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What the Hell Did I Just Read (John Dies at the End #3)

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NYT bestselling author Wong takes readers to a whole new level with his latest dark comic sci-fi thriller, set in the world of John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders

Dave, John and Amy recount what seems like a fairly straightforward tale of a shape-shifting creature from another dimension that is stealing children and brainwashing their parents, but it event
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Chris I think this is a good series to read backwards. This book would leave you with many questions that the first two will answer... adding to the mystery

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I always go ga-ga over these books, and for a really great reason. They're FUN AS HELL.

It bends all genres, has some of the absolutely most delicious wry comments and commentary on our modern f***ed-up life, and is consistently over-the-top when it comes to action, monster mashing, and total reality crushing.

Did I mention that this is to UF as Evil Dead is to Horror? It's not a bad comparison. But then, it's sure as hell not complete, either, because this stuff is in it's own league.

Think slacke
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“You want to hear a story? Well, buckle the fuck up.”

You’re probably wondering how someone who incessantly and annoyingly occasionally mentions how she doesn’t read past the first book in a series ended up reading a #3. Well, the answer is simple . . . .

But in this case I want free books. Here’s the part where I publicly out myself and admit that I have had a hard copy of What The Hell Did I Just Read in ARC format for EIGHT MONTH
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best "John Dies at the End" book yet! All the old gang is back and their lives are stranger and creepier than ever before. Just like the other two books in the series, John Dies at the End and This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It it is a mix of horror, suspense, mystery and weird fiction. Even though there are moments of sheer slap stick comedy and ridiculousness the main plot remains interesting and horrific.
This book had a more urgent feel and the central mystery
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
David is an unemployed collector of cursed objects. The savvy Amy is his sweet girlfriend who supports the household. And then there's John, the apocalyptic friend. These are the characters- and the story, unreliably-Mach 8.

David and John do not know their way around a nine to five job. But they do know how to battle monsters and ghoulish evil. Amy is the grounded one on the team. They are the ones the cops calls when children go missing. And one does. Can these two find the Maggie while fightin
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
David Wong always knows how to deliver enjoyable, surprisingly deep, and universally unsettling sci-fi/horror books with his John Dies at the End series.

This installment had a very monster of the week feel to it as Dave and John and Amy find themselves pitted against a foe capable of distorting their memories and minds in unsettling ways. Not a ton of references to the previous books and that is fine by me. I think this series makes more sense as a series of standalone adventures that slowly bu
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
review coming soon.

A young girl goes missing in Undisclosed. since strange elements are suspected Dave and John are called into the case. of course Amy, Dave's girlfriend ia soon entangled in the plot. speaking of the plot if you thought once Maggie was returned to her parents it was case closed, you may not have read any Wong before. it is once the girl is returned that the story gets stranger and stranger in magnificent David Wong fashion.

This third title in the JDATE series is on my opinion t
Believe it or not, the Sauce didn’t bring this book to my doorstep. Shocking? Definitely. I mean, how else could it have found me? Perhaps Molly’s ghost could have brought it by. Or maybe Amy thought it might come in handy when [REDACTED] comes looking for me. But no, believe it or not, it was the hooded figures at St. Martin’s Press that sent it my way, in exchange for a review. I have yet to figure out their true motivation for sending this book to find me, but find me it did….

I am going to ke
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished a book in twelve hours I'm cured depression is OVER!!!!!!

The charming, nonsense title of this book belies a density that's striking even for this series, a grand tradition of goofy names, horrific imagery and stomach-churning philosophical quandaries. Trying to explain in too much detail would, I think, ruin some of the greatest moments of the earlier books, so I won't do that here, but I'll say this: it never fails to be striking the way these books blend mundane problems and grotesq
Chris Berko
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely the best book David Wong has written. A very mature (did I really just say that?) and polished entry in the JDatE saga that still retains the sophomoric humor and zaniness of its predecessors. I have no idea how this book was not monumentally confusing but he writes and explains things in such a way that I never felt lost and I always knew who was who. There were laugh out loud moments but also scenes that poke your heart and make you feel your feelings, did I mention how mature this ...more
Evans Light
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
What the Hell Did I Just Read (John Dies at the End #3) is solid step up from the second JDATE book, This Book is Full of Spiders, which I found to be enjoyable but flawed. And WTHDIJR is an even bigger step up from his last book, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, which I did not enjoy much at all.

In my opinion this is David Wong's second best book, not far behind the original. It is definitely his most cohesive and well-plotted book yet. It never reaches the giddy heights of the best parts o
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
5 Stars

What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong is the third book in the John Dies at the End series. It is a serious blast and a hell of a fun ride. This book is equal to the brilliance of the first book and it really makes up for a flat second one.

This book is written for me. From the first page to the last it is a bizzaro, freaky, science fiction romp that is filled with characters that I love. The funny thing about these strange books is that the story really doesn't matter. David Wong h
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to follow...
I've been waiting on this book for years, so I admit I'm a tad disappointed. There were a few things that really annoyed me when I was reading, so even though this was ridiculous and funny, it wasn't nearly as good as it could have been.

First, I don't need the political arguments. I'm reading a book about illusion making maggots, I don't really care about the author's view on the healthcare system. Anyway, it wasn't as if the political views were subtle, they were utterly glaring and sort of too
July Is The Shadow Out of Time The Haunted Reading Room

I laughed throughout this book, especially gleeful because I usually take everything seriously, even solemnly. I couldn't help but chortle at the antics and consequences of this feckless trio of semi-nitwits, well-meaning but imperfect. This was the first of the "David Wong" novels I had read (JOHN DIES AT THE END; THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS) but now I intend to rectify that. John and Dave remind me of boys on the cu
Beagle Lover
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural, monsters, humor, unusual occurances, friendships
Recommended to Beagle Lover by: St. Martin's Press
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, my-books
Holy shit!

These books are just getting better and better. I loved it, honestly. The humor is just totally up my alley (which says a lot about me I know) and David Wong just has such a writing talent that has me laughing and shuddering in the same sentence.

I can't wait for anything else he'll write hopefully, another David and John book because these are the best and I really don't want this to be the last of the series (also looking forward to book two of FVaFS which is coming out soon I heard)
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is like one of the best novels of 2017 LOL Laughed my ass off so many times
Terri Jacobson
David Wong (pseudonym of Jason Pargin) has written his third book about his adventures with friends John and Amy in the American Midwest unnamed town, "Undisclosed". Undisclosed is some kind of border between worlds, with horrible monsters and evil creatures coming forth to do harm. David and his friends have experience in fighting these creatures and sometimes even winning.

It's hard to describe this series of books. They are creative and fun and laugh-out-loud funny in places. But there's a dee
This entire series is a most curious combination of gag-inducing horror and laugh-out-loud humor. Like, literally, I laughed out loud.

I really enjoyed this volume for the most part. I docked a star because I feel it lacked a resolution to the main conflict, but overall, it's been a fun ride. Would reread.

4 stars.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 Stars

The JDATE gang is back for another wacky adventure. Which sounds far more wholesome than it actually is. Fans of the series will love this, like all of Wong's books, but it might be a bit over the top for other readers. And you should for sure read the first two books ("John Dies At The End" and "This Book Is Full Of Spiders . . .") before tackling this one.

So, why only 3.5 stars? I found this one to be a bit more chaotic than the previous books -- they're all a bit frenetic in the stor
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
****Dildo Launchers, a Vaginapond, and Where did I get that Dog???****

‘What the Hell Did I Just Read’ is perhaps the most aptly titled books of all books thus far written. In fact, it’s the question I asked myself, chapter after chapter after chapter.

After finishing the book, I’m still not sure of the answer – but I did enjoy the book.

If this is your first experience with David Wong, I can only say: STOP NOW!!!! Seriously, go back and read John Dies at the End. First, because you’ll then have so
Lisa Cleveland
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the wackiest books I've ever read, and I absolutely loved it. I've been in one hell of a reading slump lately. I've read some excellent nonfiction, but the fiction has been bad to pretty good. This knocked my socks off. It's not anything I would normally read, and the humor is everything I hate....The monster is named the Millibutt....It's babies are fuckroaches. Dildos and silicone butts are made into weapons of m"ass" destruction. Oh and they live over a sex toy store. So ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book saved my marriage.
Bradley Gronski
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
already bought it!!!! thank you life!!!
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017, audio
I so love this series! If you like humorous and sarcastic and totally off the wall sci-fi, than this series is definitely worth the read (although I really love the audiobooks).
David Rodolfo Areyzaga Santana
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Book series are hard. In general I end up despising many of them because they take a unique story and transform it into something formulaic for the sake of keeping the flame alive, and some things are better left off alone. The same day I ended reading What The Hell Did I Just Read I watched Blade Runner: 2049, the sequel to what I guess we should now call Blade Runner: 2019, and with the movie sequel and this third entry in Jason Pargin's series I got different experiences.
I won't dwell on Bla
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where can I get some soy sauce!? Also, I think it would be so fun to hang out with John, Dave and Amy in Undisclosed. If I could meet any celebrities, I would want to meet them.
Kai VanderBerg
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I love these books. I think the 2nd is still my favourite, but this is a great addition & just so much fun. John's POV sections were so absolutely ridiculous, I loved them. There better be more books at some point cuz these are the best.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Wong’s second best book.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of David Wong for a while now. I started reading his articles on cracked, then found out he had a book published online that I could read for free. I read it in one sitting, staying up all night. The next day I went to my local book store and bought a hard copy of John Dies at the End and read it a second time. I pre-ordered The sequel, This Book is Full of Spiders, and devoured it when it eventually arrived at my doorstep. When I found out That Mr. Wong was writing a Sci-fi nove ...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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John Dies at the End (3 books)
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“If a spider walks onto your bed, you squish it. If a butterfly lands on your bed, you take a picture. Is the butterfly 'doing something to your brain'? If I didn't make myself look like this, I would already be dead. You kill everything that doesn't have pretty wings.” 6 likes
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