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.
"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)
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.
Hmm, dunno. I prefer new books myself, but I would happily recommend it, as it was recommended to me by a friend.
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.
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.
Definitely. Gobbled it in 24 hours.
I loved Martinez's
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+
Mommy of twins
With a title like MONSTER and the promise of paranormal hijinks, I had expected a much funnier read. What I got was an ok story and only one or two truly interesting characters with a few laughs thrown in.
MONSTER had lots of potential, with a fun concept that unfortunately fell flat on execution; making for a very ho-hum forgettable read
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