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It should come as no surprise that DAW has a special place in my heart. They are my publisher, after all. And without my lovely editor Betsy, I wouldn't be where I am today.
Continuing a long chain of generosity and kindness, the folks at DAW have donated boxes and boxes of books to Worldbuilders this year: signed books, out of print books, ARC's....
The truth is, they sent so many books that I can't fit them all into one blog. So this first one will just be the signed copies.
- Hardcover copies of City of Golden Shadow, River Blue Fire, and Sea of Silver Light by Tad Williams. Signed by the author.
Back in the day, when I was toiling away on an early version of my book, reading Tad's stuff gave me hope. I knew my book was going to be Big, and it reassured me that big, thick fantasy novels like The Dragonbone Chair had a place in the publishing world.
These days, Tad Williams and I share both an agent and an editor. In the publishing world, that makes us the equivalent of half-brothers. I met him one week before my own book hit the shelves, and I wrote one of my very first blogs about it. Here's a link, if you're interested.
Suffice to say that I'm fond of Tad for all sorts of reasons, so you really shouldn't trust my opinion about his books. I'm biased.
Instead why don't you trust the San Fransisco Chronicle when they describe the Otherland books as, "The ultimate virtual-reality saga, borrowing motifs from cyberpunk, mythology, and world history."
- A hardcover copy of Tad Williams' Shadowmarch with signed bookplate.
"Packed with intriguing plot twists, this surreal fantasy takes the reader on a thrill ride." - Publishers Weekly
- A hardcover copy of Tad Williams' The War of the Flowers with signed bookplate.
A modern faerie tale. Reviewing this book, Publishers Weekly said, "Williams's imagination is boundless..."
- A hardcover copy of The Hidden City by Michelle West with signed bookplate.
Michelle West is another person that I'm hopelessly biased toward. Not only did she write my favorite review ever for my book, but she's a profoundly lovely person on top of it.
So instead you should listen to John Ottinger when he says that Hidden City..."is a worthy addition to the fantasy canon, both for its unusual nature, and its deep meanderings into the human psyche on the subjects of pain, loss, and hope in adversity."
- An ARC of Prophets by S. Andrew Swann with signed bookplate.
SF Signal says, "A perfectly balanced combination of political intrigue, fast action and meticulous world building [...] never fails to involve the reader."
- An ARC of Flight of the Renshai by Mickey Zucker Reichert with signed bookplate.
Harriet Klausner says Flight of this book is, "a terrific entry into the wonderful swashbuckling fantasy world of Mickey Zucker Reichert."
- A copy of Stronghold by Melanie Rawn with signed bookplate.
According to The Midwest Book Review, Stronghold "will delight any enthusiast of dragon fantasies and complex fantasy worlds [...] a stunning world replete with romance, power struggles, unexpected controntations between individuals and beasts, and political intrigue."
- An ARC of The Cracked Throne by Joshua Palmatier with signed bookplate.
"This novel grips the reader with a swift-moving tale of political intrigue and economic survival in a world where the most dangerous secrets are never forgotten." - Publishers Weekly
"Owlsight will bring new fans into the fold, and please those who already love the land of Valdemar."-Starlog
- A copy of Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit by Mercedes Lackey with signed insert.
From Rave Reviews, "Lackey is a spellbinding storyteller who keeps your heart in your mouth as she spins her intricate webs of magical adventure."
- A copy of the ARC for Foundation by Mercedes Lackey with signed bookplate.
From Booklist, " Thanks to court intrigues and an attempt by foreign infiltrators to trick Valdemar to its disadvantage, Lackey makes a real page-turner out of Mags' and the collegia's development [...] this book’s outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans."
- ARCs of the first two books in C. S. Friedman's Magister Trilogy: Feast of Souls and Wings of Wrath, both with signed bookplates.
"C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things-and frightening things-seem very real. Her characters are people, not just place-holders, and the worlds she creates are tangible as a live feed from the battlefront of a crash-landing in a savage and unfamiliar wilderness. She also writes bright, clear prose taht can shine like gemstones or cut like broken glass. If you haven't read her work you need to do something about that right now." - Tad Williams, bestselling author of Shadowmarch, Otherland and Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
- A copy of the ARC of The Wilding by C. S. Friedman with signed bookplate.
The Barnes & Noble Review, "richly detailed characters; complex, emotionally absorbing themes; and singularly original settings. In a genre where the inundation of mediocre story lines is like so much white noise, Friedman is a unique voice singing out loudly and clearly above the din."
- A hardcover copy of King's Dragon by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.
From Booklist, "The first volume of Crown of Stars, another complex fantasy saga of political and magical intrigue, bodes extremely well [...] The saga's world is exceedingly well built (including a working economy, for instance), its pacing is brisk enough to keep the pages fluttering, and its characters are, at this stage, at least archetypes who may develop into more. This certainly could become one of the best multivolume fantasies--fans, take note!"
- A hardcover copy of The Burning Stone by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.
From Kirkus Reviews, "Third entry in the Crown of Stars series following Prince of Dogs (1998) and King's Dragon (1997). The kingdoms of Wendar and Varre are riven by sorcery and strife [...] A solid addition to this respectable series. And, at this whopping length, it should keep the most avid fans happy for a few days."
- A copy of the ARC for Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott with signed bookplate.
Library Journal says, "Continuing her epic tale of kings and common folk, warriors and priests, Elliott demonstrates her talent for combining magic and intrigue with grand-scale storytelling."
- A copy of the ARC for Rift in the Sky by Julie E. Czerneda with signed bookplate.
Publishers Weekly says, "Czerneda's world-building flair and fascinating characters set this intricate story well above most SF series prequels."
- A copy of the ARC for Conspirator by C. J. Cherryh with signed bookplate.
"A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome [...] a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure [...] superlatively drawn aliens and characterization." - Chicago Sun-Times
- A copy of the ARC for The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain with signed bookplate.
"Kristen Britain is a very talented author who appears destined to be one of the genre's superstars." - Midwest Book Review
- A copy of The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott. Signed bookplate by all three authors.
From Booklist, "This three-way collaboration is original in concept and superior in execution, notably better than anything any of its authors, which include Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott as well as Rawn, has produced on her own. [...] Characterizations and world-building are finely realized, Rawn and company have done their homework on art, the pacing is respectable, and overall, the romance justifies every one of its nearly 800 pages and demands its place in most fantasy collections."
There are two more blogs full of books that DAW has donated to Worldbuilders. Here's the second and third one. if you're interested.
Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win hundreds of books: some signed, some limited edition, some out of print. 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.
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Labels: Worldbuilders 2009
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