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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297395
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thanks to this hilarious book, I'm no longer scared of monsters. However, I am still terrified of books." — Stephen Colbert

"Delightful and definitive proof that the undead are just as unhappy as the rest of us." — Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

"Sad Monsters is utterly hilarious. Then scary. Then hilarious again." — Scott Kenemore, author of The Zen of Zombie

"Hilarious. Frank Lesser has done a great service to human-monster relations." -Bob Powers, co-author, The Werewolf's Guide To Life: A Manual For The Newly Bitten

"With <I>Sad Monsters</I>...the joke keeps getting reinvented in creative and wonderful ways. So yes, it's funny — but it's also smart and creative. It begs for public readings." — Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of Ender’s Game

About the Author

Frank Lesser is a writer for The Colbert Report. He was a film major and editor of the humor magazine at Brown University. He lives in New York.

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Funny and clever.
YPR Lover
This book will really cheer you up if you're depressed like many monsters are.
Nancy Stoddart
Frank Lesser makes the plight of monsters humorous and entertaining.
K. Baughn

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book consists of forty brief vignettes about various monsters, some of whom are, as the title implies, sad. Not every monster cries himself to sleep at night, though; some quite enjoy their lives of monstrosity. Most of them have romantic problems. It's not easy to be a monster on the prowl in the dating sense, what with also prowling in the nomming sense

It may interest you to know that the author, Frank Lesser, writes for The Colbert Report. This sets some pretty high standards for the book to follow. Thankfully, Sad Monsters was just what I hoped it would be. Puns and irony abound, along with some cute postmodernism (ain't that reevaluation of that monster and his secret pain just precious?).

You get a really wide range of monsters in here. Lesser definitely isn't sticking only to the most popular (zombies, werewolves, vampires). Some of my favorite vignettes were Godzilla wondering what the point of all the stomping is (also, did you know that Godzilla likes M*A*S*H as much as I do?), formerly people-munching diets going vegan or carb-free, peaceful zombies being chased by humans, unsuccessful monsters like Count Macula (who just might work at my office) and Igor's résumé. Pretty much each of the little stories will make you bust out laughing, snort, groan or teehee.

Reading Sad Monsters takes somewhere around an hour. This is an estimate, since I read multiple books at one time; suffice it to say that it is quite short. I feel like this is an excellent book to pull out to amuse your friends with or to buy quirky friends for Christmas (don't know what to get them but know they love Colbert style humor?). Plus, how cute is that monster on the cover!?!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hollygolightly on October 7, 2011
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This is a hilarious book! Even if you have no interest in monsters you will find it relatable. Monsters have problems just like the rest of us (only funnier through Frank Lesser's eyes). My favorite chapters are the personal ads and the mummy with body image issues.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maya SmartyPants on October 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dear Frank,
Thanks for clarifying why the "monster" under my bed is<n't> at all terrifying. Now I can see that it's not a coat of mangled blood/fur, he just hasn't shaved/stopped eating ketchupy fries since his girlfriend left him for another ghoul. It turns out that he wasn't growl/snorting because he wanted to claw through my chest and snap my sternum in half but he was really just trying to hold in pathetic sobs of self pity. I'd always thought there was a pool of blood constantly surrounding him, but now that my fear isn't clouding my vision, I can see that it's just a condensed cloud of vague melancholy.
Thanks <3
Maya
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greenedout on October 31, 2011
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If you're looking for spooky tales in the traditional campfire or sleepover (or even Simpson's Treehouse of Horror) style, check out Twilight Tales: A Collection of Chilling Poems or Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales. But if you're more in the mood for dry humor of the sly winking variety, Sad Monsters is for you. Colbert Report writer Frank Lesser presents his monsters from a different point of view -- a human one...which at once makes them both sympathetic and infinitely more dangerous. With the monsters revealing their true fragile natures (in his journal, Godzilla wonders if the people he stomps on have souls; the devil has second thoughts about fatherhood when Rosemary shows him the ultrasound of her baby), the ultimate question cannot be ignored: Is it the human within the monster or the monster within the human that Lesser is driving at here? Hint: the correct answer is possibly the most scary thing about this book.

Taken with a the proper sense of humor -- a very dry (and occasionally blunted) one -- Sad Monsters offers snapshot glimpses of the belly of the beast...for those who dare to get a little introspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Henderson on June 1, 2013
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This book is great! I actually laughed out loud at parts on the train. Great concept and delivery. Would like to see more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Vansant on May 29, 2013
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The concept is brilliant in its simplicity: What if monsters more complex than we imagined (other than teen vampires waxing mopey)? What if that hairy hand reaches out from under the bed because the monster attached to it has abandonment issues?

Some of my favorite sad monsters:

The Joy of Unicorns, where the narrator makes it clear if you're not hanging with unicorns like the other virtuous maidens, there's a good chance you're a slut. "Good luck finding a husband!"

Diet Hansel, where the witch from Hansel & Gretel's diet of children fattened on her house of candy catches up with her. Time to start feeding Hansel veggies.

The Werewolf Whisperer, where chunks of the text are "text obscured by blood stains."

Whao Oh Here She Comes, where Hall & Oates' "Maneater" is a real monster.

Not only is Sad Monsters funny, it is excellent for bathroom reading. Each story is only 2-3 pages long. The downside, is my husband thinks I'm insane because I spent the last few weeks cackling in the bathroom.

Not every essay is a blue ribbon winner, some made me laugh out loud, some just made me smile, one or two I flipped through because I have the attention span of a two year-old, post-Easter basket buffet. But Sad Monsters definitely keeps the funny coming much more reliably than writers of similar fare who tend to beat a clever premise to death with cliche jokes.

So if you're looking for a funny book, built for today's short attention spans, Sad Monsters might just let you live long enough to read it.
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