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With Staff Picks, we would like to offer recommendations from our staff to you. These picks will be from a variety of reading, listening or viewing tastes. You might find stuff you've checked out before, or you might be curious enough to find a new favorite.
This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
You know how sometimes you’re drifting off to sleep you feel that jolt, like you were falling and caught yourself at the last second? It’s nothing to be concerned about, it’s usually just the parasite adjusting its grip.
That is the intriguing introduction of This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong. It is the sequel to John Dies at the End, but if you’ve never read that book or seen the movie adaption, that’s okay. This book stands completely on its own.
The story is a horror comedy that lives up to both genres with great effect in both. The main characters are 20-something slacker David, his best friend John and David’s girlfriend Amy. Together with Amy’s dog Molly, who always seems to be able to get into even the most secure places, they fight the zombie spider apocalypse in an Undisclosed Midwestern town.
If you like your scares of the body snatching variety, this book is for you. If you also enjoy zombie or spider frights, you’ll love this book. If your sense of humor leans to the irreverent with some pop culture meta, including heavy sci-fi and fantasy references, you will totally dig this book. (See pages 53 and 54 of the hardback edition for a mind-blowing description that compares Star Trek’s transporter to a fax machine. It’s a lot more chilling than you’d expect!)
A word of warning, though: If you are offended by swearing and vulgarity, this isn’t the book for you. If that doesn’t bother you and you can find it a part of the absurdist humor and horror, then you’ll have no problem with this book.
If this series interests you, feel free to request and check it out. We'll be back next Wednesday with a different Staff Pick.