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More Awesome Books

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

As you know, a lot of the books we give away during Worldbuilders come from publishers or the authors themselves.

But over the last couple years, we’ve had more and more books donated by people who are just… well… people. Some work at bookstores, some are hardcore collectors, and some of them are just folks who love Heifer International and want to help out with the fundraiser.

This blog is composed entirely of books from those donors. Some of them are rare or out of print, most of them are signed by the authors.

You’ll notice two things below that are a little different from our previous years.

1. We’re grouping more books into sets. We have so many donations this year that we just don’t have time and space to list them all separately.

2. We’re offering more auctions. While we’re still putting the vast majority of our books into the lottery, most of the blogs will have at least a couple auctions. For example, in this blog  we’ve got two copies of Brennan’s Gold and Books to Die For, so one goes into the lottery, and the other goes up for auction.

And now, on to the books.

  • A hardcover, tenth anniversary edition of American Gods. Signed by Neil Gaiman.

I’m a big fan of Gaiman from way back, and I wrote up my thoughts about American Gods last year for a best SFF books of the decade blog on Tor.com. If you’re curious, you can head over there and read it.

Or, if you like, you can take the word of someone considerably more posh than me….

“More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country–our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what’s real and what’s not.” -Therese Littleton

“Set in a fascinating, unique world rich with detail, Shadow and Bone was unlike anything I’ve ever read.”  —Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author.

  • A set of three short story collections: Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James, signed by Darryl Jones and John ConnollyBull Fighting, signed by Roddy Doyle; and Dark Lies the Island, signed by Kevin Barry.

“[About Collected Ghost Stories] For those who like their flesh to creep, there is an inimitable cumulative pleasure in reading these stories” – Daily Telegraph

“[About Dark Lies the Island] The most exciting Irish short story writer of his generation.” – John Burns, Sunday Times

“Shiner never fails to astound, and this collection highlights everything that makes him one of today’s best storytellers.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

[Egan] finds a way to balance the complexity of his ideas with enough story and character for the reader to care about them as stories and not just speculative essays on the latest in cosmology, physics or artificial intelligence research..” –  The SF Site

  • Auction: Advance Reading Copies of Best Served Cold and The Heroes. Both sign by Joe Abercrombie.

“[The Heroes is] one of Abercrombie’s most masterfully executed and compellingly readable novels to date.” – Carl Hays

Since both of these books are ARCs, and they’re both signed by the author, they’re fairly collectable. If you’d like to bid on them, the auction is over here.


“French has a knack for motives, always burying them deep within the world she builds.” – Janet Potter, Onion A.V. Club

 

The Leopard rewards you with a finale as unexpected and thought-provoking as any in recent mystery-fiction memory.” — San Francisco Chronicle

 

“This is a thoughtful and at times disarming novel about life, love, and discovery, set during a time when so much of life seems filled with deep portent.” – Chris Schluep

 

“Stephenson’s REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller…a triumph, all 980 pages of it.” – Cory Doctorow

 

  • A hardcover copy of The Magician’s Guild. Signed by Trudi Canavan.
“A wonderfully and meticulously detailed world, and an edge-of-the-seat plot, this book is a must for all lovers of good fantasy.” – Jennifer Fallon

 

  • The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the ApocolypseThe Brightnomicon; and The Japanese Devil Fish Girl an Other Unnatural Attractions. All signed by author Robert Rankin.
“It’s easy to see why Rankin has a huge cult following. Drawing on a rich vein of English humour that encompasses Python, Adams and Stanshall, his comedy-fantasies are filled with pop culture references, music hall wordplay and ironic quips galore.”  — BBC FOCUS

 

“Casey handles several plot lines with ease, and she’s come up with an attractive series character in DC Maeve Kerrigan”. – Sunday Times

  • A hardcover copy of  Songs of the Earth. Signed and dated by Elspeth Cooper.

“Songs of the Earth is a fascinating and thoughtful fantasy debut quite unlike many others in the genre and the author has a unique voice that separates her from the competition.” – WALKER OF WORLDS

“Though it’s not the literary SF that has won Silverberg much of his fame, readers who love ancient myths will find much to admire.” – Publishers Weekly

A Matter of Blood is one of the more successful blends of police procedural, horror and fantasy I’ve encountered.” – LOCUS

“Glynn delivers an intricate plot and relentless suspense in this taut, top-notch thriller about the evils that men do.” – Allison Block, Booklist

“[The Istanbul Puzzle is] An impressive debut; well written, beautifully descriptive, and with a smart dialogue and a compelling air of menace throughout.” – The Lancashire Evening Post

“Books to Die For will thrill the individual mystery lover as much as it will prove an essential reference for the shelves of lending libraries. A vast, comprehensive undertaking, it is that rare breed of anthology of interest to both the initiated and the newcomer. Indeed, like the ideal mystery novel itself, this is a page-turner with an addictive quality.” – Irish Examiner

 

This book was mailed around to all of the authors in order for it to be signed.  It has a slight ding in the top of the spine, which is astonishingly little damage considering how often it was handled.

It’s a really unique item, and would make a great Christmas gift for the mystery aficionado in your life. You can check out the auction over here.

“A a slight but enjoyable tale with a light, almost YA feel. Newcomers will get an easy introduction as Arlen, still an apprentice Messenger, takes on his first solo excursion into the demon-haunted night.” – Publisher’s Weekly

This copy of Bryan’s Gold has been signed by Peter V. Brett as well as his cover artist, who, according to an additional the inscription by Brett, “is awesome!”

To bid on the auction, go here.

“[The] character development and Scalzi’s sharp ear for dialogue will draw in new readers, particularly young adults.” – Publishers Weekly

This book is truly beautiful, and the drawing from Vincent Chong on his signature page is amazing.

  •  A hardcover copy of The Prague Cemetery. Signed by Umberto Eco.

“[Eco] demonstrates once again that his is a voice that compels our attention.” – San Francisco Chronicle

  • Auction: A beautiful numbered, slipcased copy of Shades of Grey. Signed by Jasper Fforde.

Okay. First off, I have to stress that this book is NOT 50 Shades of Grey. 

This book is Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde. I read it a couple of years back, enjoyed it immensely, and am even now eagerly looking forward to the sequel. If you’d like more details, you can check out my Goodreads review.

Or, here’s a more professional opinion:

“A rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness” – The Washington Post

They only printed a thousand of these so we’re putting this one up into the auction. To see more pictures or make a bid, you can head over 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 more.

If you’d like to see all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running, you can find them over here.

Or, 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 the main page here.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2012 | By Pat8 Responses

Signed Books From Ireland

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

As you know, most of the books donated to Worldbuilders come from publishers, authors, and the occasional cool bookstore.

Last year that changed a bit when I mentioned that Worldbuilders would be happy to accept cool books from just about anyone.

When I did that, a lot of folks contacted us, pitching in cool books and other assorted geekery (Parts of which we’ll be seeing soon.)

But one person from Ireland went above and beyond. For the last year, Keith Brunkard has been sending a steady stream of signed books to us. Many of them from Irish and English authors.

When we asked him why he was so cool, Keith’s explained that he’s sending books to:

1. Help raise money for Worldbuilders.
2. Give people signed books they might not otherwise have a chance at.
3. Promote writers that he particularly likes.

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In other news, Keith and his master goldsmith friend Doug have been working with Vincent Chong (who has donated some lovely art prints which we will see later in the blog) and have produced a bookmarker in silver based off of Vincent Chong’s artwork for The Damnation Game by Clive Barker.

Keith would also like to thank The Loft Bookshop, Dubray Books and The Gutter Bookshop in Dublin, Ireland for connecting him with so many of these authors. Hurray for local bookstores!

And now, the books:

  • Limited edition hardcover copy of Down These Green Streets edited by Declan Burke. Signed by many of the authors.

This book is one of 200 limited edition copies of ‘Down These Green Streets’ that were signed by the following authors at the book’s launch on 8th June 2011 at the Gutter Bookshop in Dublin: Alex Barclay, Ingrid Black, Gerard Brennan, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Jane Casey, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Sara Keating, Gene Kerrigan, Kevin McCarthy, Cormac Millar, and Ian Campbell Ross.

Down These Green Streets is an excellent, varied collection of essays and short stories, looking at Irish crime fiction in both its historical and present day context, with much of interest to anyone interested in modern day Ireland and its cultural life. It is very much a book to dip into, rather than to read straight through in one setting.” – Laura Root of Euro Crime

  • Hardcover books by Trudi Canavan: Last of the Wilds, The Magician’s Apprentice, The Magicians’ Guild & The High Lord, and The Ambassador’s Mission & The Rogue. All signed by the author.

“Canavan’s Black Magician trilogy took the fantasy world by storm a few years ago, turning her into a Sunday Times best-selling author in almost record time. This prequel, set several hundred years before the events in the The Magician’s Guild, should please her legions of fans, and doubtless add to their ranks.” – Deathray about The Magician’s Apprentice

  • One copy of Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth. Signed by the author.

“Brandreth and Wilde seem made for one another… the complex and nicely structured plot zips along.” – Daily Telegraph

  • One hardcover copy of The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. Signed by the author.

“Another masterpiece… How is it possible to read Howard Jacobson and not lose oneself in admiration for the music of his language, the power of his characterization and the penetration of his insight?” – The Times

  • One copy of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. Signed by the author.

“This is what fiction is supposed to do: introduce you to the minds of those you wouldn’t ordinarily meet.”  – Guardian

  • One copy of Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Signed by the author.

“Fun and quirky with lots of humor.” – Locus

  • Two first edition hardcover copies of A Monsters Calls by Patrick Ness. Signed by the author.

“A nuanced tale that draws on elements of classic horror stories to delve into the terrifying terrain of loss. . . . In an ideal pairing of text and illustration, the novel is liberally laced with Kay’s evocatively textured pen-and-ink artwork, which surrounds the text, softly caressing it in quiet moments and in others rushing toward the viewer with a nightmarish intensity. A poignant tribute to the life and talent of Siobhan Dowd and an astonishing exploration of fear.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One copy of The Burning Soul by John Connolly. Signed by the author.

“In The Burning Soul, John Connolly has delivered a cracking good tale that seamlessly blends suspense, mystery and just the lightest touch of his signature supernatural ambiance.” – Irish Independent News

“Barry’s famed lyricism generates such emotional engagement that to come away dry-eyed from one of his novels would surely be proof of a stony heart.” – The Telegraph

  • One first edition hardcover of Songs of the Earth by Elspeth Cooper. Signed by the author.

“The novel possesses a compelling, action-packed narrative sweep all its own, an emotional catharsis at once shocking and convincing, and one of the most unsentimental, yet tender, erotic romances to grace the genre.” – Fortean Times

  • One copy of City of Bohane by Kevin Barry. Signed by the author.

“Kevin Barry is unique, a one-man school. His work is hilarious and unpredictable – and always brilliant.” – Roddy Doyle

  • One first edition hardcover copy of The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright. Signed by the author.

“…Enright has established herself as one of the most grown-up of contemporary novelists, one of the few to pay attention to the messiness of ordinary lives, even at the expense of narrative shape. Her new novel is her most mature yet in this respect.” – The Telegraph

  • One copy of The Chosen by Arlene Hunt. Signed by the author.

“A taut, sharp, gripping re-imagining of the serial-killer novel.” – Tana French

“Kiernan shows an acute sense of how to build tension and when to twist the knife.” – SFX Magazine

  • One first edition hardcover copy of Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey. Signed by the author.

“As a previous escapee from its infernal regions, James William Butler Stark has had enough of hell, but in this new Sandman Slim novel, this sardonic half-angel decides that he must return to that fiery place to stop an insane serial killer and throw steaming water on a cosmic battle between Good and Evil. Biting humor; an over-the-top antihero and plots to keep you riveted.” – Barnes & Noble

  • One first edition hardcover copy of The Bleeding Horse and Other Stories by Brian J. Showers. Signed by the author.

“Was up late reading The Bleeding Horse, and when it came time to walk around the house checking doors and turning out lights . . . I had to keep nervously looking over my shoulder. So I guess that means the stories work.” -Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy

  • One copy of The Horse Girl by Mary Finn. Signed by the author.

“Mary Finn has written a beautiful tale of an English boy who falls in love with a French girl. It is indeed beautifully written. In addition to being such a great read, The Horse Girl is educational. Do yourself a favor and read this book.” – Teen Reads

  • One numbered first edition hardcover copy of The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Signed by the author.

“Zafón adeptly establishes his characters (including some fun and believable teenage repartee) and makes good use of his setting. His Calcutta has many of the mystical elements that many writers associate with the city, but it also shows the political strain of a city subject to years of hostile colonization and ready to break free. Just as importantly, Zafón delivers moments of genuine horror, as well as expert plot twists that move the story along.” – Publishers Weekly

  • One copy of A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black. Signed by the author.

“Black’s drab Dublin streets are full of perplexing figures, archetypes, as if the characters were stalking through some Jungian map of the unconscious: weakened, dying fathers, good mothers, bad mothers, twins, ‘dark doubles,’ ghosts surging up from the past… His narratives are loaded with poetic devices.” – The New Yorker

  • One limited edition hardcover of Futile Efforts by Tom Piccirilli. Signed by the author.

This special signed edition is limited to 1,000 copies.

“In this disturbing, often grotesque and ultimately mesmerizing collection, Piccirilli reprints 17 stories and 45 poems. Although the star-studded introductions are a nice bonus, Piccirilli’s stories are the selling point, and all are standouts… Piccirilli’s unique mix of gore, violence and a literate style bordering on the lyrical help make this collection one that horror fans will relish.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • One first edition hardcover of Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie. Signed by the author.

“Luka and the Fire of Life zings along with a palpable sense of Otter-like excess: its exuberance is inextricably linked to its profligacy with puns, rhymes, one-liners and snippets of nonsense. And although one would be amazed at the prodigious child who could follow to the letter its snaky progress, it captures brilliantly that moment when adults enrapture children by behaving like children themselves.” – The Guardian

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others.

What’s more, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donations. So if you chip in before January 31st of 2012, you get a bigger bang for your buck.

To see the other books folks have donated, as well as our auctions, and the items we’re selling in the store, you can head over to our main page HERE.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2011 | By Pat31 Responses
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