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Monster by A. Lee Martinez
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Aug 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction
Read in August, 2009

Monster Dionysus is a cryptobiological rescue agent. When the noncognizant (people who can't understand that magic and monsters exist) call 911 to report a monster sighting, he goes to the scene to contain the crypto. But Monster isn't very good at his job. The runes he is supposed to use to contain cryptos keep slipping from his memory. Except, of course, for the practical joke runes he learned in community college. When Monster meets the woman who called in a yeti infestation, he realizes that she is going to shake things up. The result is that the very fabric of the universe starts to unravel.

It's not a perfect book. The plot is more like a runaway race car than a carefully built sequence of events. However, the humor is consistently funny and appropriate to the story. I didn't feel like the humor was forced or overdone. The scenes are memorable and very visual. The concept is great. There was very little character development to speak of, but it didn't mar the novel at all.

This is an incredibly quick read. This is Ghostbusters + X-Files starring Barney Fife.

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60.34% "Loving it. Just so much fun."
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