Full Disclosure: I received my copy of "This Book is Full of Spiders" from one of the many tor.com free book giveaways. And it's an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy).
And? Loved it. This book was *great*. Action-packed without being too confusing. Interesting, other-worldly antagonists and secrets. A narrator (for some of the book, anyway), that was fun to read. From about halfway through the book, I kept expecting the story to end and was wondering how the heck half the book was still unread. And yet, I was really kept on my seat all the way to the final pages.
Some of the writing seemed a bit "new writer"-ish; for instance the book starts off strongly first-person, but shifts to third person from time to time, like the author realized he couldn't tell parts of the story he wanted to without shifting the perspective.
So there was some "technique" that felt rushed. But the story *itself* never did. The "rushed plot" syndrome that I always seem to run across with other authors on the "finish the book" slog really wasn't here at all. And that was a lovely surprise.
Is there penis humor? A touch of crass? Yes. Yes there is. If that's off-putting to you, stay away. If you're looking for deep, thinking themes, and heavy intellectualism, stay away. But if you want a humorous adventure that starts by peeing off a water tower, give this a shot.
5 of 5 stars.