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This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End #2)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  9,628 ratings  ·  1,163 reviews
From the writer of the cult sensation John Dies at the End comes another terrifying and hilarious tale of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes.

WARNING: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.

You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first sym...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press (first published 2012)
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Pre-Read Review: WANT. NOW.

Post-Read Review: I’ve read quite a few books this year - some good, some bad, but nothing that is as near to perfection as this one. Like most fans of “John Dies at the End,” I’ve been waiting for years for Spiders to finally make its way into my hands. And like most, I spent that time wondering if it could possibly be as good as the original. Or… good at all. (Yes, that thought crossed my mind more than once. How could it not?)

Now here I am, having finished Spiders...more
Gregor Xane
Jul 25, 2014 Gregor Xane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My 20 year-old self.
Compared to John Does at the End, the structural problems here are minor. This actually reads like a novel rather than the world's worst 'fix-up.' But, sadly, this wasn't as zany as the first and it didn't have nearly the number of crazy gags, mysterious world building elements, and good humor per page as the first book in this series. It had a promising start but resigned itself to be one extended zombie joke for much of its page count. Thankfully, the last 25% was a return to form and was sati...more
Evans Light
Going to keep this one short and sweet.

Bottom line: I liked it, and look forward to David Wong's next book.

Did I like it as much as JOHN DIES AT THE END?



Because even though the story itself was strong, the quality of the writing seemed rushed and the narrative scattered. The personalities of the main characters shifted quite a bit from what I remember in the original book, and the supporting characters in SPIDERS were paper-thin, usually summed up with a description of a celebrity they lo...more
Sorry, I don't want to be "that guy" but I just didn't "bought" it. First book was narrated flawlessly and purposefully with a lot of going on and with no short of interesting things getting explained and a bunch of holy shit but funny moments.

In this book, however i found it very unpleasant to read and then BAM! - some David Wong Cracked related fact that seems so out of place in the context of the book that it just jolts me from enjoying the narrative itself. Also, it felt like a really detai...more
I received the advance edition in a Goodreads giveaway (yeah!!) having not read "John Dies at the End." I entered because who doesn't want free books? and it looked to be kinda funny.

I'm not great at reviews. I'm not great at articulating what made a book....great. (see?) So I'll just say the following:

- absolutely love the writing style. Love. I won't describe it with the "[Famous Humor Writer] meets [Famous Horror Writer]!" formula....this is, inelegantly stated, its own thing. Funny Parts Ar...more
What ever I am reading on October 2 will be put aside for the day and a half it will take me to read this.

A more mature (well, relatively), and therefore less original, book than his first. Still, a lot of fun. The book seemed always on the verge of making some profound social commentary or of presenting some meta observation on genre convention, but then just thought better of it. Anyway, it should be easier than JDatE must have been to adapt into a movie.
Following up the extraordinary John Dies At The End must have been a daunting task. The first in what I'm calling David Wong's David Wong series (the author's name is a pseudonym and is also the main character's name, as the books are written - mostly - in the first person) was a remarkable achievement, blending wit, juvenile and irreverent humor, and a healthy dose of gory horror. The follow-up, with what is one of the greatest titles of any book to date, is the continued adventures of David an...more
I finished reading John Dies just before I went to work on Thursday, found This Book is Full of Spiders and started reading it after work Thursday night/Friday morning. It's now Saturday afternoon. I almost literally could not put this book down. You read it and think 'oh my god there is no way they can get out of this mess this time' and so you have to keep reading because you're only 50 pages in and if they all die right then, what is the rest of the book about. Again, there are some great one...more
Oct 16, 2012 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: books
One of the blurbs for this book mentions that the author manages to keep up the horror while also being funny, which is both true and an incredibly good thing, because when you're reading a book that's designed to keep your shoulders tight from the suspense--and this book is designed to keep you in suspense--you really need to be able to laugh once in a while, or a lot, or you're probably going to strain something.

The jerkiness of the storyline got a little frustrating around midway through--the...more
Oct 11, 2012 Kristin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristin by: My own stupid sense of humour
Shelves: favorites
"How did we screw this all up so badly, John?" He shook his head. "We always find a way."

John and Dave are fucking things up. Again. This time, they try to rescue the world from spiders that turn people into zombies. Or do they? You never really know in David Wong's stories. You think you do and then... BAM, this is what you get:

John said, "Don't you get it? You're wasting your time, we're just a couple of inconsequential dipshits in this whole thing. The people behind this will take out all thr
Geoffrey Boyd
This Book is Full of Spiders is an interesting book for many reasons. The poignant and deceptively hilarious narrative is full of provoking ideas and is not at all scared of showing them to you, often alongside descriptions of graphic violence and male nudity. For that reason alone it would be a good book, but there is always more to it.

There's a lot of hidden meat to the story, subtle nods and references that can only be perceived if the reader is paying close attention and has absorbed the boo...more
David Wong is an incredible writer. He isn't an incredible writer because he writes amazingly well. He doesn't. He writes like a seventh grader typing up some stupid story with his friends in his school computer room during lunchtimes.

The incredible part comes in when you take into account that John Dies at the End and now Spiders are two of the most enthralling, unique, funny, touching and interesting novels written in the past ten years. Period.

There is no way that the writing style should wor...more
3.5 Stars

This Book is Full of Spiders is both a bit of a disappointment and move towards the ordinary. After the mind blowing John Dies at the End, I had far too high of expectations for the follow up novel. First, I have to admit that this is still a blast of a read and a fast page turner. It is also still stranger and more unique than most fiction these days. It is a piece of bizzaro. Unfortunately, I have read John Dies at the End multiple times and seen the movie, elevating it to unrealistic...more
I wish I could warp back to the time when I first read John Dies at the End. It was two or three in the morning, I had just discovered that I could browse the internet via my Wii, and I somehow stumbled upon it. The hours that followed (and several months later, after he updated it with the ending) were some of my favorite times reading a book. The raw, unfiltered originality is something that still sticks with me today. I don't think it was a literary work of art, nor do I think the story was n...more
Drew Buddie
I wanted SO much to like this book, in fact it is a long time since I have shown such doggedness in sticking with a book, even when, in this case, I truly DISliked it.

Great pedgigree, brilliant reviews, gorgeous cover and cracking opening meant that there was SO much in favour of this book being a hit with me. But it wasn't, it just wasn't. The chatty nature of the narrative grated after a while and I found it impossible to stick with the plot developments and was ultimately disorientated by wh...more
Matthew Brown
Stop. I don’t care what you are doing, stop it. Seriously, stop it right now.
Grab your keys, grab your bike, your favorite pair of shoes, and go buy this book.
Well... I suppose you could flip on your WiFi eBook enabled device, slap down twenty invisible credit moneys and start reading even faster.

To say this book was good is a grossly inadequate yet appropriate understatement.
Understatements, like hyperboles, help create a sense of awe and appreciation for that which is difficult to describe in...more
Kate O'Hanlon
This book is also full of zombies (sort of) if that's a problem for you.
If you hated John Dies at the End you'll hate this too.
If you thought John Dies at the End was fun but uneven and terribly bloated the same goes.

I wish Wong would make more if his philosophical musings and less of endless stretches of vague action packedness wherein secretly nothing happens. There's are some interesting points about what zombies represent to humans, our desire for justified kills, our hatred of our neighbour...more
Allen Adams

“TBIFOS” is an unabashed horror novel, packed with visceral imagery, dark undertones and a wealth of scares. The world that Wong has created (and inhabits by proxy with his self-named protagonist) is undeniably frightening. The author’s clear understanding of the genre alone would make this book worthy of a read by any horror fan. However, that’s not what makes this book truly special. There’s one simple factor that allows this novel to transcend simple ge...more
William Thomas
I can remember watching the movie 'Phantasm' when I was about 8 or so. When we were at my dad's house, he would rent some seriously awesome shit and we just ate it up. Same with my Aunt Helen. She loved horror movies and we watched crazy things when we were with them when we were way too young for them (I mean, I don't know if you know the movie 'Lair of the White Worm', but I saw that at a very tender age). So I fell in love with horror movies and it was something my brothers and I would share...more
From the reviews that I have read from this book, I knew I was going to either love it or hate it.

I am so relieved that I absolutely loved it! As in, I am going to re-read it many many times and forever think of it as a favorite.

I read John Dies at the End about three years ago, and I had never read anything that simultaneously had me laughing so hard I was crying and also terrified to turn the lights out. SO. GOOD. Also, what an original story.

Now, This Book is Full of spiders will not have t...more
After finishing and loving JDatE, I ran immediately to TBiFoS. Unfortunately, compared to JDatE, this book feels contrived and significantly weaker. The best way I can describe it is to say that this book felt like it was written for the Internet. It is jam packed with cult references and memes that feel totally out of place and only seem to be added to reference things that "nerd" culture would understand. It feels exploitative and uncomfortable. And speaking of things that are exploitative and...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
This was great.....but....... there was something missing. I can't quite put my finger on it, but somewhere between John Dies at the End and here, something got lost. The first book had an element of surrealism that completely took me by surprise and had me laughing out loud. This book just didn't have it. I feel like this is what so often happens when a lesser known internet comedy writer suddenly goes to "published author with a movie deal" (because this happens all the time of course). All th...more
A lot more of the same to the previous book (John Dies at the End). Humor and gore and vulgarity and occasional horror explode off of every page. In fact, you could easily argue that they explode too much or too often. This book isn't quite as funny or quite as consistently scary or quite as intelligently plotted as its predecessor (some of that may come from me reading it as opposed to listening to the audiobook), but it's darn close, and considering how much fun I had with the first one, close...more
Sep 13, 2012 Ben marked it as to-read
Dunno if you guys have seen this yet, but there's a trailer up on youtube. Check it out, it's pretty sweet.
David Wong presents another work of extra-dimensional horror that can only be stopped by two Midwestern slackers in the town of Undisclosed. This one is much more tightly plotted and thought out than John Dies at the End (which of course started out as a web serial); in most respects, this is a good thing, because one doesn't lose the plot thread to the extent that can happen in John Dies. That said, Full of Spiders tends to lack something of the manic intensity that made John Dies such a deligh...more
Jan 14, 2013 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
I discovered David Wong’s (aka’s Jason Pargin) first novel, John Dies at the End while it was still available for free via the author’s website. It was soon picked up by small horror publisher Permuted Press for publication in paperback which I immediately scooped up for the library. Two years later John Dies at the End was picked up by St. Martin’s for publication in hardcover (which the library also now owns). In the midst of all this horror luminary Don Coscarelli (writer/director...more
[[Let me take care of the messy legal business and say that I received this book from Goodreads Firstreads on this past Wednesday (9/26).]]

All day as I have carried this book around with me, reading it when I can and thinking about reading it when I can’t, I’ve been approached by people with that (dreaded) question on their lips: “What are you reading?” I show them the cover—which is, I should say, a fantastic cover—and they always get this weird look on their face as they let out a slow “okaaaa...more
I try to stay away from book series in general. First of all, because the experience of waiting three years for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix traumatized me (clearly, I didn't learn my lesson, as evidenced by my spontaneous bouts of anxiety induced by the long wait for The Winds of Winter), and secondly, because the books that follow the first one are never as good as the one that made me want to read the whole series in the first place.

This Book Is Full of Spiders is one of those r...more
The back of the book describes Wong as a cross between Douglas Adams and Stephen King. It's not a bad description, even though Wong isn't as good of a writer as either Adam or King. That being said, this book and its predecessor John Dies at the End are a lot of fun. I enjoy the wit, cynicism, and outright goofiness of the characters and situations. In a genre that sometimes takes itself too seriously, this book is a breath of fresh air. John and David don't take anything seriously, even as the...more
Marlo Diaz
Enough with the zombie stuff already. I've seen enough episodes of the Walking Dead and similar stuff to last me a lifetime. Still not as bad as sparkly, emo vampires...This book is neither scary or funny. I guess I should have expected as much; as the author does a lot of writing for a really lame humor site. It's kinda like The Onion but for 12 year old boys.
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David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin, online humorist, National Lampoon contributor, and editor in chief of He is the author of John Dies at the End.
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