Books from Prime

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

Pat is still out at ConFusion, so you lucky sods get blogs from me for a couple more days.  Pat is still reading the blog and comments when he can, and he’s still calling me to gush about how awesomely our auctions are going.  Even though he can’t be here these last few days, he’s doing his best to keep up.

Things have been going really well, so let’s get back to the awesome prizes.

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This year we were approached by more people than ever about donations.  Part of this is because we’re growing in the community, and a lot of people have spread the word about us.  The other part is because we brought on Maria, and she brought years of non-profit experience to our fundraiser.  She’s why we have sponsors this year.  She’s why we had so many tuckerizations for auction this year.  She’s directly responsible for tripling the cuteness factor in the office. And she’s the reason we received hundreds of books from Prime Books.

Prime, conveniently enough, has their books printed near our office, so it was incredibly easy for them to ship over boxes of books – so they sent a lot.

There are a ton of anthologies, including a lot of big names – Gaiman, Beagle, LeGuin, Lackey, and L’Engle, to name a sparse few, and many of them are featured in more than one of these books.  There are also stand alone novels and collections, so you really can’t lose.

As soon as these came in, Pat descended upon them to group them into prize packages for y’all.  They actually group rather well.  The idea here is that winning one prize containing three books seriously increases the possibility that you’ll find your new favorite story.

(Click to embiggen and read all the awesome contributing authors)

“[Phantom is a] deliciously creepy book of horrors that prove all the more terrifying for their everyday nature.” – Publisher’s Weekly

As soon as the boxes were open, a bunch of us started coveting these, particularly Brett, who is not only a short story person but a rabid horror fan.  Don’t worry, I’m protecting them from him, just as he protected the Kvothe doll from me.

  • 25 sets of Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful and Season of Wonder both edited by Paula Guran.

These anthologies also have some awesome people who wrote for them.  Gaiman, Lackey, Card, Ellison…

“Fans of stories involving witches as well as those who enjoy well-told fantasy should appreciate the strength of this themed collection.” – Library Journal, about Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful

  • 25 sets of Running with the Pack and Circus: Fantasy Under the Big Top both edited by Ekaterina Sedia.

“The stories [in Running with the Pack] veer from comedy to horror and from tragic love story to coming-of-age tale, showing the richness inherent in the idea of shifting shapes and animal strength” – Publishers Weekly

“Powerful storytelling, a minimalist prose style that does not diminish the three-dimensional characters, and a keen ear for dialog add to this novel’s many pleasures.” – Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month), about Winning Mars

“Sarah Monette can write like a dream.” – Charlaine Harris, about Bone Key.

“Lovers of all things robotic will enjoy this 21st-century collection of stories about the attempt to create an artificial human.” – Library Journal, about Robots

“The uniformly strong writing [in Bloody Fabulous] makes this tasty sampler a fine foray into the fashionable side of speculative fiction.” – Publishers Weekly

This is another one of those prizes I would’ve been happy to win just for the cover art.  But then I read this:

“A lovely, disconcerting book that does for Moscow what I hope my own Neverwhere may have done to London.” – Neil Gaiman, about The Secret History of Moscow.

“Goss’s collection of 16 gothic stories possesses a spare, surprising beauty, though her modern-day characters, like those in fairy tales, are constrained by the hard lessons she sets out to teach.” – Publishers Weekly

25 sets of At the Edge of Waking and In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips.

“[At the Edge of Waking is] an astonishing who-the-hell-is-this kind of discovery for anyone previously ignorant of her work.” – Peter Beagle

Some of you may recognize this book, as we put a special edition in the lottery earlier.

However, luckily for you, Prime sent us even more copies of it, so you have even more chances to read some of the best short stories about bookstores out there.

Shelf Life is an interesting and fun romp through the world of, mostly, second hand bookstores which invites the reader to think about books in new ways while experiencing a magic associated more with bookstores than any other types of store.” – SF Site

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Make sure to make your donation on the Worldbuilders Team Page by January 21st. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win thousands of books and DVD’s.

There are still some auctions up, including some signed Gaiman and Pratchett stuff, unreleased ARCs, and a favor from Pat. You can view all of them on our current auctions page over here.

If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to our main page.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2012By Amanda13 Responses


  1. The Gryffon
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 4:12 AM | Permalink

    If I donate $21 then $29 the next day, am I entered into the draw five times or just twice for each donation?

    • Amanda
      Posted January 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

      We’ll combine your two totals, so you’d get all 5 of your tickets.

  2. Julie
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    My husband and I had a friendly wager for who could meet their weight loss goal the quickest in 2013 and I’m proud to say I won. We bet $100 to be spent by the winner in any manner of his/her choosing. Originally I was going to use the money to buy some new work out clothes or maybe get a massage after the hitting the gym so hard, but I’ve been so inspired by everyone else’s stories about donations, like the dad whose daughter told him to step up to the water buffalo level or the couple who is donating instead of buying each other Valentine’s Day gifts, that in the end I have decided that

    world poverty and hunger >> wanting cute new clothes to impress people at the gym.

    Heifer International just got my $100 and I get the warm and fuzzies on the inside :)

  3. dancer7887
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    So Worldbuilders ends on January 21st at midnight. Does that mean right when Jan 20th turns into Jan 21st or after a full day of Jan 21st? The whole midnight thing has always confused me.

    • Amanda
      Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

      After the full day of the 21st. I know, it always confused me too. I’ll make sure to say “11:59pm” next time.

      • NAMDORG
        Posted January 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

        Last year you guys were pretty lenient on the fact, having the last day as more of a guideline than an absolute deadline.

  4. vwinner7
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    Out of curiosity, does the money from the auctions get added into the total we see? Or is that only donations on the team page?
    I’m so happy I was able to donate this year!

    • Posted January 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

      I’d like to know that, too – i’m sure they are added, but at what point? Have the ones that ended already been added or is there a huge chunk of money that gets added at the end? There are roughly 14,000$ on bid on e-bay right now, so we reached the big 400,000$ this year, right?

      • kwilder
        Posted January 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

        Looking at the blog post announcing the “favor from pat” ( and then in the comments he sated: “Only donations directly to Heifer on the Team Page count toward the stretch goals.” So, while totally $400,000 has been reached and the community should be very pleased with themselves, there is still another $12,000 or so (at the time of this comment) to get to the $400, 000 stretch goal.

  5. Dragen
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    With the auctions on eBay as they now stand ($ 13 211,-) and the $ 386 912,56,- donated we have reached $ 400 000,- :D

  6. Posted January 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    yay, I just found an excuse to donate again. I bought myself a wrist wratch with a gift voucher I won. Since I would’ve needed the watch anyway, I consider the gift voucher a surplus and will now donate the value of that thing, satisfying my greediness that came into life with the last few lottery swag addition blogs. Go worldbuilders!

  7. dramane897
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM | Permalink

    I am so excited you made it over 400k mark! We donated last week and we just got back from Confusion where we bought the pinup calender as well. It was an amazing time and fun talking to Pat. The pinup calender is really beautiful.
    Thank you again Pat for coming to Detroit and for Worldbuilders.

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