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Martinez (Too Many Curses) pokes at big-picture questions, like the nature of the universe and the meaning of life, with abundant, zany humor in this charming tale. Monster, who works in cryptobiological containment, first encounters Judy when he rescues her from a yeti that's trashing the frozen foods aisle of the Food Plus Mart. They meet again when trolls infest her apartment. As an incognizant—someone whose mind can't acknowledge magic—Judy soon forgets the bizarre events, but Monster suspects she's somehow involved with the recent uptick in dangerous cryptobiological happenings. When Lotus, keeper of a stone mysteriously linked to Judy, spirits Judy away, Monster attempts to come to her rescue, only to discover that he's in way over his head. Scary monsters and hilarious scenarios embellish a convoluted plot that suggests even night-shift workers might have a destiny. (May)
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About the Author

A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas. At the age of eighteen, for no apparent reason, he started writing novels. Thirteen short years (and a little over a dozen manuscripts) later, his first novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, was published. His hobbies include juggling, games of all sorts, and astral projecting. Also, he likes to sing along with the radio when he's in the car by himself. For more information on the author, check out www.aleemartinez.com
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316049913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316049917
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tanstaafl VINE VOICE on May 1, 2009
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"Looks like he's just FLOAT-ing."

Martinez is very creative and funny. His books take our boring old world and add some excitement to it. Of course, his definition of excitement may differ from the norm by a factor of about a thousand.

Monster is both the title and the name of the main character. He is a dysfunctional family all by himself. He also has cryptobiological containment skills - and some of them come in different colors. His less than endearing personality coupled with a job of removing the threat of mythological (so we thought) beasts makes for enough slapstick situations to fill a 3 Stooges marathon.

Did I mention that the fate of the universe is also at stake? Or, that his girlfriend is a (well, that's better left discovered by reading)?

This is fast paced, light reading. Don't expect literary tricks but "trick or treat". I give this five stars for inventiveness and just plain fun. Unfortunately, there are some disconnects and inconsistencies that should have been caught before going to press. Don't let the absence of a star keep you from reading it, though. You'd have to look hard to find a more humorous, pleasurable read.
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If you like well written, really funny fantasy a la Christopher Moore, you will love this book! 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. Turns out that magic is everywhere, so much so that there is actually a sort of paranormal animal control. Most of us ordinary folks just don't perceive it. And we quickly forget it when we see it!

As the story progresses, we get a wonderful bit of inspired silliness as the hero and heroine take on a cosmic parasite, all the knowledge in the universe, dragons, giant worms, and a truly mean horse and cow.

Well written, with a sense of parody about relationship issues, this book has a lot of charm. I plan to read more of Mr. Martinez's works!
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I hadn't read any of Martinez's books previously although I've heard he would be up my alley since I'm a fan of Tom Holt, Robert Rankin, and Christopher Moore who he has been associated with. When I saw the cover and read the description I just knew this would be the one to try. I'm a sucker for cryptids and funny fantasy in this case funny urban fantasy. I managed to finish Monster in 3 sittings which is quick given my hectic schedule lately. Monster is a zany mix of Christopher Moore's humor with the inventive flair of Douglas Adams. It starts off hilariously and barely gives you time to breath between giggles with its delightful dialogue and sometime silly action.

Monster abounds with a veritable menagerie of mythical monsters such as yetis, kobolds, sphinxes, and pretty much anything you could or couldn't dream up. This is a world where magical things happen but most people forget about them soon after they witness them. Sometimes blue, Monster the main character/anti-hero is kind of like the cleanup crew of mythical monster kind with a strange ability best left revealed through reading. In other words he is the dog warden of weird varmints. Chaos is drawn to Judy who is a grocery store clerk and a bit of a failure in life. The character development is not very deep, which leaves Monster (the character) feeling a bit flat and also makes it a little hard to care about Judy. Both are just making the motions going through life and not caring to accomplish anything. Monster is actually a bit over the top in his reluctance to not get involved at times to the point of being unbelievable. However the situations and dialogue are what you want in a book like this so I can overlook these flaws for the pure entertainment Martinez gives us.
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I like Martinez but the Kindle version of Monster is so poorly formatted that it impedes comprehension. I am out the money I paid for the book and now I have to shell out more to buy it in paper form. Very unhappy with my purchase!! Read this one in traditional format only!!!
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The story start when Monster is called into help Judy: a cynical, unmotivated woman who's stuck in a going nowhere life. Judy, who's not part of the paranormal world, finds a Yeti eating ice cream out of the store freezer where she works. Once the job is done Monster goes on with his life, but Judy keeps popping back up with more issues. They are thrown together to save the world from events completely out of their control.

Not everyone will enjoy Monster. Even readers who have enjoyed Martinez's other books. While it does have the witty, sometimes dry sense of humor he's known for, Monster has a deep thread of sadness that seems to run through the book. It starts with the characters and their complete apathy, almost as if they themselves have given up on life, and continues with the theme of magic dying in our world (a fact that most people just can't see).

My Take?
For me, I liked Monster. It was a fun read, probably because I love unlikable characters, but I also appreciated a UF without a romantic subplot. (Judy and Monster don't even particularly like each other). Monster was a fast read and the plot moves along at a nice pace. The secondary characters were interesting. Chester, a paper gnome and Monster's partner. Monster's succubus girlfriend. Even Judy's alpha female sister, who ends up having to fend off a sphinx on her commute into work one morning. I'd love to see some short stories by Martinez with these characters.

So, while I would recommend this book to people who love UF but might be looking for a change from the series and romantic plots, please be aware...you might hate it.

Where Monster fell flat for me was the ending.
The Ending left a lot to be desired. The main drama of the book...
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