Temporary Monsters

  • by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • Narrated by Thomas Machin
  • 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lenny Hodge is a young man with certain abilities - special talents that even he doesn't understand. It is only when he joins Terrifitemps (the temporary employment agency that secretly controls the world) and meets his new team - a psychic, a vampire, a ghost hunter, and a werevole (yes, a werevole) - that Lenny realizes how much his special talent will put him in jeopardy.
But it's worth it, right? Hasn't Lenny always wanted to save the world?


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Where Do We Go From Here?

Would you consider the audio edition of Temporary Monsters to be better than the print version?

I have mixed feelings about the audio edition being better than the printed version because I believe we all have those voices in our head to match the characters. Then, when we actually hear them done by a person, we are either surprised on how close it matches our image or we are excited because the voice of the characters are totally different and pleasing. Of course, there's that third alternative that nothing matches what we expected.

That said, any extra media that is not disruptive to the book itself is a good thing! For me, is the print better than the audio or the opposite, I would have to say that they compliment each other.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd have to say for the print version, my favorite character was Lenore. She mixes humor with mystery, but never quite finishes the mystery. For the audio version, the Troll. He was just a quick, pop-in character that was the epitome of the ambiance of the book. Second to that was Bob the Horse, a Pooka of excellent conversation!

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene in the book was when Bob the Horse scared the wits out of the Dimm supervisor. The audio version is only slightly different in that it still is about Bob. Bob is wanting to help so badly, but the others won't listen to him because he's a Pooka.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but life kept interfering.

Any additional comments?

"What do Pooka's do?" - Foo

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- MagePro

Hotel Transylvania as a spy agency

TEMPORARY MONSTERS is a sketch-comedy based story about a temporary employment agency employing monsters like vampires, werevoles (okay, that's different), vampires, psychics, a Boris Karloff look-a-like, and even a talking horse/pooka. One day, while looking for a job, perpetual loser Lenny discovers that not only has he been hired by the organization but they are the only force in the world standing against some of the stupidest villains in the world. This includes FOO, which seems a non-Orientalist parody of Fu Manchu's organization, and the Dim who are a take on the modern mythology of Shadowmen.

I really enjoyed this story but I should mention Temporary Monsters will probably prove to be an acquired taste. It's very much like the old Hannah Barbara monster parodies and the Scooby Gang wouldn't be that inappropriate to drop in among this group. There's a herd of singing buffalo, rhyming rat hordes, bad vampire jokes, and an arcade which is ruled by a sentient game of Pong. It's very much in the vein of Discworld or the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but avoids anything resembling a serious plot or drama. The closest thing to drama is when Lenny is about to be dumped into a snake pit by his evil ex-girlfriend but gets rescued by the aforementioned singing buffalo.

This is a fun story that doesn't try to take itself too seriously and I enjoyed listening to it from beginning to end. I purchased the physical copy of the book as well as the audiobook but if I had to recommend one or the other, I definitely recommend picking up the audiobook version. Thomas Machin does an incredible job of giving all of the characters goofy exaggerated voices that puts you in the weird off-beat universe. He basically works as a one man cartoon show and that's impressive. Lenny sounds like a pleasant easy-going geek, the Baron like Count Chocula, Karnowsky like Karloff, and Bob the Pooka like a goofy Mister Ed.

I'm trying to think of other things to say but it's really just six hours of silliness and that's something I often pick up audiobooks to enjoy. If you're in the mood for some over-the-top supervillain lairs to be invaded by harmless monsters ala Hotel Transylvania crossed with Johnny Quest then this is definitely a work which will appeal to you. It has all the makings of a cult classic like the Beetlejuice cartoon from the 90s. At least in my opinion.

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- CT

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2017
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press