It’s really hard to find a good quality, funny book. Most humor books are memoirs or essay collections, which are great. Sometimes though, I really want to read a well-written, weird, funny novel.
And that’s where David Wong comes in.
John Dies At The End is a fantastic and funny book. It has smart humor, it has fart humor, and I loved it so much.
This Book Is Full Of Spiders, the JDatE sequel, is arguably even better than its predecessor and even funnier.
They’re both a type of dystopian science fiction/horror with an everyman hero–a kind of degenerate everyman, at that. They deal with ridiculous and terrifying situations with humor and true emotions and at many point, very real fear.
Example? One of the heroes jumps his very old car, blasting John Fogerty through a broken sound system, into a pile of burning bodies. He did it all to save the other hero, of course.
Surely, then, these books are stupid and vapid, though. Surely something funny and horrifying couldn’t be smart.
That’s the thing though, I loved these books not just for their humor and their horror, but also for how well-thought-out they were. They dealt with rejection from society, what makes someone a burnout, what makes someone a hero. They dealt with government interference, subcultures, and the kind of maniacal fear that crowds and propaganda mix to make. They deal with death and life and what it really means to even exist at all.
I loved them so much, and I think you might too. There’s even a movie version of JDatE movie, and as good as it is, I still recommend the book over it. You can click the links above to buy them from Amazon and enjoy the fuck out of them.– This Week’s Thursday Throwdown Whitey Bulger Is: Liz Rosema: Earwigs. Even if that bit about them crawling into people’s ears and munching on their brains is not scientifically accurate – they look like they wouldn’t mind doing that at all. Here is my new boggart, for you to enjoy.