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Graphic Novels

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Today we’ve got graphic novels donated by bookstores, comic publishers, and the authors themselves.

These first ones are from Dreamhaven.

  • Five hardcover graphic novel copies of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest – Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!” With this sinister snatch of piratical song echoing along the English coast, the mysterious Billy Bones ushers young Jim Hawkins into an undreamed-of world of danger and adventure on the far-flung, mist-shrouded Treasure Island… the excitement is all here, in words and pictures of vibrant color – skillfully adapted by award-winning writer Roy Thomas and artist Mario Gully.

“These are all-ages comics: simple enough to be enjoyed by kids, yet with enough philosophical depth to keep adults interested as well.” – Popmatters

Donated by IDW Publishing.

Pat’s Note: this is a really great series that pretty much defies description. It’s sort of like a more surreal version of a Lovecraft story. Less existential horror, more creepy mystery.

“Novelist Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box, crafts a gripping account of the shattered Locke family’s attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered by a deranged high school student and the family subsequently moving in with the deceased father’s brother at the family homestead in Maine. But as anyone who has read horror fiction in the past 70-odd years will tell you, it’s a bad idea to try to leave behind the gruesome goings-on in your life by moving to an island named Lovecraft… ” – Publisher’s Weekly

  • One hardcover copy of Dave Stevens: Complete Sketches & Studies.

Dave Stevens self-published four sketchbooks to sell at the San Diego Comic Con. These were very limited editions and are now highly sought-after collectibles. This volume collects the entire contents of those four sketchbooks, plus approximately 100 additional pieces that have never before been published.

  • One numbered hardcover graphic novel copy of Bloom County The Complete Library Volume Four: 1986 – 1987 by Berkeley Breathed. Signed by the artist and numbered 441/500.

This is Book Four of Berkeley Breathed’s Eisner Award-winning series. It features some of the most fondly remembered Bloom County cartoons, both from a humor standpoint and from a biting, political one. This is the period for which Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize, the highest award in journalism, for editorial cartooning. Breathed is one of only two cartoonists to win a Pulitzer for editorial cartooning.

  • One hardcover copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Ultimate Collection, Volume 1.

Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting with this special edition hardcover collection of Mirage Studios” issues #1-7 along with the Raphael one-shot by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird! With over 300 pages of mutated-martial arts action, this volume is perfect for fans to relive the glorious days of the Turtles” origins as well as an excellent place for new readers to see where the TMNT phenomena began.

  • One hardcover copy of The Rocketeer The Complete Adventures by Dave Stevens.

“Speeding across the sky like a jet-propelled dream, Stevens’s Rocketeer is one of the most enduring and endearing images of ’80s comics. Set in the ’30s, these tales follow Cliff Secord, an impulsive young stunt pilot who finds a mysterious jetpack that enables him to fly. And then his troubles—and the fun—begin….” – Publishers Weekly

A special adaptation of the big-screen retelling of the ancient myth from filmmakers Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary and Robert Zemeckis! In the sixth century, the warrior Beowulf must do battle with the monster Grendel as well as Grendel’s mother and a dragon who has a personal connection to the Scandanavian warrior. Adapted by Chris Ryall and Gabriel Rodriguez.

From Sea Lion Books.

“Knaak carves deep into the cornerstones of fantasy bringing forth darkness and horror while weaving subterfuges of a long-lived magic destined to wreak havoc on a world that thought war and bloodshed was a thing of the past.” – Chris Evans

  • Six graphic novels of Dark Swan: Storm Born Volume 1 by Richelle Mead.

Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she”s been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld”s most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past…

From Dynamite.

  • Five graphic novels of Fear Nothing: Volume One by Dean Koontz.

“Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler.” – The Times (London)

“There is plenty to like in this comic. Fans can revel in the careful realizations of familiar characters. Newcomers can delight in high quality, evocatively colored art, including numerous two-page spreads. The story feels like it was intended for the comic book medium . . . due in no small way to Chuck Dixon’s hand in this. Top flight.” – ComicCritique.com

Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people!

  • Three graphic novels of The Dresden Files – Stormfront by Jim Butcher.

“The Dresden novels are already New York Times bestsellers, and this comic looks like another winner.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Six graphic novels of Wild Cards – The Hard Call by Daniel Abraham.

“Set in the world of the novels edited by George R.R. Martin and featuring a brand-new set of characters, as well as appearances from many old favorites, “Wild Cards: The Hard Call” is an original story written specifically for comics that will enchant new readers and old fans alike.”

Pat’s Note: This book is huge. Perfectly in keeping with a collection featuring the god of thunder.

Thanks to IDW for this gorgeous hardcover collection of Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor. Scanning from Simonson’s original art has ensured that all the pages of this masterpiece are reproduced with the highest possible quality.

Interested? You can bid on this book over here.

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Posted in Worldbuilders 2011 | By Pat25 Responses

Hundreds of Books From Subterranean Press

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Once again the lovely folks at Subterranean Press have sent us hundreds of books. Many of them rare or out of print, and all of them are gorgeous and lovingly crafted.

Let’s take a look….

You all know who Ray Bradbury is, right? We don’t need to talk about that.

And if you’re reading this blog, you have to already understand how big a deal Fahrenheit 451 is. I’m sure of that, too.

This book brings together 16 vintage Bradbury stories and novellas that chart the evolution of the images, ideas, and social concerns that found their purest, most potent expression in Fahrenheit 451. […]  it is both an invaluable Bradbury sourcebook and a unique, intimate glimpse into the mysteries of the creative process.”

From Publishers Weekly (Pick of the Week, Starred Review): “An essential addition to the bookshelf of every Bradbury fan, the collection is also accessible to curious readers with a taste for the dark, the strange, and the macabre.”

I’ll admit that I didn’t know about this book (and the one directly below) before they were donated, but now I’m going to have to have to read them as soon as I have time. Sooner maybe.

These books are *very* new, so there aren’t many reviews yet. Instead, here’s a brief description from Sub Press:

“In paired novellas, award-winning authors Tobias Buckell and Paolo Bacigalupi explore a shared world where magic is forbidden and its use is rewarded with the axe. A world of glittering memories and a desperate present, where everyone uses a little magic, and someone else always pays the price.”

Bacigalupi is already well-known for his award winning novel The Windup Girl which was named by TIME Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards.

In short, he pretty much won everything with that book. Personally, I think he’s probably a witch.


While he might not be a witch, Buckell has his share of accolades as well. He’s a Writers of The Future winner and a Campbell Award finalist. Reviewers have called Buckell “a dazzling new voice” (Robert J. Sawyer) and “an exciting new writer” (Cory Doctorow.)

From the description of The Executioness by Sub Press:

“Magic has a price.

In Khaim, that price is your head if you’re found using it. For the use of magic comes with a side effect: it creates bramble. The bramble is a creeping, choking menace that has covered majestic ancient cities, and felled civilizations. In order to prevent the spread of the bramble, many lose their heads to the cloaked executioners of Khaim.”

It’s been forever since I’ve seen two authors writing in a shared world. This is cool stuff, and I’m excited to read it.

This is one of those books I’m tempted to steal from the fundraiser. I’m a big fan of Brett’s work, and I missed my chance to buy this from Sub Press. Now it’s sold out and would cost me hundreds of dollars.

From Blood of the Muse:

“If The Painted Man was a Director’s Cut DVD, The Great Bazaar and Other Stories would be the second disc filled with all the Extras. More story, deleted scenes, a ward grimoire; it’s all here. […] Fans of The Painted Man will love The Great Bazaar and Other Stories. People not familiar with Brett’s work will find this a great introduction.”

This book isn’t published yet, which means y’all can still pre-order it from Sub Press. If you want a copy, that might be a good idea, as I’m expecting it to sell out like the book up above.

From Sub Press:

“Return to the world of The Warded Man and The Desert Spear in an illustrated new novella by Peter V. Brett. […]  Arlen Bales is seventeen, an apprentice Messenger in brand new armor, about to go out for the first time alongside a trained Messenger on a simple overnight trip. Instead Arlen finds himself alone on a frozen mountainside, carrying a dangerous cargo to Count Brayan’s gold mine, one of the furthest points in the duchy.”

Here’s another out-of-print treasure from Sub Press. These signed, leather-bound, numbered books are worth hundreds of bucks on the collector’s market.

I love Butcher’s Dresden Files and really enjoyed this story. I was surprised, but pleased, when I discovered it wasn’t from Harry’s point of view. The story follows Thomas Raith instead, and gives cool insight into his character.

Rob H. Bedford for SFFWorld says, “Backup is a solid entry to the background of the Dresden Files, a terrific story in and of itself, and the book itself looks to be a great collector’s item for both fans of Butcher’s Dresden Files or of good storytelling matched up with terrific art. Obviously from what my review says, I’d highly recommend Backup.”

This was nominated for an Eisner award, so you know it’s got some mojo.

Publishers Weekly says, “This first of hopefully several volumes delivers on all counts, boasting a solid story bolstered by exceptional work from Chilean artist Rodriguez….”

From Subterranean Press:

“The three Locke children–survivors of a horrific home invasion that claimed their father–have just begun to rebuild their lives when little Bode discovers a key with an incredible power. […] Written by Hill and featuring the mind-bending art of Gabriel Rodriguez, the second installment of Locke & Key is one head-trip you won’t forget.”

Now out-of-print, A Fantasy Medley features stories by Kelley Armstrong, Kate Elliott, C.E. Murphy, and Robin Hobb.

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review): “Four fantasy heavyweights contribute original tales featuring intriguing female protagonists to this enthralling anthology.”

From The Agony Column: Deadman’s Road is generously illustrated by the incredibly talented Glen Chadbourne with lots of his ultra-detailed pen-and-ink drawings. [….] There’s a real sense of class and detail and craft combined with truly disturbing horror and, ever present, Lansdale’s unmatched sense of fun. Stepping into this book is like stepping into an old theater, running a black and white film you’ve never seen before.”

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover…. but damn, that’s a really nice cover.

Jay Lake is one of those writers that makes me look like a chump, turning out one quality book after another.

The San Francisco Book Review says, “Jay Lake is a first-class wordsmith, an author who relishes the possibilities of language, utilizing words to their utmost to craft incredibly detailed worlds both hauntingly familiar and mind-bogglingly different.”

The Library Journal says, “The author of The Engineer Trilogy has written a mesmerizing short novel that combines fictional autobiography with political intrigue and the art of the confidence man… History rewrites itself at every turn in this tale of an alchemist whose own base metal becomes, at last, pure gold.”

From Subterranean Press:

“Featuring new stories from the bestselling and brightest writers working in the genre, including: New York Times bestselling authors Scott Lynch and Garth Nix; genre greats Michael Moorcock (with an all-new Elric novella), Michael Shea (with a fully authorized new Cugel the Clever adventure), Robert Silverberg (with an all-new Majipoor tale), Glen Cook (with an all-new Black Company story), Gene Wolfe, and C. J. Cherryh; and hot new writers who’ve been re-inventing swords and sorcery like Steven Erikson, Joe Abercrombie, Tim Lebbon, and many more.”

This book should look familiar to many of you.

You can’t trust me to be objective about my own book, so here’s a quote from the San Francisco Book Review:

“In what is by far the funniest and most original book of the year (so far), Rothfuss shows off his ability to think and create outside of the expected. The story is pure comic genius that will be fun and funny for parents and children. The illustrations, not to be outdone, offer subtle little quirks that, after reading the book multiple times, shine through and give it lasting re-read incentive.”

Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others like them. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice too.

And don’t forget, I’m matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in. Trust me. You’ll feel great afterward.

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Posted in Subterranean Press, The Adventures of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, Worldbuilders 2010 | By Pat10 Responses

Many lovely books from Gollancz Publishing



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Well folks, the fundraiser’s been going for just a little more than 10 days, and we’ve already hit 25,000 dollars. I think that means that we are awesome.

Well… almost. We’re just a couple bucks short, but I’m calling it 25,000. Because that gives me an excuse to post up a celebratory blog full of more donated books.

Gollancz is my UK publisher. It is there, in ye olde London, where Gillian, my lovely UK editor, works.

When I was setting up this year’s fundraiser, I dropped Gillian a line to see if they might be interested in donating a few books to a good cause. I’m pretty midwestern about these things: I never want to come across as pushy. “Just if you want to.” I said. “No pressure. A couple books would be great. Whatever you have laying around the office…”

So imagine my delight and amazement when Gillian starts shipping over boxes and boxes of books, over 150 total. I so owe her a footrub.

Let’s list them off, shall we?

  • Five sets of the first eight books by Charlaine Harris: Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse and Dead and Gone.


Booklist says that “Charlaine Harris is a superstar in the paranormal fantasy field- Just the right mixture of humour, intrigue, and excitement.”

How’s that for cool. These books don’t just have humor, they have humour. Which is way better. Because it’s Brittish.

I’ve actually read the first four of this series and was pleasantly surprised. They’re a nice change from the dark, gothic drama of some of the urban fantasy out there. And now, thanks to Gollancz, you can own the whole set.

  • Five hardcover first editions of the collection of short stories of Charlaine Harris‘ heroine Sookie Stackhouse in A Touch of Dead.


This is a nice hardcover collection, and while I haven’t read it personally, Bookpage says, “It’s impossible not to love the wry, sexy Sookie, surely one of the most winning heroines to guide us through the dark side in a long time – maybe ever!”

  • Five copies of the Commemorative Edition of the Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft.

(Ia! Ia! Ia!)

This is a gorgeous book. If you’ve never read Lovecraft, you really should. He’s one of the cornerstones of modern fantasy and horror, and his stories still pack a punch.

Don’t believe me? Well, maybe you’ll trust Steven King when he says, “Lovecraft opened the way for me, as he had done for others before me.”

Still not convinced? How bout this quote blurb from Neil Gaiman:

“H.P. Lovecraft built the stage on which most of the last century’s horror fiction was performed. As doomed as any of his protagonists, he put a worldview into words that has spread to infect the world. You need to read him-he’s where the darkness starts.”

Man, Gaiman’s way better at this than me. I’m all, “Cornerstone of fantasy… blah blah blah.” But that up there is a serious quote. I suck at blurbing.

  • Five copies of The Centenary Edition of The Complete Chronicles of Conan by Robert E. Howard.


Back before Conan the Barbarian was govenor of California, he was a character written by Robert E. Howard. Collected here, in the chronological order they were first published, are the definitive stories of Conan, exactly as Howard wrote them.

This is another one of those books that made me wish I wasn’t a moral person. If I wasn’t a moral person, you see, I could just take one of these for myself and nobody would ever know the difference.

Brain Williamson says, “The energy of the writing practically thrums off the page and often the sense of tension and unease invoked is genuinely unsettling. Read it, then use the weighty tome to smite your enemies, drive them before you and hear the lamentation of their women!”


Jacqueline Carey is bringing sexy back to epic fantasy.

Want to read the best plot synopsis ever? Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly has to say about this book, “The seventh installment in Carey’s bestselling Kushiel series follows its youthful protagonist, Moirim, from bed to bed as she worships sexuality goddess Naamah.”

There’s more of course. But would you really bother reading it? Don’t you already know enough to want this book?

  • Six ARC and five hardcover copies of The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel.


It’s rare that a book gets translated from French into English. So you should probably sit up and take notice when it happens.

The Cardinal’s Blades is part historical novel, part old-fashioned swashbuckling high-action adventure, and part classic fantasy. Award winning novelist Pierre Pevel has woven some of the best-loved fantasy tropes – musketeer-style adventuring, daring swordsmen, political intrigue, non-stop action and dragons – into a stunning new fantasy series set during the reign of Louis XIII.


I’ve heard this book described as, “an entire season of Firefly all in one book.” Honestly, you don’t get higher praise than that.

“Retribution Falls picks you up, whisks you swiftly and entertainingly along, and sets you down with a big smile on your face.” – Joe Abercrombie

  • Five copies of The Stranger by Max Frei.


Kirkus reviews says, “If Harry Potter smoked cigarettes and took a certain matter-of-fact pleasure in administering touch justice, he might like Max Frei.”


Kirkus gives Fire a starred review, and says that Cashore’s book is “Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious.”

  • Four copies of the ARC of Horns by Joe Hill.


Since he’s Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill must have absorbed some of his dad’s mojo. Publishers Weekly calls him, “One of the most confident and assured new voices in horror and dark fantasy.”


First off, Retromancer is a cool title. Second off, I have never, ever seen a book that color before. Then I hear this book has, “beautiful spies, advanced alien technology, killer robots, death rays, and a battle with an ancient god.”

It sort of makes me wonder if my own books might be a little boring, honestly.


According to Daily Mail, “Those who like their sci-fi on an epic scale will be impressed by Reynolds’ hugely imaginative, sprawling space adventure. Magnificent stuff.”

  • Five sets of Alastair Reynolds‘ books: Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absolution Gap, Chasm City, Century Rain, Pushing Ice, The Prefect, House of Suns, Galactic North and Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days.


This is a hefty stack of books. We’ve got five sets of all ten books. Yet another collection I’d love to keep for my own shelf.

According to The London times, “Reynolds’s narrative is truly breathtaking in scope and intricate in detail, making him a mastersinger of the space opera.”

And Publishers Weekly says, “It’s rare to find a writer with sufficient nerve and stamina to write novels that are big enough to justify using words like ‘revelation’ and ‘redemption.’ Reynolds pulls it off.”

Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others. So why not head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in?

Or, if you want to go back to main page for the Worldbuilders fundraiser, you can click HERE.

As always, with special thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.

(I just noticed that little face in the “S” up there. Creepy…)
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