Review of John Dies at the End by David Wong

“Son, the greatest trick the Devil pulled was convincing the world there was only one of him.” 
― David WongJohn Dies at the End

 

“And watch out for Molly. See if she does anything unusual. There’s something I don’t trust about the way she exploded and then came back from the dead like that.”

― David WongJohn Dies at the End

 

 

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Movie poster. http://www.imdb.com

 

This book is not for everyone but it is certainly for me. Weird and smart and rather wonderful.

I read a lot and because I read a lot I don’t often come across things that are new and exciting. So when I do come across something that is different I get really excited. This is different. This is a cross between bizarro, science fiction, horror, and comedy. It has the best of each of these genres in a mish-mash snowball of glee. I am not even sure I can adequately describe the plot of the story. It is secondary to the dialog of the main characters. They are a pair of sarcastic semi-losers thrust into a surreal situation. It also involves parallel dimensions, hell, and an exploding dog. They sorta just roll with every scenario they fall into.

The imagery is graphic and tinged with the gross, ““Fred said, “Man, I think he’s gonna make a fuckin’ suit of human skin, using the best parts from each of us.”
“Holy crap,” said John. “He’ll be gorgeous.”

 

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This is the worst book cover I have ever seen. Ignore. http://www.goodreads.com

Also includes a large use of the profane. “No, no. Keep driving,” said a soft voice in my ear. “She will not bite if you keep driving.” Fuck that. Fuck that idea like the captain of the Thai Fuck Team fucking at the fucking Tour de Fuck.”  C’mon that’s funny.

 

It was made into a so-so movie.

 

Just go with it. I know I am selling the hell out of it, but It is one of my favorites!

 

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