this book is full of spiders

Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 404 Pages

“We’re totally on the same page here, lets burn this shit down”

David Wong

Let me start by saying David Wong has the power of making a book simultaneously both terrifying and pee your pants hilarious. I didn’t know it was possible, but he accomplishes it with This Book is Full Of Spiders. As someone that never ‘laughs out loud’ while reading I give it the biggest stamp of approval. It is truly unlike any other book in its genre.

This Book is Full Of Spiders is what would happen if you and your mate were suddenly given the responsibility of saving the world, after a you’ve just woken up hung over and you have no clue what you are actually saving it from.

“You haven’t really experienced the full range of human emotion until you’ve cried your eyes out while hanging on for dear life on the back of a dirt bike bouncing across a cornfield in the freezing cold”

The characters are eccentric, flawed, and entirely easy to fall in love with. We follow these unlikely heroes as they attempt to prevent a parasitic spider infection spreading beyond their quirky little town. David, John and Amy are relatable in that they are so human and deal with the storm they are thrust into the way I image most of people would if it happened to us, with bitting sarcasm and a plethora of swear words.

“DID SOMEBODY ORDER SOME FUCKING PRISON BREAK WITH A SIDE OF SHOTGUN?”

John was my favourite character (though Molly the dog is almost tied in this spot), most of my laughter occurred after one of John’s epic one liners. While a bit of an antihero technically, he easily slots into hero status by the end of the novel. 

“I assume your plan didn’t progress beyond this exact moment.”

The writer tells the story in a nonlinear fashion, which really helped add tension and built up the plot to have an explosive end. I frequently found myself exclaiming ‘omg’ as the pieces came together. This narrative technique really made the book stand out for me and is one of the reasons it’s a new favourite for me!

TBIFOS is the second in a trilogy however you don’t have to read them in order, personally I haven’t yet read the first book and I wasn’t lost or confused. Considering how much I enjoyed the book, I will definitely be reading the others in the series!

“Damn it! I knew she was a monster! John! Amy! Listen! Guard your buttholes.”

RATING:

★★★★★

the girl who loved tom gordon the girl who loved tom gordon

Genre: Horror/Thriller
Page Count: 264  pages

“The skin of the world is woven of stingers”

Stephen King

Hello Readers!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, today I will be reviewing the fantastic Stephen King novel I picked up while travelling in Japan. I hadn’t heard of this King before and was drawn in by the synopsis immediately.

When Trisha McFarland’s divorced mom takes her and her brother on a hike up the Appalachian Trail, the nine year old ducks off the path to pee and gets lost. Alone in the forest and scared of the dark, Trisha winds up stumbling aimlessly through the woods for nine days, wandering farther and farther from civilisation as she attempts to make her way back home, disappearing deep into mysterious darkness of the wilderness. The real question is, is she alone out there?

This book was especially and terrifyingly relevant considering all of the current investigations into people, especially young children, getting lost and sometimes not found, off into the wilds of North America.

“The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”

Stephen King

This quote really defines how you feel following Trisha’s journey into the forest and her questioning what’s out there in the dark waiting for her, watching her in the woods.

The whole book there is this spooky look over your shoulder feeling that never goes away, which adds to the build up of the book. Trisha’s character is so strong and endearing and I really loved her thought process throughout the book. I’m really hoping she appears again in another King novel because she was truly magnificent! She is one of Kings best written young characters and I doubt anyone will have trouble getting hooked on this page turner purely because of her.

After finishing this book I certainly have no desire to go on a hike through the forest for at least a few months, I’ll stay far away from the God of the Lost!

RATING:

★★★★

I believe this novel is really under rated and I hope you pick up a copy after reading this because it’s absolutely worth your time!