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
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 ...more
Chasing the Moon was a pretty good introduction ...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
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 ...more
This is one of my favorite books.
Despite occasional rough patches, such as the sentence “The moon always shone like a light,” as well as a general lack of plot and kind of pointless resolution, the world-building was somehow all I needed. It’s the sort of thing about which I’d say, “I could read 400 pages of these characters just going out for coffee,” except that that’s kind of all this book is—these characters going ...more
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 ...more
Hilariously funny, full of monsters, terrors and misplaced deities. And an ordinary gal to rule them all. Because monsters are people too.
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 ...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
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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
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