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Today we have even more delicious books as prizes for the fundraiser. All of these have been donated by the authors themselves. This means two things:
1. All these books are signed.
2. These authors are cool as hell.
Oh sure, I know. You're thinking that ALL fantasy and Sci-Fi authors are cool as hell. And yeah, that's pretty much true. But these folks have taken it to the next level. They're doubleplus good. They're hoopy. They're, like, Fonzie cool.
Alright, on to the books:
- Two copies of The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances by Peter S. Beagle. Signed by the author.
Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge fan of Peter S. Beagle. This is a collection of some of his short fiction, including one of my favorite short stories of all time, "The Rhinoceros who Quoted Nietzsche." Man, just thinking of that story makes me want to go and read it right now....
Locus describes this book as, "a definite must for Beagle fans and lovers of fine fantasy."
- Two copies of The Line Between by Peter S. Beagle. Signed by the author.
This collection includes the Hugo Award-Winning story "Two Hearts," which is a sequel to The Last Unicorn. If you haven't read it, you don't know what you're missing.
I'm not the only one that's gushy over Beagle. Ursula K LeGuin herself says that he's "...An expert on those heart's reasons that reason does not know."
- Two copies of We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle. Signed by the author.
Want a few more Beagle Quotes? Fine. Here you go...
"Peter S. Beagle has both opulence of imagination and mastery of style." - New York Times Book Review
"At his best, Peter S. Beagle outshines the moon, the sun, the stars, the entire galaxy." - Seattle Times
If all that doesn't convince you to give him a read, I don't know what will...
- Hardcover copies of Acacia and The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham. Signed by the author.
I've known David for a while, and talked about him and his first book at some length in a blog called, How David Anthony Durham Saved my Life.
But if you don't care what I think, (and why should you, really?) then you can trust Kirkus when they say that The Other Lands "boggles the mind and transcends genre."
- A copy of A Taste of Magic by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe. First edition hardcover signed by Jean Rabe.
I've gotten to know Jean Rabe pretty well over the last couple years. In addition to being a truly prolific writer, she runs the writer-track programming at Gen-Con in Indianapolis. There's some great programming there with some authors that I've really come to love over the years.
This book is something special, as it's Andre Norton's last book. Jean and Andre were frequent collaborators, and Jean says "This was an honor--to finish Andre Norton's last manuscript."
- A copy of When the Husband is the Suspect by F. Lee Bailey with Jean Rabe. First edition hardcover signed by Jean Rabe.
Something a little outside our normal Fantasy and Sci-fi bounds here. Jean notes that "This was my first true-crime endeavor with F. Lee Bailey!"
Jean Rabe says, "I had great fun plotting this with Andre. I picked the Wisconsin place-she picked the historical setting."
- A set of Martha Wells' series, The Fall of Ile-Rien: The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods. First edition hardcovers, signed by the author.
Locus says that Martha Well's books are, "Fascinating…A vastly entertaining and refreshingly different fantasy adventure with a surprisingly satisfying conclusion."
- A copy of The Words of Their Roaring by Matthew Smith. Signed by the author.
From the back of the book: "London is now a city overrun by the zombie hordes. Most of the human survivors live from day to day, scraping together an existence among the ruins, avoiding the shambling, flesh-hungry undead that still stalk the streets. But for others this gruesome situation is an opportunity, a chance to establish a power base within the capital, now that authority has collapsed. For gang lord Harry Flowers, the plague is his chance to finally rule the city unopposed."
- A set of Wanderlust and Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre. Signed by the author.
National bestselling author Sharon Shinn says that these books are, "An irresistible blend of action and attitude..."
- Two copies of the Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon. First and second edition copies, both are signed by the author.
I met Cindy out at Comic Con this year. And she was very helpful during this year's fundraiser, helping me to spread the word to other authors who then donated books. Silver Phoenix is her first book, and I've heard nothing but good things about it.
Booklist gave her a starred review, and said: "If the cover image of a fearless Chinese heroine reminds readers of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that's intentional; the story inside will too. Pon's writing, both fluid and exhilarating, shines whether she's describing a dinner delicacy or what it feels like to stab an evil spirit in the gut."
- A set of The Onyx Court series: Midnight Never Come and Ashes Lie by Marie Brennan. Signed by the author.
I haven't read these, but after checking out these two blurbs, I think I might wander over to Amazon...
"Stunningly conceived and exquisitely achieved... Brennan's myriad fantastical creations ring as true as her ear for Elizabethan and faerie dialogue" - Publishers Weekly
"...firmly rooted in real history, set in a convincingly-constructed Elizabethan England, but with a secret faerie court existing beneath London ... a political thriller, with conspiracies, spies and shady machinations..." - SFX Magazine, four-star review
- A set of the series Doppelganger: Witch and Warrior by Marie Brennan. Signed by the author.
Dave Duncan says, "Doppelganger is a great read. The characters are admirable people, the magic is unconventional and unobtrusive, the pace never flags, and the plot will keep you turning pages right to the wholly satisfying finale."
- A copy of The Clockwork King of Orl by Mike Wild. Signed by the author.
From the back of the book: "There's a whole world out there, and it isn't ours! The words of her mentor inspire Kali Hooper to explore the lost places of Twilight, unearth the secrets of the past, and discover the fate of the vanished Old Races. Including the mysterious construct known as the Clockwork King of Orl."
- A copy of Child of Fire by Harry Connolly. Signed by the author.
Child of Fire was on Publishers Weekly "Best 100 Books of 2009" list. And Sherwood Smith says that, "Harry Connolly's story jets from 0 to 60 in five pages and never lets you brake for safety. He's a fantastic new voice."
- A copy of Terribly Twisted Tales edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg. Signed by author Kelly Swails.
Kelly is one of the authors I know from the Gen-Con writer's track. Notw only is she a complete sweetheart, but Tor.com has called her writing "ingenious" and "thoroughly inventive."
- A set of the Blue Kingdoms anthologies: Shades & Specters, Buxom Buccaneers and Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms. Signed by Kelly Swails.
How can you not want a book with the word Buxom in the title? It's just a fun word. Say it. "Buxom."
These Blue Kingdom anthologies are full of award-winning fantasy authors like Lorelei Shannon, Robert E. Vardeman, Kathleen Watness, Marc Tassin, Paul Genesse, Jean Rabe, Stephen D. Sullivan.... and, of course, Kelly Swails herself.
Publishers Weekly weekly says that Kessler and Kittredge, "create a dark world where the narrow line between hero and vigilante is defined by corporate interests [...] Jet and Iridium's multifaceted relationship will appeal to all who have come to want more from their superheroes than good vs. evil and mindless battles."
- A set of Doctrine of Labyrinths: Melusine, The Virtu, The Mirador and Corambis by Sarah Monette. Hardcover first editions signed by the author.
Jacqueline Carey says that Malusine is, "A lush novel, rife with decadent magic, dehibilitating madness, and dubious deeds."
And in a starred review, Publishers Weekly speaks highly of Monette, calling her, "...a highly original writer with her own unique voice."
- A copy of The Bone Key by Sarah Monette. Signed by the author.
From Publishers Weekly: "Monette reconstructs the traditional English ghost story—insinuated horror, no gratuitous sex or violence—with a decidedly modern-day approach in this laudable collection of 10 necromantic mystery stories featuring introverted museum archivist Kyle Murchison Booth. [...] Cerebral, ethereal and stylishly understated, this entrancing collection will appeal to fans of literary horror, dark fantasy and supernatural mystery."
And remember, if you like Monette's stories, she's donated a signed manuscript of four uncollected Booth stories to the fundraiser. The auction is over later today, so if you don't bid soon you're out of luck...
- A set of Kristen Britain's series: Green Rider, Rider's First Call and The High King's Tomb. Signed by the author.
In addition to donating a handwritten page of her fourth book's manuscript to the auctions, Kristen has given us a signed set of the first three Green Rider books. (The auction ends later today [Dec 16th] so if you're interested you'd better hurry...)
Anne McCaffrey called GREEN RIDER "a stunning first novel," and this trade edition of Green Rider features a 10th Anniversary introduction by the author.
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.
And don't forget, I'm matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in. Trust me. You'll feel great afterward.
Or, if you want to go back to the main page for the Worldbuilders fundraiser and read all the details, you can click HERE.
With thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.
(Did I mention Subterranean is printing a new book of mine? I think I did...)
posted by Pat at 10:30 AM