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Stranger things have happened – Jeff Strand

If you’ve read any of my other reviews or gotten emails, you know that I love the writings of Jeff Strand. For me, he’s that author that just clicks. His style is always perfect – humorous and quirky.

But, Mr. Strand usually writes for adults. Most of his stories have some adult references and language, which you may not want your kids to be reading.

Well, wait no further. Jeff also has several YA novels! Not surprisingly, they are just as funny and quirky as his other books, but appropriate for a younger audience. Better, he gets feedback that boys like to read his work. Want something to get kids reading – try his stuff. While I read “Stranger Things Have Happened,” he also wrote one called “The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever Made”.

This book has a young magician getting into a weird and desperate situation. The characters pull you into their dilemma and remind you of someone you used to go to school with. I especially liked the talk about magic as it is a bit of a dying art. My other favorite part – the kid listens to ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic! Now, I know a lot of kids may not have heard of Weird Al, and this is a great way to introduce him. Every childhood needs a bit of Weird Al1

It’s hard to put this book down. Like I said, Jeff is one of my favorite authors and I think a lot of kids will enjoy his writings. If you’ve struggled to get kids to read, pick up a Jeff Strand YA novel.

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First, a bit of a warning – Jeff Strand is not a MG writer. His focus is on horror, and a lot of comedic horror. But I think his writing is ok for a lot of kids. Read on and decide for yourself.

When I was 10, I started reading Stephen King, and he remains one of my favorite authors. I like horror books. I know a lot of kids do also. Look at the continuing popularity of Goosebumps.

I missed the Goosebumps explosion by being too old, but my kids loved them. If your kids have read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and loved them, but have outgrown those books, Jeff Strand may be worth checking out.

Be warned – while most of his books are probably OK for mid-teen aged children, not all of them are. There might be some swearing in even the appropriate books, so beware. But he does have some books aimed at Middle Grade.

Strand’s writing is quirky and easy to read. He doesn’t try to get flowery and the pace of the books moves along. They are the type of book’s that are hard to put down and pause in reading the adventure. The first book of his that I read was Cyclop’s Road, and I kept at it almost nonstop because it was so good.

I mentioned Goosebumps above and one of the reasons I like Jeff Strand is that his books are like Goosebumps for adults. His books are something that you and your kids can enjoy.

One of his books, the Haunted Forest Tour, inspired me to write a short story. Check it out.

If your kids (or even you) are looking for a good horror, Jeff Strand fits the bill. If you’d like a good comedy horror, he is definitely your man.

 

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The Haunted Forest Tour – Jeff Strand & James Moore Fan Fiction

I’ll tell you a quick story before I tell you a story.

I sometimes review audiobooks. Some are good, some aren’t as good. I try to be fair, even if it is a book I personally am not enjoying or it’s a genre I don’t read much.

On occasion, though, I get an audiobook that I love. That’s what happened with Cyclops Road by Jeff Strand. I was hesitant at first because I couldn’t quite figure out what this was going to be about. As I got further into it, I found that I was loving it. Not only did it have a bit of fantasy, but it was funny. A great blend.

I finished the audiobook and immediately checked out the author – you know, social stalking on Facebook and his website. Turns out this guy has a ton of books. So, of course, like we all do when we find an author we like, I grabbed one of his books – The Haunted Forest Tour.

Once again, this book delivered. It’s light-hearted, funny, has some sci-fi type fantasy, and it has tons of monsters killing people in interesting ways. It was kind of like a B-movie on Syfy. Come on, who doesn’t like a good B-movie on Syfy?

Anyway, I finished the book and am moving on to another. BUT – being who I am, my brain sparked. There could have been other people that got off that tram car, right? Maybe a few of them got separated from the rest of the group. Hmmmm……

If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, check out the book. For me, I sat down and wrote a story. I’m sure there was a guy that must have gotten off and went a different direction. Maybe he had something even more on his mind than tons of monsters trying to eat him……

So here you go – fan fiction for The Haunted Forest Tour.

PDF – I Gotta Pee

I hope you enjoy it. Made me chuckle, hope it brightens someone’s day.

Please, do yourself a favor and check out these two authors. If you have Kindle Unlimited, many of Jeff’s books are available through that service.

Jeff Strand – website and facebook

James Moore – website

As another aside, I found out that Jeff and I were born 2 days apart and he went to school in the next town over from me. How cool is that?