Guest Blog & Giveaway: Jeff Strand’s 5 Funny Books You Should Read & win A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO

July 22, 2012 Giveaways, Guests 14

Today we are excited to have Jeff Strand here to talk about the five weird, funny novels you should read and promote his newest young adult novel; A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO (available now from Sourcebooks). Stay tuned to the end for the excellent giveaway!

Guest Blog

Five Weird, Funny Novels You Should Read


Jeff Strand

Note that this is not a list of the five funniest novels of all time–just five funny, weird novels you should read, assuming that you like funny, weird novels.

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Yeah, I’m starting off with an obvious choice, but the books in this series (well, okay, the first three) are some of the most hilariously insane novels of all time. This isn’t the place to go for laser-focused storytelling; Adams continually and cheerfully goes off on wild tangents, and that’s a lot of the fun.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)

2. The Unnatural by David Prill. So here’s the premise: it’s a world just like our own, except that instead of watching baseball, sports fans watch…competitive corpse embalming! Yes, this is the tale of a young farmboy with talent and a dream. If you’re always saying that you’d read more sports-themed novels if they were about trying to set the record for number of corpses embalmed in a single season, this dark and funny book is for you.

3. Bad Chili by Joe Lansdale. Lansdale has written several books featuring Hap & Leonard, and all of them mix beautiful writing with lowbrow, laugh-out-loud humor. This one opens with a rabid squirrel attack that is the funniest thing I have ever read in a novel.

Bad Chili (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, #4)

4. Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle. Nobody packs more jokes into a book than Larry Doyle. This one is a loving tribute to 1950’s sci-fi movies, and though there’s all kinds of over-the-top alien craziness, much of the humor is so understated that if you read too fast, you’ll zip right past it.

Go, Mutants!: A Novel

5. John Dies At The End by David Wong. Yeah, I’m jealous that I didn’t think of this title. A combination of Big, Deep Ideas and gross, demented humor. You will laugh. You will think. You will gag.

John Dies at the End

 Jeff StrandAuthor of a bunch of demented books, including GRAVEROBBERS WANTED (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY), SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, CASKET FOR SALE (ONLY USED ONCE), HOW TO RESCUE A DEAD PRINCESS, and THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE. The mass market edition of my novel PRESSURE will be in bookstores May 26th from Leisure Books.”



Giveaway provided by Sourcebooks
One copy of  A Bad Day For Voodoo by Jeff Strand


Available on now from Sourcebooks


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 …

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14 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Jeff Strand’s 5 Funny Books You Should Read & win A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO”

  1. Rain Maiden

    Bad Chili is going on my wish list lol. Love a book that makes me laugh. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Natasha

    I don’t have a favorite yet, but all of these sound really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Sara M

    Hounded by Kevin Hearne had me laughing out loud while reading. I was also laughing out loud while reading the back of A Bad Day for Voodoo at B&N the other day, so I’m really looking forward to reading.

  4. Cyn

    Hey Jeff. I read your guest post on another blog. That one about you being on fire. I still don’t believe you. Anyways, looking forward to the book.

  5. Kai W.

    Everyone has their bad day. I’m surprised about the book Bad Day for Voodoo. It’s on my TBR List.

  6. Anne

    I lopve hap and Leonard and I agree with how funny the squirrel scene was. Is definitely not a politically correct series.

    Donald E. Westlake always made me laugh especially The Fugitive Pigeon.

  7. Faith

    The entire Marla Mason Series by T.A. Pratt is strange and awesome loved it!

  8. Molly Frenzel

    My favorite funny/weird novel is Horns by Joe Hill. The book was fantastic and I just found out their making it into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. That should be interesting…

  9. Samantha D

    Harbinger was the wierdiest book Ive read. It didnt make much sense and i was confused. The main character was sweet and confused and then all of the sudden turned into a power hungry witch.

  10. Gale Nelson

    don’t really have a favorite. these sound really good. thanks for the giveaway