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Chasing The Moon [Hardcover]

A. Lee Martinez
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4 Aug 2011
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.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316093556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316093552
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 14.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,570,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Divine Misfortune "reads like a mash-up of Neil Gaiman, Monty Python, and a sugar-bombed nine-year old." "Locus""

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Unspeakable horrors inhabit the Earth in this hilarious new novel from the author of Divine Misfortune.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a pleasantly diverting cosmic-horror romp.

When Diana, looking for an apartment to rent, finds one that almost seems made for her - right down to the posters on the walls - it comes with a catch, an unspeakable monster from Beyond called Vom the Hungerer. Diana is supposed to keep Vom shut up in a cupboard: she can only leave her home if she lets him out, but if she lets him out, he eats her.

Diana's new home isn't the only one housing strange secrets. There is Chuck, who's scared - almost - to death of the apparently sweet puppy that guards his front door. There's the couple who share a Thing between them, taking turns to host it.

Diana has stumbled across one of those places where other worlds leak over, all sanity-blasting horrors and strange angles. It is a place where the future of the Universe(s) is daily at risk and having to be rescued by the ordinary seeming caretaker to the block, assisted, now, by Diana, whose exposure to the uncanny has given her magical powers (as well immortality - so long as she manages to avoid being eaten by Vom).

Add to this a buch of crazed cultists worshiping fenris, a being from another dimension who just wants to get home - except that getting home means eating the Moon and rending the fabric of reality - the real threat that the world will be taken over by giant ants - and the difficulties of Diana having any sort of social life whille accompanies by Vom, Zap, Pogo (the apparently sweet puppy) and a string of other horrors, and this is a cheerfully entertaining take on cosmic horror, reminding me in part of Agent to the Stars in which John Scalzi takes a similarly irreverant line with UFO visitors. Great fun to read, no need to look for anything profound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not His best book but still worth the money 11 Aug 2011
By William Palaico - Published on
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I'm a huge fan of the author's work, that being said I don't think this is his best work. I found it a bit boring in places and had to keep myself from skipping whole paragraphs to get to something more interesting. There is a lot a lot of good stuff in here as well though, I always enjoy his characters, written very well. I would recommend this book even though it's not his best its better than most.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work 25 July 2011
By S.M. - Published on
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I liked it enough that I dont regret buying it, but its definitely not his best work. Overall, the story felt like it lacked...importance? Like there wasnt alot of urgency, and the stuff that happened didnt matter much. There wasnt even a real antagonist. It was also kinda short. Over all, I would rate it above "a nameless witch" since it was an easy read, but thats about it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A. Lee Goes Neptunian 24 Jun 2012
By S. Holm - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book. I read sections of this book outloud because I loved the way the words sounded. Everything written here is strange, weird, and in some ways, so wonderful that I immediately recommended it to everybody I could think of. Will this book be for everybody? No. If you lack vision, if you have zero sense of humor, and your imagination is as undeveloped as a blob of mucus, you won't get it and might even think that you need to be stoned to enjoy this book. NO! Buy this book and while completely untouched by any mind-altering substance, read it. Play with it. Take it for a walk with you. Call someone you actually like and read portions of it to them. This book is clearly as A. Lee Martinez as they come; the reason I buy books written by this author is for the times when he hits a home run with something that challenges the ego and the known. This is another A. Lee Martinez home run.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars humour with philosophy 15 Oct 2012
By isabella mori - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
just finished this book, the third of his i've read. i'm only not giving it a 5 because i'm feeling stingy with 5's today. i loved how he talked about very important topics such as the place of humankind in the broader scope of things but always managed to keep it light. the main character's willingness to accept mystery and chaos and at the same time stay firmly connected to her earthly home were very inspiring, as was her friendship with the monsters who - well, they just can't help themselves. if you think this is only about humour, good for you - but then read it again because there is much more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 13 May 2013
By astro al - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a fantastic novel.

Martinez weaves an imaginative tale that ends so perfectly my jaw dropped.

i don't want to discuss a lot of specifics about the book. i'm sure lots of other reviews might spoil things but i don't want to add to that noise.

i just think that if you're looking for something highly creative and engaging this is it.

There would be value of course in comparing Martinez's style but honestly when i think about it, comparisons are hard to make because he is so unique. Take elements of Robert E. Howard, HP Lovecraft and Douglas Adams and well there you might have the closest thing.

I have read all his books. Of course some i like more than others but so far none of them have been bad. This one is in my view the best. Check it out.
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