Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.
Monster runs a pest control agency. He's overworked and has domestic troubles - like having the girlfriend from hell.
Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus Ma...more
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At the 3/4 mark on this, I was getting bored and this was headed for 2 stars. This story of official agents who deal with the strange has been done to death in recent years, the humor wasn't that funny and the entire story seemed to consist of one magical an ...more
Pure escapism, but fun.
Back in the late eighties there was a TV commercial for a collection of old songs called Fun Rock. The ad declared there was “No meaning! No message! Just fun!” This was a fun book; and if given half an opportunity, I’ll probably read another offering from M ...more
It was a couple of years ago, I'd just read Monster Hunter International, the synopsis sounded fun. So again I fell for the "buy it because the synopsis sounds good" weakness.
Look, some of you won't dislike this so much. I was tempted to go 2 stars because mostly I just find it mediocre and don't hate it, but I didn't finish it. I just felt I was wasting my time when I picked it back up. I wasn't enjoying it. My "sort of self-imposed rule" is th ...more
A. Lee Martinez has written an incredibly fun, unique, funny, introspective, wishful, and decent novel with "Monster". He introduces a lot of ideas that even the sci-fi/fantasy scene never really thought of before, and he spins, as a whole, an enticing tale with these ideas. I can ...more
An interesting book with a host of unusual characters. We follow the adventures of Judy, a clerk at a fast-food mart and Monster, a freelance monster hunter. I felt the characters come to life and were unique, but I didn't find them sympathetic--it was hard to care too much about them. Rather, I wanted to pop them both on the head and say, "wise up!" It says something when your most ethical and sympathetic character is a sidekick paper golem from another dimension. Howeve ...more
Monster is written in a style so similar to my own I had to check my hard drives to make sure that I hadn't written it and published it under a pseudonym while I was black-out drunk that one weekend at my friend's bar mitzvah in Tahoe. But I hadn't. And then I wondered.
What does this say about me? Why aren't my books getting picked up by publishers an ...more
Monster changes colour every day, and every colou ...more
Judy seems to be particularly unlucky where crypto-zoological creatures are concerned; besides the yeti at her job, there are the trolls in her apartment and the goat-creatures in the van. M ...more
Monster has a great cover but a meh story.
I was looking for a nice book about monster hunting and the thrill of doing it but alas I was given a lackluster story about a guy named Monster who is a down on his luck slacker that catches monsters like he's an Orken exterminator. No big fanfare, no awesome weaponry.
Just a schmoo doing a job he hates.
On one of these jobs he comes across Judy, a grocery store clerk who later just happens to be the key to saving the wo ...more
Monster is right up there with his previous books. Just as good if not better.
You HAVE to read this. Then go get all of his other books and read them too!
Monster is a story that strikes the absurdness bell so many times it’s easy to get completely lost. The novel paints a portrait of the weird and obscure, but offers well-timed comic relief that doesn't man ...more
That said, Monster is a different beast from the aforementioned. While it does have moments of humor, they are underwritten with a sense of sadness at t ...more
Out of the blue, magical creatures seem to popping up around a grocery store clerk. The aptly named Monster (whole daily skin color change results in new magical abilities thing) and his smart and well read sidekick Chester, a paper gnome who can fold himself into a variety of origami shapes, are unique and engaging chara ...more
Despite this interesting premise (and a ...more
It unfortunately suffers from a case of meandering story and deus ex machina.
This isn't to say it's bad. The story of Monster, a middling practitioner of magic and cryptobiological containment specialist, is amusing at least. In every other aspect though, he's your everyman - save for the fact that in his work he was bitten by a basilisk, almost di ...more
According to an interview in the back of the book, it's not a comic fantasy. That may be true, but it's still bloody funny.
I enjoyed it, and actually like Monster. He's got the underlying tone of someone who just can't be bothered. Fo ...more
Author A. Lee Martinez appears to be having a lot of fun here. The book is an urban fantasy, and as such the magical elements are portrayed in an irreverent manner, rather than in the solemn style of Tolkienesque high fantasy. Our hero performs magic using runes (written symbols), inscribing them ...more
"Monster", continues the zany imagination of the author. Monster isn't like any other animal control officer, he captures crypto's....mythic creatures. And when he gets involved (not that he wants to be involved) to save the universe, the story gets even more humorous.
One example - talking about "Lotus", the keeper & evil person of the stone. that has all the answers to the universe ...more