These days most fantasy is one more dreary, endless (seriously, some of these books weigh 5 pounds) sword and sorcery novel or a seemingly endless series of vampire, werewolf, or demon novels, all pretty much the same.
A. Lee Martinez fits no category.
His fantasy is wildly innovative, with no two of his books even remotely like any other.
While most other fantasy books have interchangeable heroes with a sword, Martinez's heroes are a wild mix of a mercenary who can't seem to stay dead, a seven foot tall robot private gumshoe, a witch with a family but no name , a pair of vampire and a werewolf good ol' boys traveling the Southwest, some people looking for a little help from less than what you'd expect gods, a woman who rents an apartment in a world that doesn't seem to make much sense, an exterminator who doesn't do the normal rodents and bugs and has a demon girlfriend, and a kobold housekeeper with a lot of common sense.
Martinez is simply in a category all his own and is the most innovative fantasy writer of the time. One thing is guaranteed, he always surprises you and never bores you, and you'll never meet the same character or the same story twice in his books.
To top it off, you get a good dash of humor missing from most fantasy work.
Mixed in with strange stories and the humor, you get asked some serious questions about friendship, family, and humanity.
This wild mix is something you don't exactly expect from an author from El Paso.
In this outing, we meet a retired Mollusk Super Villain who's conquered Earth but is now retired from the grind of defending his realm from various greedy invaders and saving Earth from catastrophic events, 74% of which he's caused.
When a new Super Villain challenges his happy retirement Emperor Mollusk comes out of retirement to crush the upstart....sort of.
Accompanied by a female Venusian soldier trying to arrest him for his many crimes and his playful bodyguard monster centipede, Mollusk battles from jungles filled with prehistoric creatures to lunch in Paris followed by the theft of the Eiffel Tower.
When you get tired of the same ol' sword and demon novels, try something really different, try one of Martinez's weird and funny worlds.