This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • by David Wong
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor.
You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings. You can’t see it, because it decides what you see. You won’t even feel it when it breeds. And it will breed. So what happens when your family, friends, and neighbors get mind-controlling skull spiders? We’re all about to find out.
Just stay calm, and remember that telling you about the spider situation is not the same as having caused it. I’m just the messenger. Even if I did sort of cause it. Either way, I won’t hold it against you if you’re upset. I know that’s just the spider talking.

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Very Different than John Dies, but Equal

If you haven't listened to John Dies at the End, go do that first. Seriously. While this book can arguably stand alone, it would lose a LOT without the backdrop.

I read a lot of reviews about Wong's books that are, in my opinion, incredibly inaccurate or harsh. Spiders is... satire/horror/comedy about the obsession the world has with the end of the world. Like most if not all satire it's designed to be ridiculous. Which this book is in a lot of ways. It's weird and out there, juvenile and crazy. But it also speaks volumes about mass hysteria, fear mongering, and the dangers of handing total control to a single source.

Like most Cult books/films/TV, you either love it or hate it. I happen to be in the group that loves it. I love the characters because they remind me of my friends and I when *we* were in our early to mid 20s. I love the story because, well, it's great. And it's just a fun book. Campy and Weird, with an intentionally capitalized W.

I thought the performance, on the whole, was good. My main issue is that different fellows read John and Spiders- I got very used to hearing the voices in a certain way in John Dies. I spent most of Spiders having to force myself back into the story (though it wasn't that hard).

Like John Dies, if you aren't up for really weird, profanity, and generalized horror, you probably won't like Spiders. If you dig things like that... this is right up your alley.
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- Charles

Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled

This book is better written then David Wong's last novel, John Dies At The End. Which was a fun read. Unlike his last, when the plot ambles, it's more on purpose, concise, cleaner, and he doesn't use periods of gross out horror slapstick to cover weak points in the story. There's still gross out horror, but it's intuitive. I mean, it's a book about sentient spiders. Uggghhuuuhhuuherr Blahhhh, my skin is crawling!

I can't remember the last time I was wide awake at 4 AM glaring at shadows in my room, certain that they would suddenly move. Maybe when I was eight? Or since the last time I watched Army of Darkness?

Don't judge. It was scary. I normally don't like horror, but when you get midway through this book you almost have to keep listening, you have to have the narrator tell you that the spiders are taken care of, and that everything will be okay. It's that well written. This book was like a literary roller coaster, terrifying, with just the right kind of humor and humanity to make it exciting. There are some really good intuitions of the human condition, including Wong's take on the Babel Effect, without getting too preachy. The alternate point of views is really interesting, as you get to see situations from every perspective. I would definitely recommend this book.
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- Amazon Customer "I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio