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The Girl on the Train Book Review

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge Update: 18/40
A Book That’s Becoming a Movie this Year

*warning* This might be a review that has unpopular opinions.  You have been warned.

I decided to do my reviews this week as videos so that I can work on my ability to talk about books on video.  I feel like I never say anything helpful at all about books so I’m working on it.

In any case let’s watch this review:

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Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Page #: 325
Genre: Thriller, Urban Noir


I hope you guys enjoyed and I will be back on Friday with a lighter more positive review so look forward to that!

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Night Film by Marisha Pessl Review

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge Update: 1/40 completed

The First Book You See in a Bookstore

This is my first video review in a long time guys and I worked really hard on it.  Something a little different.  It is short and sweet and tells you everything you need to know, everything that I thought was wonderful.  I know this book came out a while ago but I just got to it.  If you have already read it I would love to discuss what you thought of it in the comments below!

For those of you who follow the book club we are having a live show tomorrow afternoon so look forward to that.  It is going to be a fun one.  (I have feelings)  Talk to you guys then!  I hope you have a good weekend!

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This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong Book Review

You remember when I wrote book reviews, me too.  Let’s do that again.

Title: This Book is Full of Spiders
Author: David Wong (pseudonym of Jason Pargin)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page #: 406
Genre: Horror, Humor, Science Fiction

This is the Sequel to John Dies at the End.  Actually, the last legit review that I posted was Taylor’s take on the first book in this series or if you want my opinion from earlier this year you can read that as well.

As far as sequels go I think that this definitely keeps the tone of the first book, it is equally terrifying and hysterical.  However as far as structure goes this book is completely different.  Where as the first book was more or less chronological you knew that the story was progressing linearly even if it was more like two lines that you jump back and forth between you had no idea what was going to happen plot wise.  Events were happening left and right that kept you feeling completely overwhelmed much like the characters were.  In this novel the events are very straight forward and make sense but the timeline of the novel is all kinds of messed up.

You jump forward and back in time to meet with different characters as they travel which I think is how you are able to get a handle on what is going to happen next in the story.  There is a very clear trajectory here you just might not read it in order per say.  That isn’t to say that you read something that happens days earlier, its more a few hours but still enough to give you a handle on what is going to happen while keeping you slightly off balance.

I think that part of the charm of these books are the characters.  They are so delightfully flawed.  These are not heroes, they aren’t really antiheroes, they are just normal guys who have been given some sort of higher purpose and they muck up so much that you kind of watch all of these events occurring with a sense of dread settling into your stomach the entire time.  They swear and fail and freak out in all the right ways.

It somehow manages to feel completely plausible while being completely outrageous and I sort of love it.

Plot wise you wouldn’t necessarily have to have read the first in the series because it isn’t so much a continuation of a line of events as another snap shot in David and John’s lives.  However I think that both are outstanding books and should be given a chance.  If you think the structure of this book is more to your liking then by all means read it first.

There will apparently be another installment in this series next year some time and I honestly can’t wait.  While these books will never make it into the literary cannon of classics I think that they have a firm place among the cult classics.  One of the best contemporary series I have read.  Go pick up these books if you haven’t already.  Seriously!  Go do it!

 

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John Dies at the End by David Wong Book Review (Bibliomancy for Beginners)

Because you can already find my thoughts on this book … here, I figured that you might want to know what the rest of the Bibliomancers thought.  Unfortunately the only other Bibliomancer to read the book was Taylor … so here you go!

He requested that I tell you how he is going to expand your mind-places.

Prepare your butts.

Title: John Dies at the End
Author: David Wong (Jason Pargin)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Page #: 384
Genre: Humor/Horror/Thriller

Ok, the first thing I’m going to tell you is DON’T READ THIS POST. Seriously, don’t do it. You’ll all be much safer and much happier if you turn close this browser, walk away from your computer, and never find out about the Soy Sauce or the Spiders or how we might all die.You stopped reading right?

Fuck.

Alright, alright. If you’re going to go ahead and read this I should at least be here to keep you as safe as you’re going to be. Also, the implications of you reading a post I had written without me having stayed on the post long enough to write it is troubling to say the least.

John Dies at the End (A Super Special Meander of a Review )

So basically, shit goes down right from the start, and we’re tossed headlong into the insane day-to-day life of David Wong: occasional inexplicable savior of life as we know it. It’s weird, it’s dark, heads occasionally explode, and it is almost disturbingly funny. Like, nothing from this earth should be this entertaining. It had to have been grown in a test tube on some demi-plane just west of the Plane of Sentient Tumors, tended to constantly by small, loris-like creatures since before time began. Probably.

It’s 400 pages of strange, crazed momentum and if you think too hard about most of those events your brain will begin to bleed. It’s aware of its own contradictions, explaining some after the fact, and leaving others to confound you late at night when normal people are asleep, but you’re just lying there wondering whether John ever actually dies, and if he does, just how many times did it happen? If you let it go (just let it go, there’s no winning that fight) then this book is just short of flawless, and throughout it all it remains completely endearing. You will love these characters. Even when they give every indication to being assholes who may or may not have once punted pan-dimensional kittens you will forgive them every wrong. I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m almost positive it’s because they’re funny.

This book is not perfect though. I can say with utter confidence that there is probably one too many fart jokes in this book. Maybe. Like, there wasn’t anything wrong with any of them, but I give a quota of two fart jokes a book, max. But that’s just me.

I’m going to stop talking now, because if you have not already run to the nearest bookstore or are waiting impatiently but lovingly for me to finish before you run off to the nearest bookstore, then no number of words I write will change your mind. Go on you magnificent bastards, you’ve gotta experience this one on your own. Godspeed.