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Review: John Dies at the End by David Wong

Dual cover for Film and book – John Dies at the End by David Wong. I like this 70’s vibe.

WARNING: This book contains adult themes such as violence and drug use, even if that drug is named after a condiment. And, if you are apt to be offended, this book will probably offend you.

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late. They’re watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault.

If you were to mish-mash the American party scene with the supernatural and an anything goes story of impending doom you get John Dies at the End. It’s a satirical, quick page turning parody adventure with plenty of humor and supernatural scares and it tackles these two with a main over-arching theme of science fiction. It’s punchy, sarcastic, fun and the best part – unpredictable. Wong creates fresh ideas that include, just like the blurb says – bratwurst in a special kind of configuration that is not well. With twists galore on not so common life turned into fiction, like characters with celebrity names, but aren’t celebrities and these are executed with finesse and David Wong gets away with literary murder via pen and paper.

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Review: The Gnostic Keepers by Marietta Rodgers

Vintage-style lettering combined with smooth illustration on the cover matches the book content and represents it well. Looks like something that could have been printed in the 1970’s and that makes it great. Although I’m not sure the white border would hang well on a printed copy.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

The Archangel, Uriel, is determined to preserve the Gnostic Gospels, after the Church has concluded they are no longer part of canonical scripture. He enlists the help of seven monks, who have been banished by the Church, for possession of the heretical gospels, to help him with his quest. The monks, among them a mute and a hunchback, agree to help the Archangel. Not everyone wants the books preserved, the demon, Azazel, will stop at nothing to thwart Uriel in his quest. Beginning in the fourth century, and spanning across a time period of 500 years, the preservation of these gospels, becomes an almost impossible task, between the determined demon and the burning of the heretical scriptures, by the Church.
The Gnostic Gospels is a humorous, but ultimately esoteric journey toward principled people, rather than strict adherence to dogmatic principles.

Evaluation:

The Gnostic Keepers presents humorous insight into the characters – worldly, angelic, and demonic – involved in the preservation or destruction ( depending what side you are on ) of the the Gnostic gospels and the actions between different entities ( worldly and supernatural ). The pages are lush with character, intricacies, funny interactions and plenty of dialog to keep it light and personal. That’s really what this book is about – fictional humor in appreciation for history and supernatural influences in common culture – what is included in the current days version of the Bible and how it all went down. Personally, I consider it a prime example of how nothing is too serious to escape a little bit of fun, jokes and humor.