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What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End) Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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If it's too late for you, and you foolishly thought you could simply read the first two novels, and you'd just 'sleep it off,' think again. The only way to silence the egg mcmuffin screaming your darkest sins over the breakfast table is to finish what you started.
So, buy this already. Why are you still reading? You're already here, reading reviews. You must have some interest. I'm a mentally impaired random internet person, so I'm likely the most trustworthy opinion a sea of puckered sphincters. You showed me your lunch on instagram, remember? We're like best friends. Buy the book. I have never given you bad advice, ever. You weren't going to spend the money on anything better. If you don't buy it, your next facebook status had better read 'Hey guys,my twelve bucks is what finally cured cancer! We did it!' or we are so not friends any more. Buy it.
It's good. It's filled with all of the things that made me love the other books. However, this one veers in a more open ended direction. This is why my rating is a bit low. I enjoy vague or interpretive endings, but there are so many instances in WtHDIJR that conflict with the ending that it just leaves me feeling a bit disappointed in the final pages. This novel is definitely an example of the journey being more satisfying than the destination.
I'm hoping it isn't as vague as it initially appears and that when I eventually re-read this book things will clear up at least a little.
I don't want to spoil anything from the book so I won't go into detail about the conflicting instances I take issue with.
It isn't the first time the ending to one of these books didn't tie everything up in a neat little bow. The first book in the series actually has a huge plot hole that was left dangling that I hoped would maybe be cleared up in this one. It's possible that it was, but because of the vagueness of what actually occurred in the story it's hard to say.
Overall I loved this book and upon a second reading my rating may change. There is nothing wrong with a story adding clarity on a second or third read. The damage here is that there was too much left in the wind, too many questions left without answers, and the questions themselves being trivialized a bit by the ending.
It's just as funny, exciting, and horrifying as the other books, but the overall plot isn't as well executed as This Book is Full of Spiders.
I look forward to whatever David Wong's next project is. He is my favorite modern author and an inspiration in my own writing.
This book is for anyone who read the first two. Although it is readable as a standalone, you really should read the first two books before jumping into this one. For anyone wondering if they'll enjoy the first book, you'll like it if you enjoy meat monsters, crude humor, and a lingering existential dread that at any moment you could cease to exist in any capacity, not even being a memory in the hearts and minds of your loved ones.
John, Dave, and Amy head thirtywards in their new adventure, making do in [Undisclosed]'s dying economy. Amy's dropped out of college and works a phone services job, John makes some bank selling merchandise based on their adventures and has developed a drug habit, and Dave...Dave can't keep a job and it is wearing on him like an itchy hat he can't take off because of the spike holding it onto his skull. Thank goodness they still have that soul-draining supernatural work that pays absolutely nothing to fall back on.
This time Dave and John are called in to investigate what should be an ordinary missing child case. Not their thing, you say? You're totally right. Nevertheless we are soon hip-deep in angry parents with firearms, a Christian biker cult, a Korean porn star, and endless rain about to hit its 40-day mark. All that aside...something ain't right.
What the Hell Did I Just Read also features the best homemade weapon of the series. Fight me.
If you read the reviews of this book and found that each review has mentioned the story differently even though we have read the same book, please just don't close the page and thought we are just crazy reviewers.
Because, frankly, I 'm not sure what I have been reading.
I'm sincerely not sure the story I read is the same with other readers's.
We each might have seen or read a different version of story.
It's up to what's your fear or desire ?!?
Really, even after finishing the book, I still can't tell what John and Dave have seen, and what Amy has seen, which one was 'Real'.
It seems both real at the same time.
I tried to root with John and Dave's because of the sauce effect, but I still had some doubt.
Like.. what if...
Well, it's really a mind game situations.
This book is full of chaos, confusions, hallucinations, etc...
Not much of humor as the first 2 books as I would like, but hey, it's a horror book.
The story goes in every direction at the same moment you may feel sick...but it's written so beautifully.
I love how David Wong created this world (town?) and was able to drag us, readers, into this world
and made us believe somewhere in our hearts that, the place really exists.
If you like book that has its ending very clear, you might found this one's not your expectation.
But well, that's the version I've read.
It may be different from yours.
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So, I absolutely LOVE the John Dies series. The first one will forever be my favorite book of all time. Seriously, it's everything.Read more