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John Dies at the End Hardcover – 8 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031255513X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312555139
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 64.5 x 580.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
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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"

""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"

"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""

"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

About the Author

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

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John dies at the end is a fantastic book. Good humor, interesting story and twists, I'd highly recommend to anyone really. Don't want to spoil too much. Now that I've read the book ill be watching the movie
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Really random and out of the box book. Love the style it's written in and really needed to get out of this world for a few hours and this book sure did that!
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I'd heard great things about this and liked David Wong's writing online, but to be honest this was a disappointment. It just sort of rambles on and on without ever being more than mildly amusing and I put it down halfway through and never bothered to pick it up again. I think maybe as an online article writer he struggled to structure his first novel properly, but then humour is massively subjective so maybe it just didn't work for me.
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DNF at 78%. I usually don't rate books I haven't finished but I think I read enough of this trash to give it a rating.

It's taken me 4 months to realise I'm just never going to finish this.

I was really, really looking forward to reading this book, and for quite a long time I really was enjoying it, but then it just kept going and going and there were all these stories that didn't fit together that Wong tried to fit together and it was just torturous to read.

Don't pick this up, just don't bother. Read something else.
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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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This book is hilarious! Its is absolutely insane ramblings about scary ass situations and I have to say I thought it was fab. Cant wait to read the next one! Only reason I got it was because I had lifted it to look at the strange cover but once I read the back and knew I had to read it. I'm am just about to watch the film to see if it does the book justice.....wish me luck!
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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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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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