“John Dies at the End” - by David Wong
My rating: 3.5/5
A book that is quite original in format and voice; it is hilarious at times, thoughtful at others and sometimes both at once. Sadly, the narrative pace and quality of humour both seem to diminish towards the centre, so I did lose interest a little. The ending makes up for this, and the humour resumes with full force while the story reaches its rewarding and creative final pages. There are more penis jokes than you could shake a penis at, and the narrative is filled with completely ridiculous occurrences, but these are for the most part great and help develop believable characters. It’s only when the writing gets tied up in describing action piece after action piece that it tends to trip up. The character work is great, and the voyages into the surreal are mostly vivid and amusing. From the first chapter I thought I’d love every second of this book, the style and irreverent tone of humour immediately connected with me. As it turned out, I didn’t love every second, but it is still brilliant in places, and if you stick with it there are some passages towards the end that really glue everything together nicely.