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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  6,459 Ratings  ·  587 Reviews
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
ebook, 213 pages
Published May 11th 2009 by Orbit (first published April 22nd 2009)
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Randy Dethrow It was the first one I read. I picked it up at random at the library. Now he's one of my favorite authors. His books crack me up.
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Jun 06, 2009 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, humor, magic, monsters
I now want a paper gnome sidekick after reading this story where mythological beasts are real, and there are cryptobiological agents to deal with them. (Think animal control for yetis.) A young slacker woman gets involved and disaster ensues.

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
Jan 18, 2014 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monster by A. Lee Martinez is two parts Christopher Moore, one part Ghostbusters, a heaping smidgen of Harry Potter, a sprinkle of Poul Anderson, a whisper of Piers Anthony and an ever so slight nod to China Mieville.

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
Mike (the Paladin)
Ouch...oh...the pain. I bought this....

in hardback.

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
Jun 21, 2009 Dominic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fun read.
Recommended to Dominic by: Jason Lohry
Before I delve into the review, I just want to state that even though I only gave this book 3 stars, it deserves a 3.9, I just can't fully apply the "I really liked it" tag that comes with four stars. And so we begin,

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
Three and a half stars.

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
Stephanie Griffin
Jan 26, 2012 Stephanie Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you need an “escape” book? Want a break from all those “serious” books you’ve been reading? Then boy, do I have a treat for you! MONSTER, written by A. Lee Martinez, is an action-packed, over-the-top, modern-day fantasy packed with humor about a man who catches and transmogrifies pests. Not your ordinary pests. We’re talking ice-cream eating yetis, giant multi-headed snakes, Japanese ogres, walrus dogs, snarling goat-headed creatures, and the like. MONSTER had me smiling all the way through.
Apr 30, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading this author and I practically devoured the book in one sitting. I'll admit, the cover caught my eye and that's probably why I bought it. Happily, the book did not disappoint at all. I thought it was fun and creative - definitely brain candy, like one reviewer's blurb on the back cover called it. Monster and his enchanted color-changing skin was really cool. I also liked the author's explanation of how magic exists yet most humans in the world just aren't capable of realizing i ...more
Sam Sobelman
I had a bit of an existential crisis while reading Monster. So, this review is going to be about me. And the book. Because both of us had a crisis.
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
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This book had it's moments where I was laughing so hard I had to wipe tears from my eyes. The paper gnome side kick... THE BEST PART. Very cute and quirky novel about a funny guy.
Tony Evans
Aug 27, 2014 Tony Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So funny and quirky.
Nov 08, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun cheesy solid ride !
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Judy has a dead-end job at the local supermarket, packing shelves at night. Trouble seems to follow Judy wherever she goes, whatever she does, so she's not terribly surprised to find a yeti in the freezer section, eating all the ice cream. Animal Control puts her through to Cryptobiological Containment and Rescue Services, and soon enough a blue guy who calls himself Monster is striding through the doors, accompanied by a paper man called Chester.

Monster changes colour every day, and every colou
Jun 27, 2012 Bryce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monster works in crypto-zoological containment. Capturing magical and mythical animals. It’s a thankless job, but it pays the bills and Monster gets by with only minor irritations in his life. At least, until he meets Judy and the yeti she discovered in the freezer aisle of the grocery store where she works.

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
Jul 24, 2012 Gabriel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the book I was looking for :(
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
Jun 21, 2009 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read
This is easy, anything and everything by A. Lee Martinez is gold. Horror with humor exceptionally well written.
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!
Jun 06, 2014 Westerville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults, fiction
Terry Pratchett meets the Dresden Files. In other words, awesome. - Jessica, Adult Services

Reserve a library copy.
Nov 11, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a co-worker of mine slapped a bunch of books onto my desk and told me to read these, I was initially hesitant. I worked up the courage to read Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas and enjoyed it thoroughly. So it was natural for me to pick up the second book which was of a similar genre.
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
Dec 16, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Having previously read In the Company of Ogres and Gil's All Fright Diner, I thought I had a handle on Mr. Martinez. He excels at finding humor in the mundane and hilarity in the unexpected. His humor approaches that of the great Terry Pratchett, perhaps after having honed his razor wit on as many pages as Mr. Pratchett has, his will be as sharp.

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
Jan 14, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This funny tale of a cryptobiologist (think Dog Catcher, but for kobolds and yetis) reminded me a bit of Christopher Moore's work, with angels and humor figuring into the plot.

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
Jul 02, 2010 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I've been meaning to read a novel by A. Lee Martinez for sometime now, always perusing the bookstore, looking at the backs of the authors books and chuckling thinking that they were my kind of books. Since I enjoy a good Urban-fantasy novel (although recently most of the one's I've read have been mediocre at best), I decided to pick up Monster and quickly read it. It's an interesting concept, a basic animal control for mythical monsters, and it aspires very high with some wild and inventive idea ...more
It’s been a few years since I last read one of Martinez’s quirky, comedic fantasy novels, and I must admit that I forgot how much pure fun they are to read! This supernatural adventure is just a great book to escape into. The pacing moves along quickly, with plenty of genuine, laugh-out-loud moments and excitement. Monster makes for a likable slacker-style hero and Judy’s apathy and cutting comments adds a certain balance to their dynamic. Even the villainous cat lady, Mrs. Lotus, is likable in ...more
Nick Cato
Lee's 6th novel (and the second I've read since his debut, GIL'S ALL FRIGHT DINER) deals with a color-changing human who runs a pest-control company; but he doesn't exactly go after rats and roaches. Along with his self-folding paper partner Chester, he collects ("Ghostbusters-style") all kinds of pesky "cryptobiological" creatures with his unique brand of magic, such as Yetis and all manner of mythical beasts who manage to find their way into our universe.

Despite this interesting premise (and a
This book has a great cast, it has some rather interesting ideas on magic and its role in the world. It was a lot of humor and laugh out loud moments.

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
Apr 03, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Good Omens and non-serious fantasy readers
Recommended to Lucy by: Amazon
Shelves: own-the-book
Judy discovers a troll eating the ice cream and chicken dinners at the supermarket in which she works. She calls out animal control to be presented with a blue man named Monster Dionysis and a paper gnome named Chester. This will not be the last time these two meet.

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
Brendan Nicholls
Apr 12, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a tough one to review, on one hand the story isn't strong and the characters didn't have that much depth. On the other hand I think that was the point of the author here, throw the reader in the deep end and trust that he would deliver snippets of the story as the book went on. I likened this book to The adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th dimension, that film played a similar gimmick. If you can't just go for the ride, this book will divide audiences easily and judging by ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Douglas Adams
Monster is a light and frothy confection. It doesn't feel quite like a full meal on its own; perhaps one could use it as a palate cleanser between Ian McEwan's Atonement and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

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
Sep 19, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
This funny story about a supernatural animal control agent named Monster who transmorgifies mythological beasts into rocks to rescue the "muggles" who accidentally come in contact with them started out as rollicking as Christopher Moore novel. However, it got bogged down in overly long conversations (especially near the end) about Monster's failed relationships and the empty life of his fellow heroine Judy just when the narrative began to get more action-packed. Also the plot got caught in a rep ...more
Sep 23, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martinez’ The Automatic Detective was on of my favorite reads of 2008 for its clever combination of humor and tropes from both the hard-boiled and science fiction genres. While I wouldn’t rank Monster as quite as entertaining I still found it a wholly enjoyable read full of Martinez’s clever and frequently humorous ideas. Our main character, Monster, works for the Cyptobiological Containment and Rescue Services division of Animal Control. A routine call from Supermarket employee Judy turns into ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Say rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pleased. I bought this book in a second hand book store, under urban fantasy (which is often filled with covers that have Fabio type characters on the front-gag*) this one stood out. However I put it on my "to read" pile for a few months.... My fiance then said to read the thank you page (which a never do for any book) and there at the bottom, at Venture Brothers reference....I knew that I would get along with this guys sense of humour. I hesitate to say that this book reminded me of a supe ...more
May 17, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading his first novel a couple of years backGil's All Fright Diner , which was also a zany/comic story.
"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
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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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