A fun and light-hearted take on some usually dark and menacing characters. This was an enjoyable listen. Here lately I've been enjoying stories that are a bit off-kilter and not too serious, so this one was a pleasant surprise. I took another chance on an author I've never read or listened to and it paid off.
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
One of the best decisions I have made in my “reading” life is when I started following another member in the listener page section. She never steers me wrong!
This book was no exception. Gil’s All Fright Diner was short but packed full of so much fun it was hard to get out of the car. Don’t let the name scare you off. I wouldn’t put this is the horror section; more of the comedy (see zombie cows). The “scary” characters are not the stereotypical vampires and such. The little world that Martinez paints, where Vampires, Werewolves, Ghost and Ghouls are just hanging out with the rest of us, is so intriguing that my only regret is that this is not a series. I would love to follow Earl and Duke around for a few more stories. I like the new supernatural rules the author puts in the stories, like ghost not being able to leave the cemetery, and ghouls. I would like more of this world.
The narrator brings the story alive with his character voices. I look forward to finding more of his narrations.
While I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, the narrator was trying way too hard, and the hysterical subtleties of the characters were often reduced to hayseed slapstick. A pity, because Martinez created some great characters here, Duke and Earl, the zombie cows, Mistress Lillith the teenage hellraiser . . . Do yourself a favor and read the novel before you listen to the audio version.
Narration was great. Characters were all distinct and believable when heard through the narrator's voice.
It was humorous without being heartless. It managed to hit all the right chords when it came to characters, places, and action. This is a story that is just plain fun, with just enough pathos to remind you that life isn't all jokes and tropes.
What a a fun book. Martinez loves to make quirky, flawed characters that all seem to feel like they are the protagonist. The two heroes of this story are just plain ridiculous, and it works.
This was a fun romp, having irreverent play with vampire, werewolf, ghost and dark magic lore. My favorite book from this author is Emperor Mollusk vs the Giant Brain....non stop action and comedy!
The main character Earl and Duke, a redneck vampire and a trucker
It's a tough choice but I would go with Duke
Definitely captures the voice of the main characters.
This book will not change your life or open up new vistas of understand to you but it is a lot of fun. There is a bit of a buffy/supernatural flare to this that has monsters with a very human personalities. They bicker, joke, just hang out and wandering through a weird town with a very weird diner. I could best describe this book as that filler episode on an action adventure TV show that turn out much better that it had any right to be because the writer was given free reign to just have fun. If you are looking for a light read this you can do a lot worse than this book.
Fun, exciting and different
The first meeting of Earl and Duke was great!
I've read a lot of vampire and werewolf novels, this one was very different than the norm. It had a great sense of humor and managed to show different takes on standard tropes.
If Anne Rice writes about white collar vampires and Charlene Harris writes about blue collar ones, then A. Lee Martinez is writing about redneck ones. It sounds odd, but it works.