Here's the first batch of books donated by my brethren and sistren fantasy authors. Lovely books donated by lovely people.
If you don't know about the Worldbuilders fundraiser yet and want to know how you can win these delicious prizes, you can head over here for the details.
I've talked about Lev's lovely book before on the blog. So rather than repeat myself, I think I'll just put up a link to that blog if you're curious about what I had to say.
But really, do you need to listen to me when George RR Martin is slinging around praise like this? "The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish Whiskey is to a glass of weak tea."
- A hardcover copy of Snare by Katharine Kerr. Signed by the author.
Katharine Kerr donated some lovely things to the fundraiser this year. You'll be seeing one of her manuscripts in the first round of auctions this weekend.
Kirkus Reviews says, "In this hefty tome, Kerr turns from Celtic-tinged fantasy to sweepingly far-future adventure on an alien world. The plot is built around Jezro Khan, the exiled brother of the corrupt ruler of Kazrajistan, an Islamic society... "
- A hardcover of copy of Freeze Frames by Katharine Kerr.
Booklist says that Snares is, "..set on the borderline between sf and fantasy. It deals with Maggie Cory and the ups and downs of her and her descendants through five generations in an alternative San Francisco in which the 1960s were the prelude to a revolution... The novel has more northern California literary flavor than Kerr's previous work, but it also features most of her superior skills at characterization, world building, and graceful language."
- The Black Raven, by Katharine Kerr. Signed by the author.
From Booklist, "Kerr has written it up to her usual standard, which is among the highest for Celtic-derived fantasy sagas currently in progress. Faithful fans will be gratified, and any newcomers intrigued by this tale can retreat to its predecessors without fear of being disappointed."
- A hardcover set of The Iron Dragon Series: The Golden Cord and The Dragon Hunters by Paul Genesse. Signed by the author.
New York Times Bestseller Michael Stackpole says, "Taut suspense and fantastic imagery make The Dragon Hunters a tale no fantasy fan will want to miss."
- One advanced reading copy of Silver by Steven Savile.
Here we have a bit of a treat. Not only is this a signed ARC of a book (Advanced Reading Copy.) But this book isn't even out on the shelves yet. That's right, you can use it to taunt your friends and make your enemies jealous. You can read it before it even hits the shelves, and with a blurb like the one below, you know you want to....
"SILVER is a wild combination of Indiana Jones, The Da Vinci Code, and The Omen. Read this book...before the world ends." -- Kevin J Anderson
- A hardcover set of The Crossroads Trilogy: Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and Traitors' Gate by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.
One of my fellow DAW authors, Kate has donated a full hardcover set of her Crossroads trilogy. Fantasy Book Critic calls it "...Elliott’s best work and is highly recommended to both fans of the author and any readers who appreciate fantasy in the vein of Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, and J.V. Jones..."
- A hardcover copy of Metatropolis with original stories from Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi and Karl Schroeder. Signed by Tobias Buckell.
Publisher's Weekly gave this one a starred review, saying, "Editor Scalzi and four well-known writers thoughtfully postulate the evolution of cities, transcending post-apocalyptic cliches to envision genuinely new communities and relationships. [...] Each story shines on its own; as a group they reinforce one another, building a multifaceted view of a realistic and hopeful urban future."
- A copy of How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky.
Romantic times says How Not to Make a Wish is, "Fresh and often hysterically funny, this story also has a solid emotional core. Heroine Kira's first-person perspective keeps it all real for the reader."
- A copy of the uncorrected proof for Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. Signed by the author.
Another one of those sexy ARC's. I've heard good things about this one, and it's in my own personal to-read pile. I've heard it referred to as fairy tale noir. I wish I could come up with a sexy description like that for my book.
Publisher's weekly says, "Singer-songwriter McGuire adeptly infuses her debut with hardboiled sensibilities and a wide array of mythological influences, set against a moody San Francisco backdrop. October Toby Daye is half-human, half-faerie, a changeling PI with a foot in both worlds."
- A copy of Deathwish by Rob Thurman.
Romantic Times says nightlife is: "Tightly plotted and fast-paced, this book is full of twists and turns that take the reader for one heck of a ride."
- A copy of My Invented Life by Lauren Bjorkman. Signed by the author.
I've heard this book described as, "A comedy of errors with mistaken identities ambiguous sexuality, skate god stage geeks, ... and true love." What more really needs to be said?
Well, maybe this blurb from Publisher's weekly: "Evocative of Boy Meets Boy and Dramarama, this makes for fun, thought-provoking reading."
- A copy of The Cleaner by Brett Battles. Signed by the author.
"Displaying an enviable gift for pacing and action, Battles's debut novel is a page-turner that may remind some readers of the cult TV spy series Alias... Admirers of quality espionage fiction can look forward to a new series worth following." - Publishers Weekly
- A hardcover copy of The Deceived by Brett Battles. Signed by the author.
BookList says, this is is a "tightly written page-turner, filled with tradecraft and offering as much action as a James Bond film... a wild ride."
- Three ARCs of the The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas. US release date: February 2010.
Stephen Deas is a hell of a nice guy. We had dinner when I was in London a while back, and the fact that I haven't gotten around to reading his book fills me with constant shame.
Stephen also send along some of the new ARC's for the US version of the book, as it's not out here in the states yet. He's also sent along a couple copies of the UK version. For people who like their color spelled colour.
- One trade and one hardcover of The Adamantine Palace by Stephen Deas. Signed by the author.
Wait, what? He's got a Joe Abercrombie blurb on his book? Man.... I don't have an Abercrombie quote. Now I only feel half as guilty...
If an Abercrombie quote isn't enough for you, Brent Weeks says it's, "A stirring debut. Stephen Deas's dragons are inscrutable, beautiful, magical, unstoppable... and really, really pissed off."
Remember, every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International gives you a chance to win these books and hundreds of others, so head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in.
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posted by Pat at 1:13 AM