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Books from Dreamhaven

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Those of you who live in the Minneapolis area probably already know about Dreamhaven Books. For those of you that don’t know about it… well… there’s a reason I just posted that link up there. It’s for clicking. By you.

Dreamhaven is the sort of bookstore I dream about having in my town. Not only do they carry great sci-fi and fantasy, but Dreamhaven has acted as a publisher of some original works, too. They produced some of the first audio cd’s that Neil Gaiman ever recorded, as well as stuff from Peter Beagle, Larry Niven, and Gene Wolfe.

And signed books? Yeah. They have signed books.

In addition to donating a blog full of books to Worldbuilders this year, (I’ll get to those in a second) they’ve also given us a special treasure. Something rare and cool.

  • A signed, numbered, hardcover copy of A Screenplay by Neil Gaiman.

This is a screenplay Neil Gaiman wrote a long time ago. It’s an adaptation of the novel Good Omens which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett.

This thing is a true rarity. It is the First and Only Edition of this work, numbered 409 out of 500.

According to Neil Gaiman in his introduction, this screenplay was revived from “a dusty and cobwebbed place on my hard disk, where people never go.”

Personally, I can’t think of a better item to start this year’s auctions.

This auction will run for 7 days, ending on the evening of December 22nd.

To see more pictures, or bid on this piece of raw, crystalline awesome, you can follow this link.

And now, on to the books….

  • A first edition hardcover copy of The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart.

“Returning to the era of Arthur and his Camelot, Stewart has given life to two lesser-known characters from Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. She enlarges upon and gives wonderful detail to Alexander, a young prince who sets off on a quest to avenge his father’s assassination and to Alice, a gentle young lass who accompanies her father on pilgrimages to Holy shrines.” – School Library Journal

  • A first edition hardcover copy of Libyrinth by Pearl North.

“A unique world with two quick-witted heroines, an excellent book to get lost in.” – Maria V. Snyder, Bestselling author of Fire Study

  • A first edition hardcover copy of Reiffen’s Choice by S.C. Butler.

“Reiffen’s Choice will likely be a popular fantasy for years, or generations, to come.” – SCIFi.com

“Gill scores big in this action-packed, power-punch of a debut…All readers can do is buckle their seatbelts, close their eyes and take the plunge.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A first edition hardcover copy of Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe.

“It’s the soul of rock and roll that saves the soul of humanity in this fun-house ride through the very near future. Jarpe has definitely got my attention!” – Karl Schroeder

  • A set of Wolfbreed and Wolf’s Cross by S. A. Swann.

“Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.” – George R. R. Martin

  • A hardcover copy of The Stones of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston.

“Stands on its own as an intriguing time-shift fantasy, deftly blending the real and the fantastic . . . written with grace and conviction.” – The Bulletin

“Young’s prose is simple and graceful, and her depictions, including several freakishly authentic New York neighborhoods, are subtly drawn.” – School Library Journal

  • A hardcover set of Gerald’s Game and Misery by Stephen King.

Pat’s note: Misery. The book Stephen King wrote in an attempt to keep other people from becoming authors.

“Set in the same universe as Weis’s “Star of the Guardians” series, this effort by the popular sf/fantasy author and first-timer Perrin is a fast-paced galactic adventure designed to introduce the motley crew of antiheroes known as the Mag Force 7. Spiced with humor and a dash of romance, this space opera should appeal to most fans of sf adventure.” – Library Journal

“The best science fiction writer to come out of Britain in the past fifteen years.” – Locus

“Croft’s ACRO series is fascinating to say the least and features an endless supply of agents just waiting to have their story told by this talented author! The multiple characters in Tempting the Fire keep the reader engaged as each facet of the action-packed, scorching plot is revealed!” – Reader to Reader Reviews

“There’s nothing ordinary about Ordinary Farm, a place filled with strange creatures and dangers around every corner. Readers will identify with Tyler and Lucinda and wish they were there with them. This is a rousing tale that should and will find a wide readership.” – Terry Brooks

  • A first edition hardcover of Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen.

“Is there anyone who wouldn’t enjoy reading Here, There Be Dragons?” If there is such a person, I haven’t met him, and I doubt that I would like him if I did. I am only disappointed that, because this book is so new, I’ll have to wait too long to read the sequels.” – Orson Scott Card

“Two words on the cover—Fiona McIntosh—always let me know that I’m in for a good read.” – Robin Hobb

  • A copy of the 2009 Nebula Awards Showcase edited by Ellen Datlow.

“An essential index of one year in SF and fantasy.” – Booklist

  • A hardcover copy of The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin by Patrick Doud.

“A thoroughly enjoyable adventure from first page to last.” – Midwest Book Review

  • A first edition hardcover copy of The Tale of the Swamp Rat by Carter Crocker.

“Crocker has created a realistic fantasy world, set in the swampland of Florida and populated with the animals that reside there. This timeless tale of an unexpected hero is narrated in a traditional folklore style by a mole who tells “every bit, just as it was. The rest I made up, as best I could.” With Southern flavor, adventure, and environmental drama, Ossie’s tale of finding his own way in the world will hit close to home for many.” – School Library Journal

“With a Kim Harrison novel, I expect action, humor, world building, strong female characters, true friendships, and a bit of realistic romance. I found it all right here.” – Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others.

What’s more, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donations. So if you chip in before January 31st of 2012, you get a bigger bang for your buck.

To see the other books folks have donated, as well as our auctions, and the items we’re selling in the store, you can head over to our main page HERE.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2011 | By Pat16 Responses

Books from Del Rey and Spectra

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This year, Del Rey and Spectra were nice enough to send along some books for the fundraiser.

This is kind of a big deal. You see, Del Rey and Spectra are the first big New York imprints to donate to Worldbuilders even though I don’t have any sort of direct business relationship with them.

Now don’t get me wrong. Publishers like DAW, Bad Moon, and Subterranean Press  have been with Worldbuilders from the beginning. Their support has been invaluable and lavish. I love them with a fierce love, and appreciate them more than I can say.

But it’s always been my hope that Worldbuilders would become more than just a fundraiser I run on my blog with donations I mostly wrangle up myself.

My dream, you see, is that Worldbuilders will grow beyond that. I hope it will eventually become an organization where geeks of all creeds and affiliations come together in order to make the world a better place.

This is a big step in that direction, and it warms my bitter old heart.

  • A hardcover copy of The Conqueror’s Shadow and an ARC of The Warlord’s Legacy by Ari Marmell. Hardcover signed by the author.

For those of you that don’t know.  ARC stands for Advance Reader’s Copy. ARC’s are books publishers put out early to promote upcoming books.

This particular ARC is especially cool, as Warlord’s Legacy won’t be released until January 2011. So if you win these books, you get to read it long before it hits the shelves. Then you can gloat about it to your friends.

The fabulous Robin Hobb says, “ Twists of humor leaven this story of desperate people in dangerous times, as a conqueror discovers that perhaps those who live by the sword are sometimes doomed to face the business end of one.  A great mix of character and action.”

  • A set of Three Days to Dead and As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding.

Three Days to Dead is one of the best books I’ve read. Ever. Evy Stone is a heroine’s heroine, and I rooted for her from the moment I met her. Kelly Meding has written a phenomenal story, one that’s fast-paced, gritty, and utterly addictive. Brava! More! More! More!”— Jackie Kessler, co-author of Black and White.

“As vivid an evocation of England during World War II as anyone has ever written . . . You’ll find here a novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.” — The Washington Post.

  • A set of Wolfbreed and Wolf’s Cross by S. A. Swann.

A lot of people have been saying a lot of good things about these books. But rather than list all of them, let’s leap directly to the top of the heap:

“Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.” – George R.R. Martin.

  • A copy of The Warded Man and a hardcover copy of The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett.

I won’t go all gushy about how much I enjoy Peter Brett’s books. Instead, I’ll just link to the interview I did with him last year. He’s a lovely guy, and I’m not saying that just because he’s cool enough to chip to help match donations for Worldbuilders.

“I enjoyed The Warded Man immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way.”—Terry Brooks .

I had someone accost me in a bookstore less than a week ago and gush about this book. Such was their intensity that I’ve moved it near the top of my to-be-read-when-I-finally-get-a-moment pile.

The Native Star is engaging, atmospheric, and lovely. I was quite taken by the concept of an Old West built on a foundation of magic and zombie slave labor. Oh, and giant raccoons. Bring on the coons! And how spectacular is the name Dreadnought Stanton? This book utterly absorbed me from start to finish—these days you have no idea how rare that is. You have something special in your hands—no pun intended.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless.

“Lebbon’s work is infused with the contemporary realism of Stephen King and the lyricism of Ray Bradbury.”— Fangoria

“You want this book…It’s the kind of book that leaves you breathless haunted and in awe. It makes me think of Little Brother meets Lord of the Flies meets Heart of Darkness meets Mad Max and the Road Warrior meets Letham. … It’s a powerful fast read of a gut punch of a novel. In other words–you want this book.” –Paul Jessup, author of Werewolves.

  • A set of a hardcover copy of Star Wars Death Troopers and an ARC of Star Wars Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber.

Okay. I lose some geek points for not knowing about these books. How can I not have heard about zombie star-wars books? Seriously. Why hasn’t anyone clued me in?

As you can see by the picture, Red Harvest is an ARC. It won’t be out until late December. So if you win, this will be a great opportunity to tease that super geeky star-wars friend in your peer group until he cries.

Or, if you’re a nicer person than I am, you could always give it to him for Christmas. Either way.

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies says, “This is the Star Wars of every horror fan’s dreams—gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies.”

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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.

Don’t forget, Worldbuilders is matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to the Team Heifer page and chip in. Trust me. You’ll feel great afterward.

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

But first, everyone say, “Thank you Del Rey and Spectra.”

Posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2010 | By Pat17 Responses
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