Books have a way of making you homesick for a place you have never been.
This Book is Full of Spiders is the sequel to John Dies at the End, by David Wong. However, the way the books are written, you do not need to have read John Dies to understand Spiders (I didn’t read John Dies). To generalize, the novel could be called a zombie apocalypse story. On another hand, it’s unlike any other z-pocalypse story I’ve ever read. The story follows David, his friend John, and his girlfriend Amy through a horror story brought on by what seems like a shady government association. But these zombies aren’t undead. They weren’t created by a virus. Spiders. They are invisible spiders that become parasites and burrow into the human body controlling it and killing the human mind. Dave and John are the only ones who can see the spiders, leaving everyone else, including Amy, completely in the dark. They have to fight to be taken seriously until people start ripping their own limbs off.
Despite the crude (albeit realistic) language in which the story is written, some of the scenes are downright bone-chilling. There is quite a bit of the story that seems to make no sense at all but by the time you get there, you’re already so far into the ride that you don’t even question it. It took me a while to get into, but once I reached a certain point (where the action started and the story started to make a little more sense) I read it straight through to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and plan to pick up a copy of John Dies when I have the cash. I would recommend it if you’re in the mood for an alternative z-pocalypse story, and have no problem with gore and crude language. If you have a short attention span and have a hard time getting into books that don’t start off with a bang, or if you have a problem with stories that are a little scattered and don’t seem to make sense in places, I don’t think this book is for you.
If you’ve read either of David’s books and enjoy them, you may also want to check out some of his work on cracked.com.
nothing compares to that feeling when you discover a new book and it just consumes your life and you literally want to eat and breathe this book and when it’s over you think about it for days and days and the idea of reading a new book repulses you because all you can think about is the flawlessness that was the book that you just read.
I just noticed the little Bilbo, so cute
Happy New Year! Here’s to hope for the future and lots of new books!
What’s Left of Me, Kat Zhang
I should not exist. But I do.
Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t… .
For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable—hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet … for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
This is another dystopian future novel (for some reason I’ve been obsessed with the genre lately). In this world, as the overview stated, everyone is born with two souls in their body…that’s two completely different people inhabiting the same sack of flesh (pardon my language, I couldn’t think of a better way to phrase that). Addie and Eva (again two different people and yet they are one), live in America with their parents and their sickly younger brother. The American government has somehow cut off all the information flow in and out of the country for average citizens (everything is heavily censored), after the war with the hybrids. The hybrids are marked as dangerous and unstable, and anyone suspected of being a hybrid is quickly carted off to a government facility (think a combination of the cold war in the US and the KGB in Russia). Anything that a hybrid does to stick out, which could be something as small as saying “we” instead of “I”, can turn suspicious eyes on them. Sometimes, however, there’s just something about them that others sense is different; sometimes they never had a chance.
Happy holidays all! First off, I’d like to apologize for falling off the face of the planet. I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life the past few months (planning a wedding, changing majors, going through a transitional semester, etc.). I’m going to do my best to get this blog back up and running within the next week or so, starting with a book review of What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang that I’ll probably finish tomorrow. Sorry again, and have a wonderful holiday season!