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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Michele Visalia, CA, United States 04-04-12
    Michele Visalia, CA, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome!!!"
    If you could sum up John Dies at the End in three words, what would they be?

    We must prepare.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That's really hard to answer because I liked all of the story. Molly. Definitely Molly.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Thorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard any of Mr. Thorne's other performances, this is the first one. I must say, he deserves an award. He is the perfect person chosen to narrate this book.


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

    I laughed my butt off from the beginning to the end. Even through the graphically gory parts.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the perfect blend of Horror and Comedy. I can't wait for the movie, as well as David Wong's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-25-12
    Michael 03-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This is what I'd write if I could write my dreams"
    Would you listen to John Dies at the End again? Why?

    I'm already planning on listening to it again before the sequel comes out. Can't wait for the movie, though I know it will have to leave out a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters in this book are slackers, but not stupid. They are realistic people put in a world our sci-fi horror culture has prepared us for... which is what I've always said. You want to survive the coming apocalypse? Watch a lot of movies! David Wong and John are basically my friends and I summed up. Very relatable.


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

    The book is equal parts funny, thrilling, profound and witty. It doesn't take itself seriously until it catches itself taking itself too seriously, then it steps back, thinks about that mistake and walks away with moral indignity, grumbling something about a chili dog. In the end, it's a modern day take on H.P. Lovecraft. If there were ghosts and goblins... this is what they'd be and this is how it would go down.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. The narration was also very well done. They picked the perfect voice for David Wong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler VENTURA, CA, United States 03-06-12
    Tyler VENTURA, CA, United States 03-06-12
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    "Great Book, Greaty Performance"
    Would you listen to John Dies at the End again? Why?

    Definitely, already have his second book pre-ordered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough call. Dave has the everyday persona that you can relate to but John has that charisma that draws you to him as well.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Thorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but will in the future.


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

    Arnie Blondstone. Great character arc for him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie-Claude Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-09-12
    Marie-Claude Ottawa, ON, Canada 02-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "14 Hours of my life I'd like back."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person who enjoys a confusing Grant Morrison style of storyline.


    What could David Wong have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main character was a disorganized mess of a person which is why the story (told in first person) probably reads that way. If I wanted to listen to a rambling story told by a mental case, I'd talk to my friends.


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

    The narrator did a good job of character differentiation and had a pleasant voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The author does a good job of setting the scene and descriptions.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Vancouver, WA, United States 10-18-11
    Edward Vancouver, WA, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"

    John Dies at the End was a fun read. Wry. I enjoyed the way Wong twisted all the horror and action tropes. I actually laughed a couple of times.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 08-11-11
    Barbara 08-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting..."

    The story is a little Too simmilar to something by Lovecraft. But then, that's what Lovecraft wanted, to be emulated. It's humorous in dark places and "in the now" you could say. I didn't like the ending and the plot is pretty predictable. But all in all a good listen. The narraror did a fine job. He has a fitting and pleasant voice. I would recommend this book unless you have a Strong aversion to insects.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 05-09-13
    Robert Surrey, BC, Canada 05-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Moments are outwayed by bad writting"

    Apparently this book was originally published as an online serialized book and you can really tell. There were numerous times when it was CRYING out for an editor.

    There are some rather funny and interesting moments in the book but there was numerous times when I had no clue what was going on and/or the book could have used a good pair of scissors.

    The narration is fine but be warned this book is really blue (lots of sex and potty humor) not for the squeamish.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CJJponderings 07-23-12
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    "Waste of a credit"
    Any additional comments?

    Gave up after the first four chapters. Some may feel there is a story in the book, but I thought it was some guy writing about his drug induced nightmares and trying to pull them together into a story. Pathetic waste of time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorin Waynesboro, VA, USA 04-17-12
    Lorin Waynesboro, VA, USA 04-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gross and no plot!"
    Would you try another book from David Wong and/or Stephen R. Thorne?

    No


    What was most disappointing about David Wong’s story?

    This book was definitely catering to a male reader demographic! I did not feel empathy for the characters and there were so many gross images that I couldn't finish it. That is one plus - the imagery that the book created was very good. If you like gross horror books, I guess it would be great!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tania 06-13-14
    Tania 06-13-14
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    "not for me"

    This book is all over the place. Parts of it did provide a laugh but the rest was extremely tangential and irreverent. Not really sure who I would recommend this book to but it definitely was not for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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