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Gil's All Fright Diner Hardcover – 1 May 2005


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765311437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765311436
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,074,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
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Yes, a refreshingly different supernatural adventure about heroes Duke & Earl, two good ole boys who happen to be a wolfman and a vampire, driving around America's dusty back roads, not looking for trouble, when they come upon a diner just as it's attacked by zombies. Impressed by their help, the owner pays them to do a couple of jobs which is just as well as, unknown to them, the diner is the focus of attention from the villain, a sexy seventeen year old girl who wants to raise hell -literally. No, just joking; what she really wants to do is bring back the Elder Gods (cf H.P.Lovecraft) to destroy the world and the zombies are just the warm-up act.

Set in a world where supernatural entities lurk just out of sight and small town marshalls usually know how to deal with them, if neccessary, this is an amusing entertainment which builds well.

I don't want to spoil anything because, as I mentioned above that the zombies are just the start, there is lots more to come but I can't resist just one -flesh-eating zombie cows! If that doesn't make you want to read the book, I don't know what will.
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By ian hayle on 30 Dec 2012
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Excellent book. A very clever, funny and thought provking book that will be read by everyone in this house more than once.
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this is the first book ive read by this author - id never even heard of him before, but i am so glad i did. its the best book ive read in ages.....loved it and will definately be hunting down other books by A.Lee Martinez.
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If ever a book distilled true comic book (aka graphic novel) sensibility into 268 paperback pages, this is it. In fact, I am astonished that this story is written out in prose. It would fit so much more happily as captions for garishly drawn and hyper-violent illustrations.

Quite clearly the author sat down one day and asked himself (herself?), "How can I put a wiseass spin on all the conventions of the horror novel and make a good, sneering joke of it all?" The result was a book with all the humanity, warmth and depth of a typical made-for-video movie. Martinez opens up with a down-market pair of monsters, a nerdy little vampire and a big, oafish werewolf--think Ben Stiller and John Goodman in his "Roseanne" days. Toss into the mix a cup of dried H. P. Lovecraft-style "essential salts" and a few chopped up scenes from a high school girl-rivalry movie and out comes "Gil's All Fright Diner."

Martinez clearly has no love for his (her?) characters. They have no inner lives. Their function is impurely and simply to be moved about like checkers (nothing so high-toned as chess pieces) on a board of the author's imagining. It's all the braying of a youthful author who is a jackass.

But ... this young jackass of an author is also a deucedly clever young jackass. In some ways, he (she?) is an American Terry Pratchett--heaven help us all. Somehow, you just have to grin at someone who can swallow Lovecraft's larynx-stretching incantations and regurgitate them as Pig Latin. Or create Crazy Ctharl's Hard-To-Find Sorcerous Emporium, the mail-order horror supply company that is always having a sale because the world is always about to be destroyed by the Dark Powers.
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By K. Tyrer on 28 Mar 2008
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a strange and interesting read......about a werewolf and a vampire who are best mates who are out to save the world from a teenage demented witch.
sounds weird and it is...but its a great read !!!
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