Awesome Books from Cool Readers


This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Pat, Sarah, and Oot are still enjoying some family time with week-old Cutie Snoo. We figured it’s only fair that we continue getting the blogs up, showing you some of the cool things that keep pouring in to the Worldbuilders headquarters.

We get a lot of donations from a lot of people.  Authors, publishers, and bookstores are always wonderful to us, but some people who don’t get as much glory are the readers.  Folks who have been following Worldbuilders for a while, and find cool, signed, or interesting books that they think would work well for our fundraiser. Every year we get more books from more supporters, and we’re more than happy to feature them.

Speaking of more, we’ll be adding more books into the lottery than what’s listed here. There’s just not enough space for all the coolness.

Let’s do it.

  • Limited, numbered edition of Side Jobs.  Signed by Jim Butcher.

Side Jobs standing

This is a really great collection of Dresden Files short stories.  It’s numbered 885 out of 1000, and would be an awesome addition to the collection of any Harry Dresden fan.

In the spirit of the holidays, we’re putting it (and everything else in this blog) in the lottery, to make sure that anyone who donates $10 or more at the Team Page has a chance of winning this one.

Thousandth Rude God Indignities

These are all beautiful books from Subterranean Press, and each one is going into the lottery.  Four more chances to win something from Subterranean Press, all because a reader was generous enough to share them with us.

“[The novella] leaves an indelible impression on the reader. It is a hauntingly powerful and provocative tale that will have John Scalzi fans, fantasy lovers, and newcomers alike talking about The God Engines.” – Fantasy Literature

“Part of what makes Reynolds so effective—what makes his version of space opera New—is his ability to work at both ends of the scale, from the intimate to the very very large.” – Locus

  • Set of Act of Love and The Best of Joe R. Lansdale. The latter signed by Joe R. Lansdale.

Act of Love and Best of Lansdale

The Best of collection is signed in this cool bundle, and the novel was Joe R. Lansdale’s first one, published in 1981, reprinted by Subterranean Press earlier this year, and completely sold out already.

“Thirty-two years after its original release, Lansdale’s pivotal first novel still retains its shocking horror and clarity… Both [the novel and story] showcase Lansdale’s clean, crisp writing and deft characterization, as well as descriptions vivid enough to give the most jaded reader nightmares.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Copies of Stormdancer. Signed, inscribed, and dated by Jay Kristoff.


Stormdancer was in last year’s fundraiser, along with it’s adorable counterpart, The Littlest Stormdancer, and it was a big hit.  This novel also features one of my absolute favorite blurbs Pat has ever given anything:

Stormdancer Little Stormdancers

Other, more serious people have also written great reviews for it. For example, Kevin “The Iron Druid Chronicles” Hearne (who isn’t necessarily serious, but you get the idea).

“Kristoff’s debut is a lyrical triumph of chainsaw swords and thunder tigers that steampunk fans and mythology buffs will devour.” – Kevin Hearne

  • A set of The Green Rider Series: Green RiderFirst Rider’s CallThe High King’s Tomb, and Blackveil by Kristen Britain. All are first editions.

Green Rider set

“Britain keeps the excitement high from beginning to end, balancing epic magical battles with the humor and camaraderie of Karigan and her fellow riders” – Publishers Weekly

If you’re interested in these, you may be interested in the signed dust jacket and manuscript page for the next book we have up for auction.  Either way, this set of first edition books will be in the lottery for someone to win.

  • Copy of Night Angel (The Complete Trilogy) by Brent Weeks.

Night Angel standing

This epic omnibus has the entirety of The Way of ShadowsShadow’s Edge, and Beyond the Shadows, as well as a glossary, character guide, and a couple of bonus chapters you can only get here.  It’s definitely worth the cost of a ticket into the lottery.

“I was mesmerized from start to finish” – Terry Brooks

  • Copy of The Shock of the Fall.  Signed and inscribed by Nathan Filer.

Shock of the Fall standing

The narrator of this book is a damaged 19-year-old who is being treated for schizophrenia following a tragedy. The story unfolds in his expertly written voice, giving the reader a compelling look inside his head – and all before the final mystery is revealed. This one needs to be read to be believed, and one lucky lottery winner will get that chance.

“Bittersweet and wonderfully etched…perceptive and moving” – Telegraph

Falcons of Fire

I admit to not knowing much about this one, but I do know that these blurbs have got me intrigued. It takes place in the 1500s, where there are very real natural and supernatural threats, and there’s intrigue, betrayal and a quest. But Karen Maitland wrote it, so you’re in good hands.

“Passion and peril.  A compelling blend of historical grit and supernatural twists.” – Daily Mail

“Maitland’s language feels simultaneously authentic and modern. Invigorating.” – The Guardian

  • Set of Hugh Howey books: First Shift LegacySecond Shift OrderThird Shift PactThe HurricaneThe Plagiarist, and Half Way Home.  All signed by Hugh Howey.

HughHowey set - all

Hugh donated a full omnibus set of the Wool series, which we featured in the last blog, so when this donation came in we were all too happy to feature these as well.  If you donate as much as $20 to the Team Page you have a chance to win both prizes, and have a great collection of signed works by this great author.

  • Set of Libriomancer and Codex Born.  Both first editions, the first signed by Jim C. Hines.

Libriomancer Codex standing

Jim has been involved in Worldbuilders many times, most recently contributing our $75k stretch goal by doing one of his awesome cover poses (which you can never unsee here).

So if you win this set in the lottery, think of Jim, and his incredible commitment to his beliefs, and to our cause.

  • Set of PoisonBeauty, and Charm.  All first editions, signed by Sarah Pinborough, and signed and doodled by illustrator Les Edwards.

Poison series

We auctioned off an ARC of Poison from Gollancz earlier, and when we looked at these we were pretty excited.  We were even more excited when we looked at the doodles by Les Edwards.

Poison Sketches

There was some serious debate about auctioning this set, but we agreed this would make an awesome prize. Whoever wins these in the lottery is going to be getting something extra cool.

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Thanks to everyone for the kind words for Pat, Sarah, Oot, and Cutie Snoo.  They’re really enjoying their time together, and we’re more than happy to keep the fundraising train going.

There are a few auctions that will be running this week.  If they appeal to you, head over to our eBay page to keep an eye on them.

Keep up with the fundraiser on the blog, and get details about how to win thousands of lovely books donated by authors and publishers.

If it’s something that interests you, head over to the Lottery Library page to see everything we’ve posted so far.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2013. By Amanda14 Responses


  1. Marcus Cox
    Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    That blub on Shadowdancer is amazing.

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted December 23, 2013 at 6:55 AM | Permalink

      I’m still waking up and the caffeine hasn’t hit the bloodstream yet. I meant Stormdancer.

    • kdculb
      Posted December 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

      I really am enjoying this book, I have stayed up too late the last couple of nights reading. I have a few chapters left and will probably finish today. I won this and The Littlest Stormdancer last year – my son enjoys this one with me.

      • Amanda
        Posted December 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

        Aww! It’s always cool to hear about a prize that found a loving home :)

      • Marcus Cox
        Posted December 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

        Good to hear. My “To-Read-In-2014” list is quite full, but I might just need to squeeze this in there.

        • kdculb
          Posted December 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

          Now that I am done I found out this is the first book in a series. Although it stands on its own I have to add its sequels to my reading list. Had I known earlier I could have added them to my “all book” Christmas lists.

  2. Posted December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    Aww, Look at Amanda all yellowy up there.

    :) :)

    Also – I love the “Poison” books, I haven’t read them, but they just LOOK pretty….which is basically 1/2 the reason I like reading.
    So YAY for putting them in the Lottery!

    • Posted December 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM | Permalink

      Does that mean if I post I won’t be yellow?

      • Posted December 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM | Permalink

        Damn. I feel so small and unimportant.

        • kdculb
          Posted December 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

          Welcome to the blog, newbie. People on here are pretty nice so you shouldn’t feel left out ;)

        • Posted December 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

          Screw that, WHITE POWER!

          ((Probably the only time this comment will appropriate so I’m taking it.))

          • Soren
            Posted December 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

            Welcome to our world, pat…
            Happy christmas to you all (Including your small and unimportant being)!

        • Amanda
          Posted December 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM | Permalink

          Muahahahaha… the power is delicious…

  3. danishbutrcookies
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 1:32 AM | Permalink

    I just made a user for this blog, simply to say I agree with all your comments on these books. Some of them are masterpieces written by lyrical genisuses

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