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Monster: A Novel | [A. Lee Martinez]

Monster: A Novel

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

Monster runs a pest-control agency. He's overworked and has domestic troubles - like having the girlfriend from hell.

Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus Mart. Not the most glamorous life, but Judy is happy. No one bothers her, and if she has to spell things out for the night-manager every now and again, so be it.

But when Judy finds a Yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the Rocky Road, her life collides with Monster's in a rather alarming fashion. Because Monster doesn't catch raccoons; he catches the things that go bump in the night. Things like ogres, trolls, and dragons. Oh, and his girlfriend from Hell? She actually is from Hell.

©2009 A. Lee Martinez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Martinez pokes at big-picture questions, like the nature of the universe and the meaning of life, with abundant, zany humor in this charming tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 12-13-14
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 12-13-14 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Comic fantasy - for those who like slapstick"

    Ummmm... I couldn't finish it.

    I suppose it is meant to be funny, or maybe there is some hidden 'message' in it... but I didn't see the humor, or get the message.

    It was a series of incrementally dumber 'monster' contacts where people get squished or burnt, or whatever, in comical ways, and then recover from whatever the mutilation was. It is very childish... and some scenes are just plain dumb. Like the winged horse scene that eventually develops into the main character being sucked into a giant worm - it has absolutely no purpose but to allow the author to let his imagination flow, and add some potentially icky scenes (I say "potentially icky" because in my world, it is really only children who are amused by slime in the way this author seems to be).

    Nearer the end there seems to be some over-arching storyline that, maybe, is meant to explain all the foolishness. But, sorry, the lame stereotype old witch and a 'universe in a stone' was just too much for me.

    And, no, it is not urban fantasy; urban fantasy is supposed to be mature, and possibly a bit on the dark side. This book is a comic fantasy... in the manner that you would expect a story in a children's/comic book to be.

    The narration is okay. There is nothing graphic in the book, and I don't think there is much swearing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 07-07-14
    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science

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    "Did Not Like"

    This book was a huge letdown for me. I listened to Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain (also by Martinez) and loved it, so I was excited to pick up Monster. Unfortunately, I found it boring, unfunny and devoid of likeable characters. Skip this one and pick up Emperor Mollusk instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    colin o,neill north richmond, n.s.w., AU 07-03-12
    colin o,neill north richmond, n.s.w., AU 07-03-12
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    "brilliant as good as Terry Pratchett, in my eyes"
    What made the experience of listening to Monster the most enjoyable?

    We took a holiday up to Port MacQ (nsw, Aussie) and had a fun drive whilst listening.


    What other book might you compare Monster to and why?

    I love Tom Holts books and the overall fun use of fantasy is very enjoyable. The way the story weaves around the characters to give the metaphorical appearance of Aesculapius.The Staff being the story and the characters wrapping themselves around giving the reader a journey of enjoyment.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both my wife and I loved the book and decided to drive 250 kms the long way home to listen to the end of the story.
    Joined the authors Fansite and wrote that we were gonna buy the rest of the books and audiobooks.


    Any additional comments?

    thanks for a great phone app. I do a lot of driving walking and the audio book has become a good companion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 05-17-12
    Gina 05-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Promising!"
    If you could sum up Monster in three words, what would they be?

    A fresh interpretation!


    What other book might you compare Monster to and why?

    Obviously writing about the supernatural is big business these days, but Monster has such a hapless main character that I found it quite unique. Everyone is kinda nasty, but it's hilarious! I think the premise is very promising, and although the writing could use some polish, seeing the characters develop could be great fun if this continues on in a series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 02-21-12
    Monica Raven Canberra, Australia 02-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Quirky and fun"
    What did you love best about Monster?

    It's truly hard to find something a little bit different, and this was it. I listened to Automatic Detective and was impressed with it, too, so thought I'd try Monster. Such a sense of fun in the writing and story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much did - kept walking around with it at work and plugging myself in whenever I had a spare minute or two. :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Rohnert Park, CA, United States 08-17-11
    Gina Rohnert Park, CA, United States 08-17-11
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    "Not What I Hoped"

    This may be a really good book if it's the type of book you like. I can't judge it's merits because it's not my cup of tea. The 2 star rating is because it was compared to Terry Pratchett's books. The reason I bought was only partly because the sample seemed interesting... and mostly because we are told if we love Terry Pratchett we will like A. Lee Martinez. Comparing A. Lee Martinez to Terry Pratchett is like comparing a puddle to an ocean. Both are water but that's about all they have in common.

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    avid reader 05-27-15
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    "my first and one my my favs"

    i've read this book 4 times and love this author... funny..ridiculous and original. I always have at least one f his books dowloaded when I need something exciting, funny but never stupid. Highly recommend you check them all out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Audubon, NJ, United States 04-09-15
    James Audubon, NJ, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A good read."

    It isn't my favorite Lee Martinez book, but still enjoyable. It certainly has its moments.

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-09-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Not as fun as I would have liked."

    While I liked the basis of the story and enjoyed the monster catching mayhem, the characters leave something to be desired. Monster (dumb name) was supposed to have a 'I don't give a damn' dry wit that was supposed to be funny, only he just acted like an ass. Both main characters are not very likeable and I didn't care what really happens to them. Which is a shame because this story is quirky and somewhat entertaining. I might try another book by the same author if I catch it on sale. If this is your type of book you like, I would recommend the authors Jim Bernheimer or Christopher Moore both are better with the twisted and funny material I was hoping for in this book. Narrator does a really good job and I would be happy to listen to him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 02-07-15
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 02-07-15 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Idea better than execution"

    Some great ideas form the basis of this book, but the execution was not well done. I think that a sequel could be a lot better as it has potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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