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John Dies at the End

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

48 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

Original. Scary. Hilarious. Infectious.

When I first read the original weekly installments on the internet, I lost a day's productivity at work each week. Not that it took me a day to read it - I'm a slow reader but not THAT slow. It's that it stuck with me, it crept around in my head all day making me sudd...
When I first read the original weekly installments on the internet, I lost a day's productivity at work each week. Not that it took me a day to read it - I'm a slow reader but not THAT slow. It's that it stuck with me, it crept around in my head all day making me suddenly laugh out loud one moment and other times causing me to quickly turn my head to catch a glimpse of a shadow that I was sure I had seen out of the corner of my eye but now wasn't there. It drew me in to it's world. By the end of the day I had rationalized it enough that I was OK. Until the next week. Then when the book came out (not this one, a limited release under a different publisher) I was lucky enough to get it signed by the author. He even drew a little unsmiley face on it. I'd describe it to you but I haven't checked it today to see what it currently looks like. I keep the book on a shelf behind my computer at home where I can always see it. Not because I pick it up and re-read it often. Because I want to make sure I always know where it is, in just that specific cockeyed position, so I know that no one else in the house but me has read it. Because I love my family.

The book (and just to be clear, I use that word with reluctance, since those of us who have read it know that...well I can't explain it, nevermind) is about a couple of friends, John and Dave, who live in a midwestern town. You may identify with one or the other of them at various points in the story...especially with John if you have a large genital member, a large ego, and little appreciation for the fact that actions have consequences. Uh, unless you're a chick, in which case scratch that genital member part...wait that didn't quite come out the way I meant it. Um, Anyhow, the plot..So these two friends end up imbibing "Soy Sauce" - a drug that opens up the supernatural world to your senses - and they realize that their town is basically the beachhead for a supernatural invasion. They encounter unbelievable horror, some of the really gross kind and some of the really "shocks-the-mind-into-numbness-and-disbelief" kind. And they also encounter unbelievable comedy, some of the really gross kind and some of the really "makes-you-laugh-even-though-its-inappropriate-to-do-so-right-now" kind. And they often encounter both horror and comedy at the same moment. The story is good. It's so good you won't want to put the book down. And sometimes you'll just be too scared to put it down. It must truly be read to be understood. But once you understand, it won't leave you alone. In fact, it's already too late for you. You're reading these reviews, so you're in the game. THEY know you're reading these reviews, and THEY won't leave you alone now. I'm so sorry.

posted by ratdude on October 7, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Uhg

I don't even know what to say... I guess I should start by saying I can understand why a lot of people gave this 5 stars... but it just didn't do it for me. And before you get all "you're too serious and a good dick joke is funny and you just don't get it"... I do
I don't even know what to say... I guess I should start by saying I can understand why a lot of people gave this 5 stars... but it just didn't do it for me. And before you get all "you're too serious and a good dick joke is funny and you just don't get it"... I do get what he was trying to do, I don't think he pulled it off.

posted by Sandra027 on April 10, 2012

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    Uhg

    I don't even know what to say... I guess I should start by saying I can understand why a lot of people gave this 5 stars... but it just didn't do it for me. And before you get all "you're too serious and a good dick joke is funny and you just don't get it"... I <i>do</i> get what he was trying to do, I don't think he pulled it off.

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    ??????

    Title spoils book

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Irrelvant

    This book title just spoils the whole end. It is absolutely irrelvant! The ending is already spoiled so what is the point in reading it. So David Wong,go sit with E.L James in the irrelvant corner! Blu

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Stupid stupid stupid

    I've had this book for over one month and can't get passed the first hundred pages. Its the worse book I have ever read. I just can't get into it. So confusing. I wish there was a minus star rating.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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