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— Steve Vernon
"Fans of Douglas Adams will happily sink their teeth into this combo platter of raunchy laughs and ectoplasmic ecstasy."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[A] laugh-out-loud comic fantasy that should appeal to fans of Terry Brooks's Landover novels."—Library Journal
"Do you know a young man twelve to seventeen years old who hates reading? This is the book for him! . . . A funfest of ghouls, zombie cattle, ghosts of various kinds, and lots of battles featuring decaying flesh and body parts. . . . Reads like the work of Douglas Adams. . . . One young reader gives highest praise: 'I buy the book . . . and read it straight through! I've never done that in my life, but I couldn't put it down.'"—Voices of Youth Advocates
"Delightfully droll, this comic romp will be a crowd-pleaser."—Booklist
"Traditional necromantic horror treated as Southwestern fun."—The San Diego Union-Tribune
"The story finds its footing through its personable likable characters and the absurdly awkward fight they put up against increasingly bizarre supernatural terrors. . . . Gil's All Fright Diner really goes the extra mile to distinguish itself from the pack, creating a unique mythology and canon rather than relying on pre-established guidelines for its various creatures. . . . It's an appetizing snack perfect for devouring quickly over a hot cop o' joe."—Fangoria
"If there's any justice in this world, Martinez is already working on a sequel to star Duke, Earl, Cathy, and the ghost of a plucky little dog."—Analog Science Fiction and Fact
"It's horror both humorous and grisly, a twisted take on small-town America and buddy adventures."—Locus
"A supernatural concoction spicier and tastier than a bowl of Texas red. . . . The funniest book you ever read about the undead, the occult, and Armageddon. . . . Martinez infuses his comic horror story with dry Texas wit, playing skillfully with the reader's expectations and the hoary conventions of the horror genre."—The Decatur Daily, Alabama
"The best book that I've read all year. . . . This is tale telling at its finest. Martinez's writing flows as smoothly as cold draught beer. I recommend this one highly."—Steve Vernon, Cemetery Dance
"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 a Alex Martinez, a writer whose future books I look forward to."—Joe R. Lansdale, author Sunset and Sawdust
"Can a vampire find true love with a ghost? Can a teenage witch open the gates of Hell? Anything can happen in A. Lee Martinez's wacky debut."—Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of Dead to the World
"Not since Christopher Moore has anyone managed to make The Damned so damned funny. Martinez's Earl of Vampires and Duke of Werewolves are memorable characters, fully realized and totally plausible—if you believe in Texas, at least—and I hope to meet them again, and again."—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
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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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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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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Typically werewolves and vampires are ALWAYS attractive and sexy. Who else would have thought to make them so human? Earl the vampire is middle-aged and has a bad comb-over. Duke the werewolf is an obese redneck in overalls. Neither one is suave or sophisticated. This is a wonderful twist on the paranormal/horror genre with a full cast of odd characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.