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
It’s really hard to come up with a good summary to this story, but what I can tell you is that it’s a funny sci-fi off-beat story. After listening to the first few chapters, I told my boyfriend about it, and we both pretty much raced through listening to it because it was so entertaining. I’d strongly suggest this book to anyone with a sense of humor, who doesn’t mind some good ol’ fashion poop jokes.
Less bathroom humor and a more serious treatment of the horror element.
Stop trying to push limits just to see how long someone will listen. (At one point the author describes a sequence of numbers that went on for 2 minutes....0, 9, 10, 7, 8, 4, 3, 2, 11, 18, 27....and so on.) It wasn't clever. It was obnoxious.The online chat dialog was a close second. (Mustache girl, Evil Nymph, Fairy Dust)
I liked the narrator. The performance was what originally attracted me to the audiobook.
I think the author is very talented and enjoyed some of the creative descriptive writing, but overall the hyper-silly tone kept me from following the key points to the plot and thinking the whole story was just a bad trip.
I've listened to about an hour of this and its about the weirdest thing I've ever heard. Read some reviews - some of them glowing from folks who found it hilarious. Haven't seen hilarity yet, just grossness for no apparent reason other than to be gross. This reminds me of Saturday Night Live, which I used to find outrageously funny. My husband and I have followed it for 30 years or so and still look forward to it at 11:30 on Saturday night. We're always disappointed these days - it all seems very silly. Have we changed or has humor changed? Don't know, but I feel the same about this book. How anyone could give it 5 stars I just can't comprehend.
Let me start by saying that this book is impeccably written, it truly could have been an amazing novel... but the ending was pretty terrible. I understand that it was originally written as a serial which may be why it falls off the way it does. I just can't understand why the author would leave so many questions unanswered? I was literally haunted by the graphic/realistic imagery, the protagonist was just the kind of bitter investigator a reader can really get behind, but the book just apprubtly ends. I can scarcely explain my surprise and (really) horror when the audible credits began. WTF?REALLY, if there are any readers/listeners who felt differently, please let me know. Maybe I just need some further explainantion? Also, what's up with the title?
He could have given the ending just the slightest bit of closure and changed the title.
He had a way of keeping me glued to my ear-buds. Even when the story got slow, I felt very much entrenched in what was going on.
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
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.
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.
This book is totally nuts, totally! I enjoyed every minute of listening to it even though I am not totally sure wtf happened. I laughed out loud at times due to this books very clever dry humor (my kind of humor). The narrator was perfect. His voice was exactly what i would have imagined Davids voice to be like. His sarcasm was spot on and I think listening to this book may help people hear the authors sarcastic tone where they may have otherwise missed it in actually reading it. I have found myself still pondering stuff from this book a few weeks after listening to it which for me is the sign of a great book.
This book may not be for everyone but if you liked 14, and Mr. Penumbra this is worth your credit!
the story, the ridiculous dialogue
It started out funny then storyline deteriorated into ridiculousness. Kept hoping it would get better but was sorely disappointed by the end of it. Only reason I kept listening to it was I was on a long drive home with no other books available. Would not recommend!
...but I don't know that any review I can give will do it justice. It's about a pair of Gen Y underachievers who, through experiences I can't relate without ruining anything, are gifted with a sensitivity to the supernatural and extra-dimensional. Their new perceptions give them glances at, and make them targets of, cloak-and-dagger forces that are inimical to humankind and..... just effing weird.
One guy is the irresponsible friend, the other is the straight-man, slightly less irresponsible friend. You'll get to accompany them as they try and manage their slacker, workaday, part time crud job lives - and at the same time deal with secret, heinous powers. Without any proof, it's just them against the world.
It's a contradiction, but their ineptitude has great poise, and you forgive their ridiculousness because 1) they're good-natured dudes at heart and 2) they're friggin hilarious.
I highly recommend this book. However, I've seen from the other reviews that it's pretty polarizing; people either love it or are unimpressed. I use it as litmus paper to see if my tastes are calibrated to other reviewers' when looking for suggestions. I def suggest checking a reviewer's history before taking their word on this book just in case it isn't your lager colour. If it is though, I promise you'll be well-sated.
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