A Plenitude of Signed Books

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

While I was busy gathering more books and getting these blogs ready, Worldbuilders topped 25,000 dollars in donations. Rumor has it this makes us unspeakably cool.

I’ve raised the bar to 50,000 dollars. I’m pretty sure we can beat this one fairly quickly. Tell your friends. Spread the word.

Today we have another wealth of donated books. Many of these sent in by fans and readers who wanted to help make worldbuilders a success.

All of these have been signed by the authors. Many of them are first editions. And several of them are limited editions, numbered and slipcased and all manner of cool.


  • A hardcover first edition of Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan. Signed by the Author. 

Includes a picture of Robert Jordan signing this book.

You don’t need me to tell you about the Wheel of Time.

“The battle scenes have the breathless urgency of firsthand experience, and the . . . evil laced into the forces of good, the dangers latent in any promised salvation, the sense of the unavoidable onslaught of unpredictable events bear the marks of American national experience during the last three decades.” – The New York Times on The Wheel of Time.

“The complex philosophy behind The Wheel of Time series is expounded so simply the reader often gives a start of surprise at returning to the real world. Rand’s adventures are not finished and neither is this thinking person’s fantasy series.” – Bruswick Sentinel (Australia).

  • Four UK copies of An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. Signed by the author.

Note that these are UK editions of Gabaldon’s books. That means they’re written with an English accent, making them 25% cooler.

“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.” — The Arizona Republic

  • A copy of Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. Signed by the Author.

“A fun new occult mystery series. Unusually well crafted.” – Locus

The Warded Man works not only as a great adventure novel but also as a reflection on the nature of heroism.”—Charlaine Harris

  • Two copies of Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. Signed by the author.

“Monstrous, murderous, psychotic, deranged, possessed and insane – the only question is what our heroes hate more: the demons they’re fighting, each other or themselves” – Stephen Deas, author of The Adanamtine Palace

  • Two first edition hardcover copies of Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. Signed by the author.

“Wildly descriptive Slaughter-fest fantasy with a surprising pathos” – Stephen Deas.

“Feist is back on top form, and really delivering the goods. The characters are in place, the scenes are set, and on the evidence of Rides A Dread Legion, it’s going to be a wild ride.” – SF Site Featured Review.

  • A copy of of Bec by Darren Shan. Limited edition. Signed by the author.

“All the spells, severed body parts and horror you expect from Shan, with a nail-biting and shocking finish.” – Waterstone’s Books Quarterly.

“One of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year. … For such a peculiar, stripped-down tale, it’s fantastically evocative… Not too cute, not too weirdly precocious, not a fey mouthpiece for the author’s profundities, Jack expresses a poignant mixture of wisdom, love and naivete that will make you ache to save him — whatever that would mean.” – Washington Post Book World.

  • A copy of The Empty Family by Colm Toibin. Signed by the author.

“[The Empty Family] reconfirms his mastery of the short story…. ToÍbÍn raised his profile with the exquisitely bittersweet Brooklyn, and this collection is every bit as rich… Likely to rank with the best story collections of the year.” — Kirkus (starred review)

  • A copy of What I Didn’t See and Other Stories by Karen Joy Fowler. Signed by author.

“Arresting… each piece puts us on notice in its own way that an intriguing intelligence is at work.” –The Boston Globe.

The book is published by Quirk Books, the same publisher that brought us Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Among other things, the book tells you which signer was murdered by his own nephew, which signers ended up imprisoned by the British, and which were locked up because of their own greed and stupidity.

“With this work, Kiernan and D’Agnese present readers with astonishing individual portraits of all the signers in an attempt both to dispel some of the mythology surrounding the document as well as to establish a place in the historical discourse for those men not named Jefferson, Hancock, Franklin, or Adams.” – School Library Journal, starred review.

  • A copy of Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S. G. Browne. Signed by the author.

“A terrific comedy about the perils and joys of life beyond death… A zombie comedy with brains” – Kirkus.

  • A Clash of Kings and Part 2 of A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin. Signed by the Author.

“I read my eyes out. I couldn’t stop until I’d finished and it was dawn.” – Anne McCaffrey.

  • A hardcover copy of Omega by Christopher Evans. Numbered, limited edition in a protective slipcase. Signed by the author.

“Christopher Evans is, to my mind, one of the great lost voices of British science fiction… now there is another novel, one that combines the bold and brutal alternate history of Aztec Century with the subtle and disturbing unpicking of identity of In Limbo… We can only hope that Evans’s triumphant return to science fiction is a harbinger of yet another revival in his writing.” – Strange Horizons Reviews.

  • A hardcover copy of Banquet for the Damned by Adam L.G. Nevill with an introduction by Ramsey Campbell. Numbered, limited edition in a protective slipcase. Signed by both Nevill and Campbell.

Banquet for the Damned…  brings together the graphic and the subtle, supernatural and human horror, and makes them play their parts to the best effect.” – SF Site Featured Review.

  • A harcover copy of Nowhere Near an Angel by Mark Morris. Numbered, limited edition in a protective slipcase. Signed by the author.

“Mark Morris is one of the finest horror writers at work today.” – Clive Barker.

  • Signed, numbered, slipcased limited hardcover edition of Random Walk by Lawrence Block. Numbered, limited edition in a protective slipcase. Signed by the author.

“If there is one crime writer currently capable of matching the noirish legacies of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, it’s Lawrence Block.” San Francisco Chronicle

  • A hardcover first edition of The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson with a Way of Kings bag and bookmark. Signed by the author.

I’ve talked about this book in a previous blog.

But if you don’t want to read all of that, this blurb sums things up pretty well: “This book is cool, and Brandon Sanderson smells like fresh-baked cookies.” – Patrick Rothfuss.

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Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others like them. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice, too.

Don’t forget, Worldbuilders is matching 50% of all donations. So why not head over to the Team Heifer page and chip in. C’mon. All the cool kids are doing it…

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

This entry was posted in fan coolness, Worldbuilders 2010By Pat14 Responses


  1. Lomky
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 5:46 AM | Permalink

    Just wow. I can’t believe the sheer number of books this year! I keep expecting to see a ‘And that’s all, folks!” book post, but no, they just keep on coming. It’s wonderful to see all the giving authors and donations. $25,000 already?! I hope you have lots and lots of kind donation matching helpers. Would people willing to help match for smaller amounts like 100$ be helpful, or just more hassle?

  2. LaMiss
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 6:19 AM | Permalink

    I am amazed, too! Jugding by the huge amount of posts to come, there must be hundreds of books!

    I just wanted to ask, are you going to fill us in about your bad relation to Jim Butcher? I am really curious since you keep mentionning it…but of course you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to….

    Anyways…Three thumbs up for Worldbuilders!!

    • Taedirk
      Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM | Permalink
      • LaMiss
        Posted November 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

        Oh thanks for the link! I thought I read all of the old blogs, but I seem to have missed some of them…later on Pat only writes about his ‘eternal enemy’ or whatever, so I thought he was sincere (since it was mentionned so very often).

  3. Tager
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 7:17 AM | Permalink

    Lovely to see people donating for Worldbuilders, and I’m very please the way of kings is in there. Great book.

  4. cantrell11
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

    OK, so I “joined the team” and did the facebook link thing and then promptly became confused. It looks like I am asking people to donate money to my team instead of me donating to the “Worldbuilders” team. Can someone clarify if I actually donated the money I pledged or am I asking someone else to donate for me? Forgive my ignorance, I just want to make sure that my $50 went to “Worldbuilders” where it belongs.

    • Posted November 24, 2010 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

      You don’t need to “join the team” you can just donate to the team…

      • Posted November 24, 2010 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

        But either way your money gets counted….

  5. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    I’m waiting till after Thanksgiving to donate, because no matter what the possible things I could win are, I know that they’re all worth the money I donate to the cause :) The book I won last year was FANTASTIC and I immediately went out and bought the sequel, so I’m not too worried.

    I’m kind of dying for the Golden Ticket post though. Sounds like it’s gonna be awesome :D

  6. Posted November 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

    Well, Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan just got good karma. I was so intrigued by the book, I bought a kindle edition for myself and a hardcover for a Xmas present for my nephew.
    Of course this will mean that if I win anything, it will probably be this book. Because that how my life goes.

  7. guessingo
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

    looks like your turning into one of the cool kids in the fantasy/science fiction writing community. You have Four #1 best sellers on that list. You might want to auction them off seperately. Especially the Robert Jordan one since there won’t be any more signatures coming from him. You could probably get more money that way for charity.

    We will know that you are in the of the cool kids if you get a book from Stephen King or JK Rowling donated.

  8. theotherjason
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 4:52 PM | Permalink

    I know I’m totally off-topic but I just heard that they’re making a new Buffy movie WITHOUT JOSS WHEDON. What unholy gods do these people worship? Nevermind, I think I know.

  9. Billy Sweetness
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 1:33 AM | Permalink

    I have a giant cardboard/foam backed poster of The Gathering Storm signed by Brandon Sanderson. I won it at a book signing just over a year ago.

    It is signed to me, but if you think it could help I would be more than happy to donate it.

  10. chat
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:27 AM | Permalink

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