A/N; I think I’m going to try to write this review slightly different, it being shorter than my usual efforts, but please let me know if you prefer the other way. There will be a post explaining why.
My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.
You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.
The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.
I was recommended this book by a university friend, she raved about how good it was, so I was expecting great things. I think that was where one of the problems lay, it just wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be.
Starting with the things that I liked about this book, the humour at times was refreshing and it was genuinely funny. There were moments where the guys, John and Dave, interacted and it was hilarious and I really did laugh, sharing passages with my partner. I thought that the way that Dave told the story and his style of storytelling was what made the funny moments really pop and make the pace move.
Talking about the characters, I thought that Dave had a really weird personality, which had its good points and also its bad points. The good points being that it gave the narration an interesting twist especially with his reaction to things and John’s stories. Out of the two of them he was definitely the sensible, the one who questioned what they were doing, held down a job and still put up with John’s craziness. I felt that as a character I was really connected to him and the way that he saw things, probably because he was narrating the story. I will talk about the bad points as a collective below.
John on the other hand, I couldn’t connect to, and therefore had very few good points as a character. I thought that there was so much potential with this character that he was undersold and irritated me more than anything. I think that the only good point about John was the opportunities he gave Dave for a shoot down, and showed Dave as the better character which was appreciated.
Onto the story, I was looking forward to delving into the weirdness that was this book, and I thought that in some places it really delivered and in others not so much. In terms of the good things? In some places I was actually scared, like didn’t want to go to sleep scared, which is a massive thing. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t scare easily, but I haven’t been scared by a book since I was a child. Some of the imagery was fantastically well written and I was really impressed by these parts.
Now onto the not so good.