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A Bad Day for Voodoo [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Strand
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Book Description

When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome."

Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen.

And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating around out there—a doll that could be snatched by a Rottweiler and torn to shreds, or a gang of thugs ready to torch it, or any random family of cannibals (really, do you need the danger here spelled out for you?)—well, you know that's just gonna be a really bad day ...

"Jeff Strand is hilariously funny and truly deranged." —Christopher Golden, author of When Rose Wakes

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Gr 7 Up-"My mom came home around six and asked me how my day went. I told her, leaving out the voodoo but leaving in Mr. Click's leg and death." By page 10, average Florida teen Tyler has inadvertently killed his history teacher, and then things really get weird. A laugh in every paragraph.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


""Characters, settings, dialogue, all work well. Highly recommended." Blogger Michael Collings, Collings Notes " - Collings Notes

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SOL2BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Hand Review - A Bad Day for Voodoo August 20, 2012
Me: I heard you snort with laughter five times while reading this book. Was it funny?
My daughter, Kate (14): Yes. It was silly and crazy. People being chased by zombie History teachers is crazy. It also features a voodoo doll and a family of cannibals.
Me: Cannibals?
Kate: Yeah. They kill people in human sacrifices. And then eat them.
Me: So it's a horror story?
Kate: Yeah. I suppose. It wasn't scary horror. It was more funny than scary. There were great characters like Adam, the main character's best friend. He was funny and slightly psychotic. He's the one who gets the voodoo doll in the first place.
Me: Are you sure it's suitable reading for young people?
Kate: Yeah.
Me: Sure?
Kate: It depends. There's no real swearing. It's not scary. Not proper scary.
Me: Human sacrifice? Limbs dropping off?
Kate: It has violent moments, but it's not graphic.
Me: So how many stars would you give it?
Kate: Five
Me: Five? It's that good?
Kate: It's really good. It was funny. There were no plot holes.
Me: Is that what you look for in a book?
Kate: Well, it all made sense in the end. Sort of.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of a Teenage Motormouth (with Magic!) June 6, 2012
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Jeff Strand writes like nobody else, in a hectic pell-mell motormouth style that, even when it doesn't start off jokey and off-kilter, usually winds up there. In Bad Day for Voodoo, written in the first person, Strand's mouthpiece is 16-year-old Tyler, who lives through Ferris Bueller's Day Off with his cute girlfriend and best pal -- that is, if Ferris had tangled with gypsies, voodoo, zombies, murderous thugs, and a family of bloodthirsty religious wackos; was threatened with eternal damnation; and lost a couple of toes. Also got an "F" in class. But otherwise, it's mostly similar, in that we are treated to a picaresque tale of unfolding wackiness and ever more unlikely bad luck among kids on the brink of adulthood.

Tyler may be living the American dream when he sticks a pin in a voodoo doll of his unfair meanie of a teacher right in the middle of class and gets a result. But something happens that's much worse than pain, and he learns that revenge isn't so sweet a dish when it's just too much colder than he really is at heart. And then comes the panic.

Panic and comedy set the two overlapping tones for the whole book. Jeff's ... umm, Ferris's ... Tyler's! narration flits all over the place, but rarely stays serious for long. In many ways, this a book about books, and about funny books. The customary narration of the story cuts out entirely at points while Strand "gets meta" and regales us with odd bits of weirdness involving a ghostwriter begging for more work, comments on The Shining, notes from the editor, hints on writing a book report on the book, and generally exhibits enjoyable silliness before getting back to the story at hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy at its best! July 7, 2012
Featuring voodoo dolls, serial killers, thugs, wild car-chases, gun violence, and a zombie, A Bad Day For Voodoo is a sharp, quirky, and insanely hilarious examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of being totally overblown (in the best sense of the word). This book will rock your face off, you'll be snorting your drink through your nose, rolling around the floor, and laughing to tears. It's a dark comedy at it's best, deftly written, lightweight, and as far from being plausible as it gets, but still entirely captivating and thoroughly entertaining. If you're looking for a read that is quick, fun, and blissfully free of introspection and existentialism - this is a perfect book for you.

If you think that getting a voodoo doll of your teacher to get back at him for giving you an F on the test is a good idea - think again. Sure it might sound like a harmless and fun way to get the mean, old bastard to jump around in pain. And how dangerous could it possibly be? After all it's just a doll, a pinch in the leg wouldn't hurt THAT much, right? Well, wrong. And Tyler Churchill learns it the hard way when the voodoo doll his best friend gets for him causes his teacher to lose his leg. Yes, you got that right. When Tyler puts the needle in the voodoo doll's leg, his teacher's leg literally falls off. And then next thing you know the teacher is dead and his best friend - scared of being ranted out to the police - buys yet another voodoo doll - and this time of Tyler. And it's only the beginning of his problems, because then the doll gets stolen and the two friends have to figure out how to get it back before someone - or something - decides to play with it.

It's a wild ride. You never know what will happen next, the plot developments are totally unpredictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Entertaining July 4, 2012
For Tyler, a comment about how he doesn't like his teacher prompts his psychotic friend, Adam, to purchase a Voodoo doll. Things don't work out quite like expected and the roller coaster of mad fun begins.

I loved this book. It's fantastical and completely insane, but I actually got this author's wicked sense of humor. This book is probably not for everyone. I think having a twisted sense of humor is a must. I loved this book so much, I'm planning on getting many of his others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Loud
This novel is hilarious and unique. It was a refreshing read and great change of pace from my typical reading choices.
Published 4 days ago by B.A. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved this book. Loved it. It was truly awesome. Hilarious. I'm actually not kidding. This book was GREAT. LOVED IT.
Published 28 days ago by Calvin Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
That was like sooooooooooo cool you are lucky you survived all that stuff it was very really cool dued so hi
Published 1 month ago by Daisy Grinsteiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A good day for Jeff Strand!
This book is hilarious. I flew through it in a day, laughing all the way. (Rhyme coincidental). This review so far describes every Jeff Strand book I've read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NITSUD!
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING AND HILARIOUS
This book is super funny and really well writen in the eyes of a teenager. Some parts are kind of gross thought...... you should still read it.
Published 1 month ago by dog lover 12
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok
I love Jeff Strand. However this time he came short of a success. This book had potential, but I totally lost interest mid-way through. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lyates
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining!
A very good book. Its geared towards older teens but is also very enjoyable for adults. It brings you back to your high school days and you surely had a few friends that you can... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This book is filled with action at every page! I was totally grossed out. Lots of blood, teens being chased by a zombie teacher, then being held hostage by cannibals, threatened by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I have to say this is another great book by Mr. Strand. He is one of my favorite authors and have yet to read a bad book by him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John P McCrory
5.0 out of 5 stars Warped, twisted, funny.
This was funny. Warped, twisted, shake your head "I can't believe I'm laughing at this" funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deborah D. MacArthur
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More About the Author

Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two cats.

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