What the hell did I just read A novel of cosmic horror

David Wong, 1975 January 10-

Book - 2017

Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies.

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Humorous fiction
Paranormal fiction
Black humor (Literature)
Horror fiction
New York : St. Martin's Press 2017.
First edition
Physical Description
375 pages ; 25 cm
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David Wong, 1975 January 10- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

David, John, and Amy are back in their third adventure (after This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It, 2012), and it's as snarky, bleak, and funny as one could hope for. The narrative starts with a high-speed car chase and never slows down, racing headlong at a breathtaking pace. Children are being kidnapped; the Big Bad is a shape-shifter; and there's an abandoned mine, a motorcycle gang, and yet another mysterious black-cloak organization. Our heroes remain hilariously incompetent and incredibly lucky. Then things get really weird. This book is a mind-trip, messing with the characters' heads and making the reader question reality right alongside them. These are established characters, so readers shouldn't look for much development. It's also a bit too fast-paced: it's easy to miss details that need to be remembered later. Although it's not the strongest entry in the series, it's exciting and a great deal of fun, which is really what Wong's fans want. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Living in a Midwest town known for attracting aliens and monsters, paranormal investigators Dave, John, and Amy are used to being called when the unexplainable or supernatural occurs. This time it is a missing child case. Little Maggie was taken by a menacing man named Nymph—or was she? The trio are soon chasing down parasitic monsters that alter one's brain, while dodging a government investigatory team that doesn't have much respect for Dave and John's methods, which admittedly involve drugs, weaponized sex toys, and improvisation. VERDICT Introduced in John Dies at the End and last seen in This Book Is Full of Spiders, Wong's (pen name of Jason Pargin) irreverent protagonists return in another action-packed horror adventure full of crude but effective humor. For fans of the humor website Cracked.com, of which Pargin is executive editor. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17.]—MM Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The New York Times best-selling Wong returns to the blackly funny world of his thrillers John Dies at the End and This Book Is Full of Spiders, whose antiheroes now face a shape-shifter from another dimension that's grabbing local children. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Wong's wildly mind-bending third installment (after This Book Is Full of Spiders) of the adventures of protagonist David Wong is filled with the humorous horror readers have come to expect. David; his girlfriend, Amy; and his friend, John, are still living in the town of Undisclosed, so referred to for "privacy reasons." Their lives have slowly returned to something resembling normal after their previous brushes with the weird, and all seems well until their expertise is requested on the case of a missing child. What follows is a rapid descent into brilliantly convoluted psychological terror, action, and suspense with a few brief forays into the inner workings of the human mind. When the culprit is revealed to be a shape-shifting entity with questionable motives, and 10 more children go missing, the trio must do battle with an enraged father, a shadowy government organization, a mysterious bat-human hybrid creature called the Batmantis, and their own metaphorical inner demons. While the story gleefully wallows in absurdity, thoughtful themes of addiction, perception, and the drive to do the right thing quickly emerge beneath the vivid and convoluted imagery. The plot's rapid pace holds the reader's attention to the truly bitter end. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

John Dies at the End's "smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next" (Publishers Weekly) and This Book is Full of Spiders was "unlike any other book of the genre" (Washington Post). Now, New York Times bestselling author David Wong is back with What the Hell Did I Just Read, the third installment of this black-humored thriller series. It's the story "They" don't want you to read. Though, to be fair, "They" are probably right about this one. To quote the Bible, "Learning the truth can be like loosening a necktie, only to realize it was the only thing keeping your head attached." No, don't put the book back on the shelf -- it is now your duty to purchase it to prevent others from reading it. Yes, it works with e-books, too, I don't have time to explain how.While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they -- like you -- would be better off not knowing. Your first impulse will be to think that a story this gruesome -- and, to be frank, stupid -- cannot possibly be true. That is precisely the reaction "They" are hoping for.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

New York Times bestselling author David Wong takes readers to a whole new level with his latest dark comic horror, set in the world of John Dies at the End