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Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by Rayven » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:54 pm

Any of you read this? I picked it up yesterday because the cover blurb amused me, but can't find any unbiased reviews (much as they exist in any forum) online.
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:12 pm

Never even heard of it... what's it about?
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by Rayven » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:14 pm

From amazon.com

Something Evil (that's with a capital E) is stalking Gil's All Night Diner in Martinez's terrific debut, a comic horror-fantasy novel. Heading the delightfully eccentric cast are buddies Earl (aka the Earl of Vampires) and Duke (aka the Duke of Werewolves), who are looking for a place to eat as they drive through Rockwood, a small desert community besieged by cosmically weird stuff. Soon after stopping at Gil's Diner, the pair help Loretta, the formidable owner-operator, fend off a zombie attack. Determined to do the right thing, the two supernatural misfits take on further challenges, such as trying to prevent Tammy (aka Mistress Lilith, Queen of the Night) and her loyal but dumb boyfriend, Chad, from ending the world. The fast-paced plot is full of memorable incidents (e.g., a ghost and a vampire fall in love; a Magic 8-Ball becomes a message vehicle for trapped spirits) and such wonderful observations as "this whole undead stuff sounds good on paper, but it ain't all it's cracked up to be."
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:14 pm

Ahhh... and none of those reviews give you what you want? There are like 51 reviews there...
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
"Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It is where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more." - Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by Rayven » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:18 pm

I don't trust Amazon reviews...like I said, I want something unbiased that reviews the good and bad. Like an sfbc.com review or something like that. Not just "I couldn't put it down! Go buy this book NOW!!!" type "reviews"
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:21 pm

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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:24 pm

Another...

http://home.hiwaay.net/~tfharris/misc/g ... right.html

BOOK REVIEW
'All Fright' supernaturally funny

By Franklin Harris
DAILY Assistant Metro Editor
fharris@decaturdaily.com · 340-2394

A. Lee Martinez's debut novel, "Gil's All Fright Diner," is a supernatural concoction spicier and tastier than a bowl of Texas red.

''Gil's All Fright Diner''Start with a diner in the middle of nowhere, where the cups of coffee are bottomless and so is the pit leading straight to hell. Add one vampire, one werewolf, one lovelorn ghost and one 17-year-old sorceress bent on bringing about the End of the World. Then liberally add zombies to taste. For added zest, use zombie cows.

That's the recipe for the funniest book you ever read about the undead, the occult and Armageddon.

Earl (a vampire) and Duke (a werewolf) are two good old boys in a beat-up pickup, tooling around the desert in search of gas, food and a quick buck, when they come upon a roadside diner called Gil's.

Nobody is quite sure what happened to Gil, but a waitress named Loretta has taken over the joint, and all seems well — except for the zombie problem.

Loretta is pretty handy with a shotgun, and zombies don't put up much of a fight after you shoot them in the head, but Loretta takes Earl and Duke up on their offer to look into the zombie situation in exchange for a place to sleep and some petty cash. After all, Duke and Earl seem like nice people, even if they are creatures of the night.

Besides, the supernatural isn't uncommon in Rockwood County, where every third house has a ghost story.

In fact, Rockwood seems to attract the otherworldly, in large part because of jailbait sorceress Tammy — but you can call her Mistress Lilith, Queen of Night.

Using a copy of the Necronomicon (abridged), Tammy is out to open a portal for the Old Gods, allowing them to reclaim the Earth and, just incidentally, kill everyone who has ever annoyed her.

But Tammy didn't count on two other supernatural creatures showing up and getting in the way of her plans.

And Earl didn't count on meeting a friendly ghost named Cathy, who is stuck watching over the town cemetery, where she was the last person buried.

Is there love after death? Can Duke and Earl track down "Mistress Lilith" before she sets her ghoulish minions upon them? Will Tammy's would-be boyfriend, Chad, wise up before Tammy sacrifices him to the Old Gods?

Martinez, who lives in Terrell, Texas, infuses his comic horror story with dry Texas wit, playing skillfully with the reader's expectations and the hoary conventions of the horror genre.

There's not much funnier than dismembered ghouls chatting away about where they might be resurrected next while waiting on the sun to come up and dissolve them: "I hear there's a cult in Paris with several openings. What say we float over there and give it a look-see?"

Well, zombie cows are funnier, but "Gil's All Fright Diner" has those, too, and that's all anyone really needs to know.

(This review appeared originally in the Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, edition of THE DECATUR (Ala.) DAILY.)
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:25 pm

From what I can tell, those who read and loved the book, were the only ones who could be bothered to give a review.
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:30 pm

On amazon, there is 1 1-star review

I feel sort of bad for not hopping on the rave review train for this book, but I didn't enjoy it very much. First of all, to me it seemed that the author was trying too hard to be funny, and as a result, a lot of the book fell flat. Second, couldn't someone have proofed the book for several very glaring grammatical and spelling errors? But my biggest reason for not liking this book was that I felt it was far too derivative of Christopher Moore (Bloodsucking Fiends, Coyote Blue, et al.). This author is borrowing someone else's voice. I don't think there is anything wrong in being influenced by another writer, but this is too close for comfort in terms of the tone, use of language and theme.

As a side note, I was also soured - and saddened - by the author's obvious personal prejudices toward women with weight problems (the character of Loretta, plus a character wearing a "No Fat Chicks" t-shirt), while espousing the tired old double standard of thinking overweight is excusable in men (the character of Duke). Shame on you, Mr. Martinez.


and 1 2-star

I don't think I've ever written a negative review on Amazon before, and I'm sorry to feel compelled to do so. But this book got in under my radar with the droll concept and amusing cover. I feel as if someone who looked like they might become a new friend slapped me in the face, not once but repeatedly. I avoid books that signal early on that they will be full of fat jokes or dripping with contempt for fat people. As an author, I think that's the laziest sort of humor--like currying favor with prejudiced people by telling racist or sexist jokes. Let those who find that funny subsidize such humor. This book waited till p. 14 or so of what had been an amusing story, and by p. 47 I was offended enough not to want to read the rest. Life is short. There are many books. I don't have to read books that insult fat women. I won't totally avoid other books by this author, but I will examine them carefully before buying.
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
To the human body, a spoonful of flour and a spoonful of sugar are identical.
"Seeing, contrary to popular wisdom, isn't believing. It is where belief stops, because it isn't needed any more." - Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by Rayven » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:50 pm

Fair enough. I couldn't actually access a couple of the links due to the firewall here (Ihatethedamedfirewall), and the one you posted in full was one of them. Thanks for the (honest review)
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by verdilak » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:59 pm

No problem man.

If you have places you want to check out and read but you cant, due to the firewall, just start a thread, post what you want to read, and I'lll be more than happy to C&P it here for you.
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"I'm imagining Kiera Knightly, Katherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina and Meg Fox sitting around your map wearing bandanas vigorously shaking fists full of d20s." - Aval Penworth, in regards to a map I made
"We're talking about the GM that made us fight giant Fruit, Verd is totally unpredictable." - Nikurasu (one of my players)
Everyone is an atheist about some gods, we just went one god further. - Richard Dawkins
Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me."--Ferris Bueller, 1986
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by Rayven » Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:46 pm

So, I finished this yesterday. It was enjoyable, but I wanna shoot whoever said that it's for people who like Douglas Adams. :s_mad

I wouldn't go out of my way to read it, but if you see it floating around a library it's worth a couple laughs
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Re: Gil's All Fright Diner

PostPosted by Svartalf » Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:42 am

verdilak wrote:From what I can tell, those who read and loved the book, were the only ones who could be bothered to give a review.

Isn't it the way most time?
darn few reviewers care to give a detailed and argumented negative review, unless they have special beef against it.
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