Bloodier than Fried Green Tomatoes!
Funnier than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre!
Welcome to Gil's All Night Diner, where zombie attacks are a regular occurrence and you never know what might be lurking in the freezer. . . .
Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around--until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them one hundred dollars to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.
But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg. Seems someone's out to drive Loretta from the diner, and more than willing to raise a little hell on earth if that's what it takes. Before Duke and Earl get to the bottom of the diner's troubles, they'll run into such otherworldly complications as undead cattle, an amorous ghost, a jailbait sorceress, and the terrifying occult power of pig Latin.
And maybe--just maybe--the End of the World, too.
A. Lee Martinez is an author the hubby first stumbled upon from a book display. His covers tend to be very cool looking (not so much this one) and his titles are wacky. I'm pretty sure Emperor Mollusk and the Sinister Brain was the one that caught his eye the first time. Now that I've read one though, I
understand why they've become one of his newer favorites, they have a very Christopher Moore tone to them.
Filled with the most bizarre assortment of characters, a wacky plot, some very tongue in cheek situational comedy and amusing dialogue Gil's All Fright Diner is a great silly Halloween read. I especially found it enjoyable compared to all the YA paranormal books that take themselves so uber seriously. It's a nice bit of contrast. The only thing I have to own up to, is that I loath pig Latin, and I skimmed all the pig Latin parts out of shear annoyance that I was supposed to figure it out. Irritatingway ithway away apitalcay Iway. SEE??! Who has the time or inclination I ask you. Not me.
Earl, the overall wearing, comb-over sporting vampire was my particular favorite. He spends a great deal of time lamenting how women are always drawn to him, but not for his personality but instead because he's a vampire. Heave Le sigh, right? Poor guy.
With zombie cows, troublesome, hot teenage black magic divas, and a possible end of the world scenario, you can expect to be amused at least 60% of the time while reading. I can see this becoming a culty favorite where you'd dress up as the characters for Gil's Fright Diner Halloween parties. I call Earl.
Gil's All Fright Diner, by A. Lee Martinez
Published by TOR, May 2005