Monday, May 30, 2011

Chasing the Moon: By A. Lee Martinez



Unspeakable horrors threaten the earth in this fantastic new comic fantasy from the author of Divine Misfortune.

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.

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.


If you’re looking for a humorous light read with fantasy elements then look no further. Chasing the Moon is funny, full of creative and interesting characters, and fast paced enough to both keep the reader engaged and the story moving at a good clip.

The story beings when Diana moves into a new apartment. Unbeknownst to her, the apartment is also home to Vom the Hungering, a beast of insatiable apatite that will eat anything in front of it. Unluckily for Diana (but good for the story) Diana happens to get in Vom’s way. Of course instead of getting eaten, she distracts and befriends the monster, convincing it not to eat her (at least that day) and instead shares the apartment with it. The story continues with Diana picking up more and more strange acquaintances and learning to deal with the new and surprising world around her.

The story is filled with magic, intriguing characters, and inventive worlds. While all the characters are interesting and well created, my favorite characters have to be Vom and Pogo. Readers get the greatest insight from any of the monsters from Vom, and Pogo is just such a surprise and interesting character that I just naturally enjoyed him.

While the final battle lacked some of the vigor necessary to really bring the story home, and some of the earlier warnings seemed unnecessary after the events at the end of the book. Chasing the Moon is a solid read full of humorous characters, interesting plot lines, and great dialog. Fan’s of Martinez’s other works will certainly enjoy.

8 out of 10


Publisher: Orbit

Published: May 25, 2011

Price: $19.99

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