Terrific story, likable characters, really great narration, and a lovable dog. I liked this book, A LOT, and am adding it to my 'listen to regularly' list. And as promised, here are the exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!
A semi-sequel to John Dies at the End, this book brings back several of those characters and introduces new ones. Wong provides humor more consistently than most writers without ever taking away from excellent action and sly bits of philosophy.It's easy for a writer to find a great concept, especially in an invented world, and then to get horribly stuck in it with all the books that follow (see Peter Cline) but even with familiar characters Wong manages to be fresh and funny. Nick Podehl does a great job with the characters. There are a few characters (the psychologist) where I thought he made a strange choice for the voice at the start, but by the end of the book the characterizations make perfect sense. It would be easy to go overboard with many of the characters, especially John, but Podehl keeps everyone consistent, interesting, and realistic.
It's not just full of spiders, it's crawling with classic David Wong wit, too. This Book is Full of Spiders is not just infested with thick, armored bodied arachnids. It's brains, boners, and guts splattered all over your trailer wall. Get infected with this enthralling tale, and give up hope for a normal future. Instead, have a beer.
I am going to listen to this two more times! loved it! John is the best Character. when he ramped the barricade blasting creed! I howled! yess! it was freaking awesome!
Loved it. Been a fan since I read John Dies at the End in high school. haven't heard of it watch the movie. if you like that read, or listen to the books. movie leaves a lot out, but manages to capture the spirit. unlike most Hollywood adaptations of books.
Ms. Lou Hoo
I loved this one almost as much as John Dies At The End. I listened to John Dies a while ago and then took a break to get that narrator's voice out of my head. I usually hate it when they switch narrators but I didn't even notice it this time since I waited so long between books. If you liked John Dies, I think you'll like this one. It is a bit different, though. The format takes some getting used to. It jumps around a lot and I would sometimes have to rewind a bit if I zoned out while the chapters changed. But I loved it nonetheless. It might be time for a relisten already. Thanks, David Wong, for getting so bored with your insurance job that you decided to unleash your crazy on the world in book form.
I have read a lot of books, and I mean a lot .... But these two books are by far my favorite .... They're funny as hell, packed with action and even have some drama for the emotional types .... I can't describe them as anything less than perfect.... I only wish there was more.
What the hell did I just read? This is a very weird book, with weird people doing weird things in weird circumstances. Luckily, there's a good amount of humour and a scattering of clever ideas to balance out the above-mentioned weirdness. When I say it had humour, it's a specific brand of humour that not everyone will enjoy, but fortunately for me, it's exactly the kind that makes me laugh audibly. This was the first horror-comedy book I've read, so it's hard to compare it to anything, although I did watch the movie based on the first book.
Although the plot is unique and creative, it's only possible due to some stupid decision making and implausible situations. However, I don't think I can be too harsh in that department since it's clearly a theme throughout the book and part of its charm. The main characters are mostly quite likeable and although I never really felt they were in any real danger, I did route for them when things got out of hand. The side characters though were comparatively quite shallow and somewhat cliched even, although I also suspect that was done intentionally.
The smart little touches scattered throughout the book were enjoyable but sometimes felt a bit jarring from a narrative perspective. Thinking about it, there were quite a few jarring moments, especially with the back and forth timeline which didn't really add that much to the suspense factor. There were a few parts where the pace slowed down noticeably and although I wasn't ever really bored, I think those could have been done better. I never felt scared, but then again, I never really do anymore, so I can't really criticise that aspect. I did enjoy the horror elements on a creative level, but it took a while to get over the somewhat over the top execution of it all.
I'm finding it really hard to decide between 3 and 4 stars for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour and the characters, but I don't think I ever quite got over the extreme weirdness of it all. Thinking about it from an overview perspective, I can see a lot of similarities to other horror ideas that I've seen before. I think I'll be going with my gut and giving it 3 stars, but I would still recommend it to many people who have a similar sense of humour and an open mind to the creative use of horror elements.