Wednesday, 21 April 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Monster - A Lee Martinez


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.


If like me, its a hard slog to wait for the latest Christopher Moore or Tom Holt then you’ll be pleased to hear about A Lee Martinez. Not only does his writing have the same elements of humour within but he carries it off with a delightful story arc that will keep you entertained throughout. This offering from Martinez not only entertained but has made me add his name to my list of authors to watch as I really didn’t realise how much time I was spending in his company. Add to the mix a good understanding of pace with a whimsical touch and it’s a definite cracker.

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