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

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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
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press (first published 2012)
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Tim Martin I agree with Torrey. They do reference events from the first book but I believe they also provide all that you need to know from the first volume. I…moreI agree with Torrey. They do reference events from the first book but I believe they also provide all that you need to know from the first volume. I think you could hop right into this one but would enjoy it more if you read it. (less)
Eric Full of Spiders is a more straightforward romp than John Dies. I enjoy the first one more for the sheer lunacy of the whole thing, but this was a lot…moreFull of Spiders is a more straightforward romp than John Dies. I enjoy the first one more for the sheer lunacy of the whole thing, but this was a lot of fun. My suspension of disbelief was tested a lot more in the second one - not with in-universe stuff; I can buy invisible alien spider infestations - but some of the coincidences, deus ex machinas, or dog action sequences made me think "I dunno about that" a lot. Still, highly recommended if you enjoyed the first one.(less)
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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
Gregor Xane
Jul 25, 2014 Gregor Xane rated it liked it
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
Dec 03, 2012 Evans Light rated it really liked it
Shelves: have-it
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
Jan 14, 2015 Cheighlee rated it liked it
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 stuff 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 find 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
Dec 08, 2012 Cameron rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
THE thing I love most about this book is that despite the absolute absurdity of everything that happens, the narration makes it feel real. Or at least real enough that it is completely hilarious. I enjoy that sometimes even our narrator, David Wong, is unable to describe what is happening and you get this passage that is basically the most unbelievable bullshit anyone could come up with... but I love it!

The writing is really amazing. It manages to be casual without being overly simple. The relat
Sep 28, 2012 rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beloved-faves
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
Oct 06, 2012 Jerilynn rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-comedy
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.
Nov 02, 2013 Liam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, science-fiction
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
Oct 11, 2012 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 16, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2012 James rated it liked it
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
Geoffrey Boyd
Oct 08, 2012 Geoffrey Boyd rated it it was amazing
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
Drew Buddie
Oct 18, 2012 Drew Buddie rated it did not like it
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
Mar 18, 2016 MightyA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are intrigued by the sound of the title of this book, you are in a treat for a load of horror science fiction, adventure, creepy scares, monsters, shadowy government agents, weird otherworldly weapons, slapstick irreverent humor, a good dog and an awesome nerdy woman. Fans of movies Hot Fuzz, Shaun of The Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and This is The End will love this Audiobook / book. I did.

The writing is good, the plot is coherent, the twist are unexpected but not messy, and chara
Apr 16, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
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
Aug 15, 2013 Sunil rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It has an amazing title. It is, I should point out, wholly accurate: this book is really fucking full of spiders. Big spiders, little spiders, REALLY big spiders, spiders with human faces, and so on. Being the sequel to one of my favorite books, John Dies at the End , it had a lot of promise. But here's how it goes:

Take everything you hated about John Dies at the End: it's gone.

Take everything you loved about John Dies at the End: oops,
Matthew Brown
May 30, 2013 Matthew Brown rated it it was amazing
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
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
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
Nov 11, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2012 Wryder rated it it was ok
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
Kate O'Hanlon
Mar 06, 2013 Kate O'Hanlon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Travis of NNY
Oct 28, 2014 Travis of NNY rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
What the fuck did I just read? I don't even know except it was pure entertainment and awesome.
Sep 18, 2015 Cheshirka rated it it was amazing
I`ve done it!
Ода человеческому символизму и жестокости. Несмотря на оболочку, в которой подан роман (в стиле начавшегося зомби-апокалипсиса), в книге очень много социальных моментов. Насколько сильно ты способен сопереживать другу, попавшему ногой в капкан? А своему сотруднику, которого знаешь полгода? А неизвестному мужчине в неизвестном городе, случайно увидев его по телевизору? А человеку другой национальности, живущему в Африке? Чем дальше от нас, тем стремительнее падает градус гуманности и
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
William Thomas
Feb 03, 2013 William Thomas rated it liked it
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
Jan 14, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2012 Britt rated it it was amazing
[[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
Aug 06, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
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
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David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin. He is the Executive Editor of, author of John Dies at the End and the New York Times bestseller This Book is Full of Spiders. His third novel, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits debuted on October 6 2015.

John Dies at the End was adapted into a feature film and debuted at the Sundance film festival in
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