John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End #1)
You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.
NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.
They’re watching you.
My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.
You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it
My clown is angry. He is angry because a criminal shot him while the clown entertaining the crowd. He is evil because the bullet turned him evil. He is sneaky because he sneaks up on people and kills them. He's a zombie because he came out...more
Back to John Dies. Yes, like the book blurb says, in some ways it resembles The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--it's that strange blend of humor that occurs partially because of stacking two incongruencies in a slice of bread and calling it a sandwich. The heroes are similar...more
AND VERY, VERY (EVEN BRILLIANTLY) FUNNY...IN A CRUDE, JUVENILE WAY...
I read a lot... I read everyday and go through a number of books every week. Reading as much as I do, I get a real jolly on when I come across a book like this because it is so different from the usual fare. I'm not sure I can adequately describe the book, but the phrase that seems most apt is "brilliantly stupid"…with "surreal,” "incredibly funny" and "dude that’s gross" close behind....more
I'm laughing right now just thin...more
This is a blast of a bizzaro piece of weird fiction. It is a blend of horror, new weird and psychological madness. David Wong is the name of the author, the name of the narrator, and the name of the main protagonist too (Not necessarily all the same!!!). This read is not for the faint of heart, nor is it intended for those that like things spelled out for them all nice and clear, and then drawn up with nothing but straight lines. The weirdness of this book can be challenging to read and t...more
5 REASONS THIS MAY BE THE BEST BOOK YOU'LL EVER READ
#5. It's Literally Lough-Out-Loud Funny
I know it's not generally cool to slag off other people's book reviews. It's their subjective opinion, they're entitled, freedom of speech, blahdy blahdy blah. But the number of GR reviews for this book which contain the words "juvenile humour" and then proceed to dismiss the book's worth on that basis is jus...more
John Dies at the End is a little bit like that game.
Now picture Howard Philip Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard playing this game around a campfire after a crazy party.
Now picture Howard Philip Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard smoking pot and drinking cheap booze as they play the game.
And then they are...more
The writing isn't bad, although at times this really does read a bit stream-of-consciousness-y. OK, let's be blunt: it rambles. There are also jumps forward in time that had me a bit confused, as well as wondering what really happened. There are a lot of...more
As that moment approaches, the aspiring horror wri...more
So I suppose I should start off by saying it's not quite what I was expecting but, of course, the logical follow-up to that would be "well, what were you expecting?", and I'd have to say "I'm not really sure. But that wasn't it."
But I think one thing I was expecting was a different kind of humor. Maybe something more along the lines of A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, or even 'Army of Darkness' with Bruce Campbell.
Not to say it didn't have...more
Oh well...on to the review.
Over all I like this book and I think it's well written. I can partially agree with another reader who said that they "laughed out loud". On occasion I did to. I'll be giving a sort of "g...more
The book opens with a deliriously off-kilter parable and follows it up with a chapter that suggests the banality of evil is nothing compared to its outright stupidity. I caught that bit when it was still a fledgling online novel, and it was enough to hook me to buy the book.
This book promises to deliver a terrifying sermon on true insanity, as filtered through the incredibly crude viewpoint of its narrator. Well, it starts off strong in th...more
"'...And, well, that's my story,' I said. 'I'm sorry that it's so, you know. Retarded.'" -- David Wong, "John Dies at the End"
"John Dies at the End," originally published on the Internet, then self-published in book form by David Wong, and apparently being republished in September by St. Martin's Press, is kind of like "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," but with five fewer Bennet sisters and six dozen more dick jokes. While "John" predates "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by several years, it l...more
I realized one day that when people buy a BS album, they’re not just getting a collection of songs, they’re also purchasing permission to participate in the whole BS zeitgeist. They get to talk BS and read BS online and at the grocery store checkstand. They get to enjoy BS movies on a whole different level, get to watc...more
I don't know how I end up getting the complete wrong impression of a book and yet still feel inclined to read it. This has happened several times. I went into this book thinking it was some drama book and what I found was a very compelling sci-fi/new version of Harry Dresden. (I love Harry Dresden and Sci-Fi). So it's not like I was disappointed, just confused how I keep doing that. Clearly something in my subconscious sees through my confusion and says, 'This is not what you think it is...more
Firstly, the dialogue in this book (and sometimes the internal monologue) is very wry and generally hilarious. Easily its best quality, and kept me reading past the slow parts.
Unfortunately, the dialogue is often eclipsed by TONS of gruesome and gory visual descriptions, and though they are perfectly tolerable at first they do drag on after a while. After the 50th or 60th person whose entrails explode into a rain...more
Copy this as my review for the second book as well,...more
Throw in penis jokes, and Fangoria's assessment is accurate. Actually, this book's a mash-up of Lovecraft, Dick's A Scanner Darkly, Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. It's bizarre, violent, juvenile, and funny. Cue the genitalia humor:
John, let me make one thing clear.... Every man is blessed with his gifts from the Lord. One of mine happens...more
On the one hand, Pargin's book is the success story of Literature 2.0. While a humble office shlub, he started writing this story on his website, built up a group of fans of the four years he spent continuing to write and share it, got it published, got an i...more
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