Chasing the Moon
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
Diana Malone g...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
This in my opinion was wierder than Christopher Moores books. It was random with a capitol R. It did make for a nice and exciting read though. It is refreshing to see a book that does not take itself so seriously and that you can have fun with. I am glad that I randomly picked this book up off the shelf at the library and decided to go with it as I now want to pick up other books from the same author.
It is a very peculiar comedic book that unlike Christopher M...more
Diana's monster friends were awesome! Awesome and hysterical...and loyal, even if one of them kind of wants to eat her.
I think the thing that I picked up and agreed with most vehemently in this book, is how stupid and useless are the majority of humanity. Sorry folks, but man's place in the universe is a...more
I feel like A. Lee Martinez may fill that role.
This is a fun book about a parallel universe of sorts, with other universes ending and plenty of danger to go around. It's also quite funny - there's a monster that just wants to eat everything it sees, and a deathly puppy-looking thing, and...yeah. It's weird, but it works....more
But despite being about the end of the world (literally) and the insignificance of all things, the book is still full of Martinez's signature hope and beauty. Sure, it's a vast universe full of terrible things we cannot fathom and on the grand scale of things, none of us matter a pinch!
But that doesn't mean that on the immediate, sm...more
Why you might ask? Well...It's just that with every Martinez book I read, I increasingly am struck by the Humanity expressed by his characters for each other. Even when there is a conflict, it is resolved in a manner that makes me feel happy, warm and jovial.
The plot? The end of the worl...more
This book had some problems for me at the beginning and it dragged towards the middle. And I think it was that POV of the narrative. There was a chapter that started with West's POV and then jumped to Diana. Which sometimes confused me.
The good things about this book was the lovable "horrors". The monsters were cool and I loved every scene with them. Specially the ending, which was awesome. I will read this again at some point, because I just couldn't help...more
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