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Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  429 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
An Emmy Award-winning writer for The Colbert Report follows in the (big) footsteps of Bigfoot: I Not Dead.

Monsters have it tough. Besides being deeply misunderstood, they suffer from very real problems: Mummies have body image issues, Godzilla is going through an existential crisis, and creatures from the black lagoon face discrimination from creatures from the white lagoo
ebook, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Penguin Group USA
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Mar 12, 2012 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-laughter
this is a book in which there are moments of hilarity, but also a lot of filler.

we never consider the plight of the leprechaun the morning after st patrick's day, or how hard it is for a teenage banshee to make friends when she can always tell who is going to die and makes no secret about it. or how the chupacabra suffers from the reduction of his being to one facet of his lifestyle. "you suck one goat..." it is a cute premise, but sometimes it feels a little strained, despite being a tiny littl
Jan 21, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Not necessarily because it was bad- because there were a few really entertaining stories- but more because of the amount of stories that WEREN'T entertaining.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This book consists of forty brief vignettes about various monsters, some of whom are, as the title implies, sad. Not every monster cries himself to sleep at night, though; some quite enjoy their lives of monstrosity. Most of them have romantic problems. It's not easy to be a monster on the prowl in the dating sense, what with also prowling in the nomming sense

It may interest you to know that the author, Frank Lesser, writes for The Colbert Report. This sets some pretty high standards for the boo
Mar 06, 2012 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
I can't actually tell you why I'm giving this 4 stars, I actually have a weird urge to give it three (see josh it's not only blueprints of the afterlife) I'm just being very judgmental about my books, I think as I always am at the beginning of the year (no I'm not kidding the first 6 months of the year I believe I underrate books and the last few months I over inflate ratings. I can't prove this but I'm pretty sure it happens. I think maybe at the beginning of the year I'm leaving room for somet ...more
Stacy Fetters
Regrettable is the exact word Im looking for. Disappointing and sure as hell not funny.
Super excited to read this because it's written by someone who wrote for Colbert and that show is hilarious. This one fell fast down the rabbit hole and never uncovered.
It had some interesting stories, but none made me laugh and most seemed like fillers. Maybe he didn't know where to go and just wung it into something he probably died at.
I'm sad to say that I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I couldn't ev
Jul 26, 2012 TR rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It's written by one of the writers for the Colbert Report, which I love, so I was really excited. And the concept is so unique that I couldn’t imagine not enjoying it. Unfortunately, I was barely able to make it to the end.

Part of the problem may be that I checked out the book from my library to my Nook, meaning that I had a strict deadline of 2 weeks to finish reading it. A book like this, made up of a series of short stories, is best purchased and read
Miss Bookiverse
Lang und breit
Ich liebe Monster aller Art. Am besten gefallen sie mir, wenn sie ihre kuschelige Seite zeigen. Wenn man plötzlich erkennt, dass sie zwar furchteinflößend aussehen, aber innerlich ziemlich verletzt sind. Nach dieser Devise ist auch Autor Frank Lesser vorgegangen und hat in seiner Kurzgeschichtensammlung Sad Monsters die psychologische Seite der verschiedensten Kreaturen beleuchtet. Da gibt es den Yeti, der bei der Vogue arbeiten will; Godzilla, dem das Zerstören von Städten eigentl
✨ K
I was looking forward to reading this book when I saw the cute and quirky cover and illustrations, but those were about the only things I ended up liking about it! A couple of stories were bearable and may have even wrenched a smile out of me, but the others were just filler and I found myself skipping the dullest parts (a sizeable chunk of the book).

As someone else has already pointed out, the writing style stayed pretty much the same across every single story. The book would likely have been b
it's very cute, especially the story about the existential godzilla who somehow makes do with mothra's company, the zombie cornered by the deadly humans who want to shake her hand, and the suicidal claw-foot bath tub. Other stories (like the christian mer-people) are a little too gimmicky with too many puns (Mer-Jesus, forgive us for our fins? Really?), but I couldn't hold it too much against good old Frank. Overall, read it on a rainy day when you don't want to clean up that laundry pile in you ...more
Angie Fehl
May 05, 2015 Angie Fehl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As cute as this book is, be forewarned -- this book is NOT for children! That being said, there's a lot of satire here that adults will eat up :-) Frank Lesser writes up little short stories that look at the behind-the-scenes lives of some of history & literature's most well-known monsters and villains. And he doesn't just use short story format -- there's also sections where the stories are told through craigslist-like ad listings, diary entries and my favorite, a few passive-aggressive not ...more
Neil McCrea
When I was in my single digits in age, I had a big book of Monsters that I carried around with me EVERYWHERE I went. It was filled with trivia, puzzles, optical illusions, and similar things all related to the classic monsters that featured in Universal or Hammer monster movies. Seeing this book gave me a twinge of nostalgia for that old thing, and I had to give it a look. Sad Monster was written by one of the writers for the Stephen Colbert show, and the central conceit of monsters dealing with ...more
Ian Roditi
Jul 15, 2012 Ian Roditi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Godzilla leyendo a Sartre y cuestionando su existencia.

Una banshee puberta sufriendo por no poder salir con nadie

Una puberta vengandose de un vampiro que la botó.

Un mundo donde los zombies huyen de los humanos, para que no los transformen.

Y el roomie de Dorian Gray.

Entre otros cuentos este librito es muy muy gracioso, a veces muy gracioso y a veces sólo gracioso. Pero indudablemente, si te gustan los mounstros, te va a gustar.
Absolutely adorable! This book is basically a bunch of short vignettes/stories about monsters and their problems -- unrequited love, depression, suicidal tendencies, etc. The stories are short and sweet, and very very funny. Definitely not a children's book.
Ana Maria Rînceanu
If you want short, fun, lighthearted, politically correct bed-time stories, this is a good book for you.
Jan 25, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults with a love for humor
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
First I will say that this is defiantly not kid friendly.

"This literally might be the best humor book ever. It's blowing my mind away! Laugh out loud funny!"

It is a book that deals with serious issues, in a funny way, without making fun or belittling the issues. The book uses satire about modern day psychological issues.A hilarious book filled with monsters. You make think you have problems, but after reading this, you will be glad you aren't a monster!

Monsters have it tough. Besides being deep
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Very, very cute compilation about the every day trials and tribulations of monsters, I am sure most of them you have never thought about or did you know that the chupacabra suffers from being reduced to this one tiny trait of sucking a goat once in a while and the teenage banshee cannot build lasting friendships since she announces people's deaths all the time? And don't get me started on the poor Ordinary Spider Man... Some of the chapters are more spot on than others, meaning some made me laug ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
There are hits and misses in this collection of woeful tales of sad and misunderstood monsters. The Joy of Unicorns had me snorting with laughter and I loved the human/zombie role reversal in Night of the Living. Other hits included the diary of a teenage banshee, a guide to looking after your gremlin (impossible) and a living dead will to cover all possibilities.

Some of the humour was a bit obvious and it’s best read in short doses. I do wonder if it is more American humour than British; Frank
Aug 30, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Anything and everything having to do with cryptozoology, horror movies, monster myths/legends, and supernatural people has always fascinated me so this book really appealed to me right off the bat. Frank Lesser did an excellent job referencing all of these things while adding a great deal of humor to the somewhat depressing existence that is being a misunderstood monstrous menace.

Each short essay looks at a different aspects of a monster life such as dating, politics, high school, death, child r
An amusing little collection of modern monster paraphernalia: a letter from the passive aggressive monster in your closet, overenthusiastic diagnosis notes from Van Helsing, a class action lawsuit on behalf of King Kong, a living dead will... It's not the level of comedic genius that will have you rolling in the aisles, but it is quite enjoyable and entertaining in small, pointy toothed bites.
Jun 13, 2013 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a reading pile, a book like this comes along. Frank Lesser takes the scary (monsters), adds a dose of pathos (humanity), and shakes it together for a deleted scene from the back alleyways of Sesame Street. Opening with a peek at Godzilla's depression diary, Lesser hits readers with various looks at dilemmas seen though a very human lens. Letters between a vampire and his high school girlfriend highlight the trouble with age differences. Mer-people discourse over religious beliefs a ...more

This book has some really cute drawings and funny little stories relating to monsters and the troubles they face every day.

For instance, did you know Godzilla questions his existence every day? Or that The Abominable Snowman wants nothing more than to work in the fashion industry?

What about the fact that if you stay abstinent in your teen years you get your very own unicorn as your BFF? I never knew that could happen.

There's loads of great little short funny stories and they're all giggle worthy
Paul  Hankins
Not for the kiddos. . .but very, very funny so far. Just wanted to put this title out there for my friends who are fans of the monster story genre. Author writes for Colbert, so you know there's snark to spare. . .

Finished tonight. Story after story made me giggle. Don't miss the defense of King Kong in the courtroom. Or mummies who awaken to deliver the ultimate undead, "it's not you; it's me" speech. I love the "failed monster" piece as much as the one about the suicidal claw foot tub.

There ma
David Caldwell
A collection of 40 entries by monsters trying to deal with their problems.Some are very funny while others fall flat.A lot are about their problems with relationships like the 50 foot woman trying online dating or the problems of a leprechaun on the morning after.Others deal with trying to fit into society like the el chupacabra who wants people to realize he does more than just goatsucking.Others are thinly veiled satire of current political worries like the bigfoot worried about illegal immigr ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL

A humorous look at life's problems through the unique perspective of different monsters. Some are sad with their misunderstood and lonely existence, while some thrive. Many of the stories touch on relationship issues, though the book runs the gamut from politics to racism. It is a quick read, with 40 short stories packed into fewer than 200 pages. For people who liked David Sedaris' "Squirrel Seeks Chimpunk," this book has a similar feel you will likely enjoy.

Kristen Z. / Marathon County Public
Oct 09, 2011 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through the goodreads first-reads program. Believe it or not, I just received this book (on 9/29), even though the giveaway only ended on the 27th. Not only is that the quickest I ever received, the goodreads system won't even let me mark it as received yet.

This is very cute! It's not a children's book - they just won't get many of the references and jokes. It does depend on knowing a wide range of monsters. It is a very short book, even shorter than it looks because there are q
Some of the stories are clever and funny, others border on vulgar; I don't want to give it any less stars because I'm not a fan of comedy or short stories in general, so my opinion is tainted by that. It was recommended to me, so I tried it.
Patrick Tumblety
I read this book in one sitting, and it was so funny and original that I know I'm going to read it a few more times. The first few stories are repetitive in their trajectory (almost going into something profoundly metaphoric, but instead going for the cheap joke), but the pieces then become more clever and complex, to the point where I was impressed with how he uses the mythological monster as a metaphor for real-life, outsider personalities. Well done and hysterical. I recommend to anyone who l ...more
Camille Pobst
I think I would have liked this better if I didn't read it all at once. The stories seemed repetitive to me, maybe read a couple, set it down for a few months, pick it up and read again?

Stories were funny, just they all seemed the same.
Oct 01, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Good Reads First Reads.

It was a short reading being only 200 pages or so and overall I would say it was all right. My favorite chapters would have to be the zombi screenplay, the leprechaun morning after and the one with the doll which comes to life, and the gremlins (you can't forget the gremlins).

This book touches on teen bullying, suicide, relationship struggles, body image, prejudice and racism, gay marriage, religion, illegal-immigration, bad roommates and more. All
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