Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Still even yet more books from DAW

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Third time's a charm folks. Here's the third and final blog full of books from DAW. We've got stuff from some big-name authors. Both ARCs and some hardcover sets.

Share and Enjoy.

From Publishers Weekly, "Travel into another dimension is a popular fantasy ploy, but rarely accomplished with such humor, terror and even logic as in this stand-alone by bestseller Williams."

"Truly one of the great voices of speculative fiction, C.S. Friedman winds up her highly original Coldfire trilogy in brilliant fashion in CROWN OF SHADOWS... The sheer imaginative genius, not to mention incredible power, of Ms. Friedman's formidable storytelling gift is indescribable-you simply just have to experience it." -Romantic Times Magazine

A stunning novel, it combines good historical world-building, vampires, religion, and transcendence in a tale that is both entertaining and cathartic... A feast for those who like their fantasies dark, and as emotionally heady as a rich, red wine." -Locus

  • A set of the first two books in the Magister Trilogy, Feast of Souls and Wings of Wrath by C.S. Friedman.

"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

From Library Journal, "Continuing the tale begun in Owlflight and Owlsight, Lackey's latest novel set in the world of Valdemar exhibits the author's characteristic attention to detail and character development. This welcome addition to the series belongs in most fantasy collections."

From Library Journal, "In the latest in her popular Valdemar series, Lackey combines the intensity of a young man's agonized coming of age with a tale of love, honor, and sacrifice. Essential for series fans, this title belongs in most fantasy collections."

SFsite reviewer Georges T. Dodds says, "Flights of Fantasy contains 10 original tales of birds of prey (plus one about crows) ranging from humorous to dark fantasy. There are tales of falconry, Native American tribal totem birds, Arthurian reincarnations, along with stubborn princesses and nasty sorcerers. There is also a novella by Mercedes Lackey which further develops one of the neglected characters of her recent novel, Black Swan [...] If you are a fantasy reader and bird-lover -- in particular of birds of prey -- you will likely enjoy much of the material in Flights of Fantasy."

From Publishers Weekly, "This uplifting tale, which contains a valuable lesson or two on the virtues of hard work, is a must-read for dragon lovers in particular and for fantasy fans in general."

From Library Journal, "Basing her latest fantasy on the tragic ballet Swan Lake, Lackey adds her own embellishments and interpretations to provide the story with a new ending."

From sffworld, "If the richness of the world and pacing are the best qualities of the book, these two come together quite strongly in the climax of the novel. Gods and men fighting in fantastical ships with magic and humanity’s freedom at stake – sure, a small encapsulation, but Marco builds to it quite well and the payoff is solid."

"This epic fantasy novel, first in a brand new series, is a well-crafted addition to a much-beloved genre. The book's characters are well-drawn, and although the plot is fairly dense, the story moves along at a smart pace...the author creates a compelling and entertaining read." - Voya

  • A hardcover set of John Marco's trilogy: The Eyes of God; The Devil's Armor; and The Sword of Angels.

"Mr. Marco has delivered an epic fantasy with heart and pathos. His characters are flawed and believable, wholly sympathetic to the reader. He paints a landscape of palace grandeur and desert desolation where magic is a reality and winning a battle is not winning the war." - Romantic Times

From Publishers Weekly, "Jude Fisher inaugurates his Fool's Gold series with Sorcery Rising, the story of a rebellious young knife maker's adventures at the great Allfair, held yearly in the shadow of a sacred rock that her people, the Eyrans, call Sur's Castle, and the Istrians (their former enemies) call Falla's Rock. Though Katla Aransen's boldness in climbing the mount puts her in grave danger, old feuds and strange sorcery seem equally threatening in a tale that asks as many questions as it answers."

  • A hardcover set of the Jude Fisher's trilogy Fool's Gold: Sorcery Rising, Wild Magic, and The Rose of the World.

From Booklist *Starred Review* "The nerve-wracking, intoxicating conclusion of the Fool's Gold series is the fabulous, multilayered, poetic story of a world, full of complex, painfully real, endearingly vulnerable characters, on the very brink of either enlightenment or extinction."

  • A hardcover copy of The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh.
From Booklist, "This massive and valuable collection reprints all of Cherryh's short fiction, beginning with the contents of two out-of-print theme collections [...] Cherryh crafts even less impressive stories well enough to verify her reputation for brilliance and versatility."

From Publishers Weekly, "In the fifth entry in her chronicles of the Chanur clan, space-faring members of a catlike alien race called the hani, Cherryh includes more humor than previously while demonstrating a remarkable ability to imagine alien psychologies."

From the Booklist review of Defender: "This excellent and intelligent book by one of sf's most powerful imaginations sports a plot that is always complex, occasionally convoluted, and seldom independent of that of Precursor, to which it is the direct sequel, continuing another of Cherryh's sagas of human-alien interaction. Like its predecessor, it is a good read, too."

From the Publishers Weekly Starred Review, "The long-awaited, intricate sequel to Cherryh's Hugo-winning Cyteen (1989) brings events full circle. [...] Complex and rich, with beautifully rounded characters, this novel can stand alone, but will delight fans of Cyteen with extra layers of meaning that resonate between old and new."

This is the third blog with DAW's donations to the fundraiser. You can find the first one HERE and the second one HERE.

Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win hundreds of books like these: 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 Worldbuilders you can click HERE.

As always, with thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.


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Blogger logankstewart said...

Wow Pat. I think you deserve a round of applause for snapping all these individual pictures of books. That has to be tedious and sucky. I can barely stand taking a single shot for an ebay item...

Anyway, just thought I'd say thanks for doing the fundraiser and for giving away a ton of swag and for taking the time to take pictures of the books, too.

December 29, 2009 6:52 AM  
Blogger Vulpes Fulva said...

SO MANY BOOKS! DAW is really stepping up to the proverbial plate.
Thanks, DAW. And thanks, Pat!
More books to win hooray!!!!!

December 29, 2009 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Cath said...

Hello there Pat :)
I'm a seventeen year old portuguese girl and I just bought (and read) your book. Unfortunately - I whish I had knew about it sooner. Anyhow... First fact: It is magnificient. It really is. Second fact: I hate translations.
I wish I could have read your book entirely as you wrote it, in your language. It would be something awesome. So I have something to ask... If it wasn't asking too much (and I know it is) would you, please, send a copy for me? Signed? It would be really meaningful. It is writters like you that inspire me as I'm developing my very own novel.
I hope you suceed and I'm anxious to read your next novel. And everything that you write, that's the truth. Have fun, love much, live better. And always.

Ana Catarina Monteiro Alves
Rua Fernando Pessoa nº465 RC
4800-176 Guimarães - Portugal

December 29, 2009 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shazam!!(Been wanting to say that since seeing "Gomer Pyle"), what a list of books.

Anyway I wanted to say congrats on the project as whole, truly a wondrous accomplishment for anyone, let alone someone as busy as yourself.

However, I also have a slightly self serving purpose for this post. Any chance you could give us a small update on the new book?

I've read your previous blog posts on how you get stressed out on this type of question being asked all the time, but seeing how you haven't blown your top in awhile :), I figured I'd play the part of the proverbial devil's advocate and ask the dreaded question for the community.

If you choose to answer, you do, if you don't, you don't. I'm just an eager fanboy eagerly waiting your next work (you know how it is). Thanks in advance.

- Creslin

December 29, 2009 9:10 PM  
Blogger TheVendor said...

You freaking writers have all lost your minds. After spending years waiting on Wheel of Time, I found myself waiting on that fat no good bastard GRRM. Of course The Vending Machine has given up on finishing the book he started and is now spending all his time trying to strike gold on his crap stories no one would buy 10 years ago and slapping his name on other people's books to make money off of them as well. Now here you go after writing 1/3 of a book digging into your CUSTOMERS pockets and completely disregarding what it was that put you in a position to DIG INTO YOUR CUSTOMERS POCKETS. When I paid for the first 1/3 of your book I feel as though I reserved the right to be able to buy the last 2/3's of it. I wouldnt sell you a house remodeling, do 1/3 of it, then move on to the next house leaving you hanging. And thats exactly what you are doing to us. YOU SUCK. Screw your books I wouldnt buy one now if it were the only books in the freaking library. Keep on dipping into your customers pockets you fat bastard.

December 30, 2009 8:23 AM  
Blogger Vulpes Fulva said...

Please ignore "TheVendor."

He obviously has some personal issues he needs to deal with.

December 30, 2009 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would do terrible terrible things to get my hands on that copy of Brightly Burning.

December 30, 2009 2:11 PM  
Blogger Blake said...

Wow, TheVendor has a point. I know I've personally been waiting for Martin to finish The Wheel of Time :P should be any day now right.

And if donating money to Heifer is dipping into customers pockets, I think its time for an all out war with the Salvation Army. I mean, just think of all that money people give them out of kindness. So much evil. :P

Keep on strong Pat.

December 30, 2009 2:17 PM  
Blogger Zafri Mollon said...

@The Vendor.
@Blake, nice reply =)

I am eagerly awaiting the next book in GRRM's series as well as Pat's, but as Neil Gaiman puts it, "GRRM is not your bitch."
I'm quite happy to burn through my bank account reading books such as Pat and GRRM write, regardless of the amount of time it takes for them to arrive. I'd rather one Song of Ice and Fire novel or Kingkiller Chronicle book than six thousand Twilights rip-offs, so hold your horses.

Also, thanks for the update Pat!

December 30, 2009 3:56 PM  
Blogger Arthur said...

It's really scary how many of those books I've already read/own

December 31, 2009 5:44 PM  
Blogger Vae said...

Oh man, it's awesome to see John Marco's Eyes of God series in there. I have read it and it was totally awesome.

January 2, 2010 9:16 PM  

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