Asher’s Book Reviews (One Every Month)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my monthly book review! I have reviewed one book in the past, and would like to make this a permanent topic. This post has a lot of sentimental value to me, as it was my introduction into the Bizarro genre. Bizarro fiction, in my opinion, is the Abstract Art of book genres. Books in the genre usually discuss often controversial subject matter, and have different meanings depending on the viewer. The genre has gained a cult following, and many famous people like Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Moorcock are among the fans. Some may be immediately turned off by the often vivid and visceral nature of these books, while others absolutely adore them. I am a major fan of this genre, and will definitely discuss more of these books in the future. This amazing tome from’s executive editor, David Wong, is simply titled John Dies at the End. Now, let’s begin this month’s review!

John Dies at the End by David Wong (August 15th, 2007) First book in the three part series Genres: Humor,Horror, Bizarro, Science Fiction, and Fantasy 362 pages

This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The first sentence will grab you by the hand, and take you on a Surrealist acid trip of epic proportions. The book was also made into an equally incredible film that permanently sticks with you for many years to come. The story is about two great friends named John and Dave, and the ridiculous adventures that they go on together. They live in an undisclosed place in the Midwestern United States, and try to stop paranormal activity in their city. Dave meets reporter, Arnie, and he tells him the rest of the paranormal occurrences, which make up the rest of the book. We also learn about this black, and seemingly moving substance known as “Soy Sauce.” This drug enters the body intravenously, and causes the user to have amazing powers. The powers include; mind reading, precognition, enhanced vision, and dream reading. Unfortunately, every time the substance is used, the user begins to lose their perception of reality, and it also can result in an extremely gruesome death.  I am leaving out many details, because it’s very easy to spoil the book. The book includes talking meat monsters, undead skinheads, and other ridiculous anomalies that I will leave up to the readers to find out. In conclusion, John Dies at the End is a brilliant and drug-induced fever dream that will blow your mind!!

10/10 (Absolutely Amazing)   



Asher’s Jukebox Part 174

The Way Home by Magic Sword from the album “Volume 1” (2015)

This is an absolutely epic song by Ohio Electronic Trio, Magic Sword. The piece was used in one of my favorite video games, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. It comes from a genre of music called Synthwave, which is a throwback to old 80’s action movies and heavy synth. It starts with the wind blowing, accompanied by a repetitive drum beat. Next, the epic bass and synth start playing, and this is where things get awesome! The synth starts playing a very catchy rhythm, and then the drum signals a tempo change. The ending result is a bass and synth heavy instrumental ballad of epic proportions! I absolutely  adore this work of musical genius, and I’d love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 120

Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) by My Chemical Romance from the album “Danger Days:  The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” 2010 (info about album from Ah yes, one of my all time favorite songs! The lyricism and music video are both glorious, and I really hope that you guys will enjoy it. Anyway, time for the analysis. The song starts with an awesome guitar riff, and then Gerard’s vocals and the drums start up. The lyrics to this piece are very powerful, and seem to tell the story of a near future. It’s an absolutely fantastic Rock ballad that I hope you all enjoy. Tell me what you think about the piece in the comments section below.

Happy Listening:D AND ROCK ON!!!!!,d.eXY