Items 141, 142 & 143: Signed copies of THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss

The 3 highest bidders will each receive a copy of THE WISE MAN’S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss, signed by the author.

Minimum Bid: £20.00

– donated by Patrick Rothfuss

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived…until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

Reviews:

Grasping for the Wind

Brandon Sanderson


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Ro’s Top Picks

I cannot contain my excitement about the number of chances there are for fans to appear in their favourite author’s novels. The fans of genre are going to be peopling genre for the next few years, and I can barely contain my squee about it. I limited myself to just two, but there are some really special lots on this theme, and I commend them all to you.

So, first up: Steven Gould’s ARC of 7th Sigma, and being a character in his next Jumper novel, Impulse. Steven Gould’s Jumper is one of the best genre novels I’ve read in the last few years. A friend persuaded me to read it because she loved the 2008 film; I insisted I had to read the book first. The two are quite different entities. The film is OK, but the book is phenomenal. Original, fast-paced, gripping. Jumper is a superhero book for the modern age. Amazingly, Steven has also written two excellent sequels, one in the movie world (Jumper: Griffin’s Story), and one in the original universe (Reflex). I’m not aware of anyone else doing that, and the really amazing thing is that both books are excellent. I’m excited just to know that there’s a nother Jumper novel coming out – the fact that you could be a part of it is really, really exciting.

7th Sigma is a post-apocalypse book about self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. I was also fortunate enough to receive a copy of 7th Sigma from Steven recently, and what I’ve read so far, I like.  This is a really exciting lot all round, an you’d be mad not to bid on it!

My second pick: Al Ewing’s TWO chances to appear in next Pax Britannia book – with speaking lines! I’ve come to know Al Ewing via his book I, Zombie, which was so thoroughly gripping and original that it changed my whole idea of what a zombie book was about. Pax Britannia is a different thing again, but the more I see of Al Ewing, the more I like.  His work is incredible, and the chance to have a speaking part in his book is really something special!

Third thing you should want: Vinny Chong’s signed cover art. Vinny Chong’s artwork is award-winning, and rightly so – it’s stunning. He’s a man to watch, and this lot is simply incredible with the number of wonderful pieces he has donated. Go look at this stuff if you don’t believe me – the art speaks for itself!

Fourth truly amazing lot: A year’s worth of Tor books sent straight to the winner. Who wouldn’t want this? Tor books are great, and you’ll be sent some every month, straight to your door! Plus, every month you’ll be getting a package that reminds you of the truly wonderful thing you did to help support the Red Cross Appeal for Japan. We all need pick-me-ups from time to time, and it doesn’t get much better than this: not only great fiction to lose yourself in, but a reminder that real world people can do wonderful things, too… and you’re one of them.

Last, but definitely not least: A numbered, limited edition proof of THE CITY & THE CITY by China Mieville. I was blown away when I read Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville, and everything of his I’ve read since has blown me away with its richness and originality. As a book collector, I covet most numbered, limited editions, but this is just a really special item. An item like this doesn’t come into your hands every day, and this is even more special – you can tell people it’s not just numbered and limited, but this was the one they auctioned on Genre for Japan ;-p – don’t let it get away!

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Items 139 & 140: signed Subterranean Press edition of GARDENS OF THE MOON by Steven Erikson

The 2 highest bidders will each receive a copy of the Subterranean Press edition of GARDENS OF THE MOON by Steven Erikson, signed by the author.

Minimum Bid: £100.00

– donated by Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon
By Steven Erikson

Illustrated by Michael Komarck

Limited: (sold out)
ISBN 978-1-59606-145-3

Lettered: (sold out)

Subterranean Press is proud to announce the first volume The Malazan Book of the Fallen.

The Malazan Empire is a continent-spanning dominion over which the ruthless Empress Laseen holds sway, her rule enforced by the Claws, the Imperial assassins. Bled dry by incessant warfare and undermined by dissension, signs indicate that the Empire could be crumbling from within.

The Genabackis campaign has been a war of attrition in which the Malazans have spent years fighting the combined forces of local armies aided by the formidable Son of Darkness and Lord of the Tiste Andii, Anomander Rake, the Crimson Guard, the powerful warlord Caladan Brood, and their allies.

Though they emerge victorious from the siege of Pale and impel the flying fortress of Moon’s Spawn to retreat and abandon the conflict, the Malazan triumph is bittersweet. Evidence implies that the Bridgeburners were nearly wiped out by treacherous elements from within the ranks of their own army.

Before any light can be shed on what truly occurred, the Malazan troops are sent marching to subdue Darujhistan, the last of the Free Cities of Genabackis. Soon, as the conflict escalates, powerful forces converge on Darujhistan.

And with gods and Ascendants watching and manipulating events, nothing is as it seems in the City of Blue Fire.

Thus begins The Malazan Book of the Fallen, one of the greatest and most ambitious fantasy epics of our time.

The numbered edition will:

Be printed on 80# Finch paper, guaranteeing a lifetime of enjoyment
Be illustrated with a number of full color interior illustrations

The lettered edition will include everything in the numbered, plus the following features:

A completely different dust jacket
A gatefold pull-out illustration
A custom traycase to protect your book

Those who order from Subterranean Press have the right of first refusal on other titles in the series, meaning you can build a matched set of numbers.

The limited edition of Gardens of the Moon will be available exclusively from Subterranean Press, in two unique editions:

Limited: 500 signed numbered hardcover copies
Lettered: 52 signed, deluxe bound copies, housed in a custom traycase

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Special bonus update…

We’ve got some exciting news this morning: first of all, Gareth Powell has added some fantastic extras to his donation (a signed copy of THE LAST REEF AND OTHER STORIES). Head over to the item listing to see what’s on offer to the highest bidder.

Secondly, we’ve got a couple of surprise bonus items due to be added to the auction over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled. You never know what might pop up before bidding closes on Sunday night…

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Jenni’s top five (six… seven…) picks!

Jenni Hill is an editor at Solaris Books. She is one of the Genre for Japan organisers, and has put her own editing services up for auction here.

  • I’m a big manga fan and always on the lookout for new series I haven’t read yet, so I’d definitely love to win this auction, 17 paperback titles from the Haikasoru imprint! I’ve read Battle Royale, which is an amazing comic, and I’ve heard good things about many of the other titles in this lot too. (Seventeen new titles? That would keep me in comics for ooh… about a whole week!)
  • I hold American author Chuck Wendig in pretty high esteem, in fact I’ll be editing one of his books soon, the one-vampire-versus-many-zombies extravaganza called Double Dead, and I’m just counting down the days until he sends that manuscript in! He writes some great advice for wannabe writers and veterans alike at his blog, Terribleminds, I can’t say it hasn’t taught me anything, which is why I think that his offer of writing advice on your novel, plus one of his recent ebooks is a serious must-have for any budding young writer browsing this auction.
  • I know how much work it can be to edit a novel, how long it can take, and I think it is amazingly kind of Publisher’s Weekly reviewer and freelance editor Rose Fox to offer to edit not just a few chapters, but a detailed manuscript critique of up to 100,000 words of your writing! That is, I mean, that is so generous of her. Editing isn’t just like sitting down to read a novel you bought, editing is hard work. She’s put my offer of 10,000 words of editing to shame! Among all her other publishing work, I don’t know where she’ll find the free time, but we at Genre for Japan would like to thank her profusely and we encourage you to bid highly for this one!
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Lou’s Top Picks

An appearance in Mike Shevdon’s next novel. Are you kidding me? That’s brilliant. I’ve been a huge fan of Mike’s since I heard about “Sixty-One Nails”, and I love his fresh take on urban fantasy, his clear narrative and his sharp characterisation. You’ll be in good hands, I promise.

Chet Williamson’s donation of KAIKON is outstanding. An incredibly rare book that ties in beautifully with the force behind this auction, given that the stories are set in Japan. It’s a wonderful book – the kind of thing I’d love to have on my shelves.

The original comic artwork. This is a true one-off, specially put together by a collective of small-press artists for this auction. You won’t get this anywhere else, so if you’re a fan – or you just want something that little bit special (alright: a lot special) this is the one to go for.

The Dark Central Station horror grab-bag is also an amazing item: all those books! Vampires, zombies, ghosts…. it’ll keep you sleeping with the lights on for months

I’m cheating with my last one: I’m picking a couple of lots and tying them together. Yes, it’s the editorial services of the Solaris and Abaddon team: Jonathan Oliver, David Moore and our very own Jenni Hill. These guys know their stuff: they love genre – and if you’re trying to get a foot in the door, getting professional editorial notes is one of the best ways to make sure your work stands the very best chance when you submit to an agent or publisher. Every one of these three is worth a bid – they’re all lovely. (Plus, we’d really like to see what happens in their office once bidding gets underway….)

 

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Item 144: signed set of COMBAT K-series books by Andy Remic

The highest bidder will receive a set of all four books of Andy Remic’s COMBAT K series, signed by the author.

No minimum bid!

– donated by Andy Remic

War Machine

In a time of post-Singularity and FTL travel, the Helix War has raged across galaxies. Ex-soldier Keenan is working as a private investigator on a planet at the peaceful fringes of the Quad-Gal. Following the death of his family he’s become a heavy drinker, but cannot refuse business, especially when a prince from the Jervai Province offers him a case on a dangerous colony world in exchange for clues that may lead to his family’s murderer. However, to have any chance of success he must gather together his old military unit, a group who swore they’d never work together again…

Biohell

The City: an entire planet teeming with corruption, guns, sex, and designer drugs. Humans are upgraded by the injection of microscopic nanobots, courtesy of a new technology from the Nano-Tek corporation, but when this highly desirable technology heads onto the black market, millions of people inject themselves with pirated biomods – and transform into zombies. Now they roam the streets, out for blood, packing shotguns and bombs. The Combat K squad are dropped into this warzone to uncover what’s turned the planet into a wasteland of murder and mutations, and soon their focus is on the darkness at the Nano-Tek corporation itself…

Hardcore

Sick World was a planet dedicated to the ill, the deformed, the dying and the dead.Humanity as an organism was not the most durable chassis. After mixing it up with aliens, the human shell developed a host of unwanted and incurable ailments… esoteric diseases, curious viruses, life-changing bugs, vomit-inducing deformations. So a beautiful planet, Sick World, was terraformed with limitless funding, state-of-the-art research centres, gleaming wards and towering operating theatres providing unparalleled care, a perfection of medicine and a pinnacle of repair for the plethora of grotesque diseases and mutating conditions. However, a thousand years ago something happened, and the planet was evacuated in totality. Today, it lies uninhabited.Combat K: Keenan, Franco and Pippa, forced by implanted logic cubes into an unholy alliance of cooperation. Mission: to infiltrate Sick World and carry out a simple fact-finding mission prior to SLAM excavations to research the new Junk threat. It should have been safe, simple, secure. As the first day fades, so a long hibernation ends. The Medical Staff of Sick World, the doctors, the nurses, the patients, those abandoned long ago, a thousand year gestation of hardcore medical mutation and accelerated healthcare technology… they can smell fresh meat, and begin to awake…HARDCORE. You’ll never look at a nurse the same way again.

Cloneworld

Junks, an ancient evil alien scourge, are flooding Quad-Gal with terror as they spread their toxic plague. Combat K, proficient in infiltration, assassination and demolition, are sent on a mission to find an elusive alien retrovirus which can be used against an enemy. SLAM-dropped to CLONEWORLD, a planet ravaged by violent civil war, not only are Combat K hunted by elite junk assassins, but they get caught in a global conflict between ORGS, huge augmented mechanised war machines, and GANGSTERS, slick, genetically modified humans who have the ability to ganger, or clone themselves at will.

Through a mash of constant battle and vast, war-torn landscapes, through mechanised ORG factories and G.U.N. workshops, through GANGER SlushPits and CloneCities and SexVats, Combat K must think and fight their way to victory, to save the planet, and save the Four Galaxies. But how can Combat K possibly succeed, when their main foe are their own elite and deadly clones?

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