This book was an exercise in insanity! This is not the first time I've said this about a book, and considering there are two sequels to this, it won't be the last!
Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm too generous with my book ratings, or if I just have superb taste and amazing luck at picking great ones. I'd like to believe it's the latter...so I will.
My hubby and I, on a late night Netflix binge, saw this movie and were intrigued by the title--hello, spoilers! So we watched knowing it would be my kind of flick. It was bizarre and yet good. Bizarrely good. Horror/comedy with a bit of camp. Everything you need to make a future cult classic. And of course the moment I found out it was based on a book, it went on my wishlist. And let me tell you, it is surprisingly hard to get a used copy of this book! (I was on a budget and trying not to give Amazon any more of my money.)
And after I finally got a copy, I didn't read it right away. Big mistake! Huge! If I could kick my own butt for waiting so long, I would.
The whole thing is told from David Wong's point of view (yes the author is also a character). I normally hate first person stories, but this was great. It's about David and John and their ridiculous shenanigans. It's like they get into the kind of situations that you just can't make up. I had a friend like that once. She would get into the craziest stuff, and I was there half the time, so I know she wasn't making it up.
In the story there's this drug called 'soy sauce' and it's pretty much a gateway to hell--or so Dave and John think. Crazy things happen when you're on the sauce, a whole new part of your mind is opened up to you. And once it's opened, there's no closing it!
John takes it on purpose, and Dave is accidentially stabbed by the needle he confiscated from John. Now they are seeing things they would have never wanted in a million years, ever wanted to see. And they're able to do things--almost supernatural type things. They get caught up in some serious mess all because of this 'soy sauce', and no matter how hard Dave tries to pull them out, John keeps dragging them in deeper. It's almost like their [undisclosed] town is situated on a hellmouth! And John and Dave are the 'slayers' poised to save the world.
Everything in this book is just insane. It's the right amount of dark, creepy, crazy and funny. It's like Evil Dead with two good Ashes. I loved every minute of it. And now I'm about to dive into the sequel as soon as I post this.
...Why does it always have to be spiders?!