Books from Del Rey and Spectra

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

This year, Del Rey and Spectra were nice enough to send along some books for the fundraiser.

This is kind of a big deal. You see, Del Rey and Spectra are the first big New York imprints to donate to Worldbuilders even though I don’t have any sort of direct business relationship with them.

Now don’t get me wrong. Publishers like DAW, Bad Moon, and Subterranean Press  have been with Worldbuilders from the beginning. Their support has been invaluable and lavish. I love them with a fierce love, and appreciate them more than I can say.

But it’s always been my hope that Worldbuilders would become more than just a fundraiser I run on my blog with donations I mostly wrangle up myself.

My dream, you see, is that Worldbuilders will grow beyond that. I hope it will eventually become an organization where geeks of all creeds and affiliations come together in order to make the world a better place.

This is a big step in that direction, and it warms my bitter old heart.

  • A hardcover copy of The Conqueror’s Shadow and an ARC of The Warlord’s Legacy by Ari Marmell. Hardcover signed by the author.

For those of you that don’t know.  ARC stands for Advance Reader’s Copy. ARC’s are books publishers put out early to promote upcoming books.

This particular ARC is especially cool, as Warlord’s Legacy won’t be released until January 2011. So if you win these books, you get to read it long before it hits the shelves. Then you can gloat about it to your friends.

The fabulous Robin Hobb says, “ Twists of humor leaven this story of desperate people in dangerous times, as a conqueror discovers that perhaps those who live by the sword are sometimes doomed to face the business end of one.  A great mix of character and action.”

  • A set of Three Days to Dead and As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding.

Three Days to Dead is one of the best books I’ve read. Ever. Evy Stone is a heroine’s heroine, and I rooted for her from the moment I met her. Kelly Meding has written a phenomenal story, one that’s fast-paced, gritty, and utterly addictive. Brava! More! More! More!”— Jackie Kessler, co-author of Black and White.

“As vivid an evocation of England during World War II as anyone has ever written . . . You’ll find here a novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.” — The Washington Post.

  • A set of Wolfbreed and Wolf’s Cross by S. A. Swann.

A lot of people have been saying a lot of good things about these books. But rather than list all of them, let’s leap directly to the top of the heap:

“Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.” – George R.R. Martin.

  • A copy of The Warded Man and a hardcover copy of The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett.

I won’t go all gushy about how much I enjoy Peter Brett’s books. Instead, I’ll just link to the interview I did with him last year. He’s a lovely guy, and I’m not saying that just because he’s cool enough to chip to help match donations for Worldbuilders.

“I enjoyed The Warded Man immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way.”—Terry Brooks .

I had someone accost me in a bookstore less than a week ago and gush about this book. Such was their intensity that I’ve moved it near the top of my to-be-read-when-I-finally-get-a-moment pile.

The Native Star is engaging, atmospheric, and lovely. I was quite taken by the concept of an Old West built on a foundation of magic and zombie slave labor. Oh, and giant raccoons. Bring on the coons! And how spectacular is the name Dreadnought Stanton? This book utterly absorbed me from start to finish—these days you have no idea how rare that is. You have something special in your hands—no pun intended.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless.

“Lebbon’s work is infused with the contemporary realism of Stephen King and the lyricism of Ray Bradbury.”— Fangoria

“You want this book…It’s the kind of book that leaves you breathless haunted and in awe. It makes me think of Little Brother meets Lord of the Flies meets Heart of Darkness meets Mad Max and the Road Warrior meets Letham. … It’s a powerful fast read of a gut punch of a novel. In other words–you want this book.” –Paul Jessup, author of Werewolves.

  • A set of a hardcover copy of Star Wars Death Troopers and an ARC of Star Wars Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber.

Okay. I lose some geek points for not knowing about these books. How can I not have heard about zombie star-wars books? Seriously. Why hasn’t anyone clued me in?

As you can see by the picture, Red Harvest is an ARC. It won’t be out until late December. So if you win, this will be a great opportunity to tease that super geeky star-wars friend in your peer group until he cries.

Or, if you’re a nicer person than I am, you could always give it to him for Christmas. Either way.

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies says, “This is the Star Wars of every horror fan’s dreams—gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies.”

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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 made. So why not head over to the Team Heifer page and chip in. Trust me. You’ll feel great afterward.

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

But first, everyone say, “Thank you Del Rey and Spectra.”

This entry was posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2010By Pat17 Responses


  1. jdcb
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    I knew there had to be another post coming, I was checking every 15 minutes since thismorning…

  2. theotherjason
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    Bitter old heart my eye. Rock on, Browncoat!

  3. Sleete
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    I swear i briefly saw a post about books from random house earlier today…

    • malical
      Posted November 18, 2010 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

      I can confirm. I hit the last blog, then hit the next one and it told me that it didn’t exist. And when I clicked it through the Home Page it told me that it didn’t exist. Thankfully this appeared because false hope from Pat is worse then death.

  4. Posted November 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Del Ray and Spectra!

  5. Posted November 18, 2010 at 12:46 PM | Permalink

    Heh. I forgot to say it too: “Thank you Del Rey and Spectra!”

  6. Erzberger
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    I don´t know where best to put this question, so I thought I´d ask in the comments, then people with the same question might see it:
    I´m from Germany and do not own a credit card. Is there a simple way for me to donate that I´m missing? Don´t get me wrong, I will still donate. I´ll probably just get a credit card (it would probably good to have one anyway) or send a check to your PO box (although I´m not sure whether a check would work). Just wanted to check if I´m missing something first.

    Thanks for doing this. I like the idea of giving people lasting means to help themselves. I´ll go spread the word where I can.

    • Posted November 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

      Yeah. You can mail a check to my PO box. Make it sure it’s made out in your native currency, though. Or I won’t be able to cash it.

  7. Mickey
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 1:30 PM | Permalink

    Star. Wars. Zombies.

    There is now officially a new level of cool in the world. Although it does present an interesting question….Master Yoda tells us that the Force is created by life, and that it surrounds all living things, so does this mean zombies are immune to the Force ? I’m pretty sure you could still toss things at them using it, but you ain’t gonna be sending the moaning hordes off down a different tunnel with a Jedi mind trick !

    Still, I suppose a light sabre would come in very handy, eh ?

  8. Mojojojo449
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

    Pat, will you be doing any funny interviews with authors this time around, those where probably my favorite part of reading the WorldBuilders Blogs. The “Do you have any little rituals that help you write?”, question made me laugh every time. Also, thank-you Del Rey and Spectra!

    • Posted November 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

      Oh yeah. We’ll be doing more of those. We’re just getting started. There’s a lot of fundraiser yet to come.

  9. kungfusinger
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    Side note: I just noticed on your home page you got a glowing book review from Anne McCaffrey. How Cool is THAT!?

  10. fpgiv
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

    OK Pat. I sat out last year’s fundraiser and felt guilty every time I saw a Worldbuilders Blog. This year, the guilt compounded. I’m in.

  11. Sedulo
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Del Rey and Spectra!

    I am preparing for my annual donation to Worldbuilders. Yay and woohoo!

    Meanwhile, enjoy a chicklet/chuckle at this unicorn product!

  12. Posted November 18, 2010 at 9:55 PM | Permalink


    I’ll go ahead and add my own contribution to the Spectra offer. Once you’ve drawn winners, please let me know who won THE CONQUEROR’S SHADOW and the ARC of THE WARLORD’S LEGACY. When TWL is released publicly in January, I’ll mail them a signed copy of the hardcover, to go along with the signed TCS. :-)

    I can be contacted through my web site, at

  13. Posted November 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

    Thank you Del Rey and Spectra!

  14. chat
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:28 AM | Permalink

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