The humor in This Book is Full of Spiders, Seriously Dude Don’t Touch It definitely falls into the less sophisticated category of college-level humor and readers should understand that this is a book that looks to mimic the gross-out over-the-top cult horror typified by the low-budget films of of the 70s and 80s. This is by and large a book designed for folks who love cult horror movies and as such it succeeds on every level. If you don’t have a soft spot in your heart for the films of Sam Raimi, if you’ve never actively wondered who would win a fight between Freddy and Jason, if you don’t cringe a little at the sight of puzzle boxes, or if you actually liked the Will Smith adaptation of I Am Legend then this probably isn’t the book for you. Everyone else? Enjoy!
Much like Wong’s first novel This Book is Full of Spiders is full of…well spiders but also of the author’s trademark brand of irreverent humor and over-the-top bizarre nightmare imagery. At one point in the novel John (it isn’t really a spoiler that he survived the first novel, is it?) is assaulted by a giant spider, again not a big surprise, but said spider is composed entirely out of turkeys. Of course, like in John Dies at the End, much of novel is narrated by the fictional David Wong (who is also a character in the book). Wong, is perhaps only a tiny bit more reliable than his friend John in terms of what he says and does but that isn’t saying much.
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Why is this book full of spiders? Because parasitic spiders are invading Undisclosed, and all hell breaks loose. Unfortunately, although Wong's talent for creating and describing fucked-up monsters remains strong, he quickly frames the story as a zombie narrative, and the rest of the story falls in line. Whereas JDatE was absolutely like nothing I'd ever read before, This Book Is Full of Spiders is basically another zombie book, with a few Wongian twists. As a result, I rarely felt a strong urge to keep reading because there seemed to be very little dramatic tension in the moment; it's telling that Wong uses a countdown gimmick to create suspense because the writing itself wasn't doing it. I enjoyed the multiple POVs and the non-linear narrative, but the writing style was so utterly different from JDatE that I had a very hard time getting into the book.
Now, This Book is Full of spiders will not have that raw originality that JDATE, BUT it will not dissapoint. It is definately a more mature story line. And I found it was way darker then JDATE, and I found it touched on some prominent moral issues in a tender, funny, and serious way. What a combo!