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Monster Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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).
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book gets 4.5 stars, the formatting one. Often there were single paragraphs with three people speaking, and you couldn't tell who was saying what . Read morePublished 9 days ago by Valerie Williams
It was different than what I expected. But a good listen all the same.Published 2 months ago by LaQueshia
Martinez knows how to write action scenes better than most. Though his sentence structure in this book is a little odd, after
awhile you get used to it. Read more
Monster works for the cryptobiological department of Animal Control--he wrangles up loose supernatural creatures like yetis and trolls along with his partner, Chester, a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Silly Billy
Very fun read, Same feel as a Christopher Moore Novel. Dark, funny, twisted with a foot in common lorePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
best fantasy fiction book I've read in a long time. Laughed all the way through it. Like I have all Martinez books I've read. But this is by far his best. IMOPublished 10 months ago by D. hamilton
It was an enjoyable read. I read it more than once. I loved the pragmatism of the inter-dimensional characters. Read morePublished 12 months ago by lifeisfunny