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by A. Lee Martinez

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly

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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Kirkus Reviews
The tea-drinking little old lady next door is a cosmic threat in Martinez's latest comic effort (Too Many Curses, 2008, etc.). The author has carved out a comfortable niche for himself with his wacky horror/modern fantasy/SF novels, most of which involve a blue-collar human, mutant or supernatural being who must save the world. This time, the task falls to a supermarket checker named Judy and her unwilling champion, Monster Dionysus. A freelance cryptobiological rescue agent, Monster catches the mythological beasts-trolls, sphinxes, etc.-that the mundane employees at Animal Control can't quite deal with. He's coping with one such problem (yetis in the frozen food section) when he meets Judy. Apparently, she's had several similar encounters throughout her life, but she can't recall any of them because, like most people, she's missing the part of the brain necessary to retain memories of magical occurrences. But it's absolutely vital for Judy to remember that magic exists, because she's the key to defeating an ancient, powerful and extraordinarily devious being disguised as the neighborhood cat lady. This mildly amusing romp breaks little new ground, but the standard setup gains sparkle from Monster's chronic curse: He wakes up every day with a different skin color and magical power. Adding to the fun are the abilities of his sidekick Chester, a sixth-dimensional entity that manifests as various shapes of folded paper. It's also refreshing that Judy and Monster's bickering flouts tradition by not indicating any sexual or romantic tension. Utterly predictable, and lacking the edge Terry Pratchett gives similar scenarios, but pleasantly engaging brain candy nonetheless. Agent: SallyHarding/The Cooke Agency

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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

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Monster 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Kevin-Darragh More than 1 year ago
I think my headline says it all. A great easy read that leaves you looking for more books by the author.
HoffK More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read with lots of different mythical characters and a plot that was totally not expected. I enjoyed it and can't wait for the sequel, there has to be a sequel because the writer left me wanting more situations with the characters, I enjoyed them that much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book thinking I would give it a shot. It sounded a little silly, what with having a yeti eating ice cream on the back cover. Actually, within the FIRST PAGE, it dive right in with the humor. It was one of those books that had me smiling and laughing to myself through out it's entirety. I love the fact that the characters are actually fleshed out. They all have their flaws and nobody, not even the paper gnome, is perfect. The thing I think I liked most was the ending wasn't the stereotypical ending. I won't ruin it, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that Martinez didn't take the predictable route. I am definetly going to be picking up more of his books. Well worth the money and time put into reading it. Oh, and also, kudos on getting the mythologies right and not wimping out. All the creatures were spot on from their respective origins.
MimiEJ More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of A. Lee Martinez and this book delivered the humor, adventure and weirdness in style. If you are a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide, Christopher Moore and are looking for something similar this one is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non-stop reading. Great author and, as usual, a great book. Once you read one of James Patterson's books, you will want to read them all. I can't wait for another one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is offbeat and fun to read. I had a lot of fun with the characters and the world in which monsters and mythical creatures are an everyday occurrence, but one the average person does not remember! A great read for science fiction, mystery and fantasy lovers alike.
-Storm- More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of my favorite books. The fantastical stuff that goes on in the story is so well written, the elements just come off so non-chalant to the characters it makes it beleivable. This author's style has made me take a look at a couple of his other books, and they are just as great. The characters are very real and the explanations and interactions are just so cool. Definitely worth it. Go get it.
gmoney7786GL More than 1 year ago
striking cover caught my eye but i didnt buy it at that time, i think i was reading something else at the time. But i came back and bought it and read it in just a few days. WOW!!! what a great book. every one needs to read this.
nicolamattos More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Watch out for deadly garden gnomes, yeti's that loathe vanilla, trolls, and possessed cats while the fate of the universe rests on the shoulders of three unlikely people: a disgruntled Cryptobiological Containment & Rescue Services (CCRC) worker, a paper gnome named Chester, and Judy, an incognizant mundane Food Plus Mart worker. (by the way, she's great at stacking cans of vegetables). Not exactly the A Team when saving our collective butts. But hey. it's all we've got. Monster is not your ordinary kind of guy and in between his supernatural color changes, definitely brings new meaning to the word apathetic. But you'll adore him. The two failings of this incredibly interesting character are his conscience and his selfishness. These are a point of conflict for Martinez. Which is why Chester fills the role of sensei so nicely. Not that Monster listens that well to him. Will he end up doing the right thing? Will he help Judy step up to the plate and fulfill her destiny? Or will he just do his job, swig back a beer, and veg out in front of the TV while the universe collapses around him? Monster's man-cave guttural mentality is immensely endearing, and watching him stumble over basic rights and wrongs will bring a smile to your face. Martinez has taken whimsy, humor, and sci-fi and melded it into one big Scooby sandwich of a story that you'll rub your belly and belch loudly after devouring. The efforts of Monster, Chester, and Judy to outwit their arch nemesis Lotus, snag the universe stone, and continually battle summoned cryptos is like riding The Colossus at Magic Mountain and having a few wheels break off mid-flight. Scary, but fun. I LOVED Monster. I was constantly amused and amazed at how Martinez makes his world building so effortless. How the heck does he do it? The pace is continually zippy and entertaining, the text snappy as Martinez unabashedly gives us a window into his quick fire mind. I was strongly reminded of Christopher Moore, but I have to say it (don't kill me after the fact) that I think Martinez is hella funnier. Way. The Post-It's, the dialogue, And inventive. And I strongly suspect he ate up comic books as a young sprat. I now consider myself a lifelong devotee. A Fiendishly Bookish Review
AirgoddessCG More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Martinez's work. The writing style is very easy to read, the characters are engaging, and the story of a lot of fun. A good book to read if you are looking to escape for a bit.
kickasschf More than 1 year ago
i loved the concept of this book.the characters are beyond fascinating.i definitely wasn't disappointed by the other title gil's all fright diner and have plans to purchase other titles by this author!
zombie_chic More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining and flat out funny with just a hint of deeper meaning. Love the off the wall plot twists!!!
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
“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.
Elizabeth_Anderson More than 1 year ago
Okay, here’s where things pick back up. Martinez has said he did not want things to go (especially by the end) as glorious as things often are for the lead character. In truth, I did not read it that way since it seems by first appearance that things turn out somehow. However, it does seem somewhat obvious that through most of the story, the main character is not happy and thereby struggles. It is just intriguing how everything falls apart and seems to go wrong in this person’s life, even though he is trying to defend. I don’t think many books that follow actually only two characters closely could go so well—especially in this situation that they are adversarial at most points and the consensus at large. I would recommend this product along with Sirens of Morning Light by Benjamin Anderson, a quest for a man in Iowa to regain his identity, which becomes entangled with people who claim to have known him when he discovers he is a scientific experiment. Make sure not to miss either book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God rode in on a white horse and saved the day.
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Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-reads the note and smiles-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got me hooked on A Lee Martinez and he has yet to dissapoint
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Good writing and humor. Worth the time and money.
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Pulls up on her pegasus hello allyssa