Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Hunt for Dark Infinity, by James Dashner

At last, today I am done with this awesome sequel to Dashner's 13th Reality series! It's taken me a long time to read it (in fact, I believe I started it back when Annette and I were still in Boston), but I'm finally finished with the thing. Boy oh boy, I'd say that James outdid himself with this one! I mean, yeah, it's darker and scarier and the stakes are higher than in Curious Letters, but that just makes reading it even better!!!

I don't want to reveal too much, in case there are still people who haven't read it yet (it's only been out for a few months, after all), but this was really, really an incredible book. Tick and his friends, Paul and Sofia, go off on more riddle-solving adventures and visit different realities, Master George still tries to figure out what it is about Tick that makes him so special, and you even get to see a strange side of Mistress Jane. And I do mean strange. As in Proffesor Snape strange. I have no idea what to think about her anymore...

From beginning to end, this book was a page-turner. Especially the last 12 chapters that I read in my final sitting. The climax is just amazing. James was totally right about Tick needing a lot of therapy at the end of this adventure, though. ^_~ Also, the ending leaves tons of screaming questions in your head, even when you're finished, but I think it was worth it. I will look forward very much to Book 3, which is rumored to come out next April. A long time to wait, but that doesn't matter much to me. Not to a true Dashner fan, like myself.

Speaking of James Dashner, I am still waiting patiently for my ARC of Maze Runner to come in the mail. Don't worry, it should come in any day now. Well, that's what I keep telling myself, anyway. I hope nothing happened to it. It's been more than a week since I won that contest. Still, you can bet that as soon as I get that book in my hands, I'll be jumping up and down like an excited cartoon character, like the Animaniacs or something. Maybe I won't be able to bounce off walls or anything like that, but I'll probably be that happy! ^_^
Also I thought I might as well mention that recently I've been reading something really cool online. It's especially cool for those who loved Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, like I did. See, Stephenie Meyer started writing a book that was from Edward's point of view, when he first meets Bella, and Meyer called it Midnight Sun. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the first 12 chapters somehow got leaked out to the public online, so Stephenie decided to postpone the project indefinitely and allow her fans to enjoy what little there was of Midnight Sun.

How did I get wind of this awesome thing, you ask? Well, I give full credit to Lauryn, of The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot, who wrote her review of Twilight and left the link of Midnight Sun for me to follow. So far I've read almost 2 of the 12 chapters, and it's goooood. Trust me. ^,~ It puts a whole new spin on things from Edward's point of view.

Speaking of the L.G.B.R.S. (sorry, but you guys ought to get a much shorter name :P), they're setting up a couple giveaway contests, kind of like what James Dashner did for Maze Runner. One of the prizes offered is a signed copy of Alvor, a book written by my recent friend, Laura Bingham. (Do you remember her? Maybe not, I mentioned her in my regular blog.) Anyway, I know I ought to be content with winning Maze Runner, but how can I possibly pass up the chance to win another free new book? Especially if it has Laura's autograph?! So here, visit these guys' blog for your chance to enter, and be sure to comment that I sent you there. Follow them too if you feel like it. They've written pretty good reviews so far. Granted, they're for books I've already read (or am about to read), but still.

So you guys will probably be pleased to know that my next post (where I'll surely announce my possession of Maze Runner. ^,^ Eeeeee, so excited!) will mark my 60th post on this blog. I think that's pretty darn cool. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that I've reviewed exactly 60 books here. In fact, I think 10 of my posts aren't even reviews at all, just month tally-ups and book-related news and such. But still, at least I think it's an impressive thing.

I appreciate any and all supportful comments. After all, this is a book club, isn't it?


J.N. Future Author said...

that whole midnight sun thing was sad......

Dave said...

Thanks so much for your kind words! Lauryn is 11 yrs old and you made her day! It is greatly appreciated. I am actually getting the interviews completed now, except for Dashner's. His will be done prob closer to Oct. The books for the contests are in the mail for me already, so when they come, "let the games begin!" I am going to space out the interviews and contests accordingly, as I do want the chance to gain followers to our site and having a bunch of contests all at once doesn't seem like a great idea. I haven't figured out which order either yet, as some of the authors have books being released soon, so I'd like the timing to make sense also. Thanks for your support through this and I am happy that you have been with us from the beginning! Keep an eye out as I have a feeling "Alvor" might be first. Laura has been wonderful to me and I really want to help her promote her book as I think its a great one! Talk to you soon!

Dave said...

Oh, and if there any other authors you would like to see interviewed, or contests run with their books, post it on my site. Also, fark infinity was great. Dashner is amazing. I can't wait for the 3rd book and even more so for the Scorch Trials!