Travel Reads: “Sad Monsters” by Frank Lesser

Are you looking for the genie of your dreams? Are you planning on seducing a sphinx? Have you been tricked by a wily leprechaun? Probably not … but if you did, Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside by Frank Lesser would definitely be for you!

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Stats for Sad Monsters

Title: Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside
Author: Frank Lesser
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Plume
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452297397
ISBN-13: 978-0452297395

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Summary of Sad Monsters

This collection of humorous essays and snippets pokes fun at a wide variety of classic monsters from myth, legend, and cinema. Did you know that el chupacabra has other hobbies beyond sucking goats? Did you know that you can’t call a genie Mr. Clean? Did you know that the value of a human soul has gone down with increased population and the rise of reality TV? You’ll learn all this and more within the pages of this little, quickly read book.

What Worked for Me

This book was funny! I laughed a lot while reading it. Good thing, since it is marketed as humor.

Each chapter can stand on its own, poking lighthearted fun at some classic or mythic monster, from the Mummy to Bigfoot to banshees. But to make it more interesting, some chapters build on each other, adding layers to the overall experience of the book.

Although I believe this book is accessible to all, it appeals to those with some decent grey matter between the ears, as well. It makes references to film, myth, and legend that the info-geeks, cinema buffs, and literati-prone will get a kick out of.

What Didn’t Work for Me

I got nothing. I so thoroughly enjoyed reading Sad Monsters … there really isn’t anything I can think of that didn’t work.


Because each chapter is short and pithy, Sad Monsters makes great bathroom reading. It crackles with wit, irony, and sarcasm. Each chapter can be enjoyed on multiple levels. Whether you get the literary and film references or not, you’ll still find a chuckle or more in Sad Monsters.

Score for Sad Monsters: 5 Palm Trees out of 5 Possible

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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you’ve read past book reviews, you’ll know that I don’t pull my punches when I believe they are warranted. I also try to provide balanced information so you can make your own decision to read or not read the book, even if you disagree with my opinion.

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About the author

As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.