Review: Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

April 5, 2013 5 stars, Book Review 4 ★★★★★

Gils All Fright Diner

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.

Gory, sexy, and flat-out hilarious, Gil’s All Fright Diner will tickle your funny bone–before ripping it out of its socket!

Care for a side of pie with that greasy vampire & werewolf? These zombies do!

Gil’s All Fright Diner – the title makes you think WTF is this? – and that cover! I admit that is why I bought it. Come on just look at that baby – There is a huge one eyed monster coming out of that Diner! I love monsters. As soon as I saw it I was like “Oh jeezuz I have to read this!” Maybe thats just me but I’m a total cover whore and I never can tell what I’m going to be attracted to. One thing for sure this had just the right amount of playful and monster for me. I was pleasantly surprised that the main characters were total atypical representations of the paranormal creatures that are so popular right now.

I considered this a paranormal comedy (maybe its a spoof or parody I don’t know) but whatever it is – it was exactly my cup of tea. Our two heroes, Duke and Earl – a werewolf and Vampire, heck if you could even call them heroes haha – are the saddest examples of the famed werewolf and vampire species I have ever read and yet they were PERFECT! Imagine a redneck, at least I couldn’t help that’s how I picture him and you have Duke the werewolf, then picture a greasy dirty looking guy no one wants to date because he just looks that sketchy and that’s Earl our vampire. Can you tell I love him? Toss some zombies in the mix and how could I not love Gil’s All Fright Diner? Yes I know zombies are a bit overdone these days but this isn’t about zombies they are just the bonus cream on top of this pie in your face full of laughs. Plus I have a thing for zombies, I can’t seem to get enough.

There is a crazy teenage girl. She has some mad delusions of grandeur and taking over the world. Talk about a major biznatch, she is trying to call some pretty nasty funk into our reality. And what is a crazy villain without a dopey sidekick, thats right she has a horny lapdog of a boyfriend who will do anything for her…most likely just for a bit of a hump. But the world could come to an end and our unlikely pair Duke and Earl has what it takes to save us from this teeny bopper.

Oh yes, and there is even a tad bit of romance in here for you folks who like a little bit of star crossed love. That’s right I’m talking ghosts and undead vampy – how the hell is that going to work out? It just does.

Gil’s All Fright Diner will give you some damn good laughs and some ‘ah shucks thats sweet Wilbur’ type moments. All’s well that ends well I say and I walked away wanting more. I will be looking into more of this A.Lee Martinez!

Quote I Liked:

“When you cross over into the weird stuff, there’s no going back. Hector has a theory on it. Calls it the law of ‘Anomalous Phenomena Attraction.’ He explained it to me once. Didn’t really pay attention, but it boils down to ‘weird shit pulls in more weird shit.”

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4 Responses to “Review: Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez”

  1. Miranda Jackson

    So, how would you say this sort of humor compares to Terry Pratchett’s?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Hmm hard question. Completely different but just as good. Terry really digs into all sorts of things and makes it obvious that he is making fun of things. Martinez I think is more I don’t know, I don’t want to say goofy, but some of the things were in a good way and just a bit of ridiculous which I liked. I guess you have to give it a try once to know. It’s a super short book. I already plan on reading another of his books called Monster.

  2. [email protected]

    Haha, interesting! haven’t heard about this book before. The cover is definitely different than anything I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure I would pick it up in the store, but it does sound like something I might enjoy. Humor, vampires, werewolves, zombies, yep 😀

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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      haha – not your kind of cover huh? I’m so all over the place with what appeals to me. But one thing is for sure – I love monsters so when I see cool ones on covers they make my fingers twitch to grab em.