Diana's life was in a rut - she hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true - because it was. As it turns out, the apartment was already inhabited - by monsters.
Vom the Hungering was the first to greet Diana and to warn her that his sole purpose in life was to eat everything in his path. This poses a problem for Diana since she's in his path...and is forbidden from ever leaving the apartment. It turns out though that there are older and more ancient monstrous entities afoot - ones who want to devour the moon and destroy the world as we know it. Can Diana, Vom, and the other horrors stop this from happening? Maybe if they can get Vom to stop eating everything...and everyone.
©2011 A. Lee Martinez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Martinez excels at off-the-wall storytelling that perfectly suits this cheerful apocalyptic fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Douglas Adams on Acid"
Thoroughly enjoyed this very strange little book. If Douglas Adams had been dropping acid, I suspect he would have come up with something like this. The female narrator, Khristine Hvam, gives a delightful performance. This is my 3rd Martinez AudioBook, after "Divine Misfortune" and "Emperor Mollusk vs. the Sinister Brain." I've thoroughly enjoyed all three of these weird books but "Chasing the Moon" was decidedly the weirdest and, perhaps, the one I enjoyed most. I hope to find more Martinez on AudioBooks as soon as possible.
I kind of stumbled on Martinez's books. If you enjoy supernatural things, alternate universes and improbable situations read his series. The character Dana finds herself in usual situations and is able to overcome the obstacles.
She us not the woman who is told to stay in the car; rather she is the go to person to solve a problem She is not happy that where is has ended up does not follow the normal rules people live by, but she learns to play by the new ones. Of course she has this big heart and wants to make things right for all which is why she ends up in funny situations.
"Great book! Great author!"
I've both read and listened to many of A Lee Martinez's books. They are all wonderful. Why can't they make movies or even animated films with stories like this? If you never read his work try this or "Divine Misfortune".
"Please quit comparing to Douglas Adams"
This is an enjoyable listen. A bit odd for odd sake. Predictable. But enjoyable. But the reviews that compare it to hitchhiker's guide do not do it justice. It is different and lumpy and bubbles with strangeness all on its own and going in thinking is has Adam's sense of contradiction takes away from its own voice.
"it was bland"
there were some great visuals but the story felt rushed and unfinished. I heard great potential but it was overall underwhelming.
"Weird on purpose, but not compelling"
Based on this book, I'm not chomping at the bit.
The story was just a mishmash of absurdities packed together without an underlying cohesion or purpose. This didn't transcend being weird on purpose (it sort of felt like a SciFi madlibs.
True example: the (noun) Hedgehog monster (verb) multiplied into several copies of itself and attacked several people, then (verb) complained when the protagonist (verb) punched it too hard and disintegrated one of its copies, then the (place) bagel shop (verb) went back to normal like nothing happened and the (Person) love interest from work who was just mashed to a paste then reassembled (verb) kind of remembered what happened and (adverb) quickly excused himself).
Unless you like a dozen hours of that, it felt like a waste of time.
Overall I liked the narrator's voice and she had a range of characters that stayed true. I'd listen to her again. But, I kept wondering if she was a little too peppy and it was making the absurdities harder to work with. Perhaps a hard book to read.
"Fun, but it goes on too long"
This book starts out as good, silly fun...but they could've pared away about a third from the middle and not lost anything of importance.
On the plus side: I LOVED the narration. Too often, when a narrator does different voices to differentiate the characters, it's just a distraction. They're usually so dumb and awkward and poorly-done! This narrator was great--her voices were all well-executed and plausible and consistent with the characters. They added to the story rather than taking away. I won't be looking for more books written by this author, but I definitely will be looking up more voiced by this narrator.
I liked the story. There were places, however, where I found it was difficult to keep myself focused.
"Funny and creative, a must read."
This is one of my favorite books by Mr. Martinez
Ms. Hvam does a wonderful job reading.
Really boring. I just kept wishing for it to end. I didn't care about the main character or the out come.
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