I liked this book. Am a huge fan of the previous novel (John Dies at the End). I don't know if I liked this one quite as much as the first but still very good. Recommend highly, I would recommend that you read/ listen to the first book. Not absolutely critical, but you would miss a lot, I think without it.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
This book does a fantastic job of melding horror with the absolutely ridiculous. Wong basically built a messed up town where conventional laws of science do not apply and infested it with spiders, ghosts, zombies, monsters, evil bureaucrats, and a couple of slackers that only overachieve at monster fighting.
The book is twisted and absurd and funny. The plot holds your attention, not so much by twisting, but rather by sprinting off in unexpected directions like an unruly dog having just seen a squirrel.
Both author and narrator combine to develop the characters which all achieve an excellent texture whether main protagonist or bit player.
I recommend this book highly. My only reservation is that it slows down toward the middle. It starts strong and finishes strong and the middle is manageable. I say, go for it.
I look forward to David Wong's next book.
This book must be compared to the first in the series, John Dies at the End, and while I found the second in the series enjoyable, it lacked several things from that book. The characters seemed to have changed: they are less funny and more scared. The narration, while perfectly fine, also affects the way the characters come off. Stephen Thorne's narration was excellent and is missed. I'm very tempted to read this off the page to see how much of the difference between the two books is the narrator; it must be at least a small part of it. But there is no doubt that these aren't the same David and John we saw the first time around. They are too serious, to scared and too conventional.
Not Stephen Thorne.
Yes. It might actually be an excellent movie.
Despite my 3 star review, I think this is a good listen. If you are coming from John Dies at the End, and loved it as much as I did, nothing I can say will stop you from listening anyway, so dig in, and I hope you like it more than I did.
This book has it all, and I've never thought that about another book. It's romantic, and sweet, and just hilarious, and spooky, and very smart. It's full of surprises, yet easy to keep up with everything. It defies categorization, so don't miss out on this one by saying "oh, I don't like that type of book." It's long enough to be satisfying, and you are glad the editor kept it that way. Also, you don't have to read any other David Wong books to understand everything going on. You won't miss out on anything by jumping straight to this one. Just order it, you won't regret it.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
This guy has great ideas but his story flows like it would if written by a kid with ADHA after eating candy bars and drinking a big gulp. I wanted to like it. It had so much potential, but it fell soooo short of what it could have been. I probably should have followed the advice on the cover. David wong/Jason Pargin needs a better editor.
My title says it all - this was a fun, inventive, and well written story. Before Wong's book, I didn't even stop to consider that there was a special genre of books: comedy/horror. The first part of the book is especially funny and shows off Wong's sense of humor. The book then becomes more of an apocalypse story, but keeps some of its cheeky sense of humor.
A very well narrated story. Podehl does a great job with different voices - male and female - and he does an outstanding job creating tension and suspense, especially with characters who have just had the bejesus scared out of them.
Very worth a listen - especially if you are looking for something fun and different that will hold your interest to the end.
Very Picky Music Man
It is probably number 6 of my top ten
Don't really want to spoil it but it involves the reintroduction of soy sauce
He brings the character's emotions out really well.
You've been warned.
David Wong knows how to make things really really weird!
This is the second book of the series and I have to stay it's leaps and bounds ahead of the first, John Dies in the End. I really wish this was a movie and could see a trilogy series with a Bruce Campbell type character paired with Wong's style. Loved everything about it.
I listened to this book right after listening to John Dies in the End. I loved the other book, and I enjoyed this one. I don't think the story was as good in this book as it was in the prior, but I still enjoyed it a lot, just not as much. If you liked the first one, this book is certainly worth a listen and a credit.
Loved John Dies at the End, but love this one even more. It's a tighter story than the first, but still chock full of laughs and rediculousness. I can't wait for a third book!