What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror

· John Dies at the End Book 3 · Sold by St. Martin's Press
161 reviews
76% price drop on Jun 30

About this ebook

John Dies at the End's "smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next" (Publishers Weekly) and This Book is Full of Spiders was "unlike any other book of the genre" (Washington Post).

Now, New York Times bestselling author Jason Pargin is back with What the Hell Did I Just Read, the third installment of this black-humored thriller series.

It's the story "They" don't want you to read. Though, to be fair, "They" are probably right about this one. To quote the Bible, "Learning the truth can be like loosening a necktie, only to realize it was the only thing keeping your head attached." No, don't put the book back on the shelf -- it is now your duty to purchase it to prevent others from reading it. Yes, it works with e-books, too, I don't have time to explain how.

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John, and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they -- like you -- would be better off not knowing.

Your first impulse will be to think that a story this gruesome -- and, to be frank, stupid -- cannot possibly be true. That is precisely the reaction "They" are hoping for.

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161 reviews
A Google user
December 5, 2017
3-star only in comparison to the two previous books. Felt like the author was slipping into writing a screenplay at times rather than a novel, maybe an outcome of having the first book turned into a movie. There was also more sophomoric philosophy that felt shoe-horned into the text. Still entertaining, but not nearly as brilliant as Spiders.
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A Google user
October 13, 2017
A solid new chapter in the JDATE saga. I have been a huge fan of the original since the days where it was just a story on some guy's website. Was not a huge fan of book 2 in the series, but this one has redeemed it for me. Not perfect, but very good. Thought provoking and scary, with humor laced throughout that made me laugh out loud a few times while reading.
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Jason (JOman 20XX)
October 5, 2017
I feel like I got through this book more quickly than the others in the series, and the stakes didn't seem as high even though the fate of the world hangs in the balance of all of them. But it still made me laugh, gave me nightmares, and made me think. Fully recommended.
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About the author

JASON PARGIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the John Dies at the End series as well as the award-winning first book in the Zoey Ashe series, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, formerly published under the pseudonym David Wong. His essays at Cracked.com have been read by tens of millions of people around the world.

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