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John Dies at the End | [David Wong]

John Dies at the End

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?
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STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me. The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault.

©2007 David Wong and Permuted Press. All rights reserved. (P)2011 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 11-19-12
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."

    This author has a certain fixation with bodily fluids, and human extremities. So while this book IS hilarious, expect many of the funny moments to involve poop jokes. Seriously. Yes, it's very funny, but there is so much vulgarity. And it all seems to be centered around profanity, and gross-out horror. It didn't really bother me, but this book's bad guys are bad because they are so morally alien to our values, and like to manifest as obscenely deviant as possible. Hopefully that doesn't give too much away, but I feel like you should be warned.

    Stephen R. Thorne does a great job at narration, his pacing and delivery are perfect.

    There is more then one book in this series.

    90 of 95 people found this review helpful
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    Alex DALLAS, TX, United States 05-21-12
    Alex DALLAS, TX, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good fun, good narrator"

    John Dies is an entertaining and mind-bending horror-comedy novel. The horror is high on gross-out factor, not really particularly scary (despite what other reviewers have said--maybe they actually believe in shadow people, I don't know...). The humor is great. I don't know how quite to put my finger on it but I feel like it's very 21st century. Something about naming a drug that opens the doors of your perception to the supernatural and beyond "Soy Sauce" just sounds like something you'd find on the internet. Maybe that and the frequent video game references. I'd recommend this book if you're the type of person who laughs their way through most monster flicks. You'll find a kindred spirit in this writer. As for the narrator, I thought he did a great job. Good voices for most of the characters, other than perhaps Amy whom I thought sounded a bit bland. I look forward to the movie and the sequel.

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 01-30-13
    Ryan Somerville, MA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2005

    Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.

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    "The mutant love child of “Clerks”, H.P. Lovecraft"

    Part of me is eternally 14 years old, so I spent the first few chapters snorting with laughter at David Wong’s over-the-top slacker humor parody of horror movies, buddy stories, and various aspects of American society. Our hero, David, is a not-especially-heroic everydude who works at a video story, and constantly gets roped into his irrepressible doofus friend John’s schemes. A series of bizarre events leads to John being infected by a strange substance called “soy sauce”, which opens a gateway to another reality and enables the duo to see, hear, and experience weird things they previously couldn’t.

    Part of me is also an adult, so the hilarity wore off a little once I’d gotten used to the schtick, but the story was creative enough to keep me entertained. Rather than just cranking out a predictable riff on horror movies, Wong (not his real name) comes up with a pretty imaginative, creepy universe of his own, one that probably would have been fun in the hands of a more “serious” writer, too. There are twists and turns to the story, as the soy sauce (and the dark beings behind it) bend the laws of time and space, and David reveals himself to be a less than totally reliable narrator. The author, it seems, had a grand old time anticipating the reader’s anticipation and trying to stay ahead of it. Does John really die in the end? Oh, you’ll just have to find out.

    I can see where the Hitchhiker's Guide comparisons are coming from, even though Wong’s sense of humor is a lot crasser than Douglas Adams. Like that classic, John Dies is essentially a fistful of spitballs flung at the wall, and many don’t stick, but it has the same spirit of inventiveness and rambunctious fun. And there are some trenchant social observations -- towards the end, the plot used videogames in a way that made my mind go "whoah".

    I'm glad I listened to the audio version. Smart-stupid wit often works best when it harkens back to its ancient oral tradition and, in this case, Stephen Thorne's conspiratorial tone and impeccable delivery are a perfect fit for the material.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun Milpitas, CA, United States 07-28-12
    Shaun Milpitas, CA, United States 07-28-12

    Huge fan of numerous genre's. Love the paranormal, doomsday / end of the world and post-apocalyptic is my favorite. Also love thrillers, comedy and just about anything...

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    "Funniest book in years."
    Where does John Dies at the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far in my top 5, I will listen to this again and again. Funny, fantastic narrator just plain wrong in all the best ways.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The screw ball comedy, the most absurd and unexpected things happening and the great personality of the characters (outstanding writing) makes this funny, perfectly paced and keeps you smiling; when it doesn't have you looking over your shoulder for a floating jellyfish)


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    Great range, I felt like his character was talking to me directly. His performance accentuates the humor and is what made this one of the best audio books I have ever listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a LOT. Very funny if you can appreciate the humor


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed...

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 08-04-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Weird. great, but weird."

    I like this book quite a bit. I had to re-listen to a few parts when I didn't pay close enough attention and found myself totally lost and it got a little Stephen king weird about 2 chapters in. All and all this was a good first book for the author and I'll watch for more from him.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer GRAND HAVEN, MI, United States 10-15-12
    Jennifer GRAND HAVEN, MI, United States 10-15-12
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    "Funny but unorganized and crass"
    Where does John Dies at the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator was excellent and delivered the story well, but I found that the plot was confusing and overall lacked continuity. The style of writing was very enjoyable and funny, but I found that the details were unnecessarily crass and didn't add anything to the story (lots of references to fecal matter and urine and genitals). The characters weren't believable, especially their reactions in the story. It was a wild tale, and I think for me it was difficult to enjoy because it didn't have any firm footing in plot. The brotherly-like duo reminds me of Supernatural, but with less character development and all of the absurdity and randomness of hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The story seemed to have an ending that wrapped up nicely, but then it kept going and dropped off a cliff, quite abruptly. I was left with many questions, and overall wishing that the plot had been carried out differently. Overall, it left me feeling unsatisfied.


    Any additional comments?

    The humor and style reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams, and I would like to see more from David Wong. I'd read his books again with hopes for more continuity and less graphic humor.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lillian Palm Desert, CA, United States 11-01-12
    Lillian Palm Desert, CA, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Made me feel old"

    Every decade has its twist on the various genres. This is very new-gen. I suspect it is better than I can appreciate in my older-than-I-feel 50's, but it's a nice insight into the future of horror! Or should that be fantasy? Or maybe comic suspense? I guess that's the whole point.

    Quirky, yes. Suspenseful? Sort of. It's so over-the-top I never really worried about any of the characters, first because I could not relate to them and second because I never once thought of them as real people. That doesn't mean they weren't sympathetic, in their own way (think nephew you don't much like but have to be nice to cause your sister's their mom).

    There are no cliches in this book, at least not yet. There are plenty of didn't-see-it-coming. I'm not sure if I'll read more from this author, but I sure won't rule it out!

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 09-14-13
    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Epic"
    What did you love best about John Dies at the End?

    Honestly, it's hard to explain or describe. It's a fantastic book. I think what I loved best was the humor in the face of darkness/evil/fear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

    The scene where we finally find out why, exactly, David was in trouble in high school. I won't go into more detail, but man, it's amazing. Especially when placed in context with the surrounding discussion with Amy.


    Who was the most memorable character of John Dies at the End and why?

    Amy. Loved her development and her humanity. How lost David was until her.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say this, it is really, really weird. I mean so weird it may turn listeners off. Some may call it juvenile but, for me, Wong writes in a style that closely relates to myself and people I know. It's like reading a book that tracks how my buddies and I would have reacted if we were in John and David's position. I loved it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Funny but unfulfilling"

    This book does a few things very well. The narration is really excellent, the off-beat humor is entertaining, and the story has some interesting elements, but it lacks quite a bit as well. Much of the humor is scatological (which is ok in small doses unless you are under fifteen), the characterizations are weak, and the story is so unbounded it became silly. I found this book lacks the underlying spirit that makes Hitchhikers Guide and most Koontz books really compelling.

    I imagine that if I were a tween boy this might be hilarious and even a little scary, but as it is, I found myself laughing occasionally, but mostly waiting for it to end.

    29 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hoskovec Denver 02-04-12
    Sarah Hoskovec Denver 02-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Supernatural meets Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

    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.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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