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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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    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 06-25-13
    Amazon Customer Cocoa, FL 06-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Kente M'Bulu

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    "Awesomtasticnomenal!!!"
    If you could sum up Monster in three words, what would they be?

    A MUST READ!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Monster. . . the ideal anti-hero with a character depth and revelation of internal struggle. the concept of changing colors uncontrollably to acquire different powers, yet at the whim of the universe, who is conciously controlling destinies to correct a mistake by creating the universe in the first place. . .which initially started with a glowing rock! What ingenuity, creativity, and well written to make things that seem unrelated. . .relate. I am buying all of A. Lee Martinez's books! So far have read three and am overwhelmed at his creativity! He is a literary genius. His subtle nuances that seem to mean nothing . .. means everything!! Foreshadowing, crisis, internal and external conflict, etc!!!


    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    Monster!


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

    Yes!!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it coming, Martinez!!

    PS. Chris Aeilo and Fred Berman are the best!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 11-05-12
    Michele 11-05-12
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    "This is a great story"
    What did you love best about Monster?

    He's just so average, but not


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Monster followed closely by his paper friend


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the Demon Girlfriend finally gets it


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great story really well written and clever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 10-04-12
    Mark Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 10-04-12 Member Since 2008

    I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)

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    "Funny story good, not great."

    Like other Martinez pieces, it's a fun unique concept that is fairly entertaining, but not the most engaging story ever. Worth a listen if you know you'll like Martinez's humour and style.

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    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-19-12
    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2010

    Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.

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    "All good things come to an end, however lousy..."

    I loved Martinez's Too Many Curses. He is a great storyteller and he has a wonderful ability to create lovable and unlikeable characters. He has the ability to catch the reader and hold you all the way through the story.
    *Spoiler Alert*:
    With Monster, instead of monsters and cursed humans, you have disgruntled humans Judy and Monster dealing with magic and an evil, universe wielding parasite who seeks to control all aspects of the universe, culminating in a all fiery power struggle to put the world into 'its natural order'. It was interesting, original, and I was on the edge of my sea with anticipation and worry for the two protagonists. And good overpowered evil and sent the evil one on her not so merry way. The only thing I did not like was the ending, or- to be more accurate with my phrasing - how the main characters got on with their lives. Judy learns how to wield magic and begins to build a new life for herself, and Monster does the same - just not together. Instead he ended up with someone else, he and Judy parting ways, possibly for good.
    This was enjoyable, and the narrator did a fantastic job when switching between characters, but the ending left me feeling a bit disappointed. However, I highly recommend A. Lee Martinez's work. If you are a sci-fi buff, you should enjoy this.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-17-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Soooo good Soooo funny"
    What did you love best about Monster?

    Monster the book or Monster the character. The character is a reluctant dysfuntional hero who finds that he has to deal a w woman who does not believe in magic, which means him.

    The world according to Martinez pokes fun at the basic issues of life and he put it in Monster the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inability or ability of how one's belief can effect their perception of the world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene opens in a supermarket. The store clerks are rather surprised to find a yeti devouring all the ice cream and generally making a mess. But (to the rescue!) a team composed of a young man (Monster) and his assistant paper cutout man come to the rescue.
    That is the start and the of a never ending slap stick ride.


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

    Yes. What I actually did was to buy all the other books by Martinez


    Any additional comments?

    Read it Love it and then read all of Martinez's books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 07-06-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 07-06-12 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "A fun little over the top romp"

    A. Lee Martinez is a hard author to categorize. I think the closest author to describe him would be a (slightly) less off the wall Terry Pratchett. Definitely a fun read.

    Monster is about, appropriately, the main character of this book. He is not in fact a monster, but he catches them (basically like animal control for the city). In this world magic is all around us, but only a select few can see it (and most forget/justify it away shortly thereafter.. think the adults in Sunnydale (Buffy)). Monster is not having a good life (living on the edge of poverty with a demon girlfriend) and his life gets more complicated when he meets Judy.

    Judy has called animal control because a yeti is eating all the ice cream at the supermarket she is working at. While shortly forgetting that incident, she continues to run into Monster as more and more supernatural animals keep showing up around her. And then the plot gets really complicated....

    Fun read but it can drag a little bit in the middle. I have enjoyed some of his other works more than this one...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stiggy and Iggy 05-25-12

    Explorer

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    "I want more!!!!!"
    What did you love best about Monster?

    Great story and great performance!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    A complete universe and strong character development!!


    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    Ed and Chester!!!!


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

    Almost


    Any additional comments?

    I just wished this was a series.... =(

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    richard Arlington, VA, United States 05-21-12
    richard Arlington, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Cute little Monster"

    The story falls into the just-how-strange-a world-can-I-conjure category of five minutes ago fiction. It contains nothing timeless or particularly memorable, but it is amusing to follow the flights of authorial fancy. I'll call it metaphysical chick-lit light, and it's got lots of company these days with all the other magic, vampire, witches, werewolves and just plain weirdness books that have popped up like toadstools in the market.

    The narration is competent, workmanlike and listenable. It does not offend or get in the way of the text. At the same time, it is not a five star standout--though that has as much to do with the text in this case as it does the narrator.

    So overall I give it four out of five. It was fun, and filled the time walking my hound and driving to the beach. Yet I will fail to recall either its plot or its name a week from now. Which will be ok, because at its base this book really isn't much more than comics without the pictures.

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    Damien Queanbeyan, Australia 03-19-12
    Damien Queanbeyan, Australia 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Martinez strikes again."
    Would you listen to Monster again? Why?

    Hmm, dunno. I prefer new books myself, but I would happily recommend it, as it was recommended to me by a friend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A richly imagined world, filled with details beyond the scope of this one story. Quirky lead characters, odd and troubled in the way we all are.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Aside from generally being able to do other things while you listen, which is true with all audiobooks, I felt the narrator enriched the experience with a great performance that really brought the characters to life.


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

    Definitely. Gobbled it in 24 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Martinez's

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    Kevin Imrie Toronto, Canada 10-29-11
    Kevin Imrie Toronto, Canada 10-29-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining, but doesn't quite live up"

    The book promises high spirited fun with monsters living and being hunted among us. There are certainly some fun characters (Monster's girlfriend for instance) and interesting twists, but none of the characters really grab you and nothing in the story is truly original. Certainly worth a listen. A Solid B+

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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