’d like to see all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running, you can find them 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.

Also posted in audiobooks, Worldbuilders 2012 | By Pat10 Responses

Another list of books.

So when I was at NADWcon last weekend, I was on a panel titled: “What To Read When You’re Not Reading Pratchett.”

My co-panelists were Marian Crane and Kristine Smith. And we spent a pleasant hour discussing books we loved with the audience.

Rather than slow the panel down to a crawl by spelling out all the author’s names and/or the titles of the books. I offered to post up the list of books we compiled here on my blog.

However, I was moderating the panel, and when I moderate, I’m usually too busy abusing my power to take notes. Luckily, Marian was nice enough to jot down the books recommended by both the panelists and the helpful, clever members of the audience. Then she mailed them to me so I could post them up here for everyone to see.

I feel I should mention that we made no attempt to make this list comprehensive. These were just the books that came up in our discussion:

Our main criteria selection were books that were strong in: Worldbuilding, Characterization, and Language. (As those are areas where Pratchett excels).

We tried with somewhat less success to bring up titles that focused on other things we liked about Prattchett’s writing: the inclusion of humor, careful handling of ethical issues, and a “feel-good” quality to the books themselves.  This was somewhat less successful, as these are more ephemeral things, and harder to point at in a book.

What to read after you’ve read all available Pratchett books:

Douglas Adams: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, science fiction comedy
Neil Gaiman: fantasy and horror novels and graphic novels
Peter S. Beagle: The Last Unicorn, A Fine and Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song. fantasy
Steven Brust: Vlad Taltos/Dragaera novels, fantasy
Glen Cook: Garrett, P.I. novels, fantasy mystery
Brandon Sanderson: Mistworld novels, Warbreaker, Elantris, fantasy
Jim Butcher: Dresden Chronicles, urban fantasy
Robert Jordan/ Brandon Sanderson: Wheel of Time series, fantasy
Lyndon Hardy: Master of the Five Magics series, fantasy
Walter Jon Williams: Drake Maijstral series, sf
Robert Zelazny: The Chronicles of Amber & many more, fantasy and sf
C.J. Cherryh: nearly anything, fantasy and sf
Barbara Hambly: nearly anything, fantasy and sf
Patricia McKillip: nearly anything, fantasy
Lois Bujold: the Miles Vorkosigan series, sf
P.C. Hodgell: the Kencyr novels, fantasy
Robin Hobb: the Assassin series, the Liveship Series, fantasy. Look also for her books as Megan Lindholm
David Weber: Honor Harrington series, sf
Diane Duane: ‘Wizard’ series and ‘Middle Kingdoms’ Series, fantasy
David Brin: the Uplift War series, sf
Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint and sequels, fantasy
Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett: Point of Hopes, Point of Dreams, fantasy
Ursula K. Le Guin: Earthsea books, Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven, many others, fantasy and sf.
Orson Scott Card & Kathryn H. Kidd: Lovelock (The Mayflower Trilogy), sf
Peter David: Sir Apropos of Nothing trilogy, fantasy
Martha Wells: The Element of Fire, the Cloud Roads, many others, fantasy
Angela Carter: novels and short stories, magic realism
Tanith Lee: fantasy novels and short stories
Liz Williams: Inspector Chen novels science fantasy, mystery. Also see Inspector Chen series from Xiaolong Qiu, modern mysteries
Michael Marshall: The Straw Man and other novels, horror/sf
Georgette Heyer: comedy of manners
P.G. Wodehouse: comedy of manners
E.F. Benson: Mapp & Lucia novels, comedy of manners
Galen Beckett: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, historical fantasy/alternate universe
Jacqueline Carey: Terre d’Ange novels, historical fantasy, alternate universe
Dorothy Dunnett: The Lymond Chronicles, House of Niccolo Series, historical fiction
Mary Stewart: The Merlin Chronicles, historical Fiction
Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes, fantasy/horror
Christopher Fry: ‘The Lady’s Not for Burning’, play, historical romantic comedy
Tom Stoppard: ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’, play, historical comedy/drama
Jasper Fforde: Shades of Grey and other novels, sf
William Goldman: The Princess Bride, fantasy
C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters, Christian satire
Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, alternate history
Daniel Keyes: ‘Flowers for Algernon’ short story, sf
Lloyd Alexander: The Chronicles of Prydain, children’s Fantasy
Lee Martinez: The Automatic Detective, sf comedy/ Mystery
Barry Hughart: The Master Li books, Chinese historical fantasy
E. Hoffmann Price: The Devil Wives of Li Fong, The Jade Enchantress, Chinese historical fantasy
Fritz Leiber: ‘Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser’ fantasy series, other fantasy and horror novels
Vernor Vinge: ‘A Fire Upon the Deep’ and other sf novels
Phil and Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius graphic novels, steampunk fantasy
Hiromu Arakawa: Fullmetal Alchemist manga and anime Series, steampunk fantasy

There’s a fair amount of overlap between this list and my personal list of Must Read fantasy that I posted a while back. Some of that’s because I was on the panel, but another big piece of it is because some books are simply great reads. Classics become classics for a reason.

It goes without saying that if you were there at the panel and remember a book that didn’t get added here, you should feel free to mention it in the comments below.

pat

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