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
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.
This book had me on the edge of my seat in horror and laughing the entire book. I was sad when John described his story. It was so fast-paced that I must listen to it again. The dialogue between the two heroes was hilarious. Of course the descriptions David has of John had me bowled over in laughter. Of course I don't see how the blurb fits the book. The narrator isn't really talking to us at all. But the story is so wonderful in its oddities and the narrator is so good that I could not help but want to listen. This was a great read and worth the credit.
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.
I spend a large amount of my income on books. I mean, a lot. Seriously. It's a problem.
Not really. It had interesting moments, but overall, it was just kinda gross and uninteresting.
Just too bizarre which seemed to be bizarre for the sake of being...bizarre. Seemed really incoherent at times. Just couldn't follow.
I did have moments where I enjoyed David's narrative. Some of his stream of consciousness was really clever.
I tried to watch it, to see if maybe it was just the audio version that turned me off, but nope, it was the story in general. Just not for me.
I was kind of sad that I didn't like it since so many of my friends do. Just wasn't my cup of tea.
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!
This was well performed, and quirky enough to remind me of the Brother Odd books, but the story is somewhat lazily written and repetitive, relying on shock value coarseness in lieu of depth. This story was not so bad that I quit half way through, but bad enough I won't recommend it.
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!
Yes. It was a fun and well told story. Much better than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised and ordered his next one.
Without a doubt, it was John. He was written with a combination of sarcasm, arrogance, sweetness, intelligence, bromance and loyalty that I found completely engaging. Never a dull moment!
No - this is my first one.
Book was okay. Definitely different. Narration was very good. Story started off good, but then it just seemed that the author got lost and didn't know what to do with the story. Picked back up toward the end and then David Wong got lost again and was just filling in with things that just didn't make sense. The language and incessant crudeness was a bit of a turnoff for me. Again, okay in the beginning, but it just got to be too much.
For the first half of this story I probably spent a lot of time raising one eyebrow. Some of the creatures and events from the very beginning were so off the wall I was pretty sure David Wong got some good mushrooms before he started writing.
I decided to stay with it and eventually I did find myself interested in the characters and wanting to know what was going to happen next.
By the time I reached the end of the book I was looking forward to hearing the next book in the series (This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It) and I found that I enjoyed it so much more than this one because of the narrator.
Stephen R Thorne may be a wonderful narrator but his tone just didn't seem right for the characters of this story.
Overall it's a must read if you want to enjoy the second book in the series and that alone makes it worth the investment.
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