psykins’ #CBR5 Review #1: This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did.  Let me start out by saying that this book is written by a Cracked.com editor, so you can get a feel for his writing by visiting that site.  I happen to enjoy most of the articles on Cracked, so I thought that this would be a pretty funny book.  This book also had amazing reviews on amazon.com, so I thought I couldn’t possibly go wrong.

The main problem I had with this book was that it just wasn’t funny.  I didn’t laugh until the last chapter, which was very disappointing.  A lot of the humor was based on the characters being complete morons, but instead of finding their actions amusing I just found them annoying.  There are several points in the book when the characters act impulsively and completely screw everything up, and this is presented in what I assume is supposed to be a humorous tone.  Instead, I found myself extremely frustrated that I had to read about what these idiots were doing.  Their perception of situations seemed to change constantly and it was difficult to keep track of who thought what at any particular time as they would vacillate between opposing positions from page to page.

The book is also extremely gory.  I probably wouldn’t have minded as much if I’d been expecting a gory book, but I’d been expecting a funny one.  Little of the gore could be described as funny, except perhaps an incident on a turkey farm.  Most of the blood and guts was merely stomach-turning.

Perhaps my least favorite thing about the book was all of the philosophizing and random God/Jesus references.  I came into this looking for a good laugh.  The book was marketed as a comedy, and although I do like smart comedy, I don’t need whole chapters detailing the author’s views of crowdthink, human nature, and pop psychology about why we fear zombies.  Throw in a few random but serious references to God by some decidedly non-Christian characters and cue my eyerolls.

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6 thoughts on “psykins’ #CBR5 Review #1: This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong

  1. Interesting – I have been reading Wong’s stuff on Cracked for years, and wondered about the novels – comic novels are really hard to pull off well, and I find even his listicles start strong and then fizzle out (I’m a demanding bitch when it comes to the funny).

  2. John Dies at the End is my favorite book. Haven’t read this one yet, so it’s disappointing to hear that you were so let down by it!

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