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More Awesome Books

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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

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…)
Posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2009 | By Pat25 Responses
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