More Signed Books From Cool Authors

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So over the last week the fundraiser galloped madly forward to the point where we’re already within spitting distance of 150K. So in addition to seeing the 100K bonus blog later this week, you’ll probably be seeing the 150K pretty soon too. That’s in addition to all the other coolness we already have lined up.

I’m hoping  beyond hope that we might make it all the way to 250K this year. I’d really love be able to say, “We raised a quarter million dollars for Heifer international.”

Okay. Moving on. Today’s books.

I have a working theory that sci-fi and fantasy authors are among the coolest people around.

As proof of this, here’s a blog full of books donated by the authors themselves. Many of them signed, and with additional promotional items included.

  • Three first edition hardcover copies of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Signed by the author.

Pat’s Note: I’ve already talked about how much I love this book. So I won’t go on and on again.

Except to say that I really loved it. And it’s awesome. And you should read it.

“Triggers memories and emotions embedded in the psyche of a generation…[Cline crafts] a fresh and imaginative world from our old toy box, and finds significance in there among the collectibles.” – Entertainment Weekly

  • Six hardcover copies of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Signed by the author.

“The science-fiction writer John Scalzi has aptly referred to Ready Player One as a “nerdgasm” [and] there can be no better one-word description of this ardent fantasy artifact about fantasy culture…But Mr. Cline is able to incorporate his favorite toys and games into a perfectly accessible narrative.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

  • One rare out-of-print first edition hardcover copy of Curse of the Mistwraith: The Wars of Light and Shadow, Vol. 1 by Janny Wurts. With matching laminated bookmark. Signed by the author.

Curse of the Mistwraith continually takes turns that leave the reader excited and lost. But not in a bad way; there are only so many books you can read where you know exactly what will happen before boredom sets in. With Wurts’, you are forever left guessing at the turn of events.” – UK Fantasy Book Review

  • Two hardcover copies of To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts. Signed by the author.

“Janny Wurts writes with astonishing energy… it ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent.” – Stephen R. Donaldson

  • Two hardcover copies of Eon’s Door by J. G. McKenney. Signed by the author.

“A captivating storyline with a lovely surprise at the end…beautiful imagery, and a great read.” – Sift Book Reviews

“Bear’s ability to create breathtaking variations on ancient themes and make them new and brilliant is, perhaps, unparalleled in the genre.” – Library Journal

This ARC will be published on March 27, 2012.

  • Three copies of The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells. Signed by the author.

“Wells…merrily ignores genre conventions as she spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • One ARC of Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole. Comes with Supernatural Operations Corps collectible coin. Signed by the author.

Pat’s Note: This is an ARC of a book that won’t be coming out until the end of the month. As an extra bit of  coolness, it comes with a challenge coin created specifically to promote the book.

“Cross The For­ever War with Witch­world, add in the real world mod­ern mil­i­tary of Black Hawk Down, and you get Control Point, the mile-a-minute story of some­one try­ing to find pur­pose in a war he never asked for.” – Jack Camp­bell, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lost Fleet series

“Moses is a fine writer and is deserving of success, and I think that it will follow. I really enjoyed Moses’s work.” – David Farland, New York Times Bestselling Author

  • One set of Cold Magic and Cold Fire by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.

Pat’s note: Includes a signed printed pamphlet of Bonus chapter 31.5 which is currently online on Kate’s website or as one of 100 printed pamphlets.

“Elliott has concocted something very special and original here, with elements to tweak sci-fi and fantasy fans of nearly any stripe, from alt history and steampunk aficionados, to lovers of intrigue, romance, and swashbuckling adventure.” – New York Journal of Books

  • One set of the Crossroads Trilogy by Kate Elliott: Sprite Gate, Shadow Gate, Traitors’ Gate. Signed by the author.

“Elliott crafts complex…characters, including strong women who persevere in repressive, non-egalitarian societies. She is equally adept at outlining intricate religions and myths. This promises to be a truly epic fantasy.” – Publishers Weekly

  • One hardcover copy of The Wooden Man: A Twenty Palaces Omnibus by Harry Connolly. Signed by the author.

Pat’s Note: We actually have two copies of this book, but we’ll be auctioning the other one off in a couple weeks. Stay tuned for that.

“Excellent reading…a truly dark and sinister world, delicious tension and suspense, violence so gritty you’ll get something in your eye just reading it.” – Jim Butcher

  • Two copies of Imperium: A Caulborn Novel by Nicholas Olivo. Signed by the author.

“The right amount of Gore, Humor, Love and Good vs Evil.” – Badass Book Reviews

“An aggressively dark, highly original SF-fantasy novel with tight, cutting prose and some of the most inventive world-building I’ve seen in a while.” – FantasyLiterature.com

  • Two copies of The Seventh Tower: The Fall by Garth Nix.

“[Garth Nix is] the coolest read in the playground.” – Amanda Craig

  • One hardcover copy of Abhorsen by Garth Nix. Signed by the author.

“Nix’s storytelling is never less than commanding, and his precision plot stays tightly focused. The icing on the cake, and a mark of a good writer becoming great, is the care taken to make peripheral characters into real people.” – SF Site

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Remember, you for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, you get a chance to win everything here, not to mention the hundreds of other books that have already been donated.

What’s more, if you donate before January 31st of 2012, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donation.

Spread the word…

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2011By Pat26 Responses

26 Comments

  1. Lochcelious
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 2:05 AM | Permalink

    Oh my gods! Garth Nix’s Abhorsen?! PLEASE tell me you have read it! I absoutely love this trilogy!

  2. ashley_capes
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 3:45 AM | Permalink

    Yeah, I agree, Sabriel is ace.

  3. Posted January 3, 2012 at 7:05 AM | Permalink

    I am agree with you…thanks

  4. Marcus Cox
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    My sister-in-law gave me Ready Player One for Christmas (“It sounded nerdy and you’re a nerd,” she told me). I remembered hearing about it shortly before it was released and thinking it sounded good, but totally forgot about it’s existence and where I’d heard about it. I looked at the back of the cover and saw your name there and it all came back to me. Just about 200 pages in and it’s amazing.

    • Little My
      Posted January 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

      Yeah, I just got a copy myself. I’m not much of a gamer, which would improve the experience even more, I’m sure, but just having grown up in the 80’s and played a few Atari games (and having a D&D obsessed kid), I still found it a fun read.

  5. Posted January 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

    Thanks, Pat!

    Btw, a year ago when you were doing Worldbuilders I met a fellow writer guy through this blog, and he’s since become one of my good friends. Apparently the positive vibrations for Worldbuilders ripple out in many directions!

    I’m looking forward to the auctions this year. I will be sure to do my unofficial part to come in second place for one of them again.

  6. absurdmike
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

    does the running total of donations include the 50% that is matched by worldbuilders?

    • Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

      I was wondering the exact same thing!

      • Posted January 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

        Nope. We match it after the fundraiser is over….

        • absurdmike
          Posted January 3, 2012 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

          wow. that makes it much more impressive.

        • christie
          Posted January 3, 2012 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

          (speechless)

        • Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

          Oh my gosh. So basically, as we sit pretty on $141K, that’s actually some ~$211K. And if we get to $250K, it magically becomes $375K. Holy bananas.

          • Erzberger
            Posted January 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

            I don´t get that math. Doesn´t “matching” mean taht 250k become 500k?

          • christie
            Posted January 5, 2012 at 12:47 AM | Permalink

            I believe it is a 50% match.

          • Erzberger
            Posted January 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM | Permalink

            Ah, cool. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

  7. NAMDORG
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM | Permalink

    I imagine all these books you’ve recieved are taking up a sizeable chunk of your living space at this point.

  8. ShaneJ
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM | Permalink

    I picked up a copy of Ready Player One today because of this blog and not surprisingly I’m loving it so far! Only a few chapters in though.

    But this will all go back to what used to be my theory of how all of my favorite books lead back to the Wheel of Time.

    Wheel of Time lead me to Brandon Sanderson. Brandon Sanderson led me to the great Patrick Rothfuss who in turn led me to both Neil Gaiman and his American Gods and Beagle’s The Last Unicorn and now to Ready Player One.

    But I have revised that theory to make Patrick Rothfuss my reading Guru. Thank you oh Wise One!

    • Erzberger
      Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

      Yeah, I ordered Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor after the last blog prompted me to read the first few pages on amazon. I hope it´s as good as it seems to be.

  9. Erzberger
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:32 AM | Permalink

    Hurray, I finally got a Paypal account and was able to transfer moeny to it and now I can donate. :-) Not having a credit card is seriously bad. I need to get one soon.

  10. Betsy
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 7:49 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    Where is link to the auctions?
    Thanks so much.

  11. senkura
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

    Ah, Abhorsen. Quality.
    I gave my cousin the Old Kingdom series for Christmas. I intend to corrupt him into reading fantasy and sci-fi.
    Name of the Wind is next on the list to give to him. (Not my copy, of course.)

    Get them while they are young, thus the world will eventually be filled with awesome people.

  12. suzrae
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    My goodness! Those are some amazing prizes! I’ve already donated, but now it looks like I’m going to throw a few more dollars into the ring to give myself a better shot at some of these amazing prizes. I LOVE The Graveyard Book. It’s one of my all time favorite novels. I already own a copy, but I’d love a first edition signed. Also, I’ve read plenty of Pratchett, but all from the library so it would be amazing to win something of his.

    Anyways, I can’t afford $1000 so I won’t have that 90 something percent odds of winning a prize one of the other comments included, but I’ll go ahead and donate a bit more to have a shot at one of these items.

  13. themantheycalled mikeal stanne
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

    i have heard of Garth Nix’s work, downloaded the ebooks, was gonna read them, AND THEN i got “The Way of Kings” for Christmas, such a fantastic book, it interrupted my reading of “The Malazan Book of the Fallen,” also a good book, but not as engaging as TWOK

  14. chat
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM | Permalink

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