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.
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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wil.langford+powells, July 12, 2010 (view all comments by wil.langford+powells)
This book was previously available for free as a web book. I read it in that format, and it reminded me (in a good way) of Resumé With Monsters. I don't remember many of the details, but I do remember enjoying it quite a bit. I don't want to spoil anything, but one of the characters just might not make it.
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St. Martin's Griffin -
by Brian S.,
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.
by Brian S.
by Joe Garden, Features Editor, The Onion.,
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.
"John Dies at the End...[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors."
by Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I-V and Bubba Ho-tep,
"David Wong is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King...page-turner is an understatement."
by David Wellington, author of Monster Island and Vampire Zero,
"David Wong has managed to write that rarest of things — a genuinely scary story."
by The Onion AV Club,
"The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares."
by Publishers Weekly,
"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."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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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