Delicious Geekery – October 2013

Back in August, we tried something a little new for Worldbuilders. Kevin Hearne and several of his anthology-mates sent us some signed copies of their carnival-steampunk collection, aptly named Carniepunk.

The books were signed by multiple authors, and rather than save them for our end-of-the-year Worldbuilders extraviganza, we decided to throw them up in our online store. We doubled the cover price because they were signed by some cool authors and because all the money goes to charity

… and despite that, the books sold out in just a couple of hours.

Since people were obviously excited about the idea, we’ve decided to make a monthly habit of bringing you some new signed books in The Tinker’s Packs:

Since this is our first month, I tapped a few of my author friends. And, because they’re all awesome people, they jumped right in.

The first to agree was Brandon Sanderson.  His book Steelheart came out a few weeks ago. It’s the first in a new series…


Look at it, looming over you like it can write faster than you or something…

Sanderson Signature

Not to mention the fact that his signature is beautiful and flowing and doesn’t at all look like a 4 year old stole a pen from you…

I got a chance to read an ARC of this and loved it even before it went through final edits. My blurb on the back says, “Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.”

If you want to know more about what I thought, you can check out my goodreads review here.

Or you could just jump right over to the Tinker’s packs and buy it.

These are signed first printings, and we’ve only got ten of them. So, fair warning, they’re bound to go quickly.

And remember, all the money we make in the Tinker’s Packs goes to Worldbuilders, helping Heifer International do awesome things all over the world.

Sustainable Community Development Project for Chitwan, Nawalparasi and Palpa (22-0531-23)

Our second set of books comes from my long-time friend Nnedi Okorafor. She and I go way back to the Writers of the Future Volume 18 in 2002, where we were both bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, newbie writers.


Awww… look at me, all young and thin and tiny-bearded.

Both Nnedi and I have both come a long way since then. Her book Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. And in 2011 Who Fears Death won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Her newest book Kabu Kabu just hit the shelves, and she’s been nice enough to send us some copies hot off the press.

Nnedi Signature

In addition to signing, she’s gone the extra mile and decorated them too….


As you can see, each of these is signed, dated, and has it’s own individual doodle along the top and bottom of the book. She sent along 10 of these, and we’re putting them up in the store for you.

Fair warning: There’s only nine left because I just bought one. I haven’t read this one yet.

Last we have a lovely donation from Scott Lynch (who I’m doing an event with soon in Lond0n).

It’s the third book in the Gentleman Bastard series: The Republic of Thieves…

Lynch Cover

I’m a huge fan of the first two books in the series, and recently wrote a review of The Lies of Locke Lamora on Goodreads that was so gushy with love that his publisher contacted me to ask if they could use it as promo copy.

Scott went all out on copies he sent us, as you can see if you embiggen the below pictures.


Yeah, he’s a great guy. Because of that, I’ll try not to resent the fact that his handwriting looks like a stylish font.

By strange coincidence, I just started reading my copy tonight over dinner. And honestly, I wish I were still reading it instead of writing a blog post. It’s one of *those* books.

They’re available for sale over here.

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We’ve also got one cool non-book thing we’re adding to the store. Something we’ve been saving for pre-christmass.

We’ve got the complete The Legend of Neil DVD series:

Legend of Neil DVDs

If you haven’t heard of Legend of Neil, well… not only do you lose some geek points, but you’re missing out on some of the best geek humor out there.

I’m not just a fan of the show, I bought the t-shirt. (Several copies of the t-shirt, actually.)

patrick rothfuss- Murder shirt

(Note: This is not the best shirt to go through airport security in.)

The series was written and directed by the inestimable Sandeep Parikh who agreed to let us sell the DVD to help raise money for Worldbuilders.

We’ve got some regular DVD’s and some signed by Sandeep, writer/actor Tony Janning, and geek glitterati princess Felicia Day.

We’ve got the DVDs and the posters available for sale individually, or you can buy them together at a discounted price.

We’ve only got a limited number of these, especially the signed ones. Fair warning.

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And finally, a piece of news:

The Lauren Zurchin Fantasy Calendar just came back from the printers. That means as of today, we’re no longer doing pre-orders. If you buy one, we’ll be shipping it out to you straightaway.


The same is true if you’re buying a couple calendars in a combo packs to get a discount. We’re shipping those out immediately too.

So… yeah. There you go folks. Plenty of geek swag you can add to your vasty horde or use to get a jump on your  holiday shopping.

Have fun,


This entry was posted in a billion links, recommendations, The Tinker's Packs, Things I Like, WorldbuildersBy Pat19 Responses


  1. itsjusthim
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 1:58 AM | Permalink

    Lookin’ hot there, Pat, even before becoming a literary god!

    • Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:02 AM | Permalink

      I was so much hotter back then….

      • Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:07 AM | Permalink

        you ooze charisma. If you played the field not many would be able to resist!

        • ali rahemtulla
          Posted October 29, 2013 at 5:58 AM | Permalink

          I think Pat looks much cooler now. He was much smaller back then… and so too was the person who’s chin he was hanging off. Did you change models by any chance Pat?

          • Ms Uskglass
            Posted October 29, 2013 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

            In order to make a fair comparison, I suggest that Pat should give us a current picture of himself in a tux. It’s only fair.

  2. Albender
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 4:55 AM | Permalink

    Hi there,

    Just to let you know I just bought Steelheart.
    This one is flying overseas to Barcelona guys! :-)
    I am happy I could help Worldbuilders and get a signed Sanderson book I still do not own. Brandon, you will not read this, but c’mon, make it to Barcelona someday…Pat already beat you on this one!

    Tour harder! :-) Hehe…


  3. Albender
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 4:58 AM | Permalink

    Sorry I double post…Pat if you read this, would you mind to add:

    “Unfortunately for my ego, Steelheart is another win for Sanderson, proving that he’s not a brilliant writer of epic fantasy, he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.”

    Below Sanderson’s signature? And sign yourself as well?

    How cool could that be? :-)


  4. SporkTastic
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM | Permalink

    BAH! Soooo broke, payday is in two days, Sanderson’s book will almost surely be sold out by then. Curses! Shaking of fist! Other Scooby-Doo-like exclamations followed by unnecessary exclamation points!

    • SporkTastic
      Posted October 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM | Permalink

      You’re like the Devil’s Salesman of Books, Pat. Or the Needful Things guy, offering just *exactly* what we need…for the right price…

      This is why I have no credit. :-P

  5. Ms Uskglass
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM | Permalink

    I can’t decide what I like better: the picture of Wee Pat or the amazing The Republic of Thieves book, stylish font or no.

  6. AbnerDoon
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    You do good work, Pat, and what’s more, you help others do good as well. Keep it up.

  7. Nolan04
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    Never get rid of your beard Pat. It’s just too majestic.

  8. Posted October 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    Damn, now I really want to read Gentlemen Bastards….
    You know, I was trying to avoid starting another unfinished series!!

    But I just can’t resist “one of those books”
    That would be a damn good blurb itself!

  9. Robo
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    What are you waiting for? A call from Head and Shoulders? You’re not Troy Polamalu. Probably don’t even know who he is. Shave that shit, Pat! Mix it up. Cornrows and a soul patch. Or maybe a handlebar mustache. And throw on some leather. You could be an extra in the Cruisin’ remake. Or at least one of the dancers inside the Blue Parrot.

    Just out of curiosity, have you ever turned down a blurb request from a high profile writer because you didn’t like the book?

  10. Marcus Cox
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Any fun stories about that shirt and airport security, or was that just general advice?

  11. firebird
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM | Permalink

    I really enjoy Brandon sandersons work I’m a little upset that your already sold out :(

  12. Taravangian
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 12:08 AM | Permalink

    Damn, I wish I’d seen this earlier. I would’ve loved to pick up a copy of Steelheart or Republic of Thieves. I have the audiobook of Steelheart, just finished it a week or two ago. Really great one by Brandon, as usual. Pat, have you read his short (by Sanderson standards) story, Legion? Another example of a fantastic non-fantasy book by this guy.

    As for Lynch, I’m nearly finished with The Lies of Locke Lamora right now and really loving it. One of those signed copies of the third book would have been a real treasure. Ah well, grateful to those who beat me to it for contributing to a worthy cause. I’ll have to be quicker on the draw next time. Cheers, Pat!

  13. miceala
    Posted October 30, 2013 at 2:38 AM | Permalink

    As soon as I’ve finished revamping that fantasy manuscript I’ve been over-protectively nursing I MEAN EDITING for the past too-many years (and, ya know, after I find a proper publishing platform for it), definitely planning to donate some copies! If you want them, of course.

    Also I sympathize on the signature. I’ve been told mine looks like I’m just practicing elementary school cursive. Though I’m still not entirely convinced that’s a problem…

    Posted October 30, 2013 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sanderson, Lynch and Rothfuss in one article
    My three favourite authors…….

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