Still More Signed Books

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Today we’ve got another batch of gorgeous books donated by generous authors.

As if I didn’t have enough reasons to love Peter S. Beagle.

Not only is The Last Unicorn my favorite book of all time. Not only is Peter nice enough to send along some signed copies with the cool new cover for the fundraiser. (Not only was he nice enough to send along a copy especially for me, too.) But we have a few other amazingly cool goodies from him that we’ll be auctioning off soon.

For this book, I will write the glowing blurb myself. Ready? Here it is.

“When people tell me The Name of the Wind is their favorite book, I’m always flattered. Then I encourage them to read The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. It is so much better than my book. It is like a diamond. Like a pearl. It is the platonic form of Book. I read it once a year, and every time I cry.”

  • A hardcover copy of Caliban’s Hour by Tad Williams. Signed by the author.

A lovely donation from Tad Williams himself. I’m ashamed to admit that this book was below my radar until right now. I’ll have to go pick up a copy now….

“The best-selling author of To Green Angel Tower (1993) offers a fantastical sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest replete with elements of both Beauty and the Beast and Robinson Crusoe… A lyrically romantic voyage of discovery charting the mysterious depths of the human heart and soul.” – Margaret Flanagan for Booklist

“Kristopher Reisz’s Unleashed has one of the most unique takes on an established mythology that I’ve ever seen. Its twist on the werewolf tales will keep readers guessing right until the end.” – TeensReadToo

“Hot, wrenching, and wise, this book is fantastic!” – Holly Black, author of White Cat

  • A hardcover copy of The Darker Mask: Heroes from the Shadows. Signed by Doselle Young.

“Themed along the grayer areas of superhero fiction, this anthology of 18 original stories nonetheless covers a wide spectrum… Deceptively simple and entertaining while never skimping on serious topics, this tight anthology will satisfy any superhero enthusiast. ” – Publishers Weekly

  • A hardcover of The River King’s Road by Liane Merciel. First edition. Signed by the author.

“[An] impressive epic fantasy debut… Merciel has constructed an inspired new world where unexpected plot twists bedevil strong, clearly visualized characters, in a story that glints with intelligence and hums with life.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • A hardcover copy of Otherland by Tad Williams. Signed by the author.

“The ultimate virtual-reality saga, borrowing motifs from cyberpunk, mythology and world history.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the best works of science fiction I’ve ever read.” – Katharine Kerr

  • A set of The ThiefThe Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia and A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner. All signed by the author.

The Thief is a Newbery Honor Book, and that’s not something to take lightly. But if you need more convincing, here’s a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly: “Turner’s storytelling is so sure that readers will want to go along with her-and discover whatever it is that Eugenides will do next.”

  • Two UK sets of The Thief and The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. Signed by the author.

“Thoroughly involving and wholly satisfying on all fronts.” – The Horn Book

  • A set of the Kira Chronicles: The Whisper of Leaves and The Song of the Silvercades by K. S. Nikakis. Signed by the author.

For those of you who live here in the US, these books are a bit of a treat. This series isn’t even published in the US (yet) so if you win them, you’ll be on the cutting edge of fantasy chic.

“An impressive debut novel, which combines assured writing and well-paced storytelling. K.S. Nikakis is a welcome addition to the ranks of Australian fantasy authors.” – Juliet Marillier

“From New York Times best seller Elaine Cunningham comes a fantastic new adventure of swords and sorcery, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.”

  • A set of Pathfinders Tales: Winter Witch and Prince of Wolves. Signed by Dave Gross.

From fan-favorite author Dave Gross comes a new fantastical mystery set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

“Brilliantly detailed worldbuilding and complicated characters makes this an engrossing read.” – Laura Anne Gilman

  • Two hardcover copies of A Spider on the Stairs by Cassandra Chan. Signed by the author.

The Library Journal says that Spider on the Stairs “will appeal to fans of the traditional Golden Age British mystery. Her inclusion of humor and her well-drawn characters make Chan a good choice for readers of Martha Grimes.”

What’s more, Chan went above and beyond with her signature pages, too. Check them out…

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I can never think of cool things to sign in books like this. And I certainly can’t do that three-dimentional shading thing she pulls off with the Worldbuilders 2010, either. Hell, I don’t think I even own a green pen….

Honestly, looking at these makes me feel more than slightly inadequate.

And just think, if she’s this creative when signing the books, imagine how original the books themselves must be….

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Don’t forget, Worldbuilders is matching 50% of all donations made on our Team Heifer page. What’s more, every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International gets you a chance to win these books and hundreds of others like them.

To see the other books and learn more about Worldbuilders, you can head over to the main page.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2010By Pat27 Responses


  1. spikyc
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:46 PM | Permalink

    Danke! :) I’m excited to have recieved my College Survival Guide. Am about 50 pages in, and am loving it.

    Also, I don’t know if this is just my computer or a problem with your uploading, but the images from “A Spider on the Stairs” onward aren’t showing up for me.

    • Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:59 PM | Permalink

      Ah crap.

      • Firebirdblaze
        Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:02 AM | Permalink

        Fixed :)

        • Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:05 AM | Permalink

          Thanks Valerie. You’re the best.

  2. saintburns
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:53 PM | Permalink

    I was generally excited about all of these signed books you were showing off. And then you said that you had Megan Whalen Turner’s books…even better is that they’re signed! This is amazing news. She’s one of my favorite authors and now I really want to win those. Or I’m considering breaking into your house and just stealing them. But that’s not really the point of the whole charity thing is it….

    • Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:06 AM | Permalink

      They say “charity starts at home.”

      But I’m pretty sure they mean *your* home, not someone else’s…..

      • saintburns
        Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

        well don’t ‘they’ say something like “my house is your house!” ?

  3. Mossy Toes
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

    The Thief books! Definitely my favorite YA series–Turner has really woven an incredible world there.

    It was something of a pleasant surprise to see The Last Unicorn up there too, given how often it’s come up on this blog so far…

  4. Green Man
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:28 AM | Permalink

    Not to be an Annoying Forum Editor, but I think your glowing blurb for The Last Unicorn is missing a word.

    Then I encourage them to read The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.

    • Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM | Permalink

      Damn. This is what I get for posting after 16 hours of copyediting….

      • Green Man
        Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:56 AM | Permalink

        You could always just nuke my comment and it would be as though it never happened. Reshape reality at your whim!

        • Posted December 1, 2010 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

          Heh. That would make me feel like a poser. I stand by my fuck-ups, shameful as they are…

  5. fb
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 4:33 AM | Permalink

    I have donated and would love to win one of the Beagle’s. Ever since you recommended it I have been trying to get hold of a copy but my friend in Waterstones can’t find it anywhere on the database. Is is out of print?

    • Little My
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

      You can always hit up Amazon as a last resort; lots of used copies of Last Unicorn from other booksellers available through them too.

    • Yrth
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

      Try a library?

    • BrettJB
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

      A bit of patience may be all you need. It appears there’s a new edition coming out in January (ISBN-13: 9781600108518) according to my favorite bookstore (The Tattered Cover in Denver)

      • Posted December 1, 2010 at 7:22 AM | Permalink

        Huh. Cool. A new hardcover. I’m glad to see that happen…

    • Posted December 1, 2010 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

      You’re in the UK, I’m assuming? I wonder if it’s out of print there….

      • fb
        Posted December 1, 2010 at 4:11 PM | Permalink

        Yes, I am in the UK. I had a look on Amazon before and couldn’t find anything but I’ve just had a look and found some second hand copies. Still- I think I’ll wait until after the end of the fundraiser, its a long shot I’ll win the Beagle but here’s hoping!

  6. Jaku
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    I’ve only read half of these, but I can safely bet that The Last Unicorn reclines at the top of this particular tier of badassery (powerful ontology!) But I really want to get my grubby hands on Tad’s stuff.

  7. kungfusinger
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM | Permalink

    If you are matching every donation by 50% and you then decide to donate money above and beyond the matching, do you then have to match the matched bit? How many iterations would you do?

    Don’t worry, if you decide to match the matched bit, there is an asymptote to the function:

    ∑_(n=0)^∞▒〖0.5〗^n =2

    keeping in mind that 0.5^0 = 1, which would equate your original contribution. Therefore, for every original dollar you would donate, you would end up donating 2 dollars total after infinite iterations.

    • kungfusinger
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM | Permalink

      The equation did not show up very well. It should have read something more like:

      “The sum of terms from n = 0 to n = infinity of 0.5 raised to the power of n”

      Very hard to express that in symbols on a blog.

      • Mickey
        Posted December 1, 2010 at 3:17 AM | Permalink

        Okay, either you need a new hobby or I need to introduce to some people I know in Amsterdam who are very….accomodating.

      • Posted December 1, 2010 at 7:24 AM | Permalink

        It would be like Zeno’s donation….

      • Mickey
        Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

        Bugfuckeringly difficult to comprehend, fortunately I am an irreverant arse-hat ! Thanks for the shorterization though.

  8. Posted December 1, 2010 at 1:08 AM | Permalink

    Oh my … I’m speechless. I’m really glad you liked the signature pages. I just wanted it to be a bit special, being for charity and all.

  9. chat
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 3:25 AM | Permalink

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