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"Gil's All Fright Diner is a hoot of a novel. Fast-paced, Texas-wit-funny, sharply written, sharply observed. Pure blood-sweet entertainment from Martinez, a writer whose future books I look forward to."—Joe R. Lansdale, author Sunset and Sawdust
"On the strength of this hilarious book, I'll follow Martinez anywhere he feels like going. Not since Christopher Moore has anyone managed to make The Damned so damned funny."—Spider Robinson, bestselling author of Callahan's Con
"A rippingly wonderful novel, funny enough to wake the dead and gripping enough to captivate the living."—David Lubar
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The waitress smiled. Her smile vanished as her eyes fell on the glass diner doors. "Aw, damn it. Not tonight."
Earl glanced to the front. Nine shambling corpses in various stages of decay were pressed against the glass. Their yellow eyes (for those that had eyes) stared hungrily. Purple tongues licked peeling lips.
"Told'ja I smelt zombies," Duke said without turning from his meal.
The walking dead smashed their way through the glass doors. The lead corpse, in a paisley blue suit, stumped forward on stiff legs.
"Don't you worry none, boys. I'll handle this."
She pulled a double-barreled shotgun from behind the counter, took aim, and squeezed the trigger . . .
Excerpted from Gil's All Fright Diner
by Martinez, A. Lee
Copyright © 2006 by Martinez, A. Lee.
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Posted February 15, 2011
I picked this book up at a Barnes & Noble store based on the title alone. It was the first of A. Lee Martinez's books that I read, and I loved it. Very funny stuff. I am excited that it is finally available for my nook!
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Posted June 17, 2014
The first book by Martinez, it is one I might have hesitated about if it were my choice to bestow an award. I have usually known authors to receive awards for later books, so Martinez maybe could himself a lucky man. The book was enjoyable in its own right, a bit immature and sweaty at times—referring to young peoples’ hormones. It has kind of a dark edge to it and maintains its humor. Not bad for a first book.
I would recommend this product along with Sirens of Morning Light by Benjamin Anderson, a quest for a man in Iowa to regain his identity, which becomes entangled with people who claim to have known him when he discovers he is a scientific experiment. Make sure not to miss either book.
Posted October 23, 2013
I am officially in love with this author. I do not usually write reviews but this book is refreshing...I have grown bored of a lot of books and authors but this story was thouroughly entertaining. I recommend it 100%Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Normally I don't like science fiction, or werewolves or that sort of thing. This book changed all of that. Written in extremely entertaining prose, I couldn't put it down. I loves the relationship between the two title characters and the author's writing style is very easy and fun! Take the risk...you'll be glad you did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 28, 2010
Very funny stuff, and this is going to be Dreamworks movie once they figure out how to do the story with no profanity. Please make this into a nookbook! It's one of Martinez's best books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2010
I giggled my way through this book. You can't go wrong with a vampire who's afraid of ghosts, a werewolf with a serious bear belly, zombie cows ready to eat you, and an evil spirit that lives inside a magic eight ball. It was a fun read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Honestly, the only negative thing I can say about this book is that I wish J.L. Martinez would write sequels. This is a really funny, creative story, and fans of horror/fantasy novels should enjoy it immensely. There's something very clever about how Martinez takes a bunch of cliches from both genres and makes them new and interesting: vampires, werewolves, seductive enchantresses. You'll find all of these in the book, but they're quite different (and more humorous) than you would expect. At the same time, the plot is really engaging, and I found myself turning pages quite quickly to find out what would happen. Overall, definitely worth a read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 24, 2010
A vampire, a werewolf, a ghost dog with lots of heart, and zombie cows... What's not to love? It was a quick read, definitely different, and gave me several laughs along the way. A nice weekend or rainy day story, or just an easy story to make you giggle on a bad day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2009
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