Well, Hello There 2013

Hi everybody! How YOU doin? Where’ve you guys been? Ummmmmm

Okay. Let’s address the elephant in the room. I haven’t blogged since August. Yowza. That’s 5 months.

I’m . . . sorry? Does that suffice? I have plenty of excuses if you’d like to hear them. Crazy busy fall. Books coming out and being written. I caught a cold one time. There were a couple of good movies I watched. A really good book or two.

Okay, I’m sorry! Please forgive me! I really do love you guys! I love feeling connected to you! Please. Forgive. I’ll try to be better. No, for real.

Alrighty then.

Let’s get caught up on the life and times of an author named James, the Dashner Dude, as that’s what this blog has been called from the beginning. (And yes, I’m fully aware that the notion of a “blog” is already outdated and old school, so just call this whatever you want. And all you cool tumblr instagram twitter yada yada people can provide links if you’re so inclined. Sheesh, even “yada yada” makes me sound old. Sigh.)

In true Dashner Dude tradition, I’m going to provide a completely random Top Ten list, and if I don’t get to everything, we’ll pick up on some more updates next time. Here goes…

1. Very, very soon, you are going to start hearing a lot about my next big project, my follow-up to all those fans out there who’ve enjoyed The Maze Runner series. And can I just say, I’m extremely proud of this follow-up. I really and truly think you are all going to love it. Here are a few tantalizing teaser bits, as I don’t want to spoil the big reveals coming in the very near future.

I have an entire trilogy completely mapped out. The story fits very well into the trilogy format.

The series is called The Mortality Doctrine.

The first book: The Eye of Minds.

Release date: October 8, 2013. (For those of you who just groaned, a reminder: it IS 2013 now. Wow.)

The cover is going to be revealed to the world in the next few days. We’re keeping you on your toes. And may I just say, I personally LOVE it.

The story is mind-twisty and suspenseful. It deals with artificial intelligence and virtual reality and blurring the lines of what is real and what is not.

More to come.

2. The Infinity Ring series is really starting to hop! Book 1 (A Mutiny in Time, by yours truly) and Book 2 (Divide and Conquer by Carrie Ryan) are now officially New York Times Bestsellers, and Book 3 (The Trap Door by Lisa McMann) is coming out on February 5th. If you’re not aware of this series yet, it’s a time-travel adventure in the vein of The 39 Clues from Scholastic that is a multi-media event of storytelling. The video game that goes along with the books is simply amazing. Check out the official website for all the latest: www.infinityring.com. I’ll also be writing the 7th and final book in the series.

3. I’m also very excited about the conclusion to my 13th Reality series, Book 4 (The Void of Mist and Thunder), which comes out in paperback on February 5th as well. And I really, really love that Simon & Schuster is doing a beautiful box set of the paperbacks on the same day. Check it out: CLICK HERE.

4. As you can tell from my events page, I don’t have anything scheduled as of right now. I did a whole bunch of stuff in the fall, so it’s time to ease back a bit and focus on my writing for awhile. But have no fear. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to come this fall when the new book comes out.

5. On that note, if you ever get a hankerin’ for a signed James Dashner book, all of your problems are solved: my local independent bookstore, the amazing and wonderful place known as The King’s English, and I have set up a system where you can, at any time, order a book and have me personalize and sign it for you. All you have to do is go to their website and tell them what you want. And I’ll go in here and there and sign all the orders and they’ll ship it to you. Awesome, eh? For more information, CLICK HERE.

6. What am I currently reading, you may ask? I’m reading the 7th book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson), called A Crown of Swords. This is a series that I’ve read slowly but surely over the last decade, and I really love it. The 14th (yes you read that correctly) and final book, A Memory of Light, just came out. So I’m excited to dive in again.

7. What did I read before that, you may ask? 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Man, oh man, did I ever love that book. I devoured each and every page.

8. Movies. Now, you all know I love movies. And there have been some good ones lately. Lincoln, Les Miserables, Django Unchained to name a few. But of course you’re all desperately wondering what I thought of The Hobbit. Right?

I absolutely loved it. I don’t, and I mean I really don’t, get the lukewarm reviews it received. I loved it through and through. I saw it twice, both in 2D and the revolutionary 48-frames-per-second 3D. And loved both formats. The music, the acting, the script, the visuals, the world. Ah! I’d give anything to live in Middle Earth somehow. (Preferably after SPOILER ALERT Frodo saves it.) I’m so glad that the masses agree with me. It’s about to hit a billion dollars in worldwide box office, and considering it came out of the gate below expectations, that proves that word-of-mouth ruled in the end.

Some people complain that my hero, Peter Jackson, is stretching it out too much. Bah! Please! I wish he’d make it into TEN movies! There can never be too much of Middle Earth.

9. My oldest kid, who is the one child of mine who I’d written off as a book lover, just read The Sword of Shannara and is now reading The Hobbit. I’m thinking maybe the world really did end on December 21st. Which just also happened to be his birthday. His 13th birthday. This is getting weird.

10. On a random but serious and final note, I just want to express my condolences to all those affected by recent tragedies. Especially those where children have died. I don’t and can’t understand it. But it has made me realize how precious and magical (cheesy, I know) my four kids are. I hope we can all learn from those who’ve been lost. Hug somebody. Do an act of service. Spread good in the world. Let the politicians argue all they want. Let’s go out and make a difference ourselves and make the world a better place. Sound good? Excellent. Dashner Army, march!

26 Responses to “Well, Hello There 2013”

    seems amazing!
    13! wow, he’s going to be in high school soon, yikes!

  2. Glad we saw eye to eye on The Hobbit. I also loved 11/22/63 but I’m a little more mixed on how the book ended. Thanks for the update, we all love hearing from you! :)

  3. Alex says:

    11/22/63 was absolutely fantastic! I love your books – so unique! Keep doing what you’re doing!

  4. Margot says:

    Congratulations…I bet you’re glad to have some time at home now.

    Same reaction from me on the Hobbit…I wouldn’t mind living in Rivendell for a month or two…

  5. Riley McDaniel says:

    Great new blog entry. Just thought I would let you know that the high school book club I lead will be reading the Maze Runner Trilogy as our reading selections this semester. Any words you would like to share to the group would be greatly appreciated.

    Riley McDaniel
    Red Oak High School Librarian, Red Oak TX

  6. Matt Hayes says:

    I’m on Book 12 of THE WHEEL OF TIME, and it’s fantastic. Brandon Sanderson has done an amazing job so far, and I just bought A MEMORY OF LIGHT.

    Really excited for THE EYE OF MINDS. By the way, will you be doing a 2-books-a-year thing like you did with 13TH REALITY and MAZE RUNNER?

    Glad to see you’ve blogged once more. It’s always nice to hear from you. Or . . . read . . . from you.

    Will you be at LTUE?


  7. Good to hear from you! Glad to know you’re still alive and thriving. Can’t wait to see more of your awesome news!

  8. Haha, the Mayans must’ve really thought a lot of your son to build their whole calendar to end when he turned 13 and started reading. :)

    Happy to see a post from you, James and can’t wait to see the new cover and hear more about this new series!

  9. Kmy says:

    I also loved the hobbit, book and movie!
    Maze Runner is incredible, so I can not wait to read the other books :)
    Please give details about the movie and castings, dying of anxiety!

  10. Deanna says:

    So glad that book 4 will be out from the 13th Reality series. Love the story and only wish you would put the last 2 books on Audio! We travel quite a bit and listening to our favorite authors always make the trip go so much faster. We were able to listen to 1 and 2, but found out that 3 & 4 would not be on Audio! WHY????

  11. Josh Clarke says:

    This is great news! I’ve been yearning to get a signed copy of the Maze Runner for my seventeenth birthday, now that dream can become reality.

  12. Aurora says:

    Well, that’s only 272 days until “The Eye of Minds” is released. I think I can survive that long…

  13. BT says:

    Numbers 1 & 5 on the list- best news eva!!!

  14. David says:

    I have recently finished The Maze Runner Trilogy, plus The Kill Order, and absolutely loved them all. I am also happy to say that I got my two cousins into the series too! One of them is on Maze Runner and the other is just starting The Scorch Trials. I love your work and can’t wait for this so called “The Mortality Doctrine”, sounds awesome.

  15. Felipe says:

    I am so excited for your new series James, Maze runner is one of my favorites series in my opinion I think is better than the hunger games, so I can’t wait forThe Mortality Doctrine
    and of course, congratulation fot the succes of the The Infinity Ring

  16. Ashley R. says:

    Hello again! It’s good to hear from you.
    I am really excited for The Eye of Minds! :)

  17. Rachel says:


  18. Kayelina says:

    Wow! New book! Can’t wait! Finished what was left of Divergent and Maze Runner series and I am completely bored out of my mind! How do you have so much inspiration for many books? Thanks. And keep on writing :)

  19. Thomas says:

    Awesome. I’m so excited for the Eye of Minds!!! :D
    I already preordered it on my Nook.

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  20. Thomas says:

    That was supposed to be the words NOOK made with these | ………………

    : (

  21. Sophia Lin says:

    And here I though The Void of Mist and Thunder wasn’t the end. Then again, I haven’t read it yet so… *facepalm moment*
    Ooo, I do know I need to finish The Maze Runner series (I have been abandoning series subconsciously… which is sad.) *o*

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  23. Jabo says:

    When I first started reading The Maze Runner trilogy I hadn’t noticed the website in the back of the book, I was to caught up in the Glade I guess one could say? I just finished the death cure not 10 minutes ago and I am in awe, that was one of my favorite stories ever. I have already recommended it to many, and will to many more. Am ecstatic to hear about all the new stuff and just can’t wait for The Mortality Doctrine. And be sure to count on me ordering one of those signed books!


  24. Mercedes says:

    I cant believe that u are making a new triology!!! I’m so happy! The Maze Runner is my favourite book, I read it, re-read it, re-re-read it and so on :) I started reading the 13th Reality books and WOW James u are an awesome writer! I also want to be a writer, and you are my inspiration! I cant wait to read all of your books!

  25. MegaFan says:

    Hello Mr. Dashner. I just found this blog. I am sooooooo happy I found it. :) My friend told me to read The Maze Runner around Septemberish. And since then I have been obsessed with the series. I read all three and the prequel. I also read a book series recommended by you one the cover Variant and Feedback. Not nearly as good as the Maze Runner. And of course I was delighted when I found your next book Eye of Minds. And then there’s my even bigger delight when my friend told me that they ‘re making Maze Runner into movie. I WANT TO KNOW WHO’S PLAYING WHO AS SOON AS YOU DO!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Katherine Rett says:

    Hi! I just NEED to know if you are going to make a fourth book. You HAVE to! Teresa can’t just die (sorry for the spoiler) and Thomas not care that much. Are Brenda and Thomas going to hook up? Is Minho ever going to figure out that Thomas killed Newt? Do they find a cure for the Flare? Does Thomas ever find out who his parents are, and, if so, are they still alive? Does Frypan continue cooking? These questions NEED to be answered!!! PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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