- Tapa blanda: 480 páginas
- Editor: Titan Books Ltd (1 de junio de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0857684833
- ISBN-13: 978-0857684837
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- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº48.552 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
John Dies at the End (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 jun 2011
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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. i09.com
"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
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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's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. It is crucial you keep one thing in mind: none of this is my fault.Ver Descripción del producto
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I swear I am not David Wong's mother or significant other. He has not paid me for this review. There were no sexual favors exchanged. PINKIE SWEAR.
This book. Oh, my. This book. It was like a shot of Kahlua you didn't expect in your coffee.
No, that's not quite right. It was like the coffee you didn't expect in your chicken fricasee.
Okay, I suck at metaphors.
This book was AMAZING with capitals and hip-thrusts. Is it funny? Yes. YES. Is it scary? YAAAASSS. Is it everything you wanted in a horror novel that you didn't know you wanted? *random symbols because your mind cannot process the intensity of this yes*
Read this. If you're sorry, welp, sorry. But you won't be. I know these things.
Oh yeah, and there's also dick jokes in this. If I ever outgrow a good dick joke, you should just shoot me.
I had already seen the movie a while ago, but I got the book because so many reviewers were saying how much the movie got wrong. I completely disagree. The movie was one of the best things I saw in years; easily 5 stars imo. The film told a lot of things out of sequence, and some of the things the characters did was jumbled around, but I was amazed at the level of detail in the movie and a huge amound of dialog was repeated verbatim. *small spoilers that I don't think will actually ruin anything for you*.. I'm very glad the wig monsters weren't included or all the Bible/holy water stuff. I think adding the shadow people would have made the movie too convoluted. As would the Pi symbol stuff. After reading some of the book reviews, I thought maybe I had completely misunderstood the movie, but I believe I understood it just fine. The main thing though that I thought the movie didn't really capture was John's personality. From the movie, I thought of him as.. idk, perhaps a bit like Dr. Venkman (bill murray) from Ghostbusters. But in reality he was supposed to be kind of a half maniac half zen smartass who is sort of a genius and you can fully understand why the book has his name in the title.
Okay, so here's why I gave the book a lower rating than I'd give the movie.. And I'd also like to stress that I saw the movie first and so I wasn't as blown away by the book's creativity because I knew a lot of what would happen. First, I don't think the book was especially well written. It's a first person narrative, told from the pov of Dave. I got so sick of seeing the word "I" at the beginning of every sentence! I think David Wong the writer (not his real name) wanted to create the illusion that the younger David Wong telling the story came off as an immature and unreliable narrator which is why parts of the book come off like it needed an editor in the worst possible way. For me, it's never a pleasant experience to read something that feels like it was written by a C student and I wish a different approach was taken. Secondly, I absolutely loved the immaturity of it, but it very often crossed the line into 11 year old's sense of humor. Third, and this one may be on me, but the time period was off. John and Dave work in a video store and listen to 80s heavy metal, yet every indication is that this is happening close to now. This may not be a flaw in the book because there's something that's said toward the end.. but I spent a lot of my time reading this feeling confused and I still kind of do.
One thing I really like is how they use The Unreliable Narrator because it's left to the audience whether we want to believe every word or not. It's like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that gave you much more useful information, but you couldn't trust it factually. I'm still glad I read the book because there is a sequel: This book is full of spiders.
In the book David and his friend John are roped into a series of horrifying events around town, as people die or go missing in gruesome ways. The events are traced back to a drug called soy sauce, sold to the citzens of Undisclosed by Robert Marley. From there, the plot unfolds not unlike an HP Lovecraft novel, with dark cosmic powers unleashing misery and dick jokes on the world.
The best thing about the book is the humor. John and David are fun people, and Wong can certainly write well. Most of the jokes are admittedly crude toilet humor, but if that's your style of humor, you can't do much better. The horror is also well done, capturing the hopelessness and shock of the characters well.
The books only real problem is how it was released. This book was released piecemeal online, and it shows, with the narrative getting more and more lost as the book goes on. This makes the end result very confusing and makes a decent chunk of the book seem meandering in retrospect. Still, it's a fun novel, one I would recommend to anyone of college age.