Thursday, April 19, 2012

John Dies at the End by David Wong

This is the cover folded out; the front cover alone didn't do it justice!
Title: John Dies at the End
Author: David Wong
Publication Date: October 2009
Length: 375 pages

It's hard to even summarise what this book is about. OK, so there's this drug known as Soy Sauce. Taking it either allows you to see weird things that don't belong in this world, or possibly actually opens a hole to let those things in. The main characters, David and John, use the sauce to try to defend the Earth against these various weird alternate dimension things. Basically this book is just really, really weird.

The whole thing is basically a series of weird things happening. Sometimes they are also disgusting things. There are lots of monsters made entirely of bugs, and stuff like that (one monster made entirely of cuts of meat from a freezer).

The overarching story (if you can call it that) is that John is telling his story to a reporter. As the reporter gets more and more incredulous, but out of morbid curiosity or something still chooses to keep listening, John talks about a series of events that are roughly broken into 3 bigger stories... I'm doing a bad job at this, because seriously, it's just very random and kind of hard to explain.

I liked it! It was weird, and occasionally I would either laugh out loud or visibly shudder in public. You may or may not like it. It will depend on your personality way more than the average book does! But I recommend it.

This has been a vague review by Lianne Lavoie! 4 stars.

This book counts towards the Read Your OWN Library! Challenge (hosted by The Beauty of Eclecticism) for March. For April, my book for the challenge will be The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson. This book also counts for the 2012 A-Z Book Challenge and the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.


  1. I was surprised to see that you liked it. It sounds like the type of book you have to read to believe. Very very interesting.

    1. Pretty much! I occasionally like rather weird things. :P It's just so random, it made me laugh out loud sometimes!

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    1. :O No I didn't! I hate captcha! Thanks so much for letting me know! It should be turned off now. I wonder how long that's been on without me knowing. :/