What a disaster this book is. Really interesting premise, and several of the chapters were fascinating and fun, but everything else was a confusing mish mash of too much crap, all balled together with no reason.
The author obviously has a lot of creativity and can write well, but he can't string a meaningful plot along. There are so many diversions in this book, so many incidents that have nothing to do with anything else - it's impossible to follow this book. I found my mind wandering during 75% of the reading.
And the ending? Complete garbage. A real non-ending.
The narrator however was excellent.
Less bathroom humor and a more serious treatment of the horror element.
Stop trying to push limits just to see how long someone will listen. (At one point the author describes a sequence of numbers that went on for 2 minutes....0, 9, 10, 7, 8, 4, 3, 2, 11, 18, 27....and so on.) It wasn't clever. It was obnoxious.The online chat dialog was a close second. (Mustache girl, Evil Nymph, Fairy Dust)
I liked the narrator. The performance was what originally attracted me to the audiobook.
I think the author is very talented and enjoyed some of the creative descriptive writing, but overall the hyper-silly tone kept me from following the key points to the plot and thinking the whole story was just a bad trip.
I've listened to about an hour of this and its about the weirdest thing I've ever heard. Read some reviews - some of them glowing from folks who found it hilarious. Haven't seen hilarity yet, just grossness for no apparent reason other than to be gross. This reminds me of Saturday Night Live, which I used to find outrageously funny. My husband and I have followed it for 30 years or so and still look forward to it at 11:30 on Saturday night. We're always disappointed these days - it all seems very silly. Have we changed or has humor changed? Don't know, but I feel the same about this book. How anyone could give it 5 stars I just can't comprehend.
Let me start by saying that this book is impeccably written, it truly could have been an amazing novel... but the ending was pretty terrible. I understand that it was originally written as a serial which may be why it falls off the way it does. I just can't understand why the author would leave so many questions unanswered? I was literally haunted by the graphic/realistic imagery, the protagonist was just the kind of bitter investigator a reader can really get behind, but the book just apprubtly ends. I can scarcely explain my surprise and (really) horror when the audible credits began. WTF?REALLY, if there are any readers/listeners who felt differently, please let me know. Maybe I just need some further explainantion? Also, what's up with the title?
He could have given the ending just the slightest bit of closure and changed the title.
He had a way of keeping me glued to my ear-buds. Even when the story got slow, I felt very much entrenched in what was going on.
Wong does an amazing job of creating terrifying, heart-pounding supernatural suspense with excellent description and action, then catches you completely off guard by making a joke in the middle of the action. The characters are well drawn out and likable and the story is convoluted but fun to follow along with. I love the fact that Wong really plays with the "unreliable narrator" concept with this novel. The narrator does a great job of conveying the sarcastic-ness of the prose; my only complaint is that his voice for John is a bit too close to Jack Nicholson and can be distracting. I hope we get more from this author in the near future.
the story, the ridiculous dialogue
It started out funny then storyline deteriorated into ridiculousness. Kept hoping it would get better but was sorely disappointed by the end of it. Only reason I kept listening to it was I was on a long drive home with no other books available. Would not recommend!
I dug most of it that I could follow. Jesus, the story was so non-linear that it kinda took away from whatever the core story was. The movie cut out a lot of the tangent aspects and altered the storyline. I'd say the book is better, but littered with material that could have been cut to make the story more fluid.
It’s really hard to come up with a good summary to this story, but what I can tell you is that it’s a funny sci-fi off-beat story. After listening to the first few chapters, I told my boyfriend about it, and we both pretty much raced through listening to it because it was so entertaining. I’d strongly suggest this book to anyone with a sense of humor, who doesn’t mind some good ol’ fashion poop jokes.