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Cool Books from Del Rey & Grim Oak Press

The Worldbuilders staff always get weirdly excited when the delivery driver pulls up and says with a horrified look, “You have 15 boxes today…” The team has been known to cheer at the backbreaking work of hauling thousands of books up or down sets of stairs. They’re not entirely right in the head, but it’s okay, because they’re my kind of crazy.

Recently, Del Rey and Grim Oak Press are two of the deliveries that made the team cheer. Both have been donating for a while, and we’re glad to have them, because they both are offering some really quality stuff this year.

So today we’ve got more than 100 new items going into the lottery where anyone can win them. For every $10 bucks you donate on our page, you get another chance to win.

We’ve also got 8 new rare, signed books going up for auction, too.

Let’s get rolling.

Coolness from Del Rey

  • First Books in Cool Series: 10 copies of 10 different books

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Del Rey did not hold back this year. Here we have a collection of beginnings. Excellent books that kick off their own series. (Which is really nice if you’re a read-from-the-start-no-matter-what person like I am.)

There’s more than a few of my personal favorites in there. And I know for a fact that my blurbs are on the backs of at least two of these.

The full list includes: The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F HamiltonHounded by Kevin HearneThe Warded Man by Peter V BrettThe Shadow Revolution by Clay Griffith and Susan GriffithFool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb,  Emergence by John BirminghamRed Rising by Pierce Brown, The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord, and The Hammer & the Blade and (plus its sequel, A Discourse in Steel) by Paul S Kemp. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.

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We’ve talked about the Iron Druid Chronicles a lot, but it bears repeating that these are great books. Del Rey sent Kevin two complete sets to sign, and he sent them on to us, so one is going into the lottery while the other one is going up for auction right here.

Lottery Items from Grim Oak Press

Shawn Speakman started Grim Oak Press a while back, and since then he’s collected a LOT of signed books from other authors. He runs preorders for them on his website, has the authors come sign books, and then ships them out. It’s a really great deal.

Its an even better deal for Worldbuidlers, because he’s held on to a bunch of them to donate this year, and we’re putting a lot of books into the lottery.

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These are some serious anthologies, with a lot of heavy hitters in them. People like Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, Django Wexler, Cat Rambo, and Kat Richardson, just to name a few. Unfettered in particular is pretty rare, because only 5,000 copies were printed. Unbound hasn’t even been released yet.

All three of these anthologies are in the lottery, in all of their signed glory.

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This is a good example of the wide variety of authors Shawn works with. He donated seven completely different books that do a pretty good job of spanning the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, so if you win one of these from the lottery, you’re bound to find something to like.

  •  First edition copies of The Slow Regard of Silent Things. Double signed by me and Nate Taylor. One in the lottery and one up for auction.

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I’m sure most of you have heard about Slow Regard, but if you haven’t, it’s my newest novella, and includes really beautiful illustrations from my friend Nate Taylor.

Nate is much harder than me to get to sign things (I’ve been known to sign a lot of books that weren’t mine), so the fact that we have two copies bearing his lovely signature is pretty cool. One is going into the lottery, and the other is up for auction right over here.

Auctions from Grim Oak Press

We put a fair amount of Shawn’s stuff into the lottery, but he’s got a bunch of stuff that’s very rare, limited, or otherwise specialty, so we’ve put the rest of it up for action.

  • Auctions: First edition copy of Firefight. Numbered edition of Legion: Skin Deep. Both signed by Brandon Sanderson.

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These two auctions contain some of the books Brandon Sanderson has signed for Grim Oak. And look at this familiar blurb for the Reconers series (of which Firefight is #2):

“Another win for Sanderson . . . he’s simply a brilliant writer. Period.”—Patrick Rothfuss, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The Name of the Wind

Both of these are really good books, but both of them are second in a series,  so rather than give them to someone who won’t appreciate them properly, we’re auctioning them off to people who will love them. You can bid on the signed copy of Firefight right here, and the fancy, signed and numbered edition of Legion: Skin Deep right here.

  • Auction: First edition copy of The Skull Throne. Signed by Peter V Brett.

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Peter V. Brett is one of our beloved, long-time supporters. In the early years of Worldbuilders (the second year, actually), Amanda actually won a signed copy of his first book, The Warded Man, in the lottery. This was years before she worked here, and she told me it’s one of her prized possessions.

I like to think it’s because I read that exact copy and signed it too, but she neither confirms nor denies that guess.

This is the fourth book in the series, and you can grab it all for your own right over here.

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These are some beautiful comic books.

The comics are scripted by Daniel Abraham, and George R.R. Martin advises the adaptation. These are all signed by both of them. Again, they’re not the beginning of the series, so we couldn’t put them into the lottery, but they’re definitely cool, and so we’ve put them up in an auction here.

Unbound special

We have a rare ARC copy of Unbound, which isn’t hasn’t even hit the shelf yet.

This features another 22 stories by great authors, and it’s no ordinary, flimsy ARC – this ARC is a hardcover, one of only 250 printed, and has the in-progress cover artwork Todd Lockwood finishes up the final.

Plus, Todd Lockwood himself has doodled a dragon inside it. Which is pretty damn epic.

You can bid on it over here.

  • Auction: Limited edition Unfettered. Signed by all authors.

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(Click to embiggen, and see how everyone else has a cooler signature than me.)

Limited to 500 copies. Signed by 22 of the biggest names in modern speculative fiction. Special edition cover…. honestly, I don’t know what else you could ask for here.

Unless it’s a cool slipcase to keep the book safe. But wait, it’s got that too.

This is a truly marvelous donation, a real rarity. And if it doesn’t goes for less than 500 bucks, someone’s getting a hell of a bargain. But as I type this, it’s going for a lot less than that: bid on it here.

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We’re creeping up on $125,000, which is when John Scalzi, Ann Leckie, Sabaa Tahir, and I read our own 1-Star Reviews, which is sure to be hilariously painful. And at $150,000 you get to have a Worldbuilders edition of Fox in Socks. Knowing my team, there’s probably going to be a lot of bleeped-out cussing in that video.

As a matter of fact, you should really take a glance at all of the upcoming stretch goals, because some really cool people are doing some amazing stuff this year….

Cool stuff on the horizon, guys. Big news. Exciting events. And don’t forget I’ll still be streaming on twitch every day at 4:00 CST.

Thanks for being awesome, everyone…

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Billions of Books from Del Rey

Well, okay. I was engaging in a little hyperbole there. They didn’t donate a billion books. Which is actually probably a good thing. We wouldn’t have room for a billion books here at Worldbuilders HQ. But all exaggeration aside, Del Rey has sent along a marvelous lot of books.

And while there are a few auctions in here, the vast majority of these are going into our lottery where anyone can win them so long as they donate at least 10 dollars on the Worldbuilders team page. (Though if you donate more, you have a better chance of winning, of course.)

Have I shown you all the books and games on our donation wall yet? I don’t think I have:

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These are just *some* of the books we’re giving away right now. We’re barely halfway through the fundraiser, and we already have more than $70,000 dollars worth of books,  games, and, qua-magical items that we’re giving away.

That means when you donate to Heifer International on the Worldbuilders team page, you’re not just making the world a better place. You’re

On to the show:

  • 12 copies of Red Rising by Pierce Brown. 2 of them are first edition, hardcover copies.

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This has become a bit of a favorite in the office after Nicole evangelized about it for months. Del Rey donated 10 trade paperback copies, as well as a couple of posh, first edition hardcover copies. They’re all in the lottery where anyone can win them.

  • Auction: First edition copy of Red Rising. Signed by Pierce Brown.

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Del Rey also sent over a signed first edition hardcover of the book, so we thought it was only appropriate to throw it up in an auction so that someone who really wants it can bid on it over here.

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I’m completely baffled by Kevin’s upcoming stretch goal to dance to Thriller with a real dance troupe. Nothing would make me happier than to reach it, and if a few folks helped us get there and put their names in to win one of his books, that’d be even better.

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“This book has just about everything: magic, machines, mystery, mayhem, and all the danger one expects when people’s loves and fears collide. I can’t wait to return to the world of Evelina Cooper!” – Kevin Hearne

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Peter’s been a supporter of Worldbuilders for a long time, kicking in books of his own since the second year of the fundraiser, and participating in one of our more horrifying stretch goals last year. On top of all of that, his books are good, so we’re happy to have copies from the publisher to give away.

“An absolute masterpiece . . . The novel [is] literally ‘unputdownable,’ and certainly deserves to be the next Big Thing in dark fantasy.” – HorrorScope

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“Hamilton’s exhilarating new opus proves that ‘intelligent space opera’ isn’t an oxymoron… Anyone who begins this one, however, probably won’t be able to put it down.” – Publishers Weekly

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“Turtledove is always good, but this return to World War II . . . is genuinely brilliant. . . . The characterizations in particular bring the book to extraordinary life.” – Booklist

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“Well-crafted storytelling . . . hard to put down.” – SF Site

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“This intricately layered adventure breathes realism and overshadowing menace into ancient mythic archetypes, exposing the pain and wonder inherent in magic and the mingled hope and cynicism of modern fantasy” – Publishers Weekly

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“The story leaps into immediate action like Alix going after an adversary and maintains its breakneck pace to the very end, with blood dripping from every page.” – Publishers Weekly

  • 10 copies of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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Scott Lynch also had a stretch goal last year where he got amazingly drunk and talked about The Hobbit movies with Elizabeth Bear.

I don’t try to hide how much I enjoy his work, and have discussed at length the reasons you should read them over on Goodreads.

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“The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. . . . As soon as you finish, you’ll want more.” – Analog

  • 2 first edition copies of Fools Assassin. Signed by Robin Hobb.

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Del Rey had a few more first editions around, and managed to get them signed for us as well. We’ve thrown a couple of copies into the lottery so that amore of you can be exposed to the joy that is Robin Hobb’s writing.

“Electrifying and mesmerizing . . . The fully realized characters and vivid prose show that [Robin] Hobb remains a supremely talented author of epic fantasy.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • Auction: A first edition copy of Fools Assassin. Signed by Robin Hobb.

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And since we had a few copies, we’re auctioning one off for a big Robin Hobb fan out there who wants to round out their collection.

If that describes you, head over here and bid.

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It’s been a crazy whirlwind, folks. If you missed the blog over the weekend showcasing all of the stretch goals we’ve hit, you should check it out.

Lastly, for you aspiring writers out there, tonight we’ve got author and agent Seth Fishman doing a livestream workshop where he talks about how to write a query letter and get an agent.

So, just to be a little more formal: that’s Monday, November 24th at 7:30pm CST. If you have any questions for Seth, you should be sure to be there, live, when it happens. Follow Worldbuilders on Facebook,  Twitter, and YouTube and we’ll post up a link for you to follow.

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