TBR Pile challenge (from Roof Beam Reader), found at Tasseled Book Blog. It’s time to get through that stack of unread books!


Book for November: Monster; A. Lee Martinez.


I read a few A. Lee Martinez books, added several to my TBR list, and forgot them in favor of new releases, as I tend to do. I still haven’t read everything by him, but this is a step in the right direction.

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Monster runs a one-man cryptobiological pest control agency. He’s the one who takes the call for the really unusual pests, like sea monsters in the sewer, or yetis in the freezer. Which is what Judy, who works the night shift at a grocery store, calls about. A yeti, eating all the ice cream, trashing the aisles she just restocked late at night. He takes care of the problem, but it’s only the start of the unusual issues plaguing Judy’s life.

And that’s a big problem, because her brain, just like the brain of most humans, isn’t equipped to recall the ogres that go bump in the night. Instead, they grow fuzzy, a dragon becoming a lizard, and a giant a tall man. But for the magical terrors, Judy doesn’t have the same protection.

She and Monster will have to get along to figure out what’s behind the sudden rash of cryptobiological pests–before Judy ends up dead–or worse.

The book has a snarky wit, and an original take on monster clean-up. One that’s driven by money, mostly–Monster has to eat, right?–which makes it much like any other form of pest control. He’s overworked, and poorly paid–only perfect specimens are worth money–and his personal life is complicated too. (It probably wasn’t a good idea to summon a girlfriend from hell.) He and Judy have that in common–difficult relationships and jobs, both embattled average people who do their best to cope. That makes them easy to relate to. Who hasn’t had a bad day, after all?

All of A. Lee Martinez’s books are stand alones, so you can pick up whatever strikes your fancy without worrying about missing out on past plots.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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