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John Dies at the End [Paperback]

David Wong
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Book Description

24 Jun 2011
My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrock, about the invasion, and the future. But it is too late. You touched the book. You are in the game. You are under the eye. The only defence is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part about the bratwurst. Why? You will just have to trust me. Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we will have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherwordly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity. I m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: NONE OF THIS IS MY FAULT.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857684833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857684837
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 12.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Dies at the End...[is] a case of the author trying to depict actual, soul-sucking lunacy, and succeeding with flying colors." Fangoria

David Wong is like a mash-up of Douglas Adams and Stephen King . . . page-turner is an understatement. --Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm I V and Bubba Ho-tep

David Wong has managed to write that rarest of things -a genuinely scary story. -David Wellington, author of Monster Island and Vampire Zero

"The rare genre novel that manages to keep its sense of humor strong without ever diminishing the scares." --The Onion AV Club

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. Publishers Weekly

"When it s funny, it's laugh-out-loud funny, yet when the situation calls for chills, it provides them in spades."--Kirkus Reviews

The book takes every pop culture trend of the past twenty years, peppers it with 14-year-old humor, and blends it all together with a huge heaping of splatterpunk gore.... Successfully blend[s] laugh-out-loud humor with legitimate horror.

"A buddy comedy with real heart. And brains. Lots of brains ... John Dies at the End's biggest success is that its leads react almost as exactly as we would: a bit crazy, a bit brave and a whole lot of 'what the f-?' 4/5 stars." --Sci-Fi Now

About the Author

David Wong is the pseudonym of Jason Pargin, online humorist, National Lampoon contributor, and editor-in-chief of

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat 11 Sep 2007
David Wong's first novel is a rare treat: a comedy horror that is both genuinely funny and genuinely horrifying. Written in the first person, the novel relates the adventures of the author and his friend John, whose ordinary small town existence comes to an end when they are exposed to the drug known as "soy sauce". Now they can see the true nature of the world they live in: where demons can alter reality, anyone can be erased from history, and nobody is who, or what, they seem.

The novel was originally written as a series of episodes for the author's web site, and this origin still shows in the printed version. The tone of the story ranges from slapstick comedy to metaphysical horror, which will leave you wondering if you yourself might end up like the unfortunate woodchuck.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now a favourite 5 Sep 2007
I love this book; I love it for its grimy protagonists, its nebulous yet unflinchingly retarded bad guys, the awesome concepts David Wong calls into play and its beautifully profound penis jokes.

I would recommend this book to anyone even vaguely interested in horror books or science fiction. It will make you laugh and it will make you think.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Despite the 'pre-conditions" I can't help loving this book! The pre-conditions I was aware of before I bought it were:
1) I don't like graphic horror in movies and novels and this book is full of it; some of the images will probably stay with me for a long time.
2) It also has 'heroes' of the Jackass/Jay & Silent Bob calibre - another big turn-off for me.
3) Finally, it's probably targeted towards 15-25 year olds (I am past fifty).
Three good reasons to ignore this novel, but still I bought it. Why? No idea, but I prefer to call it a lucky hunch. Though seemingly a first novel that started story by story in a blog, the print version is very well written (not to say the electronic version wasn't as good, I just never saw it). The writer avoids the use of the lingo of the above mentioned type of protagonists, the narrative flows nicely, there are no tedious or slow parts and even the newly created frame for the story does not feel artificial but ties nicely into the story. It's very funny, often thrilling and entertaining throughout.
I finished the book within two days, wholeheartedly recommend it and eagerly loo(c)k forward to next Dave & John novel.
PS: I have become very suspicious of soy sauce.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By O. Lee
I don't think i've ever been this excited to read a book for the third time through. It is simply a captivating and utterly entertaining read. I read it at night in bed, constantly checking the dark room to make sure those creaks I heard were normal - and then the next moment chuckling to myself like a fool. Not because I was checking the shadows, that is of course simply logical, but because of the brilliant humour in the writing that can catch you off guard. The horror, thrills, adventure and comedy is all intertwined harmoniously - with never a dull moment.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review 6 Sep 2007
As soon as you see the title you pretty much know you're not about to read an average horror tale. John Dies At The End is as funny as it is scary, and vice versa, skipping effortlessly from talking hot dogs and magic healing kittens to disturbing passages about what the narrator thinks Hell might be like, and the idea of never having existed. Straight back to John's special demon-killing weapon- a baseball bat with a Bible taped to it. The story itself seems to unfold as a series of episodes (it was, after all, originally written in instalments) bound together by the author's "present day" interview with a skeptical journalist. Every character is well-written, believable and likeable, but the strength of the story really is the way it's written- the humour and horror often overlap but never feel jarring or uncomfortable together. In that sense, it reminds me less of classic horror authors like King and Koontz, and classic comedy authors like Douglas Adams, than it reminds me of Brit zombie movie Shaun Of The Dead. Both that film and this book manage this balance of gags and real, honest horror, and if you liked Shaun you'll love John and Dave.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book good: tight-fisted man reaches for wallet 6 Sep 2007
JDatE is a genuinely deft blend of great humour, scabrous vulgarity and actual, proper horror. The story benefits from being a-bristle with the unconventional ideas and enthusiasm inherent in a writer's first "proper" book, whilst being coupled to writing skills honed over a ton of fiercely intelligent and funny web articles on pointlesswasteoftime.

Watch out for Bill Paxton's cameo as a small pile of rocks.

I'm buying it despite having already read it twice online, and I'm legendarily tight-fisted. It gets one thumbs up, my highest rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That rare thing 25 Sep 2012
By M. King
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A comedy horror that delivers on both fronts.

Probably one of the coolest books I've read in a long time and an absolute joy to read.

You'll laugh, you'll cringe and you'll have an exceedingly good time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day drugged up Ghostbusters 4 Mar 2010
By Papa P
I Really enjoyed the book,it read much like a movie with a very visual narrative and snappy dialogue. It also made me laugh out lound a couple of times with some geat moments of dry wit. I hope Mr Wong n co have many more books worth of shenanigans to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the Soy sauce!
This is perhaps one of the best books I read in 2013. It was inventive, original and unlike anything I ever read before. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robyn K
2.0 out of 5 stars author got bored at the end
i feel quite let down... first 2 3rds were very entertaining but then it seems the author just got bored and gave up.. quite supprised it has such high ratings.
Published 9 days ago by james tarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Bill and Ted meets Men in Black
Bill and Ted meets Men in Black with copious amounts of Soy sauce. Weird, wacky and wicked journey into another realm!
Published 11 days ago by caz o'gorman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I ex[ected
It's not something I usually pick up, but we had decided to read it for book club. I'm glad I did, but not sure it's going to be a genre I read again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KW15
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The best and strangest book I have read in a while.
Everyone should take the time to read it.
Now I'm off to watch the movie
Published 1 month ago by gemma robbie
3.0 out of 5 stars John Lives
I have no idea who David Wong is, or if that's even his real name--apparently he's a comedian, this is his debut novel, and he previously wrote for National Lampoon's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by George Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-dabby
I stumbled upon this book and dithered whether or not to get it. im glad i purchased this book. it's laugh out loud funny at times and eerily creepy others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs D Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars crazy
Would recommend this book if you enjoy horror or science fiction . Is very funny at times although can be hard to follow .
Published 2 months ago by mrs s
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!
Take the best bits of Fear & Loathing, shake with some Kafka, Cronenberg & a dash of Lassie. This book is pure escape, or is it??? Read more
Published 2 months ago by jaybramle
2.0 out of 5 stars Utter nonsense...
Disappointing. Although he clearly has talent as a writer, Wong's prose is overly self indulgent and frequently descends into random incoherent nonsense. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mdizzle
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