The narrator perfectly capture the goofy charm of the book.
This book was the perfect combination of goofy humor, surreal imagery, and horror. It made fun of a lot of horror cliches while still being terrifying in places. The only knock I can give it is that its origins as a blog serial are evident in the slightly disjointed nature of the story.
While not my usual read, I thought the description was funny and gave it a try.,
It is very funny (at first) and the gross out and horror parts of it were so over-the-top that, though I'm usually squeamish, they didn't bother me at all.
But somewhere, a little bit before the midway point, it really ran out of steam and became repetitive. (I saw where it had originally been released on the net episodically, and it shows- it really could use an editor.)
over and over, you get.....
"I couldn't have known, at that moment, that my life was going to change for ever.
There before me stood a ________(Insert weird thing here), that looked like a cross between a _______(Insert slimy or horrifying thing here) slug/spider/winged bat/ with seven ten inch long _____ (tentacles/stalks/antlers) emerging from it's back, each ending in what appeared to be a ________(hand/eyeball/ear).
Strangely, it also seemed be wearing ____________(insert quirky pop cultural reference or banal household object here) a hoover vacuum cleaner/microwave oven/can of Vienna sausages) on what would've been its head. It shuddered, slightly, and then emitted a steady stream of _______ (flatulence,/bodily fluid/bodily gas product/weird sounds)"..
I really enjoyed the first part, and the narrator does a great job. It just kept going way past the point where it should have ended. After the midpoint, it felt like it was being written with the idea of making it a movie in mind.
The first novel I ever read (that a teacher didn't make me read) was THE GUNSLINGER. I picked it up at a laundry mat and never put it down.
If Douglas Adams and Chuck Palahniuk's had a literary baby, it would have grow up to be David Wong.
If you are not hooked by the end of the first 10 minutes of this book, there is no need for you to continue. I love how a series of absurd and seemingly random events coalesce into a cohesive plot. Plus, you can't go wrong with exploding meat monsters.
Thorne does an excellent job of making each of the characters distinct. His performance of John is hilarious. He nails the slightly indifferent tone of a twenty-somethingstoner of [UNDISCLOSED] America who has become slightly jaded by video games and the 24 hour news cycle.
This was an unusual choice for me and didn't turn out well. It was too quickly narrated and too hard of a story for me to follow. Sometimes, I could just not make the leap to the next sentence and I found I had missed chunks of story.
Not sure if it got better...I could not hold on and keep listening. I just could not get intot he character or what was happening. After an hour, I decided I would rather waste my money than my time.
The humor of this book is entirely based on the accumulation of gore. The more over-the-top the violence, the funnier? Also, one of the author's favorite adjectives is 'retarded'. Haven't we outgrown this, yet, Society?
No, probably not. I'm not terribly squeamish - just need some more smart humor to go with it, if the goal is a laugh.
Competent, varied, suitable
One concept, involving a character slipping in the time continuum while trying to contact another character, was pretty clever. This was early on in the book and nothing else really flashed as unique.
I can't believe someone thought this was a good idea for a movie.
old software guy
Only those who enjoy tasteless violence
That I bought it.
The performance was adaquate.
The first three chapters - I quit after that.
Don't buy this book.
Um... maybe just so I could figure out what happened in this first book
It was soooo disjointed. It had no end. It got so frustrating at points when it was just like "get on with it!" and then at other points it just skipped months worth of story. Like no big deal. It was so...unrealistic (I mean obviously it's science fictiony/fantasy so of course it's not real but it wasn't even...plausible if that makes any sense.) I just..wasn't impressed. And John doesn't even die at the end! (SPOILER) Dave does! And John dies in the middle. Gr.
I like his voice acting. His John is great :) Also, there's an air of humor and sarcasm I might not have picked up in the book
It had very vivid imagery and was funny at parts. I liked the characters a lot, but the story was just such a cluster fluff...
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
I loved the idea of this book. I really wanted to like the book more. However, I am not sure it works in audible format. I would listen in my car and found myself always lost in the story. I would rewind and jump back a chapter just to re-listen to something I thought I missed. This is a story you have to be fully focused on to follow.
If you like odd, wacky and wierd, this book is for you. If you have a hard time following a story line, you will likely get confused early on. All that said, I loved this book. The story was interesting and I couldn't wait to see what bizzare thing was going to happen next.