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Chasing the Moon

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,780 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Unspeakable horrors threaten the earth in this fantastic new comic fantasy from the author of Divine Misfortune.

Diana's life was in a rut - she hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true - because it was.

The apartment was already inhabited - by monsters. Vom the Hungeri
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Published May 25th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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If you want everything to make sense, you're only going to be continually disappointed.

So give sanity a vacation as you join our heroine Diana into the monster dimensions and embark on a quest to stop Fenrir, the incarnation of a Viking deity, from swallowing the moon and bringing about Ragnarok, the northern mythology version of the apocalypse.

A simple inquiry after a cheap apartment to rent lands Diana into an alternate reality where on the one hand voracious monsters from outer space are ou
I love A. Lee Martinez's books. They're surrealistic, hilarious fantasy/light sci-fi masterpieces, full of monsters and gods.
This is a story about a down-on-her-luck woman who finds the perfect apartment. The rent is cheap, the former occupant seemingly had the same taste in decor, and there's a jukebox loaded with her favorite music. She even finds a case of her favorite discontinued soda in her fridge. So of course there's a catch. She's told that the only catch is "Don't open the closet".
So O
Laura Martinelli
We’ve gotten a lot of A. Lee Martinez’s books in at work over the past few years, but this is the first time that I’ve actually sat down and read one of them. (My boss passed a couple to me in the save bin, basically saying “Here, I think you might like these. It’s your sense of humor.”) He’s another one of those authors that I’ve always eyed, but wasn’t quite sure if I was going to actually like the books or if the synopsis was just a lot of hype.

Chasing the Moon was a pretty good introduction
Sep 21, 2012 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone

OK, this author is a master of mixing comedy with heart-rending emotion. Reading this you'll be laughing and crying in equal measure. The story starts of with a lot of Lovecraftian stage dressing and then resolves itself into a buddy movie. A buddy movie with all of creation hanging in the balance.

This book is a wonderful work of fiction and a touching examination of what it means to belong and what real friendship is all about. It also deals with perception and reality and what makes a monster

Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin
May 27, 2011 Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tom Holt, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, HP Lovecraft, John Scalzi
NOTE: This was originally posted at The King of Elfland's 2nd Cousin on 5/24/2011. Check out the blog for more reviews like this!

A. Lee Martinez’ books are characterized by their serious plots, sympathetic characters, and an infectious humor that bubbles out of the cracks in his characters’ fictional lives. His latest novel, Chasing the Moon is a solid, enjoyable book that continues to showcase Martinez’ facility with genre tropes.

Chasing the Moon follows Diana, a vaguely-down-on-her-luck coat
It's so hard to write anything about Martinez' work, because it's just so weird. And I mean that in a good way. Comic, but rarely laugh-out-loud; SF/Fantasy/Supernatural-ish, but approachable for those who prefer to stay away from that; books that feel like they're the start (or middle of) a series, but are all stand-alones. One thing that connects them all is the humanity of the characters--particularly the protagonists, but not entirely reserved for them. Whether we're dealing with supernatura ...more
Diana had a predictable life, a boring job, no boyfriend, and worse, no apartment. When she was offered a great apartment at an affordable rent, she jumped at it. There was just one teeny tiny flaw.
The monsters in the closet were real. I can't begin to relate the bizarre adventures of Diana and her otherworldly roommates, but I can say that author A. Lee Martinez has clearly been channeling an entity beyond the borders of Weird. Let's just say that this tale is a little more than half a bubble o
Doc Opp
As usual, Martinez delivers a creative universe, fun characters, witty banter, and general hilarity. Of course, missing from that list is plot, which is not atypical for a Martinez book, but it's so much fun to read that you really don't miss it much. One of these days, he'll stop pretending to give a plot, and just run us through a few days in the life of his characters/worlds, which would maybe even be an improvement (because the pretense of a plot is so transparent as it is). Impressively, th ...more
A. Lee Martinez writes excellent one-off fantasy and scifi inspired stories and novels that are weird-funny. You can't predict where he will go with an idea. That's what's so great about reading his stuff, though. Every story is fresh, interesting, strange, and entertaining. This one is about alternate realities, god-like creatures that accidentally get stuck in our reality, and the people who take care of them. The world is nearly destroyed, perhaps more than once. There are people who change i ...more
I rather think that A. Lee Martinez does better writing female protagonists than male protagonists. I’m not sure why. He just does. Chasing the Moon is certainly no exception. As you may know, I’m not a fan of horror and Lovecraftian stuff, but Martinez is such a fantastic author that I was willing to look past that and read this book. And what a good choice that was! From the very beginning, Martinez deftly mixes the horrific and the mundane in a tale that reminds us as who we are as humans, an ...more
In general, I'm a fan of A. Lee Martinez's work, but something about Chasing the Moon just felt off. Several somethings, actually.

One of my main problems stems from the main character, Diana, a regular woman who rents a new apartment, and haplessly stumbles into the position of caretaker for several cosmic horrors that were never meant to exist in this world. Part of what bugs me about Diana is her basic personality and mindset: she discovers that the world is far stranger and more interesting t
Tentacles. Monsters. Floating eyeballs. Laws of physics?. Apocalyptic beetles.
This is one of my favorite books.
Despite occasional rough patches, such as the sentence “The moon always shone like a light,” as well as a general lack of plot and kind of pointless resolution, the world-building was somehow all I needed. It’s the sort of thing about which I’d say, “I could read 400 pages of these characters just going out for coffee,” except that that’s kind of all this book is—these characters going
I was thoroughly entertained by this book. It's one of the most original books I have read in a long while. The cast was colourful and fun to get to know; I particularly liked Vom and the small dog. It throws the whole "monsters in the closet" idea right on its head.

It was a quick read, as it was so fast-paced and I found it so enjoyable. It was written with a sense of humour that was right up my street. The characters were all memorable and well-written, and there wasn't one of them that was u
This is a second book by A. Lee Martinez I've read. Loved it.
Hilariously funny, full of monsters, terrors and misplaced deities. And an ordinary gal to rule them all. Because monsters are people too.
I adore Martinez, but while I enjoyed this novel, I've definitely preferred his others. This was quirky in all the ways I expect from him, but it felt as if something was missing. The novel reminds me of Jell-O that's not quite cold enough: tasty, but not quite as together as you'd like.
I always enjoy the Martinez parodies and this one is no exception. As always, it's light and crazy, full of ridiculous occurences and utterly hilarious times. In this particular novel, Diana finds a great apartment with cheap rent. The only problem is that apparently her apartment is guarding an insatiable monster. But, since this is Martinez and not Stephen King, Diana makes friends with the monster and learns what it's like to realize that the safe world you thought you lived in was merely a c ...more
This book rang a little more true than Helen & Troy, but to be honest, I can't put my finger on why. There was more going on here; I felt like I should have been on acid to get the most enjoyment out of it.

Monsters, alternate dimensions, a moon that is actually part of the being that will bring about the end of the world, a "puppy" named Pogo with tentacles who guards a door...this book has everything. It reminded me very strongly of Cabin in the Woods. The one produced by Joss Whedon, that
3.5 stars. I've read a few of His books lately and I think the one thing that they have in common is that they all seem to be character studies. He seems to be thinking, "What would happen if I put this gal/guy with these particular qualities into these quirky situations?" So we end up with an Emperor Mollusk trying to solve a sinister puzzle before the Earth is destroyed, an Automated Detective trying to rescue his kidnapped neighbors (my favorite by far, a really great book), middle-aged vampi ...more
Single sentence summary: Vom the Hungering had been living in the closet for centuries but when Diana movies into the apartment where he lives, Vom may get the chance to live without eating everything in sight and winding back up in the closet.

This was a fun and completely wacky book. Filled with unusual characters that you can't help but love even though you wonder why (I mean, what is loveable about a monster that eats EVERYTHING?). Vom was fun but what really made this book for me was Diana.
The storyline is fairly straight-forward as far as the Lovecraftverse goes. There’s a place where the lines between dimensions and reality fade and threaten mere humans with madness. The monsters that Diana meets within her own apartment are fairly creative. The foes–the cult of the moon god–are not so creative. They’re your typical moon-loving shapeshifters, and the moon god even has three forms just like a certain other god of a religion we’re all familiar with. Compared to the creativity of t ...more
Nina Post
We can all relate to Lovecraftian themes of human powerlessness in an indifferent, possibly malevolent universe -- where we fight to keep even a feeble grip on our sanity in the face of unutterable cosmic horrors. In 'Chasing the Moon,' Martinez's eighth book, we're not alone in this. Humans may be a "clueless race of cosmic microbes," but the eldritch horrors are no less lost and confused. It is empathy that helps us all survive and even thrive in a world beyond our understanding.

Diana Malone g
After a few days reading on and off...and I can honestly say that this book will leave just about anyone in a complete daze of giggles and deep metaphysical thought. It's the oddest mix I've ever seen, but so far, I take my hat off to the man from Fort Worth.

Mr. Martinez, you are a genius.

From whacking monsters with a rolled up magazine and training them like dogs to keeping a radioactive future at bay by fixing the boiler in her apartment building, Diana leads a much more interesting life than
I like Martinez, a lot. His books are all very unique. Chasing the Moon is no different. It is funny as hell, but what I am left thinking about after the final page is what really was the plot. In his other books he has been very good about setting up "what the goal is." His characters have these things they are trying to accomplish. This is the first time his protagonist has just been trying to exist; that is, unless I am misinterpreting the whole point of it. She starts off a stranger in a str ...more
I liked this book overall, it's a fun story and there are some very interesting, surprisingly philosophical points brought up but there are also what I felt to be some rather big problems.

I was confused as to what was going on for about the first third of the book. Individual scenes would be interesting but, honestly, the only reason I stuck with it is that I know I've enjoyed the majority of this author's work that I've read before. I think that first time readers might not stick with it long e
Matt Smith
It had been a couple of years since I read Monster by A. Lee Martinez; I don't read science fiction but the inside cover of Chasing the Moon reminded me of Monster and how much I enjoyed that book.

Meet our heroine: Diana. She's wandering aimlessly in life, hates her job, hates being single and just needed an apartment. She ends up getting more than she bargains for; her new apartment, though seemingly perfect on the outside, has some serious monsters living on the inside. These aren't ordinary m
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Diana hasn't exactly been living the good life for the past few years. She's fairly intelligent, decently attractive, amiable enough, and has just enough work ethic and responsibility to get by at her admittedly dead end job (being in department store coat sales is just about as glamorous as it sounds). She's also out of an apartment - so when she comes across a nice, newly vacated spot with affordable rent (and paid utilities), she jumps on the opportuni
C.C. Thomas
Diana stumbles upon a perfect apartment......but, there's a catch. Isn't there always. She has to be caretaker of Von the Hungering, an ancient entity that want to eat everything in its path, including her. That's pretty much the sanest and most normal part of this entire story so if that doesn't turn you off, read on!

This story takes quite a while to get started and seems to be mostly galactic rambling with a healthy, but dark, dose of humor thrown in. Think of a cross between Christopher Moore
Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
From my blog:

I’ve been a fan of Martinez’s work since his first novel, Gil’s All Fright Diner, back in ought-six. All of his books are smart, funny, and have an underlying layer of heart that really draws the reader in and makes them want to stay with the characters. The books are comic–but the plots are far more than a series of gags. He deals with “big picture” issues but just from a slightly skewed point of view. But first and foremost, his books are fun to read.
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Fans of campy 50's sci-fi will love Chasing the Moon, an amusingly bizarre mix of 'Mork and Mindy' meets the 'Hooneymooners' with a 'Twilight Zone' twist. Fun, creative and out of this world, Martinez definitely lets his imagination soar in this fun frolic through dimensionally challenged monsters and outlandish werewolf cults!

The world building, as bizarre as it may be, was quite entertaining as reality gets put on its ear. Great descriptions and intricat
Jeff Wyonch
This one didn't ring true for me. The humor and characterization was there, but the story didn't really convince me. An important part of fantasy is keeping the rules of your made-up world consistent, and that didn't seem to happen here. I also think the book was a little overloaded with too much cast and too much strangeness for the sake of strangeness. Martinez is a great author, but you'd be better to pick up his other books before this.
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A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself.
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