Saturday, April 23, 2011
S IS FOR SENSE OF HUMOR
As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?
Even the description screams VOICE! Nick and the cast of characters had me rolling, and this is a book about zombies, for pity's sake. My favorite characters, besides Nick, were Bubba and Mark. Here are two snippets that shows you great dialogue adds sense of humor.
INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon pg. 127
The barrel swung wide and instead of hitting the jocks, the shot blasted a huge hole right through the eyes of the picture of Bubba's mama that hung on the wall near the register. Nick stared at the hole in absolute terror. Ah God. I'm so dead. Bubba really loved his mama. And he'd shot her right between the eyes...
The look of Satan's wrath on Bubba's face nauseated him. "Bubba...I'm sorry."
He stalked Nick like a hunting lion out for dinner. "Not half as sorry as you're gonna be. Make me shoot my mama. Boy, what are you thinking? What the hell's wrong with you?"
INFINITY by Sherrilyn Kenyon pg. 133
His face was streaked with camouflage paint and he wore yellow contact lenses that had a rim of red around them. Zombie eyes. Also for camouflage. But that wasn't the worst of it. As he stopped next to Nick, there was an odor so foul it took his breath. Nick covered his nose to keep from being sick over it. "What is that smell?" It was like three-day-old cat vomit mixed with rotten asparagus.
Mark scowled at him as if he was crazy for even asking. "Duck urine. It keeps the zombies from thinking I'm human."
Nick snorted. "Yeah, well it keeps me from thinking you're sane."
Ms. Kenyon has mastered the art of making totally engaging characters and a perfect sense of humor for each one. I loved this book so much. If you are writing, especially a male POV, you have to check out this gem.
So, what is your main character's sense of humor?