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Monster by A. Lee Martinez
Review by Ernest Lilley
Orbit Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316041263
Date: 11 May 2009 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Monster would make a perfect Kevin Smith movie. Unless Sam Rami wanted to do it. Or maybe they could collaborate, though they might not get along. Much like the main characters in Monster. On the one hand, there's Judy, who works in the local quickie mart (actually a Food Plus Mart) which winds up being overrun by mythological creatures, and nasty ones at that. And on the other, it's got Monster, which is his name, not a description, though it's also his trade or would be if his last name was Catcher. Monster is a freelance animal control agent whose best friend is a paper doll (well, actually a paper man) and whose girlfriend is from Hell (yes, literally). And (I'm pretty sure about this) it takes place in Jersey.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

(Source: Orbit)

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