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John Dies at the End Paperback – September 14, 2010
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In this reissue of an Internet phenomenon originally slapped between two covers in 2007 by indie Permutus Press, Wong—Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin's alter ego—adroitly spoofs the horror genre while simultaneously offering up a genuinely horrifying story. The terror is rooted in a substance known as soy sauce, a paranormal psychoactive that opens video store clerk Wong's—and his penis-obsessed friend John's—minds to higher levels of consciousness. Or is it just hell seeping into the unnamed Midwestern town where Wong and the others live? Meat monsters, wig-wearing scorpion aberrations and wingless white flies that burrow into human skin threaten to kill Wong and his crew before infesting the rest of the world. A multidimensional plot unfolds as the unlikely heroes drink lots of beer and battle the paradoxes of time and space, as well as the clichés of first-person-shooter video games and fantasy gore films. Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next. (Oct.)
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“John Dies at the End…[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors.” ―Fangoria
“David Wong is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King . . . ‘page-turner' is an understatement.” ―Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I–V and Bubba Ho-tep
“David Wong has managed to write that rarest of things---a genuinely scary story.” ―David Wellington, author of Monster Island and Vampire Zero
“The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares.” ―The Onion AV Club
“Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next.” ―Publishers Weekly
“When it's funny, it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet when the situation calls for chills, it provides them in spades.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The book takes every pop culture trend of the past twenty years, peppers it with 14-year-old dick and fart humor, and blends it all together with a huge heaping of splatterpunk gore…. Successfully blend[s] laugh-out-loud humor with legitimate horror.” ―i09.com
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If you aren't familiar with David Wong's style, head over to cracked.com and sort the articles by his name. He's a clever guy.
Definitely not for the reader whom holds himself/herself above enjoying some crude humor, some dry humor and maybe even some dorky puns.
It is just impossible not to smile every time the sidekick (actually who is the sidekick in this "relationship" ???) does something. Okay. Who am I kidding. Smile? Laugh. Aloud. For some reason my girlfriend did not like the book. She could not sleep very well while I was reading it.
To give you the complete picture, there are enough suspense in this book for a bus full of people who ... like suspense I guess?
Oh, yeah. Four stars. Sorry David Wong, your book is awesome, but publishing involves the format. And the ebook version had it's problems.
But for the first half of the book, outside of a few chuckles, I did not feel myself being very interested in the story; I was just reading the book to get it done. I was thinking of the book as more of a 3 star tale than a 4 star, but that eventually changed when the character of Amy came into play near the middle of the book. I found she gave much more of a reason for the the main character-David-to continue on within his insane asylum type of a life. I will not say why because I try to avoid spoilers in my “reviews,” but for anyone who decides to reads this, I feel most will agree.
Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I still have a soft spot for the strange tales of monsters and ghouls, and blood spattered rooms, and I believe anyone who enjoys anything from the b-movie shelves, be it books, games or movies, will also find much enjoyment within this novel. 4 out of 5.
I make a point to read reviews on most of the books I purchase unless I am already dead-set on getting it in the first place. Don't hurt to have a good idea of what I'm getting into. So I read the 1-Star Reviews for this book. Having read it previously, I understand why some people would not look upon this book with good favor. It is crass, sometimes (most of the time) immature, and downright filthy. BUT...if you are open-minded to the bizarre comedy/horror mashup genre that sometimes is an acquired taste I think you would really enjoy this book. I am a grown ass woman with an uber-professional sort of job and a family with small children at home and I loved this. You have to understand that the author of this book is also a writer for Cracked.com (<---favorite!) and there's a certain brand of humor you can expect from that corner of the internet. Reading this book didn't make me feel stupid or immature, or disgusted. Some of it was immature and disgusting but that's the kind of book it is. Some of the content actually gave me chills and legitimately made me want to turn all the light on in my house.
It's an excellent book if this is your thing. Sorry to all the people who thought it was awful, to each their own, but I for one am ready to read this all over again.