Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jonathan Maberry is a Freakin' Genius

I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I mean a LOT. I do have over 100 books to get through, after all. O.O.

Out of all those books, there's been one author in particular who I've really come to respect.

This guy.

Prior to BEA, I'd heard of Jonathan Maberry (obviously), but I'd never read any of his books. They looked really interesting, don't get me wrong, but I had a long list already that I had to get through. But when I saw him there, you better believe I picked up one of his books.

Somehow I ended up with three, actually. :o

These three:

Well, they sat there on my shelf as I read through six other books I'd decided I wanted to get through first. 

And then one day I picked up Rot & Ruin.

I inhaled it, dear readers. Inhaled it. One day, done. And I immediately picked up the second in the series, Dust & Decay. Again, I devoured that thing like my life literally depended on it. It is about zombies, so maybe my life was in jeopardy.

Finished with those two, I didn't know what to do. Do I start Patient Zero? Will it be just as amazing? 

I really didn't know. You see, I've been into anything and everything YA for so long that I didn't know if my taste for Adult had fizzled. 

So I read some other books first. 

Patient Zero stared at me, begging to be consumed.

And I did. And oh it was wonderful, readers. Like you wouldn't believe. Other than the fact it nearly killed my eyes with its super tiny print (though that could just be me--staring at a computer screen all day has destroyed my vision) , it was just about the best thing I'd ever read.

I may have somehow gotten away with three free copies of your books, Mr. Maberry, but you better believe I'm buying every single book you ever write from now on.

And if any of you, dear readers, have not read one of his books, I suggest you rectify that situation today. I've rarely read plots so engaging, scenes so well written, and characters so immediately lovable, so pop-out-of-the-page real. I'm kind of (as in, REALLY) sad I don't have anything else of his to read right now.



  1. Maberry's from my hometown, Philly, and I have friends who know him. Now, I have to read one of his books after that fab endorsement!

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  2. I loved Rot and Ruin as well! I got Dust and Decay at BEA so need to read it!

  3. Wow great review. I'm gonna have to check out this author!

  4. I haven't read any of those yet - have to check them out! :)

  5. Rot & Ruin is on my Wishlist right now....:)

  6. Consider the situation rectified! I'm putting them on my Goodreads list right now. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

  7. I met Jonathan Maberry online when he contacted me to congratulate me signing with the same wonderful agent who represents him. I thought that was a classy thing for an author to do! I hope to meet him in person some day, because he doesn't live that far from me.

    I've read Rot and Ruin and Dust and Decay, but I haven't read Patient Zero. Thanks for the recommendation, and I will be checking that out right away.

  8. I'm delighted that you're enjoying my creepy little stories. I'm sitting in a hotel room right now working on FIRE & ASH, the fourth book in the ROT & RUIN series. (The series has just been optioned for film!)

    Thanks for the kind words and the shout-out. Hope to see you at BEA or another event someday soon.



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