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.
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"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)
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.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
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.
I love this author, this was the first book of his I encountered and I enjoyed it all the way through. I will defiantly seek out his other work. Big fan of fantasy sci fi and he hits every nail on every head. Keeps that element of cheese that all lot of books in this genre has keeps it fresh and realistic. Like peeking IMO an alternate universe
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
This story was okay but nothing that you're really remember week or two from now. There were some funny parts but I never really got interested in the characters, they were just a bit to underdeveloped.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I didn't look at the chronology of A. Lee Martinez's publications until after I finished Monster. I checked because I felt from the outset that this novel was just another version of two of his other books that I have listened to (Chasing the Moon, Helen and Troy). Turns out I've been reading them backwards in time, starting with the most recent. So Monster actually came first among these three books that follow the same formula:
Gods and monsters and other mythical, magical or supernatural beings and creatures inhabit our contemporary world, many of them living and working like the rest of us muggles (yes, Martinez actually jokingly has two of his characters argue about mortal humans being "muggles" in this book, which is actually pretty funny). The main differences between the books are that the set of magical entities changes, as do the details of the danger they pose to our very existence (which happens in all three).
I have listened to a fourth Martinez novel that is not at all like this, so I know he possesses the capacity to come up with other original concepts. I'm not sure why he has come back to this structure in three of his last five novels. Actually, I just looked it up, and the number is four of the last five (that is the only one I haven't read -- not sure about his earlier novels, but I'm not going to check those right now).
When I listened to Helen and Troy, the first of Martinez's novel that I read (his most recent), I knew right away that it was a familiar form -- Neil Gaiman's American Gods, any number of Christopher Moore novels, The Magicians, Harry Potter of course, and I'm sure you can add to the list pretty easily. But I found the voice fresh, the characters lovable, the jokes funny. So I liked it, a lot, even if was not original in concept. Chasing the Moon, eh, the effect was wearing off. This time, I'm distinctly disappointed.
So if you're considering Monster as your first foray into A. Lee Martinez's brand of quotidian pantheons, my guess is you'll like it at least one star more than I did. If you've already read some of the others, maybe you'll be OK with another entry into the canon. Unfortunately, and against the positive feelings about Martinez that I came in with, I am over it.
A Lee Martinez writes pleasant stories to listen to... I have happily purchased as many as offered up.
Funny and thought provoking is how I found this book. I was listening to it in public and had to stop, I was getting strange looks because I was laughing out loud. There was also some philosophy that I found interesting, it was there without being preachy. This is the second of A. Lee Martinez's books I have read, I will be listening to more. Very entertaining.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
“Monster” is a fun story with ridiculous characters put in ridiculous positions brought on by mythical (says you) creatures. The characters are likable and the story is well written and fun if not a little ridiculous. High literature it’s not, but if you’re looking for a fun read to make you laugh, smile and generally have a good time I would recommend this book.
The narration was very good.
Science fiction, fantasy and mystery listener. Love anything with a good plot.
I've been a big fan of A Lee Martinez when I discovered Gil's All Fright Diner back in 2007. It was funny and it appealed in the same way that I love Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Robert Asprin. Comic science fiction-fantasy is just awesome, and I'm glad to add A Lee Martinez to my list of favorites.
Monster is a funny human, that changes color every day, and runs a pest control agency. He captures cryptobiologicals, ie. trolls, ogres, yetis, monsters, and has his fair share of domestic troubles with his girlfriend, who is literally from hell. However when Monster answers a call to capture a yeti, he doesn't realise that his life is going to get a lot more complicated when he meets Judy, who seems to have the knack for attracking cryptos.
I liked Monster. The action hits early on, and the laughs are plentiful. The combination of Monster, and his paper gnome sidekick, Chester, are hilarious. Add in Judy, who can't stand the sight of Monster, and it was definitely a amusing adventure. My only disappointment was that I thought Monster might have had a different ending with regard to Monster's love life. Romantic optimism on my part? Yes, most definitely. I doubt there is a sequel in the works, and since I enjoyed every other part of this book it didn't take anything away from my enjoyment of the story.
I started the paperback of Monster, and then 3/4 of the way through switched to the audio. I'm finding that I just don't enjoy paperbacks anymore, and this will likely be the last time I attempt a paperback. It's audio all the way for me from now on. The narration is done by Eric Michael Summerer and for the little that I listened I really enjoyed it. I plan to listen to more books narrated by Eric Michael Summerer to see if I will enjoy his style more.
Comical, Magical, Fun
Judy was my favorite character because I could relate to her and her feelings about her work, her sister and her life.
This book made me laugh a lot.
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The characters were pretty interesting and I could really relate to some of the characters and how they viewed their jobs and lives.
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