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What the Hell Did I Just Read

(John Dies at the End #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  8,615 ratings  ·  876 reviews
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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oldschoolgamr Yes. It starts great, sags a bit in the middle, but then picks up with gusto through to the end. Most importantly, it makes up for the Spiders storyli…moreYes. It starts great, sags a bit in the middle, but then picks up with gusto through to the end. Most importantly, it makes up for the Spiders storyline in book two that DRAGGED ON AND ON...

It tempers the completely of the rails narrative of the first book with the more cohesive structure of the second for a great balance worth diving into again - if nothing but to rekindle the Dave and John magic that you MUST be pining for. (less)

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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
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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Wong manages to pull you into his "world" for the third time - it is a bumpy ride, but - Damn! - isn't it fun?!

The three main characters are David, John and Amy, who still live in Undisclosed. Their lives has not changed much:
David lost his job at the video store when they close and has been unemployed ever since, so they live on Amy's income on top of a dildo store.
John is...well, still just John, which is not really a compliment, but what can you do, right?

The worst possible thing happen
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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
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
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
Ashley Daviau
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t think it was possible to get any crazier than the first two books in this series but the third book takes it to a whole new level of crazy and weird and wild and I soaked up and adored every single second of it! Right from the beginning I was sucked into what felt like the wildest, fastest and scariest rollercoaster ride I’ve ever been on. This book really doesn’t let up, it just ramps the energy level higher and higher until I felt like I was going to explode with the need to find out ...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
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
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
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
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
The title is of this book is so appropriate and only David Wong could have such hysterical titles that also somehow fit the theme of the book. This is one of the most fun series that I’ve ever read, and even though I think I liked the last one a little bit more, What the Hell Did I Just Read was so entertaining. It had the elements of mystery and horror paired with that laugh out loud type humor that I’ve come to expect from this series, and I love it every single time I pick it up. In this entr ...more
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
 Reading Reindeer

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
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
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Wong’s second best book.
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural, monsters, humor, unusual occurances, friendships
Recommended to Beagle Lover (Avid Reader) by: St. Martin's Press
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, favorites
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)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book saved my marriage.
Nick Imrie
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, comedy, horror
John and Dave are growing up. But don't worry, this doesn't mean that they've changed too much. If you want to be reassured that they're still the same people they ever were, then know that John has a side hustle selling JDATE merch on the internet, and Dave's too principled to get involved in it.

And yet this book is darker than the earlier novels. If the existential horror can't get any worse, then the mundane horror of everyday life can. Dave's resume is now worthless, as all his experience is
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
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
David Rodolfo
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
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was so funny and creepy and scary. It went places I had no idea it would go, and the characters were all somehow likable even with their many flaws.

I listened to the audio book and the narrator was absolutely fantastic as well.

I will definitely be reading the first two books in the series, and probably the other book(s?) by this author as well!
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.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

Humorous , eccentric and wacky are some of the words to describe this book.

Although I haven’t read the complete series. I still found this book captivating. Unconventional in terms of writing style .

Humor like art is subjective.

Humor and horror collide
I recommend bringing a flashlight
Collin Henderson
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

He somehow did it.

The first two books in this series were so incredibly ludicrous, so utterly batshit yet genius, I have to admit, I wondered how author David Wong could possibly keep the pure creativity, unpredictability, and laugh out loud humor of this series going for a third volume.

But he did. With flying colors. This is exactly as hilarious, horrifying, and unpredictable as the first two books in the series.

Catch up. John has bought a house (with what income I don't know), Dave is un
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
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David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin. He is the former Executive Editor of, author of the bestselling John Dies at the End series and the award-winning Zoey Ashe novels.

John Dies at the End was adapted into a feature film and debuted at the Sundance film festival in 2012, the first Zoey book, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, is in deve

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John Dies at the End (3 books)
  • John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders (John Dies at the End, #2)

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