Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez book cover
Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

Gil’s All Fright Diner is a comedic horror young adult novel by A. Lee Martinez.

1—Characters

Gil’s All Fright Diner has some great characters, starting with Duke and Earl, a werewolf and a vampire respectively. They’re just passing through when they get hired by Loretta to protect her diner. Then Earl meets a ghost in the cemetery across the street and they start up a romance. Then there’s Tammy, the jailbait sorceress and Chad her dupe boyfriend/acolyte. Continue reading “Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations”

Some of The UnBook Reporter’s Favorite Anthologies

These are just some of the anthologies I’ve enjoyed over the years.

1—The Chicks in Chainmail Series

Edited by Esther Friesner, I believe this series is still ongoing. Humorous tales of damsels who refuse to be in distress, warrior women who want equality with their male fellows, and just generally to have more sensible armor than a chainmail bikini. Lots of fun.

2—Witches, Vampires, and Werewolves, Oh My

Witch Way to the Mall, Fangs for the Mammaries, and Strip Mauled are also edited by Esther Friesner. Also humorous, this set of set of anthologies focuses on witches, vampires, and werewolves respectively.

3—Anything by Martin H. Greenberg

Some of the books I have that he’s co-edited are A Girl’s Guide to Guns and Monsters, the Catfantastic series, Warrior Princesses, and Wizards, Inc. I’m sure there are more in my collection but some of my books are still in boxes from the move.

Rat Queens Volumes 1 & 2—Damsels who Cause Distress

Rat Queens volume one Sass and Sorcery

Rat Queens The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'Rygoth
The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth

Rat Queens is a comic by Kurtis J Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch and later Stjepan Sejic, and published by Image Comics. It follows the adventures of the titular group in and around the town of Palisade. Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery, and volume 2: the Far Reaching Tentacles of N’Rygoth comprise a full story arc which is why I’m reviewing them together. Plenty of fights, some nudity and sex, and lots of cursing—in both senses of the word—Rat Queens is great fun but not for kids.

1—The Characters

The world of Rat Queens has a D&D RPG flavor to it, medieval-ish look with lots of magic, and lots of humor. The back of Sass and Sorcery describes the Rat Queens as “Hannah, the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.” Hannah, the leader of the group, is the most violent of the bunch, with Violet a close second. But whereas Violet is more professional about it, Hannah is definitely having too much fun. The most tactful, prudent, and introverted of the Rat Queens is Dee, who actually saves some of her earnings instead of spending it all on booze and drugs, and stays sober during parties. And Betty, who brings drugs and candy for dinner, and also plucks out eyeballs—not as a hobby, just the once…that we’re shown, anyway. Continue reading “Rat Queens Volumes 1 & 2—Damsels who Cause Distress”

Ghostbusters (2016)—So Much Fun

Ghostbusters (2016) movie poster
Ghostbusters (2016)

I’m so glad my friend and I went to see the new Ghostbusters movie. For those who don’t know what the movie is about, the title is fairly self-explanatory. Four people banding together to research and trap ghosts.

1—It Was Funny

I won’t say too much here because the delivery is so important, but I enjoyed the jokes and situational comedy. One of my favorite things was the running gag with the wontons, and no I’m not going to explain it. You’ll have to watch the movie. Continue reading “Ghostbusters (2016)—So Much Fun”

Deadpool—The Merc with the Mouth gets His own Movie

 

Deadpool movie poster

And I am so happy he did. Deadpool is an R-rated superhero movie and they make the most of that rating. It’s filled with bloody violence (as oppose to bloodless violence, see below), inventive swearing, and lots of sex or talk about sex. Seriously, this is NOT a kid’s movie. It is damn fun for us adults though.

1—Read the Intro Credits

No, seriously. Just do it.

2—In Medias Res

Deadpool begins in the middle of a lengthy action sequence which is then broken up several times with copious amounts of backstory—backstory which is in fact the bulk of the movie. But it works. The pacing is solid where that of a more linear narrative would’ve been too slow followed by too fast. I love well done action sequences but it becomes numbing, not to mention boring, when they go on for too long.
And by breaking up what is linearly the penultimate confrontation, it allows the final battle to shine as the climax (insert your own sex joke). Continue reading “Deadpool—The Merc with the Mouth gets His own Movie”

No Hero—A Cosmic Horror-Comedy

book cover for No Hero by Jonathan Wood
No Hero, by Jonathan Wood

I liked the premise of No Hero—a British cop thinks he’s hunting a serial killer and gets drafted into the top secret MI37 in order to fight eldritch abominations. The newly minted Agent Wallace copes with this new frightening reality by asking himself “What would Kurt Russell do?” Jonathan Wood, the author of No Hero, has a lot of fun playing with both action movie tropes and cosmic horror tropes, and I enjoyed going along for the ride.

1—Sparkly Magic

In the world of No Hero magic is powered by electricity, “the universal lubricant” and mages cast spells with the aid of batteries and metallic tattoos—or copper wire implanted beneath the skin, in one case. It’s also a world of psychics and oracles, and Dreamers—reality warping gods in formal attire. And then there’s the Progeny—parasitic mini-versions of the above-mentioned eldritch abominations. They exist for one purpose, to bring their “parents”, the Feeders, through to our reality so that they can devour it. But first they’ve got to get through the Dreamers and, unfortunately for the world, they’ve recently found a weakness. Continue reading “No Hero—A Cosmic Horror-Comedy”