A. Lee Martinez, Author . Orbit $19.99 (295p) ISBN 978-0-316-04126-3
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)
Reviewed on: 03/02/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
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A. Lee Martinez is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He has been a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop since 1995. He currently resides in Terrell, Texas.
A. Lee Martinez was born in El Paso, Texas on January 12, 1973. In 1991, he started writing when he was around 17 years old and graduated from Gadsden High School in Anthony, New Mexico, northwest of El Paso, just across the state line. He has written seven published fantasy novels. His books have been translated into five languages.
Martinez’s first published novel, Gil's All Fright Diner (2005), was awarded a 2006 Alex Award, an award given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. Gil's also had a featured review in Publishers Weekly. His fourth novel, The Automatic Detective, also received a featured review in Publishers Weekly.
A. Lee Martinez's other fantasy novels are In the Company of Ogres (2006), A Nameless Witch (2007), Too Many Curses (2008), Monster (2009), Divine Misfortune (2010), Chasing the Moon (2011), Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain (2012), Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest (2013) and The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (2016). All novels are stand-alone-books set in individual universes.
Martinez released a three-part short story after the release of Gil’s All Fright Diner titled "Cranky Dead". The short story is based in the town of Rockwood where Gil’s All Fright Diner took place. Registration to the A. Lee Martinez forum is required to access the short story.
- Gil's All Fright Diner (2005, ISBN 0-7653-1471-1)
- In the Company of Ogres (2006, ISBN 0-7653-5457-8)
- A Nameless Witch (2007, ISBN 0-7653-1548-3)
- The Automatic Detective (2008, ISBN 0-7653-1834-2)
- Too Many Curses (2008, ISBN 0-7653-1835-0)
- Monster (2009, ISBN 978-0-316-04126-3)
- Divine Misfortune (2010, ISBN 978-0-316-04127-0)
- Chasing The Moon (May 2011, ISBN 978-0-316-09355-2)
- Emperor Mollusk Versus The Sinister Brain (Mar 2012, ISBN 978-0-316-09352-1)
- Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest (Jul 2013, ISBN 978-0-316-22643-1)
- The Last Adventure of Constance Verity (July 2016, ISBN 978-1481443517)
- "Black Magic and Silver Bullets" (1997, A. Lee Martinez' official website)
- "Nigh Omnipotent" (1998, A. Lee Martinez' official website)
- "Cranky Dead, Part 1" (September 5, 2006, A. Lee Martinez' official website)
- "Cranky Dead, Part 2" (October 5, 2006, A. Lee Martinez' official website)
- "Cranky Dead, Part 3" (March 3, 2007, A. Lee Martinez' official website)
- "The Hard Holiday" (2007)
- "The Innsmouth Nook" (2010, can be found in Death's Excellent Vacation)
- "The Devil and Danny Webster" (2015, A. Lee Martinez' official website)