Well, I didn’t think that a comic horror novel would be the won genre that would be so difficult to get through. It took me 14 days to pull through “John Dies At The End” by David Wong. I had previously seen the movie, so I wanted to tackle the book before moving onto my next book. I finally put the finishing touches on this and am going to try and review this, but it’s going to be very difficult all things considered.
Woa! Sorry to stop your flow of reading. I wanted to interject and say that this is an older review. I know, old content isn’t always great. However, if you’re reading this, just know that this is a review that I wrote after reading the book in 2018. I’m working on 2019’s reviews, and will post them as I can, but this is from my archives. Sorry to break up the flow again, just continue reading, and please try the fish! I mean, buy the book.
This book by David Wong is nothing short of insane. I say that as a point of frustration and a point of interest. The book is all over the place. The plot involves a first person narrative that dives into the most incredible story of absurd elements. We’re talking spiders, a hallucinogenic drug called soy sauce, a weird Jamaican guy, brains exploding, bugs crawling out of nostrils, organs talking, and everything you’d expect from a Cronenberg film thrown at you in literary form. The story does have a narrative but a lot of it is mired by the frenetic pacing, the back and forth conversation, and lack of focus. This is like reading the brain of an ADD diagnosed individual, chaos reigns throughout the book. There is true chaos here.
The story goes through the uncanny, the absurd, and complete horrors that you’d expect from other writers. I don’t know David Wong from anyone else, but after reading this book, I can truly say that he has something up his sleeve that others don’t. He has gone “balls to the wall” with the absurd. He has created a world that is beyond the imagination of a normal person and has brought in all influences, all the time. We’re talking influences that made “Carnosaur” a hit movie. There is time travel, there are celebrities, there are villains, the devil, hell, and so much more going on here. I can’t really put into words how frenetically paced this book is and how it creates insane horror structures. If you’re scared o of bugs, ghosts, blood, and just about all the horror tropes you’d expect from a slasher, then this book has it in spades.
This book was hard to read because it wasn’t well written in my view. I say that as a bad writer. David Wong’s book is horrific in nature, but it also has a lot going for it. The science fiction and horror elements make this one hell of a read for those that love the genre. But I am not one of those people. I guess I am just not a big fan of the chaos that is created through the frenetic pace of this book. I know, I’ve repeated myself greatly in this review, but the book really had me wanting to quit many times. I give this book a 2 out of 5. It’s hard to read, but it’s got some gore and some violence, so perhaps “John Dies At The End” by David Wong isn’t as bad as I thought. The movie was good, violent, insane, and well it isn’t like the book, except it kind of is. You’ll get it if you decide to take this book on and watch the movie as well.
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