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review 2020-03-09 21:56
2007 at its best!
John Dies At The End - David Wong

I really enjoyed this re-read of David Wongs debut novel from 2007. Of course, the book has aged, especially the pop culture references feel really old (you guys still remember Fred Durst?), at the same time it takes you down nostalgia lane, because I cannot be the only one remembering listening to Limp Bizkit CDs, right? Right??
But apart from that, it has aged very well. The story itself is still unconventional and out of the ordinary, although it is hard to explain why without giving away too much.

Wong has a great sense for syntax and a black, very dry humour. I am not kidding when I say that this book will make you laugh out loud or at least giggle even while being in public. It is well structured, the episodes are not long-winded (as they unfortunately are in his follow up novels), but above all, I have to praise the atmosphere. He manages to create a realistic uncanny environment that can turn from uncanny to simply horrifying to hilarious within two pages. One of the central statements of John Dies at the End must be (in my opinion), that ghosts, demons and whatnot don’t haunt specific places, but minds. They haunt minds. And this novel kind of does the same to you, it really messes with your brain and with your perception of reality up to a point when you question everything and everyone – and then Wong suddenly cracks some dick jokes so that the world feels alright again.

I really like John Dies at the End, but I have to admit, that I remember loving it the first time I read it. The first time, I was just not expecting half of the crazy plot twists and sudden turns, therefore I was not braced for them and this book left me staring dumbfounded at its pages with my mind going “wtf?!” more often than I like to admit here. Naturally, there were not that many surprises now, but I noticed a lot of details which I completely missed the first time. I still really like it and I can see myself reading it a third time when I need a break from serious literature.
And as far as the title goes… Well, you will just have to find out yourself if John dies at the end or not.

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quote 2020-03-02 22:04
You see, Frank found out the hard way that the dark things lurking in the night don’t haunt old houses or abandoned ships. They haunt minds.
John Dies At The End - David Wong

One incredibly good line from John Dies at the End by David Wong.

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quote 2020-03-02 22:00
Scientists talk about dark matter, the invisible, mysterious substance that occupies the space between stars. Dark matter makes up 99,99 percent of the universe, and they don’t know what it is. Well I know. It’s apathy. That’s the truth of it; pile together everything we know and care about in the universe and it will still be nothing more than a tiny speck in the middle of a vast black ocean of Who Gives A Fuck.
John Dies At The End - David Wong

John Dies at the End by David Wong

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text 2020-03-02 21:53
Reading progress update: I've read 162 out of 384 pages.
John Dies At The End - David Wong

I am currently re-reading John Dies at the End which I first read (and loved) in 2013.


I remember that its weird an twisted story blew my mind back then and that every book by David Wong that came out after John Dies at the End was disappointing in comparison to it (though still entertaining to a certain degree).

So far, I still remember some bits and pieces, but even though a lot of the crazy plot twists aren’t surprising to me any more, I still enjoy this novel and it still makes me smile and giggle from time to time.

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review 2019-08-02 00:15
John Dies at the End
John Dies At The End - David Wong,Stephen R. Thorne

This is another selection from the Albany Public Library Summer Reading Challenge. (Theme:  "Out of this world.")


The audio for this book was over 14 hours long.  I often found myself thinking, "Henry James would call this book "a loose and baggy monster."  Come to think of it, the book actually features some loose and baggy monsters.


If this book were a stew, it would contain ingredients from GhostbustersMen in BlackSupernaturalInvasion of the Body Snatchers, and Fringe.  There were parts that made me laugh out loud, but there were also parts that just rambled, on and on.  And way too many dick jokes. 


By the time the story got to its big twists near the end, I was exhausted.  I considered abandoning it, but didn't want to because then I'd have to find another "out of this world" book to replace it with.

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