A Plenitude of Signed Books

Here’s the first batch of books donated by my brethren and sistren fantasy authors. Lovely books donated by lovely people.

If you don’t know about the Worldbuilders fundraiser yet and want to know how you can win these delicious prizes, you can head over here for the details.


I’ve talked about Lev’s lovely book before on the blog. So rather than repeat myself, I think I’ll just put up a link to that blog if you’re curious about what I had to say.

But really, do you need to listen to me when George RR Martin is slinging around praise like this? “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish Whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.”


Katharine Kerr donated some lovely things to the fundraiser this year. You’ll be seeing one of her manuscripts in the first round of auctions this weekend.

Kirkus Reviews says, “In this hefty tome, Kerr turns from Celtic-tinged fantasy to sweepingly far-future adventure on an alien world. The plot is built around Jezro Khan, the exiled brother of the corrupt ruler of Kazrajistan, an Islamic society… ”


Booklist says that Snares is, “..set on the borderline between sf and fantasy. It deals with Maggie Cory and the ups and downs of her and her descendants through five generations in an alternative San Francisco in which the 1960s were the prelude to a revolution… The novel has more northern California literary flavor than Kerr’s previous work, but it also features most of her superior skills at characterization, world building, and graceful language.”


From Booklist, “Kerr has written it up to her usual standard, which is among the highest for Celtic-derived fantasy sagas currently in progress. Faithful fans will be gratified, and any newcomers intrigued by this tale can retreat to its predecessors without fear of being disappointed.”

  • A hardcover set of The Iron Dragon Series: The Golden Cord and The Dragon Hunters by Paul Genesse. Signed by the author.


New York Times Bestseller Michael Stackpole says, “Taut suspense and fantastic imagery make The Dragon Hunters a tale no fantasy fan will want to miss.”


Here we have a bit of a treat. Not only is this a signed ARC of a book (Advanced Reading Copy.) But this book isn’t even out on the shelves yet. That’s right, you can use it to taunt your friends and make your enemies jealous. You can read it before it even hits the shelves, and with a blurb like the one below, you know you want to….

“SILVER is a wild combination of Indiana Jones, The Da Vinci Code, and The Omen. Read this book…before the world ends.” — Kevin J Anderson

  • A hardcover set of The Crossroads Trilogy: Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and Traitors’ Gate by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.


One of my fellow DAW authors, Kate has donated a full hardcover set of her Crossroads trilogy. Fantasy Book Critic calls it “…Elliott’s best work and is highly recommended to both fans of the author and any readers who appreciate fantasy in the vein of Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, and J.V. Jones…”


Publisher’s Weekly gave this one a starred review, saying, “Editor Scalzi and four well-known writers thoughtfully postulate the evolution of cities, transcending post-apocalyptic cliches to envision genuinely new communities and relationships. […] Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future.”


Romantic times says How Not to Make a Wish is, “Fresh and often hysterically funny, this story also has a solid emotional core. Heroine Kira’s first-person perspective keeps it all real for the reader.”

  • A copy of the uncorrected proof for Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. Signed by the author.


Another one of those sexy ARC’s. I’ve heard good things about this one, and it’s in my own personal to-read pile. I’ve heard it referred to as fairy tale noir. I wish I could come up with a sexy description like that for my book.

Publisher’s weekly says, “Singer-songwriter McGuire adeptly infuses her debut with hardboiled sensibilities and a wide array of mythological influences, set against a moody San Francisco backdrop. October Toby Daye is half-human, half-faerie, a changeling PI with a foot in both worlds.”


Romantic Times says nightlife is: “Tightly plotted and fast-paced, this book is full of twists and turns that take the reader for one heck of a ride.”

I’ve heard this book described as, “A comedy of errors with mistaken identities ambiguous sexuality, skate god stage geeks, … and true love.” What more really needs to be said?

Well, maybe this blurb from Publisher’s weekly: “Evocative of Boy Meets Boy and Dramarama, this makes for fun, thought-provoking reading.”


“Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles’s debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult TV spy series Alias… Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following.” – Publishers Weekly

  • A hardcover copy of The Deceived by Brett Battles. Signed by the author.


BookList says, this is is a “tightly written page-turner, filled with tradecraft and offering as much action as a James Bond film… a wild ride.”

  • Three ARCs of the The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas. US release date: February 2010.


Stephen Deas is a hell of a nice guy. We had dinner when I was in London a while back, and the fact that I haven’t gotten around to reading his book fills me with constant shame.

Stephen also send along some of the new ARC’s for the US version of the book, as it’s not out here in the states yet. He’s also sent along a couple copies of the UK version. For people who like their color spelled colour.

  • One trade and one hardcover of The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas. Signed by the author.


Wait, what? He’s got a Joe Abercrombie blurb on his book? Man…. I don’t have an Abercrombie quote. Now I only feel half as guilty…

If an Abercrombie quote isn’t enough for you, Brent Weeks says it’s, “A stirring debut. Stephen Deas’s dragons are inscrutable, beautiful, magical, unstoppable… and really, really pissed off.”

Remember, every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International gives you a chance to win these books and hundreds of others, so head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in.

Or, if you want to go back to main page for the Worldbuilders fundraiser, you can click HERE.

With special thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.

(Woo!)

This entry was posted in Heifer International, recommendations, Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2009By Pat23 Responses

23 Comments

  1. Tyson
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Woo!

  2. Jamie
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    Awesomeness!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

    Holy crap! I’m a huge fan of Kristen Britain and right after reading this blog I saw she posted about the charity on -her- page. She just earned some major cool points ^^.

  4. Vasko
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

    Very cool selection of books!

  5. Paul H.
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    I am very impressed and feel-gooded by your charitable nature and your creativity. Good job, it inspires me to be a little bit more like you.

  6. Zack Truel
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    Well I just ran over there and donated and I can’t wait until January 15th! :)

    You are not far from being on Heifer’s Top 5 Pat! We should definetly be in there in another 4 weeks or so!

  7. Luke
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:49 PM | Permalink

    Even if i don’t have my name drawn you are opening a whole new world of books for me to read! (I need to enter firstly…) Looks like The Magicans is the books for me as well as a few others. Thank you.

    Whoohoo! Brent Weeks quote!! For those who haven’t read His books I highly suggest them. Night Angel Trilogy. All his books our out and he is already workin on his others. He replaced my favorite story, Harry Potter, with The Night Angel, and it only took him 3 books to do that. Truly an amazing author in my eyes.

    Don’t worry Pat your book comes right behind Mr. Weeks. But we have to be real here, you only have one book out ,and its wonderful, but i need the whole trilogy to make my final statements.

    Thanks for the book, blog and everything that you do!

  8. musicgeek
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    Oy! I want some new books!

  9. Travis H.
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 3:23 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations on reaching the #5 slot on the fundraiser list on heifer’s website!! keep donating people i just bought a Pig!!!! a freaking pig! I feel like Homer Simpson hahaha

  10. Skymnolf
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    At first I thought I was crying then I realized that my eyes were drooling. I feel like Pavlov’s dog. How could you torment your readers with a veritable feast of wordy pleasure that we can only view from afar.
    Love the book. My best to Sarah and Oot.

  11. elias
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    You spelled Katharine Kerr’s name wrong. And it’s Metatropolis, not Metropolis.

  12. Anonymous
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    some people are just party poopers, love the photos of the covers they are definitely going on my to-do list

  13. Roswitha
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

    @Elias, you could’ve pointed out those errors in a nicer way. Give the man a break; he’s got a new baby and is terribly short on sleep.

  14. Pat
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    Crap. I was kinda sleep depped last night, and my schedual is such that I haven’t been able to proof these as well as I’d like….

    Off to fix typos….

  15. Guy
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 5:44 PM | Permalink

    Is there any way to use paypal to donate?

  16. Anonymous
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 6:08 PM | Permalink

    SNARE!! By Katherine Kerr…

    Strangely enough the first time I saw that I was intrigued by the cover alone. I wasnted to read it.

    Unfortunately, it was at a U Spy Store. The book was actually a safe. The guy said they pick books with covers that no one would want to read. I was offended for myself and the poor author. I wanted to read it and I’m sure she wouldn’t like to know that her book was described like that.

    Anyway, check out Snare. The book.

  17. elias
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 7:43 PM | Permalink

    @Roswitha Sorry, I have a new baby and am short on sleep also. ; ) Didn’t intend to sound rude.

  18. Anonymous
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    I’m drooling over some of those books. Must have….
    This is a great thing you’re doing. Thanks for setting this fundraiser up. It really got me inspired, and I’m trying to get my family to donate too. You’re one swell guy, Pat

  19. Jeff
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 8:53 PM | Permalink

    Great collection of prizes you got there, Pat!
    As of writing this, the intended mark has been passed by more than a thousand(!) Dollars. May i be among the first to congratulate you. Congratulation, I’m hoping you won’t have to sell your house in the middle of January, I heard it can get quite cold there up in the north.

  20. Ogre_rage
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    yet again my posting has nothing to do with your current blog topic but I was wondering when the Wise Man’s Fear comes out will it only be in hard back at first or will I be able to download it on my Kindle right away… I know that Hard backs look amazing on a book shelf and nothing feels as nice as the wieght of a book in your hands but the convenience of these e-readers well there just awesome. so any who that was my question. :) oh and if I wasnt poor I would so want the signed Magicians book.

  21. Vae
    Posted December 3, 2009 at 11:11 PM | Permalink

    all i can say is WOW. and yeah, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is AWESOME! I just finished reading it last week (ordered it online after you recommended it.) so thanks Pat! again ^^

    very cool selection there

  22. mmmmmpig
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 4:38 AM | Permalink

    Methinks it may be time to update the goal! Well done. Huzzah and kudos

  23. Vinny K
    Posted December 11, 2009 at 2:16 AM | Permalink

    Wow, those are some pretty amazing novels! I’ve always wanted an ARC. It totally trumps a first addition.

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