Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Mad Dash...

Last week I shared my love of Zooey Deschanel and my certainty of being her best friend. If we were to ever meet, that is. (And thanks to all of you who mentioned her starring role in The Tin Man. I'm watching it now!)


In this week's installment of "I want to be friends with..." I'd like to introduce you to a man I'm digging in the most diggable manner possible.

We have a lot in common. He is married. He has children. He is originally from Georgia and is a Bulldog fan. That right there seals the deal, folks. Georgian by birth, Bulldog by the grace of God. Ahem.

The only differences I see between myself and this man is...well, he's a dude. And he's Mormon, whereas I'm southern Baptist. But seriously...bygones...he's clearly my people. Why?

Because he's written my new favorite book.

Who is this man? Oh, just James Dashner:
Hi, James!


I read his newly released YA novel last Friday. Yes, in one day. I could not put it down.

The last two books I deemed "unputdownable" were Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. So y'all know I'm serious when I beg of you...READ THIS BOOK!
Click here for the book's website.

I read this page turner almost like a screenplay...I literally saw it on the silver screen of my mind. This the best compliment I can give to Mr. Dashner, because his story is so descriptive and detailed. To say I was a captive audience is putting it mildly. I won't even begin to attempt to summarize the story, other than to say it's simply delicious. Delicious along the lines of...Lost. And most of you know how I feel about Lost. (Best show in the history of ever.) Fast-paced, haunting, frightening, inhumane while still being very human, entertaining, and can't-catch-your-breath exciting. This is The Maze Runner.

Yes, I'm certain I need to be friends with Mr. James Dashner. Our kids could play together, my husband would be his family's physician. Surely his wife and I would get along! Then James and I would discuss UGA football ("Let's give Cox another season before we judge him..."), as well as the soundtrack for the movie version of The Maze Runner. Which I will supervise and produce.

Ahem.

Again, I beg y'all...read The Maze Runner. I did not steer you wrong with That One Book That Shall Not Be Named (rhymes with "Highlight."), or The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I place The Maze Runner right up there with these rock stars in the world of Young Adult Fiction. Seriously.




20 comments:

Lauren said...

Are you KIDDING ME? I MET him a few months ago! I have a signed copy of that book...but have not yet read!

Mari said...

Thanks for the tip! i must go find this book...like now =)

kelly anne said...

*puts book on hold* after hunger games and catching fire, i totally trust your literary judgement.

TentCamper said...

...If I only knew how to read....

Heather said...

How do you discover these new books? Of course I trust your judgement; we clearly have the same taste in books.

Are you bringing this with tomorrow? So I can borrow it? Please.

Seeyouluvyoubye!

Gina said...

I'm running to the library NOW!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Well this kills 2 birds with one stone. I was looking for a new book to read AND I was looking for a new post in Lulaville. Awesome.

Your new BF totally looks like my son's principal.

Jen said...

I love it when you recommend books. I need a new book to read. I will be reading this one. Thanks, your the best!

Mayhem and Moxie said...

I saw your tweet today re this book. I must say that the world makes so much more sense now, my friend. Thank you!

I am also looking for gift recommendations for almost everyone in my family this year. After reading this post, I am interested in what else you have to recommend. :)

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

i just won this book off a blog!! I was going to buy it then I won it now I'm waiting for it. Hmmm....maybe it came today I must go check my mail....

Have fun on your trip!

Sun said...

okay girl. it's on.. i'll be buying this pronto.

:)

Living In Your Letters said...

You've peaked my interest. This is officially on my "must-read" list... Thanks!

Linda said...

Noooooooooo ..... I do not have time for another book right now. Simply cannot do it. But you know I'll run out and get this one and end up neglecting some important thing I should be doing and sit my butt down and read this nonstop now. Why did I look? Waaaaah! I know, I'll thank you later. ;-)

James Dashner said...

Thank you for this incredible review! Consider me your new bff. :)

Tony C said...

You are so cutting edge...

I've heard great things about this series, but then, I like the genre.

Mormon...Southern Baptist. lol...there are just too many things to insert here.

Sissy said...

I haven't read this one by him, but we have the 13th reality series in the library.

I am currently weeding my way though a huge stack of YA books that I picked up at BN. So fun. I just read one called North Of Beautiful that was excellent. Such a well told story.

Love you!

Heather said...

OMS!!!!! The author commented on your post!!!!! This is amazing. Pleeeeeease email him and tell him we will be working on a soundtrack immediately. You can have all the credit. Just let me help you and then list me as your inspiration.

"And so our stories go..." said...

I'll have to look for his book.
Thanks, Mary

Elena said...

SHUT UP!!!!!! HE commenteed on your blog?????!! How cool is that? He's your new BFF. Now you have 3 mormon buddies, me, Lauren, and James Dashner. Now....I will go add this to my Goodreads list and I'm going to tell everyone I know him. Because ya know....he all but knocked on my door by commenting on Lula's blog. :)

Brandy said...

You're my literary guru so I trust you when you say a book is good that it's GOOD.

And you look purty when you sleep. Not that I was standing over you.

For long.

Not that long anyway.