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Monster (Novel)

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Monster Book Cover, written by A. Lee Martinez
Monster Book Cover,
written by A. Lee Martinez
Author(s) A. Lee Martinez
Publisher Orbit
Publication date May 11, 2009
Media type Hardcover
Length 304 Pages
ISBN 978-0316041263 (Paperback)
ASIN B00276HACQ (eBook)

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Monster is a novel written by A. Lee Martinez. In this work one of the characters is a Succubus.


  • Title: Monster
  • Author: A. Lee Martinez
  • Published By: Orbit
  • Length: 304 Pages
  • Format: Hardcover & eBook
  • ASIN: B00276HACQ (eBook)
  • ISBN-10: 0316041262 (Paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316041263 (Paperback)
  • Publishing Date: May 11, 2009

Plot Summary

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. 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. Oh, and his girlfriend from Hell? She actually is from Hell. 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.

Book Review

The following reviews can be found in the External Links Below

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain Fun
  • Reviewed On: May 15, 2009
  • Reviewed By: The Mad Hatter

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.

On the flip side Chester, a paper gnome, is Monster's partner in crime and adds a nice counterbalance. Chester in actuality is a being from a different dimension just inhabiting the paper body for work. Monster's girlfriend is a super-hot succubus and there is of course a crazy cat lady who is up to something. The book is quickly paced and the fight scenes are a lot of fun especially one involving a herd of trolls. The magic Monster employs is logical yet he plays it mischievously well and I feel like there could be a lot more to this world especially given the climatic ending.

Although a very different monster this is close to on par with Christopher Moore's The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove. Monster won't win any high literary awards, but If you are in the mood for a light read and a few laughs this is definitely the one to pickup especially if you've been reading a lot of long Epic Fantasy.

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