mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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This Book Is Full of Spiders by David Wong.

Spiders for faces!
It's what I've always wanted.
Oh & knives for hands!

You know, when I finished reading John Dies at the End, the first of these books, I didn't really know what to say about it, & I'm in the same pickle again, here. I liked it! This one is the "zombie outbreak" story, with the Lovecraftian & Whedonian twists you'd expect to it. There are anecdotes that really make it-- the miner's kid at the beginning during the establishing sequence about the history of the town of Undisclosed-- but that isn't really "it." There is Amy! Oh dear sweet Amy, I was just getting fed up with the "boy's story" when the novel veered off it's course of failing the Bechdel Test & was saved by having a female protagonist in the mix. The fact that she talks about Aslan & the Ents is just gravy. Ultimately though, this is a horror story about the sort of stuff I like talking about. Dunbar's Number factors in a major way, for instance, which is totally on my radar with stuff like the Prisoner's Dilemma. Oh, & I was really impressed with what happens when the Army rolls in-- short story, the Army can murder zombies like woah, because the Army is a modern mechanized fighting force. That bugged me a lot about Cloverfield, actually; if the monster in that movie is just a big crazy animal...well, then being shot with missiles would kill it. Seriously, without some kind of magical shenanigans or technobabble, shooting a thing with missiles will kill it. They are made for blowing stuff up! Flesh is softer than rocks & metal, is what I'm saying. Anyhow, these books! Are charming & are great page turners. Ali recommended This Book is Full of Spiders to me as "better than the first one," & I think that is true. I gave the first one to fatbutts & she devoured it. We are supposed to watch the John Dies... movie together soon.
Tags: books, haikus, wong
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