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.
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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1 . Just Ok
Posted June 01, 2011 by ltreyd , MilwaukeeThis was my first book ever written by A. Lee Martinez and I was not impressed. I picked this book up because the description and preview seemed like this was going to be a fun book. Having never read any of his books I didn't know what to expect but what I got was not that great.
I like Judy and Monster I thought they were funny and jaded all at the same time. The fact that Judy took everything that was happening in stride without all the whining and complaining was refreshing to me. I liked Monster and all his issues but I didn't like the relationship between Monster and his girlfriend. I am like send her back where you got her from. I wished that it would have ended differently and I also wish that Monster and Judy could have at least been more friendly towards each other (I'm a sucker for a happy ending or at least a begrudgingly friendly one). This book does not make me want to read anything else he has to offer. Maybe if I can get something off the discount table but other than that no dice...
2 . Twists and Turns
Posted June 24, 2010 by Celandine , HobartThis books keeps you guessing what might happen next and even chuckling out loud at the absurb trip it takes you on. I loved reading this book, loved the characters (Chester is my fav) and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a modern day fantasy that makes you believe in magic...again.
May 09, 2009
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