Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Still even more prizes.
Well everyone, through liberal application of garlic, Campbell's chicken noodle soup, and season 3 of Angel, I am miraculously healed.

Even better, I have more prizes for the Heifer Fundraiser. A whole stack of them. Let's get to it....

  • Two copies of Drew C. Bowling's The Tower of Shadows, book one of the Tides of Fate series. Signed by the author.

Drew was nice enough to donate two of his hardcovers to the cause. Terry Brooks describes this book as, "A fast-paced, exciting adventure that doesn't allow you to take a breath." Though personally, I'm guessing it will let you take at least a little breath here and there. Otherwise, you'd die.

  • A copy of New York Times #1 bestseller Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, by Sean Williams. Signed by the Author.

Another lovely hardcover, signed by the author. Sean Williams is a prince, not just for donating the book, but also for mailing it all the way from the hinterlands of Australia to the hinterlands of central Wisconsin.

According to the ABC Brisbane,
The Force Unleashed is "an action packed novel set during the previously unexplored 'dark times' between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope."

I've talked about David before in a previous blog, describing how he saved my life. So I won't re-gush here. Instead I'll just repeat what Lisa Tuttle says in her review of Acacia for The Times (London)

"David Anthony Durham has won acclaim for his historical novels, and brings his knowledge of the past and other cultures to create a rich and compelling world on his first foray into fantasy. His skillful storytelling, depth of characterisation, and an ability to unsettle reader expectations is reminiscent of George R.R. Martin, but his is a distinctive new voice."

  • Gregory Frost's two book adventure, Shadow Bridge and Lord Tophet. Signed by the author.

Fantasy Bookspot says, "The most amazing aspect of the novel may be its constraint. There is a real story. Frost can go anywhere, along the bridges of a multiverse, and he seemingly does, but it all spirals back, every step is relevant, even if we don't know it as a fact when we whimsically take it."

  • A copy of Hart & Boot & Other Stories by Tim Pratt. Signed by the author.

This collection of stories was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. What's more, Jay Lake raves about the book, saying, "Tim Pratt is in the vanguard of the next generation of master American fantasists. His delightfully loopy vision, lateral thinking and exquisite sense of style combine to provide fiction which infuses the reader like a fine Napa Valley wine, leaving behind aftershocks that go on for days, weeks, even months."

This anthology contains nineteen original tales by authors such as Timothy Zahn, A. M. Strout, and Michael Stackpole.

When Pandora's Box was opened, so the ancient tale goes, all the evils that would beset humanity were released into the world. When the box was all but empty, the only thing that remained was hope. Now some of fantasy's finest writers have taken on the task of opening Pandora's closet. It is naturally chock full of an assortment of items, including a ring that can bring its wearer infinite health, a special helmet found in the most unlikely of places, a mysterious box that holds a legendary piece of cloth, and a red hoodie that transforms a woman's world.

  • One each of The Blue Kingdom anthologies. Donated and signed by Kelly Swails.

A set of all three anthologies in the Blue Kingdom series: Pirates of the Blue Kingdom, Shades and Specters, and Buxom Buccaneers. Tales of swashbucklers and spooks in a world of waters.

  • A copy of The Golden Cord, book one of the Iron Dragon Series by Paul Genesse. Signed by the author.

Voya Magazine says the following about The Golden Cord: "The plot is well constructed, the characters are wonderful, and the middle-ages setting creates an ominous feel. The cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for more. The Golden Cord is a rich and compelling fantasy full of adventure, danger, dragons, battles, revenge, magic, and more."

  • A signed, limited edition copy of Spectra Pulse magazine.

This lovely collectible was donated by Alex Bledsoe, author of the upcoming novel Blood Groove.

This premiere issue of Spectra Pulse magazine comes with a letter of authenticity and is signed by amazing SciFi authors George R.R. Martin, Jeff VanderMeer, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente.

Want more? It includes an except from George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, the next book of the Song of Ice and Fire series.

  • A full set of E.E. Knight's Age of Fire books, Dragon Champion, Dragon Avenger, Dragon Outcast, and Dragon Strike.

Eric was nice enough to send along these four lovely trade paperbacks that we'll be giving away as a set. Publisher's weekly says, "Knight turns the familiar features of epic fantasy upside down in this unique world of medieval politics and ancient magic seen through the eyes of dragons."

That's the latest batch of goodies, folks. But it won't be the last. We've got more books coming in every day. So stay tuned, and tell your friends.

If you want all the details about how the fundraiser works, and how you can win some of these cool books, you can find all the information OVER HERE. Personally, I'm hoping we can push all the way past 30,000.

For those of you who celebrate it, have a lovely Thanksgiving.

For those of you who don't, have a lovely Thursday.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he saved me life." Really, Pat?

November 26, 2008 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Snall Trippin said...

He just got over a 'cold', aka addiction to pharmaceutical grade vicadin, give him some slack.

Also we're going to need a secure forum to trade prizes so we don't hurt respective writers' feelings.

November 26, 2008 8:19 PM  
Blogger marky said...

Season 3 of Angel you say. Man what a show that was. Why do the American TV companies insist on cancelling quality shows? It really bursts my napper.

Yet even more great prizes. Don’t get tempted to make off with all this glorious swag Pat! I know I would.

Marky, that little bit happier because there's a book called Buxom Buccaneers. Mmmm, Buxom.

November 27, 2008 4:10 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

This is getting mind-numbing.
I'd love any of these things, although at the moment I'm still hoping for that advance reader's copy of Wise Man's Fear...

November 27, 2008 6:47 PM  
Blogger Kelly Swails said...

Pat, let me just say once again that you are an awesome human being. Seriously. This charity drive is full of win.

November 27, 2008 8:34 PM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

No bag could hold this amount of swag.

The swag... it is bountiful.

November 28, 2008 4:02 AM  
Blogger Sailor Matt said...

@marky: I just burst my napper the other day! Finally I know what that expression means.

@Pat and the Universe: Yay for prizes!

November 28, 2008 9:22 AM  
Blogger Kio Kio said...

I'm afraid I disagree with marky.

While Angel does have some standing power on its own, I consider it vastly inferior to Buffy. And season 3 was when the real nutso stuff started happening too.

November 28, 2008 5:31 PM  
Anonymous LucidLunatic said...

Snall Trippin- I second the motion for a forum for trading prizes. I suppose we could do it by e-mail if people were willing to make there e-mail addresses available. For instance I would not be particularly interested in winning Buxom Buccaneers, but I feel sure that I could trade it with marky for the E.E. Knight books. ;)

Also, someone should do a count of all the prizes relative to the number of raffle tickets bought. I just did a quick calculation which, as much as I would like it to be, cannot be right or I will be getting about 1% of all the many, many prizes offered. Statistically that says I'll be winning about three things. Which would be awesome, but I don't believe it.

November 28, 2008 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because I can't say and not do, there are currently 249 items in the raffle.


P.S. I really need to make a blogger account so I don't need to jump through stupid hoops to make a post with a name and URL.

November 28, 2008 8:46 PM  
Blogger rule11c said...

For what it's worth, David Anthony Durham's Acacia is a masterpiece. Great prize.

November 29, 2008 12:05 AM  

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