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Chasing the Moon

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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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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published May 25th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Algernon
Feb 25, 2014 Algernon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Such a fun and humorous read. I really enjoyed this one of Martinez's. I could not put it down. Looking forward to more stories like this.
Katy
Mar 12, 2015 Katy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
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
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Samantha
Jan 07, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A. Lee Martinez is an author I don’t see floating around much, but has some really great stuff out there. His books are humorous fantasy and all standalones. This is great if you’re looking for something light to read that doesn’t mean diving into a new series.

In "Chasing the Moon", we follow Diana as she moves into a new apartment and immediately discovers that the amazing flat comes with a hidden cost. Tenants of the building are burdened with some sort of supernatural job. Whether it’s hostin
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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
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Mike
Sep 21, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin
May 27, 2011 Chris King Elfland's 2nd Cousin rated it really liked it
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
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TheBookSmugglers
Nov 23, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
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
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Hobart
Jul 06, 2011 Hobart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Libby
Jul 12, 2011 Libby rated it really liked it
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
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Doc Opp
Mar 28, 2012 Doc Opp rated it really liked it
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
Anita
Sep 19, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it
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
Eric
Oct 30, 2015 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book all I could think was, "This is just weird...". IF that sells a book for you, you'll really enjoy this one. There are a large number of odd moments that sound like they're directly from a nightmarish subconscious or a kids cartoon - and sometimes both at the same time.

"You wouldn't happen to have any Monopoly money on you, would you, Number Five?"
She shook her head.
"Damn. The mole lords are not going to be happy about that."
He withdrew into his room and shut the
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Joshua
Aug 02, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing
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
Justin
May 03, 2015 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Triduana
Jun 28, 2014 Triduana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
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
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Violet
May 18, 2015 Violet rated it really liked it
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.
Erika
Jan 29, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fun, engaging and hilarious book that was hard for me to put down once I started reading. Of course I have yet to read anything by this author that wasn't.
I love his take in this book on reality and our perception(s) of it and how everyone responds differently, including the Universe as a whole.
A. Lee Martinez is great at creating these little slices of unique realities in his books and making them believable throughout the story so no matter how wild and ridiculous the situations g
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Amy
Jul 24, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
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.
April
Apr 11, 2015 April rated it liked it
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
Randy Dethrow
Jan 31, 2016 Randy Dethrow rated it it was amazing
Every time I read an A. Lee Martinez book it always makes me laugh out loud so hard I have to put it down for a second. This was no different. Diane has a problem - she has found the perfect apartment but it has a catch - Vom the Hungering comes with the apartment and Vom will eat anything, including her. And if distracting the perpetually hungry mouths of Vom while having to share cable TV with him isn't enough, she has to deal with the cult of Fenris, the wolf-god who chases the moon and has p ...more
Michelle
Jan 30, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a gift and I never read anything by this author before so I had no expectations when i started to read it. The premise sounded interesting and the way the first two chapters were written caught my attention. The story was fun, it was something where you were not sure what the end was going to look like and as a reader I definitely wanted to see what happened next. Interesting concepts are presented in a humorous way so it is a light read. I liked Diana and her mo ...more
Nathan Dehoff
Dec 31, 2015 Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it
Even compared to the other Martinez books I've read, this one is weird. An ordinary woman named Diana rents an apartment, only to learn that it comes with an insatiable alien deity known as Vom the Hungering, and her landlord does various things to keep the universe running properly. Soon, she finds herself caught up in a dimensional nexus full of monsters, where a cult is working to bring about the destruction of the Moon by a wolf-creature. The wolf is called Fenris, and while Diana is aware t ...more
Bevin
Oct 23, 2015 Bevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love A. Lee Martinez. His writing is so enjoyable and the stories original and inspired. This effort doesn't disappoint. Diana thinks she's found the perfect apartment. It's cheap and all bills paid. Unfortunately, it comes with a lot of baggage. Namely, a menagerie of monsters and demigods with agendas of their own. Martinez imbues his work with both humor and intelligence. It gives you something to think about while you laugh. Fans of Christopher Moore will enjoy ay of Martinez's works. Pick ...more
Angela
Dec 23, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
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
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Cathy
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
Wonderbunny
Jul 07, 2011 Wonderbunny rated it really liked it
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.
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Amanda
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
Dec 13, 2011 Nina Post rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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April
Jul 31, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
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
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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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