Still More Signed Books

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Today we have another batch of books donated by the authors themselves.

Most of them, as always, are going into the general lottery. But we’re auctioning off a few treasures at the bottom of the list as well… So make sure to check those out, too.

  • One first edition hardcover set of Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo by Sam Sykes. Signed by the author.

Pat’s Note: I met Sam Sykes at Worldcon this year, and we spent the better part of two hours having an in-depth conversation about… things. Things which I realize now I really shouldn’t mention in a charity blog.

Suffice to say that it was a refreshingly deviant conversation. I had a great time, though we probably really freaked out the people sitting nearby….

“Sam Sykes is the Hot Young Turk of fantastic fiction.” – James A. Owen

  • One set of Shadowmarch: Shadowmarch, Shadowplay, Shadowrise, and Shadowheart and The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams. All books signed by the author.

“Packed with mind-blowing surprises… a brilliantly engaging fantasy.” – SFX

One set of 100 Stories for Haiti and 100 Stories for Queensland by Robert J. McCarter. Signed by Robert J. McCarter.

“One hundred beautiful stories. Our stories. When so much was lost or destroyed, this was created. That’s something that can never recede or wash away.” Kate Eltham, CEO of The Queensland Writers Centre

  • Two sets of Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed The United States Constitution and The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed The Declaration of Independence by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese. Signed by the authors.

“Readers will delight as they discover just which signer “was the first to die,” “slept in caves,” “had the worst penmanship,” and “went broke on shady land deals.” School Library Journal Starred Review

  • Two hardcover copies of Blockhead: the Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D’Agnese. Signed by the author.

“This lighthearted introduction to Fibonacci’s ideas will inspire young math lovers and perhaps point them toward more scholarly explorations.” – School Library Journal.

  • One set of The Iron Druid Chronicles: Hounded, Hexed and Hammered by Kevin Hearne. Signed by the author.

“A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.” – Ari Marmell

“It’s the best kind of story… and Susan M. MacDonald is the best kind of writer… You can hardly stand to put the book aside until you’ve finished.” – Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game

  • One set of ARCS of The Adamantine Palace, The King of the Crags and The Order of the Scales by Stephen Deas. Includes signed postcard from the author.

“A fast, sharp, ruthless read.” – Joe Abercrombie

  • Two copies of Shuffled Off: A Ghost’s Memoir by Robert J McCarter. Signed by the author.

Shuffled Off is a first-person ghost story that follows JJ into the afterlife. As one reviewer put it: ” A fast paced enjoyable reading experience that held my attention to the very end and left me hoping for a sequel. Highly recommended!”

  • Two copies of Geek Dad by Ken Denmead. Signed by the author.

Pat’s Note: I really love this book. I’ve already ordered myself a copy, as I’m hoping to bring up Oot so he’s a proper Geek.

Supergeek and father of two, Ken Denmead is an engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com.  Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination.

Pat’s Note: If you click to embiggen the above picture, you will see that the blurb on the front of the book is mine. Go on. Click it and take a look.

I have to tell y’all, having my blurb on the front of this book is probably one of the cooler things that’s ever happened to me as a published author.

It’s also rather baffling though. Helping promote The Last Unicorn is like being asked to act as a character reference for St. Francis Assisi….

The Last Unicorn is the best I have ever read. You need to read it. If you’ve already read it, you need to it again.” – Patrick Rothfuss

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And now the auctions:

  • AUCTION: Signed First Edition hardcover of The Wooden Man by Harry Connolly. Includes ghost knife from the author.

Pat’s Note: Harry Connolly sent us two books, and several people e-mailed us, pleading that we put one of them up in an auction. Apparently he doesn’t do many appearances, so it’s really hard to get hold of his signature.

So we’re auctioning one off. Never let it be said that we ignored the will of the people.

“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

You can bid on this book over here.

  • AUCTION: Signed hardcover of The Onion: Our Front Page 1988 – 2008. Signed by the Onion Staff.

Pat’s Note: I was a fan of the Onion back before any of you even knew who they were. Because I grew up in Madison, where the Onion got its start.

About a year back, I met up with some of the Onion staff at a convention in Madison, and I had a good old fashioned geek out, because I’ve been reading their stuff since high school. It turns out they’d read my book, and we quickly decided to be Best Friends Forever.

This book is signed by a ton of the lovely folks on the Onion staff. Not just one or two of them, either. Check it out:

That’s a lot of satirical mojo right there….

You can check out the option and place your bids over here.

  • AUCTION: signed, leather-bound copies of The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson with Wheel of Time jewelry.

These gorgeous gold-lettered books are leather-bound and designated “S” out of 26 lettered copies. The books come in their own matching leather slipcase, feature a facimilie of Robert Jordan’s signature, and are signed by Brandon Sanderson.

In addition to these stunning best-selling books, this auction includes three lovely pieces of jewelry inspired by Jordan’s series: an Asha’man Dragon Pin, a Dedicated Sword Pin, and a Great Serpent Ring.

We are very grateful to Brandon Sanderson for his donation of these rare books, and to the folks at Badali  for makinc things even sweeter with the addition of the jewelry.

To see more pictures of these gorgeous books, or to place a bid on the auction, click here.

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and many, many more.

Even better, if you chip in before February 7th of 2012, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donation. So you’re making the world a better place by half again as much.

To see all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running click over here.

If you want to see the other donations and learn more about the fundraiser itself you can head over to the main Worldbuilders page.

Later space cowboys,

pat

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2011By Pat14 Responses

14 Comments

  1. Posted January 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    The Last Unicorn is such a wonderful book !
    I found it refreshing, and it’s so different from “conventional” fantasy seen everywhere today.
    It’s more like a fairy story, I think.
    Anyway, I loved it !

  2. He without a clever name
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    “Few will mean you anything but evil, and a friendly heart- however foolish- may be as welcome as water one day. Take me with you, for laughs, for luck, for the unknown. Take me with you.” (Schmendrick, The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle)

    My favorite quote from The Last Unicorn, from a character with one of my favorite names.

    Schmendrick. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  3. Posted January 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    Wonderful! I love coming and seeing how much you and your readers donate, and all of the wonderful books which are given.
    (and to play ‘fantasy prize pick’ in case my number comes up in the raffle, of course!)

  4. Katori29
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    Oh man (sigh) I so wish I could afford to bid on the Jordan & Sanderson books and jewlery. I love the books and those are so beautifully bound. Jealous!!

    • kdculb
      Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

      I already gave my max to Worldbuilders, I wonder if I can borrow against my future bonus… as long as my wife doesn’t find out I can bid on these.

  5. Barentanz
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    OK. I totally read the first title as “Tome of the Undergraduates” and mentally said “That sounds about right”. It took me about 3 seconds and 2 sentences to realize something was slightly off there.

  6. D.G.
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

    “The Last Unicorn is the best I have ever read. You need to read it. If you’ve already read it, you need to it again.” – Patrick Rothfuss

    I always wonder if authors really write the blurbs that appear in other books but this one sounds like you, Pat!

    • Posted January 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

      I can’t speak for all authors, but I definitely write my own blurbs….

  7. Constance
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

    So I just did the maths, and the total amount the Auctions will bring in, as of right now, is $5,782.15. And that’s just as of today, with the new books on the list. Wow…

    • kdculb
      Posted January 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM | Permalink

      lol. Did you do that all by yourself. You forgot to add in the already completed auctions. You need to redo the maths. :P

  8. avidreadergirl
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    I re-read The Last Unicorn about every other year, I tried to memorize it when I was 13 and I still have the first page or so.

    Once upon a time I had a signed copy of the book because I went to the world premier of the movie and Peter S Beagle was signing books in the BookCafe next door to the theater. Now I can’t find it. (the autographed copy, I HAVE a copy I wouldn’t be without a copy)

    I try not to wish for anything when I donate to worldbuilders because the swag, lovely as it is, is secondary to the goats. But you’ve caught me wishing with this one.

    one of my favorite quotes?

    “We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream.”

  9. He without a clever name
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

    Hopes the above fan gets a signed Beagle.

    “I knew it would come to this. I dreamt it differently, but I knew. You deserve the services of a great wizard, but I’m afraid you’ll have to be glad of the aid of a second rate pick pocket.” (The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle)

    • avidreadergirl
      Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM | Permalink

      Aww thank you and right back at ya!

      “You must never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention.”
      The Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, by Peter S Beagle)

  10. greenchimes
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM | Permalink

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