From the writer of the cult sensation John Dies at the End comes another terrifying and hilarious tale of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes.
You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.
You will dismiss this as ridiculous fear-mongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fear-mongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection -- the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That's just as well, since the "cure" involves learning what a chainsaw tastes like.
You can't feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings. You can't see it, because it decides what you see. You won't even feel it when it breeds. And it will breed. So what happens when your family, friends and neighbors get mind-controlling skull spiders? We're all about to find out.
Just stay calm, and remember that telling you about the spider situation is not the same as having caused it. I'm just the messenger. Even if I did sort of cause it.
Either way, I won't hold it against you if you're upset. I know that's just the spider talking.
Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin's alter ego Wong returns with a sequel to the cult classic John Dies at the End. The 25-year-old John is very much alive in this book, less drunk than last we saw him (though not for lack of trying), and joined by David's loyal dog, Molly, and his freckle-faced, one-handed fianc e, Amy. Together they battle an infestation of spider-like monsters that lodge themselves in their victim's mouths, take control of their bodies, and wreak havoc on the town of "Undisclosed." Not all the monsters are as easy to spot as the "shambling meat" marauders, such as the man-shaped monster with skewered turkey appendages or the anus-gouging ground-tunneler they call Carlos. Shadow men appear, John hits the "Soy Sauce," his dangerous drug of choice, and even the government quarantine team led by David's court-ordered therapist might pose more of a threat than the zombie contagion (as infected humans prey on people, and can survive massive traumas, the group decides that "zombie" is the best term). This phantasmagoria of horror, humor and even insight into the nature of paranoia, perception, and identity heralds the film adaptation of its predecessor; directed by Bubba Ho-Tep and Phantasm auteur Don Coscarelli, it premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Addicted to Soy Sauce
More soy sauce! Please! I’m completely addicted!
Seriously though, I loved this book and need more of them.
Absurd dark fantasy made like Swiss watch you dare not tell time with
This second in the John Dies at the End series is as full of hilarious, sometimes frightening, frequently gory story-telling, well written characters and a compellingly twisty, page-turningly action-packed plot as the first. (Count my hyphens and despair)
Best of all, this author REALLY knows how to stick a landing. The ending fully satisfies and the denouement reframes everything you just read in a way that made me shake my head in admiration.
Not to say this book isn’t without flaws. The only female character is a delightful young, one-handed woman who is nevertheless only motivated and defined by her relationship with the male protagonist and is at times too perfect a girlfriend, with a back-story far better realized than her personality.
And there are moments where the author uses racially loaded words and well-meaning but at times problematic vernacular when dealing with characters of color. I don’t feel truly qualified to determine if a line was crossed, but it did give me pause.
Otherwise, another job done really well, and I highly recommend this and the first book in this series.
Honestly I preferred the first book, John Dies at the End. It doesn't matter, this book is still a great read. The tone of the book is a little different, more serious, less off the rails crazy. But it is still fast paced and a lot of fun.