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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.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2012 | By Amanda13 Responses

What should I do #4 – Homestar Runner and Friends.

Okay, forgive me if I’m a little brief here, but it’s right at the end of the semester for me. I had a final yesterday, and I have one tomorrow. My end-of-semester grading looms on the horizon like a great looming damn squelchy thing. My Christmas shopping isn’t done by half either, which means that the next handful of days are going to be rough…

There are still announcements on the horizon. But they’ll have to wait until I have more time to type them up properly.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I did an installment of “What should I do while I’m waiting for your next book to come out.” Or, as I like to think of it, “Uncle Pat helps find things to read that aren’t total crap.”

First on the list:

The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.

I first became aware of these books when my own book came out back in April, and I was obsessively watching my numbers on Amazon. Butcher’s Ninth book had just come out in hardcover, and… well… It was kicking the ass off my book in the rankings. Even when my sales rank jumped up, his was always doing just a little bit better.

So I hated him. Not, y’know, a lot. Just in a kinda vague, grumbly, third-grader way. I’d see his book there, a few places above mine on Amazon’s fantasy list. And I’d think things like, “Stupid urban fantasy bullshit. Stupid looking cowboy wizard. Ooohh.. Look who has a staff. How dumb. Grumble grumble.”

Then I went out and bought a copy of the first book in the series, Storm Front. And it was REALLY GOOD.

Simply put, these books rocked my socks. I read all nine of them in less than three weeks.

And really, what’s not to like? First person story about a clever magicy-type guy who leads a rough life. His magic is gritty and realistic. The author has a vast and eclectic knowledge base that adds nicely to the books. Honestly, I think Butcher might be my long lost twin. I’d love to meet him and talk shop some day.

Butcher writes great action scenes, and his characters change, grow, make mistakes, and reap the consequences of their own actions.

What I’m saying is that it’s really good stuff, folks. Read it.

Second, I’d like to bring a book to your attention that probably has been under your radar….

The Secret History of Moscow, by Ekaterina Sedia.

I ran into this book way back I went to a convention in my hometown of Madison. My book had only come out a month or so beforehand, and nobody knew who I was. Or, if they did know, they didn’t care much.

While wandering the dealer’s room, I had picked up a little promo thing from the Prime Books table. It was one of those things where they print out the first chapter of the book as a teaser.

So I took one and read it at lunch. It hooked me in, and I went back to the table to buy the book. But… alas… the book wasn’t going to be released for several months yet, not until November. Lifetimes away for someone with a memory like mine.

But then something magical happened. A person behind the table looked at my convention badge and said, “Wait, I’ve heard about you. You can have an early copy of the book if you want.”

I tried to pay for the book, but they wouldn’t let me. It took me a while to realize that they were just GIVING me a copy of the book because I was an author, and they were hoping, if I liked it, then maybe I would say nice things about it and help them spread the word to promote it.

Eventually I realized what was happening. It was like that scene from 2001 where the ape holds up the bone. Except I didn’t club anyone to death with my free book. I pretty much just legged it away before anyone tried to take it away from me. It was my first, sweet taste of delicious authory fameperks.

Anyway, the end of the story is that I did read the book and I very much enjoyed it. It reminded me of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, but set in Moscow instead of London. And Sedia draws more on the Russian mythic tradition instead of the western stuff that Gaiman used. That was really interesting, and I learned some cool new stuff because of it.

And lastly: Homestar Runner.

I’m assuming most of you already know about it. But if you don’t, then you’re really missing out and I would be remiss in not bringing it to your attention.

You’ll need to watch a little bit of it before it starts to make sense. After a while, it becomes like a new religion.

That’s all for now folks. I’ve got to grab a little sleep before I head out to my final.

Much love,

pat

Posted in Neil Gaiman, recommendations | By Pat23 Responses
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