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Nightshift clerk and high-functioning insomniac Jack is back to work, trying his best to keep out of trouble. But when his chain-smoking coworker discovers a mysterious radio signal revealing the guarded secrets of their town, Jack will learn that an annoying new dayshift manager is far from the worst of his problems. In this second installment of the Gas Station saga, Jac Nightshift clerk and high-functioning insomniac Jack is back to work, trying his best to keep out of trouble. But when his chain-smoking coworker discovers a mysterious radio signal revealing the guarded secrets of their town, Jack will learn that an annoying new dayshift manager is far from the worst of his problems. In this second installment of the Gas Station saga, Jack finds himself entangled in his most harrowing adventure yet. With the newest crew of coworkers along for the ride and the resident psychopath out for his blood, our hero(?) must navigate the drama of small-town murder conspiracies, vigilante justice, and demonic summoning rituals...whether he wants to or not.


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Nightshift clerk and high-functioning insomniac Jack is back to work, trying his best to keep out of trouble. But when his chain-smoking coworker discovers a mysterious radio signal revealing the guarded secrets of their town, Jack will learn that an annoying new dayshift manager is far from the worst of his problems. In this second installment of the Gas Station saga, Jac Nightshift clerk and high-functioning insomniac Jack is back to work, trying his best to keep out of trouble. But when his chain-smoking coworker discovers a mysterious radio signal revealing the guarded secrets of their town, Jack will learn that an annoying new dayshift manager is far from the worst of his problems. In this second installment of the Gas Station saga, Jack finds himself entangled in his most harrowing adventure yet. With the newest crew of coworkers along for the ride and the resident psychopath out for his blood, our hero(?) must navigate the drama of small-town murder conspiracies, vigilante justice, and demonic summoning rituals...whether he wants to or not.

30 review for Tales from the Gas Station: Volume Two

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    Another great entry in this series -- I hope the author is hard at work on more bizarre stories! I would absolutely love to see this as a television or streaming series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    More like 3.5 enjoyable but not as enjoyable as Vol I

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lafon Willis-Johnson

    Hilarious and so well written. I laughed out loud several times.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nap

    Jerry is comedy gold.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Love this series! Made me laugh several times, very clever, very entertaining.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Gas Station Jack back, better and way more sarcastic than ever. Hooray! The adventure picks up similarly to where volume one left off. Our hero is continuing to battle his fatal diagnosis of a rare insomnia that will one day consume his existence. In addition to hardly being able to sleep a wink, he's still working at the shitty gas station at the edge of town as a full-time employee. His new crisis is the day shift manager who takes his job waaaaaaaaaay too seriously. You know the kind of perso Gas Station Jack back, better and way more sarcastic than ever. Hooray! The adventure picks up similarly to where volume one left off. Our hero is continuing to battle his fatal diagnosis of a rare insomnia that will one day consume his existence. In addition to hardly being able to sleep a wink, he's still working at the shitty gas station at the edge of town as a full-time employee. His new crisis is the day shift manager who takes his job waaaaaaaaaay too seriously. You know the kind of person I'm talking about, right? The kind of person who you know is working a shitty job at a shitty gas station at the edge of town, but somehow acts like they're curing cancer. Yeah, that kind. In addition to the new day shift manager that is driving Jack absolutely crazy, he's also training new employees (I hate that shit!) while trying to focus on the next book he's reading while also battling the demon that's taken refuge on the roof of the gas station. And in addition to alllllllllll of that, Jack is doing his best to exist in the world just like you and I. He's a regular guy with some not so regular adventures. "As far as last words go, 'Fuck you, I need to take a piss' are probably not the ones you want carved into your tombstone." It's no secret at all that I love this series. I was smitten with volume one the moment I devoured that story. I pre-ordered volume two the moment that Gas Station Jack announced on Instagram that he would be available. Not only would it be available for pre-order, but he was going to autograph a handful of advance copies for a few lucky recipients. Yours truly snagged a copy so be jealous. Enough about autographs and jealously, I don't know how to wrap my head around this book review. I don't go into spoilers in my reviews and therefore, telling you ANYTHING about this book is really difficult. That's not a cope out. That's the truth. I went to Goodreads and Amazon and looked at other reviews. Not only does the book have nothing but 4 and 5-star reviews, but the reviews are so cryptic! And that's basically how my review is going to be, as well. You know how some books have a very clear beginning, middle and end? TALES FROM THE GAS STATION isn't quite like that. It just sort of plunges you right into the deep end and either you're going to commit to this adventure or you need to get off this ride and try something else. I'm trying my best to explain this and maybe I'm failing miserably. My point is the book review is a challenging one for this series. That's not a bad thing at all, it just means you need to take my word for it. I would recommend you pick up volume one before tackling volume two. I think Gas Station Jack does a pretty good job in recapping things about volume one, but it would be sooooo much better if you just read volume one before you started volume two. I mean, that just makes sense, right? I don't know if I've ever truly identified with any fictional character from a movie or book before in my entire life as I do Gas Station Jack. He's sarcastic, he's witty, he's nonchalant, he's lackadaisical, but he's intelligent. He's introverted, he wants to read his book, he doesn't want to be bothered with bullshit and training employees and he simply wants to get through the day just like the rest of us. I said something similar in volume one and the same goes for volume two. The writing is so matter-of-fact and so in your face that I wanted to plow through it in one sitting, but I didn't. I took my time. I took all of it in slowly and I enjoyed every tasty morsel of it. I laughed out loud (several times) and one time in particular I actually had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard! Maybe I was delirious from a long day at work, but there were a few parts that had me in stitches. Since I identified so well with Gas Station Jack, the highs had me laughing and smiling and the lows had me sulky and melancholy. The true sign of an awesome book as far as I'm concerned. In other news, I hope at some point in time there is a volume three released because if the story is left like this, a little piece of my soul will die. I really don't want to keep gushing on and on about how much I adore the characters in this series. I could keep going on about the style of writing and how much it flowed so effortlessly. I could go on about the world that has been invented in this series and how it seems so gigantic and yet, so isolated at the same time. I'm going to end this review by stating one simple fact and that is any book that features a demon, a bizarre radio and a cameo appearance by Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino is an instantaneous 5-star read for me. I know what you're thinking because right now, I'm thinking about it, too. If it was so amazing, Scott - why can't you give us more? You'd have to pick up TALES FROM THE GAS STATION to see what I mean. Highly recommended!! p.s. the photo looks corny because I was tagged in the #ihugbooks challenge on Instagram and decided to use it as my book review photo. Since I adore the series so much, it only makes sense that I show a photo of me hugging this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    J. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Fun series in its own right, but I hope David Wong gets royalties. Storing these two reviews here until they're added to Goodreads: Tales from the Gas Station Halloween Pretty entertaining. Low, low music just loud enough to be heard was extremely annoying. Tales from the Gas Station Christmas Fun series in its own right, but I hope David Wong gets royalties. Storing these two reviews here until they're added to Goodreads: Tales from the Gas Station Halloween Pretty entertaining. Low, low music just loud enough to be heard was extremely annoying. Tales from the Gas Station Christmas

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Still just as quirky and silly and fun. Creepy Podcast listeners will recognize the tail end of the book. Much that happens then is backstoried in the opening half, e.g., the Russian Radio. I especially love the deadpan delivery of the narrator in dire circumstances.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hamda

    These might be addictive. I listened to the whole audibook in just two days! Funny, creative and better structured compared to vol. 1. It was a lot of fun and I hope to see more from the writer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    In the continuing saga of unassuming but unusual Gas Station Jack, the man who takes a licking (repeatedly) and keeps on ticking, Jack now faces, not a dark god beneath the station, but a shapeshifter, a dimensional horror, and the imminent approach of a Cosmic Entity determined to destroy the Universe [as we know it]. Meanwhile. Jack is tasked to train a new full-time employee, Rosa, while learning to cope with his newly altered physique and developing friendship with part-time Jerry and with D In the continuing saga of unassuming but unusual Gas Station Jack, the man who takes a licking (repeatedly) and keeps on ticking, Jack now faces, not a dark god beneath the station, but a shapeshifter, a dimensional horror, and the imminent approach of a Cosmic Entity determined to destroy the Universe [as we know it]. Meanwhile. Jack is tasked to train a new full-time employee, Rosa, while learning to cope with his newly altered physique and developing friendship with part-time Jerry and with Deputy Amelia O'Brien. Still in the background but never really absent is the "secret admirer" who terms him/her/itself Jack's "Biggest Fan," a seemingly omniscient individual who holds the secrets of Jack's absent memories: is it Live? Or is it Photoshop? In a town--and a workplace--where Unreality is the norm, on whom-or what--can Jack rely?

  11. 5 out of 5

    lina

    Weird but in a good way What can I say I like weird books in this is one of them. This is the second book of the series and I Hope after Book 3 they make more. Let's just say a lot of surprises in this book and I can't wait for more. 5 gas stations out of 5 Weird but in a good way What can I say I like weird books in this is one of them. This is the second book of the series and I Hope after Book 3 they make more. Let's just say a lot of surprises in this book and I can't wait for more. 5 gas stations out of 5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Echevarria

    This is my favorite series of the year. I love this book and I am very sad that there isn’t more to read at the moment. I went into this series with incredibly low expectations. However after sticking around for a little bit I was immediately hooked. I love all of the side characters, they all grew on me. If I was to complain about one thing it would be one of the main reoccurring villains who seems immortal or invulnerable. Regardless it was more of a nitpick and I could easily look pass it. Th This is my favorite series of the year. I love this book and I am very sad that there isn’t more to read at the moment. I went into this series with incredibly low expectations. However after sticking around for a little bit I was immediately hooked. I love all of the side characters, they all grew on me. If I was to complain about one thing it would be one of the main reoccurring villains who seems immortal or invulnerable. Regardless it was more of a nitpick and I could easily look pass it. The series reminded me of the Nightside series by Simon R Green but with more humor. Fans of that series would highly enjoy that one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If you enjoy your horror with a healthy dose of humor (or your humor with a healthy dose of horror), you will enjoy the Tales From the Gas Station series. Our protagonist Jack is back at the gas station, a little worse for the wear after the trials he faced in the first volume. Unfortunately for him, they were nothing compared to what he will face this time. Shapeshifters, demons, and a particularly awful new co-worker are just a night shift's worth of dread at the Gas Station. There are more tha If you enjoy your horror with a healthy dose of humor (or your humor with a healthy dose of horror), you will enjoy the Tales From the Gas Station series. Our protagonist Jack is back at the gas station, a little worse for the wear after the trials he faced in the first volume. Unfortunately for him, they were nothing compared to what he will face this time. Shapeshifters, demons, and a particularly awful new co-worker are just a night shift's worth of dread at the Gas Station. There are more than a few moments that made me cringe and even more which made me bark laugh. This is an extremely funny read. I highly recommend the audio version. My only complaint? Not enough gnome mischief and trash pandas.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abe

    Series rating so far 4.5/5 . Eldritch horror Humour What's not to like . Can't wait for the next one Series rating so far 4.5/5 . Eldritch horror Humour What's not to like . Can't wait for the next one

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Tales from the Gas Station Volume Two is both more chaotic than Volume 1, but also manages somehow to be more focused. There's a lot to digest here, so he's a bit of a breakdown: 1) Volume 1 was overriding main plot, with wacky and weird thrown in. Volume 2, is weird and wacky, that surprisingly forms a story. It creeps up on you more in V2, with hints littered throughout the madness, and crescendos off perfectly. V2's story, is better than V1's 2) I felt the side characters had a lot more develop Tales from the Gas Station Volume Two is both more chaotic than Volume 1, but also manages somehow to be more focused. There's a lot to digest here, so he's a bit of a breakdown: 1) Volume 1 was overriding main plot, with wacky and weird thrown in. Volume 2, is weird and wacky, that surprisingly forms a story. It creeps up on you more in V2, with hints littered throughout the madness, and crescendos off perfectly. V2's story, is better than V1's 2) I felt the side characters had a lot more development. Jerry, Rosa and O'Brien have a lot of depth, and I cared more about them than I did with Tom or Antonio 3) We are given more info on Jack's background, building and expanding his personality 4) Overall, it's a lot darker. The things that happen to Jack this time around, especially an incident with a shovel, are both harrowing and gripping It's easily a 5 out of 5, and the series has really hits it stride with this instalment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ebony Irby

    This was a good continuation of book 1. I still feel like it’s on the verge of a Big reveal, and we’re waiting for the other shoe to fall!! Even though both books have an “ending”, it still feels like there’s something more that’s coming! So I will continue on to book 3 😊. A couple of notes, Calvin reminds me of Hugo from Bobs Burgers! I loved his character because he was so “crazy” with his rules. Sad it didn’t “make it” through the entire book. Jerry is interesting to say the least. He is Hila This was a good continuation of book 1. I still feel like it’s on the verge of a Big reveal, and we’re waiting for the other shoe to fall!! Even though both books have an “ending”, it still feels like there’s something more that’s coming! So I will continue on to book 3 😊. A couple of notes, Calvin reminds me of Hugo from Bobs Burgers! I loved his character because he was so “crazy” with his rules. Sad it didn’t “make it” through the entire book. Jerry is interesting to say the least. He is Hilarious! I wonder where is mind is a lot of the time. Glad he stuck around in book 2. Is Jack autistic? Serious question. Twice in this series someone has mentioned “humans” (as if they are not human.............). What is that about? Hopefully we’ll get an answer to that soon enough.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alastor Moopy

    The mystery and mayhem continues at our favourite gas station in the middle of nowhere. Jack the insomniac clerk is still on the job but it's looking increasingly doubtful if he'll come through at the end in one piece. The new characters are all mostly highly unlikable or completely forgettable. The series regulars like Jerry and O'Brien were what kept me reading. It's also becoming obvious that whatever weirdness is going on has a radius much wider than implied in the first book. Spill a few sec The mystery and mayhem continues at our favourite gas station in the middle of nowhere. Jack the insomniac clerk is still on the job but it's looking increasingly doubtful if he'll come through at the end in one piece. The new characters are all mostly highly unlikable or completely forgettable. The series regulars like Jerry and O'Brien were what kept me reading. It's also becoming obvious that whatever weirdness is going on has a radius much wider than implied in the first book. Spill a few secrets Mr Townsend, you can't keep us hanging until we drop out in frustration.

  18. 5 out of 5

    alexander pajak

    Awesome First heard this story as a podcast. The podcast is called creepy for those that care. Loved it. So I bought vol 1. Now vol. 2. Next, you guessed it,vol. 3. Nice light before bed reading. I'll be said to it all end but will look forward to what other ideas and stories Jack come up with. It gets 5 stars because there is not one thing I can say I dislike. Keep up the good work! Awesome First heard this story as a podcast. The podcast is called creepy for those that care. Loved it. So I bought vol 1. Now vol. 2. Next, you guessed it,vol. 3. Nice light before bed reading. I'll be said to it all end but will look forward to what other ideas and stories Jack come up with. It gets 5 stars because there is not one thing I can say I dislike. Keep up the good work!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Frankie

    Round 2 I read the first one on a whim, and read it start to finish the same night. Suffice to say... I loved it! I know at times the next in line of a series isn't always what you think it should be. Just as the first, this book kept me hooked from beginning to end. The humor, horror, weirdness and characters overall are fantastic. I can't wait to start #3, and hope to see more full length ventures from the author. Round 2 I read the first one on a whim, and read it start to finish the same night. Suffice to say... I loved it! I know at times the next in line of a series isn't always what you think it should be. Just as the first, this book kept me hooked from beginning to end. The humor, horror, weirdness and characters overall are fantastic. I can't wait to start #3, and hope to see more full length ventures from the author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    When I say I HATE sequels, I generally avoid them at all costs whether its books or movies. They always have a way of disappointing. But I freaking LOVE these books, and the second installment was just as entertaining as the first. If you like weird fiction or horror, this series is hard not to love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I just love this series. It's very entertaining with interesting and quirky characters that find themselves in some very unique situations. It is laugh out loud funny in parts, but not silly where you lose track of who the characters are. I'll be starting #3 right away and won't miss any titles from Jack Townsend. ***** 5 STARS***** I just love this series. It's very entertaining with interesting and quirky characters that find themselves in some very unique situations. It is laugh out loud funny in parts, but not silly where you lose track of who the characters are. I'll be starting #3 right away and won't miss any titles from Jack Townsend. ***** 5 STARS*****

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    Excellent Sequel Another great book. I wasn't sure I loved this series until I got into this book, but now I'm fully in. If you like John Dies at the End, you should enjoy this. Can't wait for Volume Three. Excellent Sequel Another great book. I wasn't sure I loved this series until I got into this book, but now I'm fully in. If you like John Dies at the End, you should enjoy this. Can't wait for Volume Three.

  23. 4 out of 5

    molly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “DON’T TELL ME WHICH WAY TO CALM! This isn’t really Van’s body! You people have been lied to! Fruit Loops are all the same flavor! THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE COLORS! That’s not relevant, but it needed to be said and I don’t often get an audience like this!” Jerry will always be my favorite.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Loulou

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found myself back at the gas station. I don't really know what to say about it. Sad, bonkers, surreal, funny, weird, creepy, ridiculous. And those Gnomes. It was great to be back and I love MrCreepyPasta's narration. More please, though I hope Jack doesn't lose any more appendages! I found myself back at the gas station. I don't really know what to say about it. Sad, bonkers, surreal, funny, weird, creepy, ridiculous. And those Gnomes. It was great to be back and I love MrCreepyPasta's narration. More please, though I hope Jack doesn't lose any more appendages!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leeanna

    The first book in the series was good, but this one was great! Loved the new characters and of course Jerry. This one was action packed and non-stop. Couldn't put it down. I love Jack's character so much, he's so much fun to read. Can't wait to start the third one in the series. The first book in the series was good, but this one was great! Loved the new characters and of course Jerry. This one was action packed and non-stop. Couldn't put it down. I love Jack's character so much, he's so much fun to read. Can't wait to start the third one in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adri G.M.

    This was HISTERICAL!!!! LOL! Didnt think it could beat vol. 1 but it did. I loved it! Still cant stop laughing!!! Im completely hooked and cant wait for more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McReynolds

    Just as hilarious and weird as the first installment. I hope these never stop being created.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    So funny. So horror. So good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A laugh-out-loud horror-comedy about a hapless insomniac gas station clerk. The narration is pitch-perfect for the book. I hope volume 3 comes out on audio soon!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wayne's

    There is something addictive about this series. Not scary, not funny just fun.

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