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
Very odd but very enjoyable book. I'd describe it as bizarro sci fi. If you are into that sort of thing, this one is for you :)
No, not for a casual read. It is too difficult to keep up with the different shaped beasts that kept appearing, dying, and showing up again. Once the story proceeded to climax, all of the creatures and other entities began to make sense. But if you are the type who only reads a few dozen pages at a time, you may find that you need to reread the previous section in order to keep track of who is doing what to whom and with which.
It is difficult to describe the most interesting aspect without spoiling the climax. Suffice it to say that when the story finally comes together, you will understand why the beasties appeared the way they did. You will want to reread the book. The least interesting remains the language. I still fail to understand why some authors are incapable of presenting dialogue without endless repetition of the same single four letter F word as a verb, noun, adjective, adverb, object, interjection, etc. Even the cheapest dictionary has thousands of words. Learn them. Use them. Quit being so tedious and lazy. Don't hide behind the excuse that this is the way "real people" speak. If that is true, it is only because contemporary authors have failed to provide real people with better examples.
The whole burned-out "stoner" persona that is needed to make sense of the story.
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
This is worth a listen for the author's unique take on storytelling. It is by turns uniquely observant and childishly scatological.
David Wong (or is it David Wong?) was my favorite character. His snarky commentary is as enjoyable as the main action in this story.
The narrator had perfect inflection and timing for this quirky story. His was able to convey the absurdity of the situation with the good humor and disbelief appropriate to the characters.
The musings and off the cuff remarks by the the David Wong character left me wishing he could comment on B movies with me.
Here's an example of a memorable observation:
I noticed John had brought along a thermos of his coffee, this “favor” already qualifying as an all-nighter. I admit, the horrific burning sensation really did keep you awake.
I really loved this book. Everything from the narration to the plot and characters were spot-on. I was a little lost at the beginning, but as the story picked up speed, I had a harder and harder time hitting the pause button.
Molly-- I have a soft-spot in my heart for dogs, and Molly definitely filled that spot for me in this book. She's not your typical dog, but she's lovable, and I really liked that about this character.
Absolutely-- It was such a good book that I didn't want to stop listening. The beginning was confusing, but when the scene was set, things became more clear, and I fell in love with the characters.
Stephen R. Thorne really brought the characters to life, and I think that's something I would have missed had I sat down and read the book instead of listening. The characters' attitudes were to strongly done that there was no confusion as to who was speaking, which is something that can be a little hazy in some audiobooks.
I read the sequel to John Dies at the End, This Book is Full of Spiders, and it's even better. Love this series.
The premise is interesting and funny - but afer the first half I was less interested.
I got a kick out of this book. If you are looking for some serious literature, don't listen, but if you want a quirky book reminiscent of those idiot zombie movies that will keep you entertained download away. Like I said, its not prize winning literature, but it is entertaining.
I'd classify this book as SciFi/Comedy/Horror and typically I stay away from horror completely. I was mesmerized by this book! I listened to it in 3 days and immediately started listening again. I really like the narrator as well, much more than the narrator for the sequel, TBIFOS:SDDTI.
To be fair to anyone that doesn't know much about this book - it is seriously messed up. You will think "WTF!?" and probably even say it out loud several times while listening to this amazing work. This is the best thing I've read(listened to) in a long time because it is just so freaking different than anything else I've ever experienced.
I'm so glad I read this book and, unless you're a snoot, you will be too.
yes. Very entertaining
Timing was excellent, very imaginative
Just another boring day in 'location undisclosed'
Very much look forward to the 3rd book in the series
I loved this book. It is so different, funny, and exciting. It is not a scary or serious book by any means, so don't have any hopes for some type of Grisham or dramatic story. I haven't read/listened to anything like it before and I was not disappointed. Love it!
He did an awesome job differentiating the voices and people. His voices made me laugh ... in a good way!
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