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This Book Is Full of Spiders by David  Wong
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Oct 08, 2012

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 book's universe and understands the rules and metaphysics that have been crafted with both of Wong's books. Not knowing these things doesn't diminish the book, but knowing them lets the reader get more out of it.

Also, in a move of incredible narrative humility, Wong has managed to include something for all of his fans, including (or especially for) the few that have followed him since the very beginning. Like the ending of John Dies at the End, there are subtle references to articles and stories he wrote in the early days of comedy writing. The astute among you may notice them, cause I'm certainly not going to tell anyone.
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