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Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  489 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
An Emmy Award-winning writer for The Colbert Report follows in the (big) footsteps of Bigfoot: I Not Dead.

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
ebook, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Penguin Group USA
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Mar 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-laughter
this is a book in which there are moments of hilarity, but also a lot of filler.

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
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads

Former The Colbert Report writer Frank Lesser takes on monsters great and small with his satirical short stories ranging from Godzilla’s diary entries to a class-action lawsuit against King Kong, a racist Bigfoot and a Gremlin owner’s manual. Even though not every story is successful, this collection’s strength lies in its creativity.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Not necessarily because it was bad- because there were a few really entertaining stories- but more because of the amount of stories that WEREN'T entertaining.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This book consists of forty brief vignettes about various monsters, some of whom are, as the title implies, sad. Not every monster cries himself to sleep at night, though; some quite enjoy their lives of monstrosity. Most of them have romantic problems. It's not easy to be a monster on the prowl in the dating sense, what with also prowling in the nomming sense

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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
I can't actually tell you why I'm giving this 4 stars, I actually have a weird urge to give it three (see josh it's not only blueprints of the afterlife) I'm just being very judgmental about my books, I think as I always am at the beginning of the year (no I'm not kidding the first 6 months of the year I believe I underrate books and the last few months I over inflate ratings. I can't prove this but I'm pretty sure it happens. I think maybe at the beginning of the year I'm leaving room for somet ...more
Stacy Fetters
Regrettable is the exact word Im looking for. Disappointing and sure as hell not funny.
Super excited to read this because it's written by someone who wrote for Colbert and that show is hilarious. This one fell fast down the rabbit hole and never uncovered.
It had some interesting stories, but none made me laugh and most seemed like fillers. Maybe he didn't know where to go and just wung it into something he probably died at.
I'm sad to say that I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I couldn't ev
David Macpherson
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny collection of skewed essays and occasional pieces about monsters. Funnier than not. The problem with this one, and many books like this, is that its best to read them in small doses or they become repetitive. I liked it a lot but I knew in the back of my head I should have slowed down and not read them all in a go.
Fun short stories for a Halloweeny read. :)
Oct 11, 2017 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
This just wasn't my thing. Oh well.
Miss Spookyverse
Lang und breit
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
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It's written by one of the writers for the Colbert Report, which I love, so I was really excited. And the concept is so unique that I couldn’t imagine not enjoying it. Unfortunately, I was barely able to make it to the end.

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
it's very cute, especially the story about the existential godzilla who somehow makes do with mothra's company, the zombie cornered by the deadly humans who want to shake her hand, and the suicidal claw-foot bath tub. Other stories (like the christian mer-people) are a little too gimmicky with too many puns (Mer-Jesus, forgive us for our fins? Really?), but I couldn't hold it too much against good old Frank. Overall, read it on a rainy day when you don't want to clean up that laundry pile in you ...more
✨ K ✨
I was looking forward to reading this book when I saw the cute and quirky cover and illustrations, but those were about the only things I ended up liking about it! A couple of stories were bearable and may have even wrenched a smile out of me, but the others were just filler and I found myself skipping the dullest parts (a sizeable chunk of the book).

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
Ian Roditi
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Godzilla leyendo a Sartre y cuestionando su existencia.

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.
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I think my mistake was in trying to read this book all in one go. I enjoyed the first couple of essays, but then I started rolling my eyes and feeling irritated. I'll admit I didn't read the whole thing. I couldn't bring myself to. Cute/clever idea, but too much of it all at once just wasn't my taste.
William Clemens
Some of this was really funny and made me laugh out loud, all the relationship epistles got old really fast though. Seemed more like sad author than sad monsters in those. Overall it was cute with nice pictures but not life changing or really anything I will remember
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I won this book on Goodreads and really enjoyed it. It's a very short book (may take an hour or two to read) but very enjoyable and funny. There is a wide-range of monsters in the book and short stories on the various issues they face. Very funny!
Absolutely adorable! This book is basically a bunch of short vignettes/stories about monsters and their problems -- unrequited love, depression, suicidal tendencies, etc. The stories are short and sweet, and very very funny. Definitely not a children's book.
Fun book. Not laugh-out-loud funny. More of a "funny in a very twisted, 'who thinks like this?'" way. Light, quick read. I enjoyed it.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. I can tell he writes for Stephen Colbert, I swear their were parts of this I read in Stephens voice. Very funny.
Jen Johnson
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ohioana
not the type of book I'd normally read, but it was cute and more clever than I'd expected. I think 'The t
roommate of Dorian Gray' was my favorite story.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
An amusing collection of stories centered on various mythical beings. Some are hits, some are misses, but overall this was a fun book.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
My coworker Frank Lesser wrote a very funny book about the two things he knows best-- monsters and neuroses.
Jamie (ReadsInTrees) Dacyczyn
Mildly entertaining, but would have been better to pick a few monsters to create deeper stories for each one.
Ana Rînceanu
If you want short, fun, lighthearted, politically correct bed-time stories, this is a good book for you.
Cherese Cobb
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
We've all heard that old adage: never judge a book by its cover. But, that's just what I did. I saw this sad monster on a gray background, misplaced in the self-help section of the public library, and I couldn't help but take him, cough...the book, home.

Unlike most readers, I read Lesser's book in snippets. The first part of the book was funnier than the last. There were some real laugh-out-loud chapters. My favorites? Questioning Godzilla's Existence, The Joy of Unicorns, The Mummy's Curse: Can
This started out really hitting my funny bone but by midway, it seemed repetitive and lost its luster. There were a couple instances where I chuckled out loud (I think 'Groom of Frankenstein' was the story I enjoyed the most) but the majority of stories and snippets fell kind of flat and I had a hard time making it to the end.
Andrea Turner
Not a bad little collection of humorous short stories. A nice choice for relaxing reading before bed.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with amusing short stories. Easy to read when standing in line or easily distracted.
Angie Fehl
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As cute as this book is, be forewarned -- this book is NOT for children! That being said, there's a lot of satire here that adults will eat up :-) Frank Lesser writes up little short stories that look at the behind-the-scenes lives of some of history & literature's most well-known monsters and villains. And he doesn't just use short story format -- there's also sections where the stories are told through craigslist-like ad listings, diary entries and my favorite, a few passive-aggressive not ...more
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