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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.
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: 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?
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.
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.Read more ›
The storyline is so far-fetched, wacky and extremely entertaining! I love horror and a good comedy and Jeff Strand combines 'em both in this fine treat: A Bad Day for Voodoo.
From the opening chapter, it's a roller coaster ride! The plot borders on the ridiculous. I remember my eyes bugging out in incredulity. It ranges from body parts exploding to cadavers escaping the morgue; voodoo doll-loving Rottweilers to creepy cannibals. So if you're the type that don't like to suspend a lot of disbelief or dislike an unbelievable storyline, then chances are you won't like this book.
This book isn't Shakespeare. It won't be winning any Pulitzer awards. However, it's extremely enjoyable. The pacing is swift and brilliant. There's a lot of blood splatter and the humor is in spades. You might ask, how can mutilation and blood loss be humorous? Jeff Strand nails it. It reminds me a lot of the late 80s - early 90s B movies minus the modern gizmos and gadgets, such as My Boyfriend's Back.Read more ›
“A Bad Day For Voodoo” is a typical Strand plot in that there's an absurd premise (voodoo dolls work), things go awry (when you stick a pin in a teacher-doll's leg it's supposed to hurt, not explode his leg and kill him in front of a gore-splattered class), and Tyler Churchill, his psychotic best friend and his girlfriend are about to have the anti-Ferris-Bueller day from hell.
There's blood and gypsies and cabbies and Rottweilers and zombies and car chases and a complete absence of subtext or meaning beyond wondering what horrible, hilarious thing will happen next, which is why you absolutely should read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The narrator of "A Bad Day For Voodoo, by Jeff Strand, is 16 year old Tyler. Tyler wrote a book about his adventure. This is Tyler's book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul C.
I purchased this book after hearing Jeff speak at a conference. "A Bad Day for Voodoo" is a fun, entertaining read that the intended audience (young teens) should really... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Warren F.
This book was unexpectedly entertaining and really funny. It had me laughing out loud for most of it and I really enjoyed how ridiculous it was.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Twisted. Clever. Hilarious at times. Moderately creepy some of the time. Zombie teachers (which, come on, we ALL believe we've had at least one zombie teacher at some point in our... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Colson
Best book I have read in a long time.
I defiantly recommend this book. Read more
A Bad Day for Voodoo is an absolute masterpiece. Having already read Jeff Strand in the past, I was already a fan, but this surpassed anything I have ever read from him. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carl Alves
Well, I had fun with this book. Interesting characters especially since they are teenagers. Some good plot twists. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jack Millis
Highly recommended. I recently started reading his books and this one and Kumquat are both amazingly funny and enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen
Jeff Strand has the perfect blend of sarcasm, comedy, and action to make even a Young Adult book a compelling read for adults. Read more
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