Exclusive Interview With James Dashner on THE EYE OF MINDS, Part 2

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Attention Dashner Army!  It is November 26 today, which means it’s James’ birthday today!

Happy Birthday James!

You can tweet him your birthday greeting at @jamesdashner, but before you do that, you can read part 2 of the exclusive interview we had with him about his latest book, The Eye of Minds.  We’ve waited to post it to give you readers time to actually read the book, because this part of the interview contains **spoilers**!

With that said, if you haven’t read The Eye of Minds yet, then you might want to skip out on this interview until you have.

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Non-Spoiler Review of James Dashner’s THE EYE OF MINDS

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*This is a non-spoiler review based on an Advance Reader’s Copy*

If you’re familiar with James Dashner‘s writing, you know that he has his way of going about telling a story. Some people get impatient, which I can attest to being myself, but in the end, I find that there’s a complexity to The Eye of Minds that I really didn’t see before in The Maze Runner series.

Not to say that there isn’t a little bit of similarity between this book and his previous trilogy. There are some parts that may remind you of The Maze Runner trilogy, but then it heads off in its own direction later on and then you realize that you’re probably going somewhere that’s completely different.

Throughout the whole journey of the book, I kept wondering, where is he taking me? What is going on? Why is this happening, and oddly enough I felt like I really was on the journey with Michael (the main character), and it was scary and disturbing and crazy and then the end came and I was turned on my head.

I don’t want to say much, but I found that I really like Michael and by the end of the book, I think I ended up liking him even more.  There are a couple of supporting characters and you may end up liking as well, and then some intriguing ones that may leave you wondering away until book two.  I know they have for me.

The world Dashner has created is similar in ways to the world that was created in the Maze Runner series, but on a grander scale.

And if you’ve read my recent interview with James, you’ll notice right away how Inception and The Matrix movies inspired this.

I’m still thinking about it and the craziness of it all, and I hope that all your Dashner fans really enjoy it as well when you read it!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can read all of TFGeekGirl’s review at Goodreads.

Exclusive Comic-Con Interview with THE MAZE RUNNER Author James Dashner

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James Dashner was at Comic-Con this year for his 2nd venture into the crazy convention.  I was able to snag a few minutes with him to talk about The Maze Runner movie and a little bit about the main character in his upcoming book, The Eye of Minds.

I attended the Maze Runner Conversation for a Cause even at the Nerd HQ the day before, so I was fortunate enough to be one of the 250 people that were there to see the raw footage of the movie, as well as ask Dylan O’Brien the first question during the panel.

The Maze Runner at NerdHQ 2013James did note before we got started on the interviewing part, that he actually had more questions directed to him than to Dylan (His agent told him that most questions would probably be fielded to the Teen Wolf star.  But this was a Maze Runner panel, after all).

What I’ve found about James is that he’s just an all around amazing (fan)guy, with a fondness for movies and the word “amazing”, and he’s probably one of my favorite authors to have ever chatted with.

In regards to the raw footage that was shown during the panel, he apparently was just as floored as I was, and probably everyone else, too.

Oh man! I saw about half of what you guys saw about a week before you did, so half- this is a terrible way to put this… it’s like the thing Bilbo says in Lord of the Rings- half of what you saw, I was seeing for the first time.

[Don’t worry, I got what he meant.]

So, sitting up there, I don’t know if people could tell, but I got emotional.  I was fighting back tears.  The fact that it was so raw, it’s literally just the initial filming – there’s no special effects whatsoever yet, except they did add the wall to that one scene.  I just- it’s just blowing me away.  I cannot believe how much they’ve captured my vision.

So, was it as you expected or more than you expected as far as how it look?  Because to me it was more than what I had imagined.

That’s an interesting way to put it, because it is more than I imagined, which, this sounds dumb, but I mean that is obviously a good thing.  It’s almost like, I get this feeling that the movie is going to be better than the book.  (we both laugh at the prospect)  I’m so thrilled with it, it’s like his vision for this movie is just incredible.

I, like you, was flipping out over the raw footage of The Maze Runner.  I seriously almost cried.  I don’t cry during trailers, as much as I love the books, but something about the way that the actors portrayed the characters, there was not a lot of dialogue in that footage, but what you saw was the emotion.

You just nailed what struck me.  I have yet to see, on film, a word of dialogue because they haven’t done sound editing yet.  Everything has just been footage with music added, which is amazing because I have seen more emotion and acting and feeling and all that without any dialogue.  I can’t imagine when they add the dialogue.  I have a really strong feeling that this movie is going to be special.

Being that James had only visited the set twice and had only spent a day and a half there during actual filming, it probably wasn’t fair to ask for his opinion of the actors’ performances, but he did note a couple of people that stuck out for him while he was there, and what stuck out to him in general.

Well, first of all, it blew me away on two different fronts.  I love movies, as anyone knows who follows me, so just to be on a movie set and see them actually filming scenes – by itself, was just special.  Like, crazy amazing for me.  And then you throw in this little thing that it’s my book, it’s like a double whammy.  I almost couldn’t handle it.

tmr-gally-character-chat-croppedI was really struck by Will Poulter [Gally], mainly because he’s the one that I saw do more of an individual thing, and it was pretty brief, but it was amazing.  And then the majority of what I saw was actually Patricia Clarkson, the Oscar nominee who’s playing Ava Paige.  I cannot overstate how lucky we were to get her into the movie, so her appearance in the first movie will be pretty brief, but absolutely spectacular.  She really adds a lot, and seeing her film her scenes was… amazing.  How many times have I used the word ‘amazing’?  I need to think of another one.

I suggested various comparable adjectives, which we chuckled over and to which he’d said he’d use in the future.

Read more on the interview after the jump!

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First Chapter of “The Eye of Minds”

Earlier today, USA Today released the first chapter of “The Eye of Minds”, the first book in James Dashner’s new series Mortality Doctrine that will be released October 8th. You can read the excerpt here.

If this is the first you are hearing about this new series, here is the first book’s synopsis:

The Eye of Minds, the first book in Dashner’s new series, The Mortality Doctrine, centers on Michael, a gamer who spends

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the majority of his time in the addictive virtual-reality system known as the VirtNet. The VirtNet offers anyone with

money the chance to live in the fantasy world of their choosing — no risk, and if you’re an adept enough hacker, no rules.

But not all rules were made to be broken. One gamer is taking the others hostage inside of the VirtNet, and the

government turns to Michael to track this hacker down. Will he be able to survive off the VirtNet grid? Or will reality be lost to him forever?

I was honestly blown away by this excerpt and cannot wait for the book to come out. What did you think? Make sure to tell us, as well as the rest of the Internet, in the comments below.

 

The Differences Between Thomas of TMR and Michael of TEOM

James Dashner discusses how Michael from THE EYE OF MINDS is different from Thomas in THE MAZE RUNNER series.

“The Eye of Minds” Cover: Revealed

After wrapping up “The Maze Runner” trilogy earlier this year, James Dashner is moving on to another series. This one, entitled The Mortality Doctrine, will focus on on a gamer named Michael. Here is the synopsis released by ew.com earlier today:

The Eye of Minds, the first book in Dashner’s new series, The Mortality Doctrine, centers on Michael, a gamer who spends the majority of his time in the addictive virtual-reality system known as the VirtNet. The VirtNet offers anyone with money the chance to live in the fantasy world of their choosing — no risk, and if you’re an adept enough hacker, no rules.

But not all rules were made to be broken. One gamer is taking the others hostage inside of the VirtNet, and the government turns to Michael to track this hacker down. Will he be able to survive off the VirtNet grid? Or will reality be lost to him forever?

Here is the cover:

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“The Eye of Minds” hits shelves on October 8th.

What do you think about James’s new series? Are you going to read it? How about putting your two cents in this poll?