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Generous Donations from Prime Books

Let’s take a minute to talk about chickens.

Simply said, chickens produce eggs, and eggs produce chickens. It’s a very simple process. In parts of the world where poverty is high and meat is scarce, protein-packed eggs from even a single chicken can have a huge impact on a child’s nutrition.

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If you donate twenty bucks, Heifer can provide a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks along with the training and materials needed to care for them. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year – that means a flock provides enough eggs for an entire family to eat, with plenty left to sell.

Best of all, chickens require little space and can thrive on readily available food scraps. That means families can make money from the birds without spending much. What’s more, chickens help control insect pests that damage crops, and their droppings fertilize gardens.

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Also, Heifer trains the people they work with to Pass On The Gift to their neighbors. That means after receiving help from Heifer, a family will go on to help others, sharing baby chicks and training members of their community.

This means a donation to Heifer is like kicking off an avalanche of good that cascades into the future. For example, in 1952 Heifer providing 70,000 hatching eggs to people in Korea after the country was devastated by war. Twenty years later, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture estimated that half the chickens in Korea were descended from the eggs Heifer supplied.

That’s how Heifer International works. That’s why it’s my charity of choice.

That’s also why we made this video.

Have a favorite Heifer animal? We’d love see a video from you explaining why it’s your favorite, and hear you make its noise.

Now. Onto the swag.

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Prime books is one of our strongest supporters. They send us literally tons of books.

And when I say literally, I literally mean literally. Literally literally. They actually literally send us tons of books.

By which I mean the books they sent us weigh, literally, thousands of pounds.

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In the past, we’ve featured these books in many ways, including the book bundles we sold in The Tinker’s Packs and earlier this year in our IndieGoGo.

They send us so many books that the team developed an entirely new way of unloading the truck into our warehouse.

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Welcome to the end of an era, folks. I made it 7 years on this blog without using an animated gif. And, given how dirty I now feel as a result, you’ll probably never see one on here again.

Let’s move on to Prime’s lovely donations to the lottery so I can post this blog and then go scrub myself all over with steel wool….

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This book is actually a twofer. It compiles both books from Tobler’s Steampunk Duology into a single volume.

“It is deliciously fun.” – Kirkus

  • 100 copies of Handsome Devil: Stories of Sin and Seduction. Edited  by Steve Berman.

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This collection focuses specifically on the many stories of Lucifer as a trickster as well as tempter, in more ways than one. It features some cool names, like Theodora Goss, Tanith Lee, and a lot more.

“Despite following a very particular theme, [the anthology] manages to never feel too repetitive or stale. The stories are arranged cleverly to shift tone and focal point just enough between each piece that there are no disjunctions, but also no echoes.” – Tor.com

  • 100 copies of Shades of Blue & Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War. Edited by Steve Berman.

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Don’t get confused here. While there are shades here, and some of them are grey, this isn’t *that* book.

No, this is a cool a collection of ghost stories involving the Civil War, with stories from authors like Connie Wilkins, Rusel Davis, and Ed Kurtz. It’s a great pick up for anyone who’s interested in speculative fiction with historic elements.

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I have a real weakness for stories about stories, so I’ll admit, this one caught my eye when it showed up. Apparently this book takes place in a place known as the Liminality. The city “where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die – or to flourish and rise again.”

So yeah. Sign me up for that.

“Much in the way that she does with her storybook characters, Williams can take this series anywhere she wants. I will have my seconds, thank you very much.” – Kirkus

  • 100 copies of Extreme Zombies. Edited by Paula Guran.

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Be honest. Everyone who isn’t a bit of a tight-ass enjoys a good zombie story once in a while.

And this collection gathers some truly great authors like George R.R. Martin, Joe R. Lansdale, and Brian Keene. Solid writers coming together to write the horror stories they’ve always wanted to write.

“If you are a zombie fiction aficionado or simply love extreme horror, you need this book right now.” – Jennifer R. Povey

  • 100 copies of Once Upon a Time: New Fariy Tales. Edited by Paula Guran.

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I’ve got a weakness for faerie tales, and in this volume, each of the stories is a reinterpretation of a classic, by clever authors like Theodora Goss, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Tanith Lee.

“Guran has actually filled this anthology with adaptations of familiar tales. The stories include urban fantasy, near-future science fiction, and more traditional retellings. A few outstanding works give new perspectives on their progenitor stories, the fairy-tale genre, or both.” – Publishers Weekly

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Keep in mind that we have auctions ending soon, including the ones for Badali Jewelry and all of the stuff I personally kicked in to the fundraiser.

Our lottery library is filling up, too, so you may want to check that out as well.

Thanks for being wonderful, folks. And keep spreading the word.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2014 | By Pat15 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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