Monday, August 25, 2008

The Book of Lies

Last year I wrote about my slight fascination with the New York Times Best selling author Brad Meltzer. If you go back and read that post, in the comments, you will see that Nilbo somewhat mocks me and doubts that I kinda had an email exchange with a best selling author. I emailed Brad and asked him to read the post in the hopes that he would comment on Poop and Boogies just so I could prove to Nilbo I did not make up my story. Brad never posted a comment.

A couple of weeks later my friend Aly, who reads my blog, told me that her husband's sister is married to Brad Meltzer's roomate from college. I was six degrees separated from one of my favorite authors. That was all the incentive I needed to stalk Brad Meltzer. I sent him another email directing him to my original post and explaining that he and I were practically best friends via his college roomate's wife's brother's wife's highschool friend. He never commented but he did reply saying that he read the post. I was grateful for email but it was not enough to prove to Nilbo I was buddies with a 6 time N.Y Times bestseller.

Some time has passed since then. I am not sure of the exact details (I know that I emailed Brad or commented on his blog a few times) but somewhere along the way I was asked by Brad Meltzer to review his latest book "The Book of Lies." That's right, stalking him has its privledges.

This is me in my best stalker look holding the advanced reading copy.
Here is a picture of the advanced reading copy. See the red circle? That says "Advanced reading copy. Not for resale." Look I even zoomed in on the red circle in the picture below.
And yes, I snickered when I zoomed in that it looks like the book is called Bra Melt.

Needless to say I was very excited to have the oppotunity to review his newest book.

Then I got nervous. What would I write about it? I never have done a review before. What does one say? What if I did not like it? What if Nilbo still doesn't believe me that I kinda know Brad Meltzer.

Oh the pressure.

To Be continued.....

29 comments:

Sharkey said...

Good job on the photos--you TOTALLY look like a stalker in the first one. And the Bra Melt made me laugh out loud.

Can't wait to read the review. (No pressure!)

Jamie said...

Well, now I have commented. Surely that pleases you as much as a comment from Mr. Meltzer?

Ra-Ra-Ra-Rachel said...

Well don't get too nervous. Instead, think about how amazing it is to do a review of the book before it's out!

And heck, if it sucks ... you can slowly move away from your stalker-esque tendencies.

kalki said...

Dude, an advanced copy?! That is freaking awesome. Like, even cooler than being a Nielsen household.

Practically Joe said...

If it helps ... my son-in-law works for a company that also employs a junior associate who dates the twin sister of deli worker where Mr. Meltzer once bought a turkey on rye. You can use that if you want.

Stacie said...

Wow...I must say, you were able to pull that "stalker look" off very well.

You'll have to let us know how the book is. I've not ever read that auther (yet) but I'm sure if you say he's good then he is and it would seem a trip to my bookstore is in order!
Stacie

Papa Bradstein said...

Dude, that's bad ass. Love Brad Meltzer's stuff. And that photo of you...will be Exhibit A in your stalker trial.

Mindy said...

No matter what...you have to say you like it if you want to keep being friends with him. :)

Anonymous said...

I hope Brad Meltzer owns a Barber shop so you could get that beard trimmed and for God's sake, get a haircut

Anonymous said...

Look,

Wolfman Jack is a Brad Meltzer fan.

Anonymous said...

Oh my Gosh,

I forgat what Kenny Rodgers looked like when he was in the New Christy Minstrels.

Anonymous said...

A Bra Melt is my second favorite lunch next to a MLT.

MoxieMamaKC said...

Ohhh...I LOVED "Book of Fates"!!! Something to get excited about!

rudecactus said...

Ahhh, love Meltzer. Jealous of your advance copy. He lives close and often shows up on a local radio show.

Bogart in P Towne said...

As I was reading this all I could think of was Spaceballs...

Before you die there is something you should know about us, Lone Star.

What?

I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate.

What's that make us?

Absolutely nothing!

Nilbo said...

So I was talking to my pal J.D.Salinger the other day and he sent me an advance copy of his new book, entitled "The Book of Make-Believe Relationships based on Man-Crushes and Stalking".

And the best way to cope with Bra Melt is to not grow the man-boobs in the first place.

Dude - no Brad comment, no believe. Heeheehee.

Anonymous said...

I just talked to Brad. His next book is "The Book of Fries". you, know, whether or not to put ketchup on them.

Cole said...

Just don't name your next son after the guy. Bra Melt Meakim would get his ass kicked in school.

Mainline Mom said...

Way to leave us hanging....and you seriously look stalkerish. I have an autographed copy of a Michael Crichten book because an internet friend of mine is an email stalker/buddy of his just like you and Brad. Unfortunately he spelled my name wrong.

The Q said...

You make a nice looking stalker!

That's pretty cool that he sent you that book. Assuming it's real and you didn't just make that sticker on your computer and adhere it to a fake book cover yourself.

Ben and Bennie said...

Someone already beat my to the bra melt - patty melt connection. Dammit.

And congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I am amazed that Michael Crichten did not know how to spell Mainline

eclectic said...

You're the coolest! And now, since I'm friends with you and you sent me a great book once, I'm practically BFF with Mr. Bra Melt too, right? As for the review, just write what you honestly think of the book. He'll appreciate genuineness more than flattery, but don't become an editor.

joanna said...

That is so exciting you get to review Bra Melt's book! I have been reading your blog for the last few months so I'm not sure if you became "famous" just from blogging or if you had some other opportunities (other than the Oprah movie.) You are so lucky.

Anonymous said...

I saw Big Al Meltzer on TV once.

JP said...

Nice stalking. I appreciate the tenacity.

Circus Kelli said...

DUDE. That IS a stalker look if I've ever seen one.

Circus Kelli said...

OH sure... I'll bet you'd be part of Brad Meltzer's fan club if he had one... ;)

Did I tell you I touched Trace Adkins' arm?

Princess said...

Awesome!