Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Each short essay looks at a different aspects of a monster life such as dating, politics, high school, death, child r...more
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...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...more
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.
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.
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I spent a lot of time laughing while I read this – the satirical use of modern-day psychological problems as applied to monsters is one of the things that tend...more
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...more
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...more
Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside was a delightfully entertaining book-- but not much else. It had tons of cheap laughs, but it kept me smiling throughout the book. A couple of lines made me snort, but that's it. It was mediocre overall, but not bad.
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...more
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...more
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.
Not recommended for those lacking a macabre sense of humor.
"The Invisible Hell of the Market" was good, though.
And I liked "Coffin Ghost", the unambitious ghost that haunts the coffin it was buried in.