“John Dies at the End” and it’s sequel “This Book is Full of Spiders” by David Wong have some really classic moments.
People don’t often get into horror comedy books. And this was my first foray into them. And other people that dable in the genre ask me “did you really laugh out loud while reading This Book is Full of Spiders?” That book was markedly darker and less deliberately comic than the first book I agry. Still, I enjoyed it, but am struggling to come up with a moment that I would qualify as even mildly hysterical. Unlike the first book that had a lot of moments like that.
I think at the beginning when David said “and if you do know me from the first book, then FUCK YOU!” also I think there was a time when John said his dick was so big it would take 2 days to see it, or something like that. So yeah profanity and dick jokes make me laugh. It was defiantly darker and I actually liked it better than the first one but you’re right, it was not as funny.
On top of that I spit my drink out near the end when he talked to Falconer for the last time and he was telling David not to make him look silly.
Other Books that Made Me Laugh
- Wodehouse – many of Wodehouse’s novels in the Jeeves and Wooster series and the Blandings Castle series made me laugh out loud.
- Terry Pratchett – again, many of Terry Pratchett’s books as well. I’m hesitant to provide specific titles in the case of both these authors because there are a lot of good books here, but tastes will differ as to which are the funniest.
- Will Cuppy’s The decline and fall of practically everybody is another book that springs to mind.
- Bill Bryson’s Neither here Nor there: Travels in Europe I found very funny. (Perhaps an American might like a few of his other travel books better, e.g. The Lost Continent, but I didn’t find that one all that funny).
- Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide.
- Calvino’s If on a winter’s night…
- Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.