Ridiculous, funny, engaging.
Until the final few chapters, it's hard to say exactly what is going on or how the characters are going to manage to resolve it. Dave, John, Amy and Molly the dog all return and manage to grow quite a bit throughout this story. They're joined by a few familiar and a few new main characters which all help to make the town of [UNDISCLOSED] seem horrifyingly real and twisted.
Because the previous book, John Dies at the End, had originally been published as a web series, it lacks a certain amount of cohesive structure in places. Dave and Arnie even talk in the story about how there are huge pieces which don't work. This book, on the other hand, was written to be published as a novel and it definitely shows. I loved the movie of John Dies at the End, and although that film did a good job with the ridiculousness of the story, this would make a much, much better film. Getting more insight with the internal thoughts and motivations of John, Dave, Amy (and even Molly the dog) make all the characters much more compelling than they were in JDatE. The narration definitely does a good job of bringing the characters to life and the overdub of [UNDISCLOSED] remains pretty humorous every time they use it.
I listened this before John Dies at the End, and this is definitely superior to the first book, though it makes more sense if consumed in proper order. The wry humor keeps it amusing, the story is original and ,more importantly, completely unpredictable. Wong unabashedly skewers modern novelist cliche and character tropes. Horror is always better, and somehow more horrific, when sprinkled with humor. Podehl does an excellent job of capturing the timbre and rhythm of the writing and his characterizations are done well. I'm impatiently looking forward to the third book.
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 makes my top five favourite books.
David Wong draws you in for another awesome adventure. This story will make you want David Wong to continue writing more books.
Love the style of writing from David Wong... like talking to a good friend :)
Incredible imagination with this story and, in my opinion, too short!
John, of course. Typical wise-cracking sidekick :)
No, not yet
Spoiler.....When you found out they were set up to spread the crap and there are these monster like ppl amoung us but they control it.
His delivery. Keep me entertained
Touch of The Spiders
Read...Good book! Seriously DUDE TOUCH IT! TOUCH IT!
This book was entertaining, I like the characters and read the first book. This one was a little long, but I LOVE Nick Podehl the narrator. He's my favorite and doesn't dissapoint on this book either.
I love Molly!!
Amy and Molly.
An amazing performance worthy of the stage, or a You Tube channel!
Amy really stood out for me in this one.
Bring on book 3. Now.
Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)
I had trouble with continuity from John Dies at the End to this book. Not trying to spoil the ending of John Dies, but is anyone else bothered by the way Spiders ignores David’s um, physical status from John Dies? And that’s only one element that I don’t think was properly carried from one book to the next. Spiders just seems like a messy continuation of John Dies. I’d have like it better if Wong had tied up the loose ends a little better.
Despite these problems, this book was entertaining, and Wong’s funny and engaging writing style goes very far at covering for the parts of the storyline that did not sit well with me. I think that as he matures as a novel writer, he’ll hone his skills at developing the details of his great plot ideas into a solid cohesive story. Not knocking him here, I know I can’t do it, but I just think Wong, who is a great writer now, will be even better in a few years.
I’d like to see Wong take on some new characters. I think the John Dies characters have had their day in the sun. Wong is a great writer (go check out Cracked to read some of his articles). I hope we haven’t heard the last from him.
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
My title is really how I feel: If you read the summary or looked at the cover and thought, "I might like this," then go ahead and buy it. You will NOT regret it. Now, it is just as strange as it sounds, but it is also extremely entertaining. I jumped at the opportunity to listen to this book because I enjoyed John Dies at the End (paper, audio, and movie). As always in cases like this, I feared disappointment, but Wong's second book is even stronger than John because it is more tightly plotted. While I would have been hesitant to recommend John to just anyone, this book is more traditional without losing any of the edge or insanity that made John so fun. I was also concerned that the narrator had changed, but Nick Pedehl does an outstanding job, and I really could not choose which narrator I prefer.
If you like crazy fun, comedy, random insanity, or just hate spiders, I highly recommend this book to you.