What The Hell Did I Just Read and Stephen King’s IT

The title of the post is also the title of the book by David Wong, the 3rd installment in John Dies At The end series. Honestly, he couldn’t pick a more fitting title.

Talking about wtf, I thought it would be also very appropriate to include my review for Stephen King’s IT in here as well.

So yeah that’s the plan for this post: Reviewing 2 horror book that screams WTF. 

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  • One of the funniest novel I’ve read in 2017.  The humour is just so good and so random ! Borderline ridiculous too. Be prepare for some dildos and silicone butts mad into weapons.

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  • The perfect blend of two opposite genres. It’s scary alright. But it’s also funny! I don’t know how we can mix two of the opposite genres like this. And IT WORKS. David Wong did it! It’s not just a one time line haha funny laugh in your head type of thing, IT’S A LMAO SITUATION WHERE YOU BURST OUT OF LAUGHTER FOR 30 MINUTES STRAIGHT. Yup. The whole book is like that. 
  • Okay so Trang, what’s the story about?  Try picture a drug junkie, a  super cynic guy and his geek girlfriend, forming a team against supernatural monsters. I’m not going to spoil you what kind of monster they’re dealing with. I can tell you one: IT’S A FCKN GOOD MONSTER. It goes beyond anything I’ve read so far. quote
  • It has some very deep messages. Not only about emotions or the meaning of life , but also about the world in general. How we perceive things and how we react to them. A very thoughtful novel. 
  • The only negative thing is,  there was 15-20 % of the book where it’s just filler gap and so I was kind of disappointed and not interested in what they have to say.

Overall : Quality entertainment at its best blend with very mature and thought provoking themes while delivering a Lovecraftian vibe and pure comedic touches. This book is a sequel but can be read as a standalone just fine. 

Thank you to St Martin’s Press for this copy 🙂 

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Well well well, when this look lands in my bookmail, I NEVER REALIZED HOW BIG IT IS until I hold it in my hand. Man, the actual book IS SCARY. HELL I can use it as a weapon. hit2bwith2bphone2bbook

It’s as long as War and Peace by Tolstoy or Anna Karenina man. Then, what more can I say about this book? We all watched and loved the movie, right? But a book is just not the same experience as a movie. 

  • Is it scary? I don’t know. I can never got scared while reading “horror” books but if the movie scared you, expect to have the same scary elements in this novel. It all depends on your fears 😉 Sometimes, it’s just nasty and disgusting so don’t say I didn’t warn you ! 
  • The writing is clean, descriptive and very smooth. The book has 2 timelines and the narrative layers would make it very difficult to write for normal people but Stephen King knew how he was going to do it.
  • Like any good books, it has amazing cast of characters.  The whole novel is about the friendship, the bond the 7 kids have altogether. I believe it’s not all about the horror but its message is telling us, no matter where we are, no matter how outcast we feel, we are not alone. Even if some clown demon comes to eat people, as long as we are together, we are okay.  Their back story is even darker and more detailed than in the movie. Stephen King takes the innocent image we all have of children and twist it. He gave the power to young children where adults would often just neglect them or wave them off as “it’s all in your head”.
  • The only reason why this is not a 5 stars for me is the the third part and the pace. I just felt like Stephen King rushed that part in 14 minutes or less. Also, some parts of the book were just too long with unnecessary rambling.

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Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for giving me the copy of this book 🙂 

28 thoughts on “What The Hell Did I Just Read and Stephen King’s IT

  1. Zezee says:

    I think “long with unnecessary rambling” might be a staple of King’s books. It’s in all 3 of his books I’ve read thus far.
    And that David Wong book sounds really good.

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  2. Ally Writes Things says:

    What the Hell Did I Just Read is how I felt about John Dies At the End tbh haha. I think it’s probably the weirdest book I’ve ever read, so it seems fitting that the last book in the series would be called that haha

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  3. thebookwormdrinketh says:

    I love David Wong. I’ve had this book on my list for a review for a bit.. I should really get around to it. I, unfortunate, am not a big fan of Stephen Kings’ writing.. I LOVE his concepts, but I feel he is so wordy I get lost on description to the point that I lost the anxiety and tension that I want in a horror novel.

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  4. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer says:

    Brilliant reviews! I’m a bit scared for the ridiculous humour in What The Hell Did I Just Read although a few more quotes could have won me over entirely (I especially loved the butterfly one). I also appreciate thought-provoking messages in books and that certainly has me interested in this one! xxx

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  5. Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ says:

    What an amazing review Trang!!!! I love Stephen King and your review is stellar but I have to refrain from this because clowns share the shit out of me!!! 😱😱😱 The other novel *What the Hell Did I Just Read?* has been on my TBR but seeing your review makes me that more excited! Such an amazing review and love the sound of th at book! You are incredible Trang! Love ya blogger babe crush!😍

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  6. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great reviews for both these books Trang. 😀 I’m very intrigued by how David Wong managed to write a book that’s both scary and funny, and I may even have to check out What the Hell Did I Just Read myself despite the fact that I’m really really not a fan of the horror genre (I’m a massive wimp). 🙂
    Can’t say I’ll ever check out IT (or anything Stephen King has written for the horror genre), I can safely say his books are a little too scary for me (also I saw the movie IT when I was really young and it kind of scarred me).
    Again great reviews. 😀 ❤

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  7. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks says:

    WAIT WAIT WAIT. This sounds great 😀 why are we reading All The Light and not something like this? :DDDD

    Also, have you read Library at Mounth Char? Have I recommended you Library at Mount Char yet? Cause I feel like I’ve poked and poked everyone with that title countless times xD but it’s soooooo good!!!!! And relevant to this post 😀

    Wait, so the book is actually title What the Hell Did I Just Read?? 😀 cause I was scanning the post back and forth to figure out what the hell is the title xDDDD D’OH

    I actually read IT in two parts, I think. And those were thick as well xD I don’t thik it’s meant to be scary, it’s rather meant to be creepy… Probably. I read it at about 15-16 years old, but I totally loved it 🙂 I agree about the rushed part! Because the other parts were so incredibly slow in comparison.

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    • Trang (Bookidote) says:

      OMG DO U WANNA READ JOHN DIES AT THE END WITH ME ? LOL I feel like I have to read the first book !! If youre down we can do that 🤣🤣 We had some hard time with All The Light didnt we LOL

      YESS the title is WTH DID I JUST READ HAHA BY DAVID WONG 😂

      Omg that must be an interesting teenage period 😉 LOL I would do that too if I could read in English nearly as good as French at that age 😂😂

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  8. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Great reviews! I love the idea of What the Hell Did I Just read- mixing two genres sounds fun! King’s not really the writer for me, but I am interested in the themes It explores. hahaha love books you can use as a weapon though 😉

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  9. lostartofreadingblog says:

    Great reviews!! Have you read the first one in the series or did you start with What The Hell Did I Just Read, It was easier to get the first one in from the library so I put in a request for that one, hopefully it’s just as good 🙂

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  10. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    As always, your reviews are fantastic, but I am laughing about the “weapon” comment on It. I said the same thing when it arrived! The nonhubs was laughing at the size of It and I said, “well I can keep it on the nightstand and have a handy weapon nearby while you are out of town” haha.

    I will be keeping an eye out for What The Hell Did I Just Read. It sounds brilliant. I love horror with humor ❤

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