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John Dies at the End

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ISBN13: 9780312659141
ISBN10: 0312659148
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If you're a fan of the movie, this book has everything you loved about it: the gut-wrenchingly funny juxtaposition of lowbrow humor and surrealism, the gore, the impending sense of doom that soaks the narrative until you're coated in a sticky quagmire of horror and humor. All of that is here only amped up by a factor of at least 10. What the movie misses the mark on is the sense of existential dread that permeates the book, making this a novel that is haunting and genuinely scary instead of just being mostly weird and funny like the film.
Recommended by Brian S., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

STOP.

You should not have touched this book 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 its 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.

Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, well have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

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 is was my fault.

Review:

David Wong has updated the Lovecraft tradition and infused it with humor that rather than lessening the horror, increases it dramatically. Engaging, comic, and terrifying. Joe Garden, Features Editor, The Onion.

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"John Dies at the End...[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors." Fangoria

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"David Wong is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King...page-turner is an understatement." Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I-V and Bubba Ho-tep

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"David Wong has managed to write that rarest of things — a genuinely scary story." David Wellington, author of Monster Island and Vampire Zero

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"The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares." The Onion AV Club

Review:

"Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"When it's funny, it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet when the situation calls for chills, it provides them in spades." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin, online humorist, National Lampoon contributor, and editor in chief of Cracked.com.

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lukas, February 9, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
I saw the movie first, directed by "Phantasm" dude Don Coscarelli, and then picked up the book. The movie is enjoyable, but you wonder what someone like Joss Whedon or Guillermo del Toro could've done with it. The book, a wild, over the top mix of adolescent humor, sci-fi, horror and buddy comedy is a pretty entertaining read, even if it runs out of steam towards the end. Genre fans will enjoy its gruesome monsters and tongue in cheek tone. Followed by a sequel.
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BCTransplant, July 12, 2012 (view all comments by BCTransplant)
Think you know what happens at the end of this book? Think again! This is a roller coaster ride of a book that abducts you into its really messed-up alternative universe with some really fun writing to entertain you on the journey. The two main characters--the narrator and his titular buddy--engage in an obscenely funny, screwball friendship that felt completely real. I loved the way the college-boy humour splayed seamlessly against a scary, surreal backdrop, with both elements somehow in perfect balance.
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Jillian, January 10, 2011 (view all comments by Jillian)
This book is sick, twisted and incredibly fun. That's all I'm going to say because if you've bothered to read this far you need to get John dies at the end and probably already know that.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312659141
Author:
Wong, David
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Horror
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20100914
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 480 pages St. Martin's Griffin - English 9780312659141 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If you're a fan of the movie, this book has everything you loved about it: the gut-wrenchingly funny juxtaposition of lowbrow humor and surrealism, the gore, the impending sense of doom that soaks the narrative until you're coated in a sticky quagmire of horror and humor. All of that is here only amped up by a factor of at least 10. What the movie misses the mark on is the sense of existential dread that permeates the book, making this a novel that is haunting and genuinely scary instead of just being mostly weird and funny like the film.

"Review" by , David Wong has updated the Lovecraft tradition and infused it with humor that rather than lessening the horror, increases it dramatically. Engaging, comic, and terrifying.
"Review" by , "John Dies at the End...[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors."
"Review" by , "David Wong is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King...page-turner is an understatement."
"Review" by , "David Wong has managed to write that rarest of things — a genuinely scary story."
"Review" by , "The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares."
"Review" by , "Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next."
"Review" by , "When it's funny, it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet when the situation calls for chills, it provides them in spades."
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