I read John Dies at the End a while back and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think, when trying to describe it to a friend, I went with, “A little like Lovecraft on a really bad trip as filtered through a 12 year old boy’s sense of humor.” It was unhinged and ridiculous and a lot of fun. I’ve since seen the movie and…enjoyed it not as much as the book.
I never heard nearly as much about the sequel, This Book is Full of Spiders, Seriously Dude, Don’t Touch It. Most of what I heard was pretty positive–it’s a stronger book with better writing and a more coherent plot. I’m game for that.
So, how did the new book go over?
Read all about it at The Everyday Alchemy Lab.
Amazon was super confident I’d love this book. It’s been pushing Gone Girl on me for months now, and I’ve been looking the other way because I don’t read thrillers. I read fantasy and a little horror and the occasional sci fi and the assorted subgenres thereof and since I’ve been buying tons and tons of books from Amazon for years now, it should know better. It’s even recommended a few of my absolute favorite books recently: Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, The Night Circus, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti.
Of course, it also keeps trying to push 50 Shades of Gray, and it still thinks I’ll really like The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, even though that was the first book the free preview convinced me against purchasing or reading.
The review on Pajiba really pushed me over the edge on this one. I’m glad I took the plunge. I’m not adverse to reading outside of my usual ruts–I’ve just got a habit to maintain and it’s easy and comforting to go with the familiar.
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