Sorry I’ve been kinda quiet on the blog lately folks, but the truth is, I’m in what authors refer to as “Deadline Hell.”
You see, in order to have the Auri book hit the shelves November-ish, we actually have to have the book finished at the end of June.
And to have the book finished at the end of June, I have to turn in the pretty-much-all-the-way-finished manuscript at the end of this month.
The good news is that this book is much shorter than my usual. The bad news is that I’m still obsessive, and I haven’t fiddled around with this story like I normally do: tweaking and fidding, getting beta-reader feedback, re-reading and red-penning the manuscript for months.
Hence I’ve been doing my best to fit in as much revision as possible before I leave for Phoenix Comic Con. Hence deadline hell.
That said, we’ve got some new stuff to show off to you today. Stuff that some of you have been waiting months and months for….
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While I’ve been toiling in the word mines, agonizing over the difference between slim and slender, the Worldbuilders team has been hard at work.
If you remember, last month, we asked for suggestions for what to call our monthly blog where we bring you new signed books and other new things in The Tinker’s Packs.
As always, y’all impressed me with your willingness to help. There were many suggestions, and it’s helped us finally land on a name: Novelties.
It’s short, clever, and while it makes it clear that books are involved, it leaves room for us to have things other than books available in the future.
But for now, it’s books. And we’ve got some great ones for you this month.
- Defenders by Will McIntosh.
Will was one of the first to jump in with signed books for us for this month, and we’re really glad he did. Not only is he a Hugo award winning author, but this book has been getting some great reviews, including a starred one in Kirkus: ”McIntosh tells a more global yet still deeply personal tale about life during wartime and its aftermath… McIntosh has his finger on the pulse, again.”
This book is new this month, and it was terribly kind of him to send us some signed copies. If you’re quick, you can grab one over here.
- Sword and Laser Anthology, edited by Tom Merritt & Veronica Belmont.
(Definitely click to embiggen)
I’m terribly fond of Tom and Veronica, to say nothing of Sword and Laser itself.
So I was excited when I heard they were going to be putting together an anthology. They sent me an early copy of it, asking if I’d be willing to write a promo blurb for them. After I read it, I said I’d go so far as to write an an introduction for the book instead.
If you’re curious about my full thoughts on this book, I posted my introduction up on Goodreads where anyone can read it.
Tom and Veronica signed 10 of these for us, and sent some cool Sword & Laser bookmarks and cards too, so grab them while you can.
- Two ARCs of Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. One UK and one US.
This is an extra cool thing. Half a King won’t even be hitting the shelves until July, but Joe sent us two Advance Reading Copies, one US edition (the black one), and one from the UK (the white one). Both are signed by the man himself.
I got a chance to read an early version of this book too, and as I said in my review on goodreads, I think it’s my favorite Abercrombie book so far.
These are going to go fast, since we’ve only got one of each.
So, if you want the US edition, click here.
If you want the UK edition, click here.
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And now, after much waiting, we’re finally making the Name of the Wind cards available in the store.
(Click to Embiggen, so you can see more of their majesty.)
Some of you probably remember NOTW Card Kickstarter we ran a year ago. Ever since it ended, I’ve had people e-mailing me, asking how they could get the cards if they missed the kickstarter.
The simple answer was that they couldn’t get them. Not until now.
Now that the kickstarter has been fulfilled, and the lovely folks that backed the project have received their swag, we’re making the cards available for everyone in The Tinker’s Packs.
I really can’t tell you how pleased I am with how these cards turned out. They’re printed by the folks who print Bicycle cards, so they’re not flimsy bullshit. They’re durable, high-quality cards.
Here’s the aces:
The art is just beautiful. What’s more, some of the cards are different on their mirror sides. In some places, the differences are obvious. Like on Kvothe and Denna’s Cards. Other cards, such as Bast’s, have more subtle changes you might need to look for a while to see…
In addition to the full deck, there’s also a spare card that shows Willem. (So if one of your other cards gets damaged, you can substitute Willem in.) And a card with Master Lorren that’s designed to be used as a bookmark.
And, of course, there’s the Jokers: Elodin and Auri.
There are three different decks. The Limited, the Standard, and the Taborlin Deck.
The art on the faces of the cards is all the same. But the Limited deck is a little more collectable. It’s the only deck with the seal on the box. Shane did some unique art just for that, showing the Amyr’s symbol: the tower wrapped in a tongue of flame.
The other difference is that the Limited deck has the green card back.
We won’t be doing another run of the limited edition. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
(Fair Warning: Limited edition decks of Albino’s previous projects, like the White Rabbit cards or the Call of Cthulhu cards, sell for about 50 bucks online these days. So if you *really* want these, you might not want to wait too long.)
The Standard decks have the same art, but they have the red card back.
And lastly, the Taborlin deck.
This deck has an entirely different card back (which you can see more clearly if you click the picture above.) It shows Taborlin’s tools: Key, Coin, and Candle.
But that’s not the *really* cool thing. The cool thing is that this is a marked deck of cards.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted a marked deck. Not because I like the thought of cheating people at cards, but… because why wouldn’t you want a marked deck, just for fun? That’s why I called this the Taborlin Deck. It’s not for cheaters. It’s for magicians.
In this deck, the Lorren Bookmark card has been replaced with a card that describes the code embedded on the back.
So there you go. If you missed the kickstarter, or if you want to pick up a few more decks as presents, all three decks are available over here.
As I’ve said, the art Shane did for these decks was really amazing. So amazing that people wanted to buy it as posters.
So this month we’re making the Diamond face cards available.
Kilvin is the King of Diamonds, and you can grab his poster over here.
Devi is the Queen of Diamonds, and you can grab her poster over here.
And finally, Ambrose is the Jack of Diamonds, and based just a little bit off of Jim Butcher. You can buy his smarmy face over here.
As always, all proceeds from the Tinker’s Packs go to charity.
And if you don’t see what you were looking for, fear not. We’ll be posting more stuff up next month. Let us know what you were most interested in seeing in the comments, and we’ll do our best to make you happy.