(ORIGNALLY PRINTED IN SEPT-AUG 2016 EDITION)
By T.J. Schreiber – Campus Press Literary Critic
From retired world conquering aliens to two fast-food workers going on an epic quest, the works of A. Lee Martinez have brought readers to meet many quirky takes on common tropes of science fiction and fantasy. Born in El Paso, Texas, Martinez started writing at age 17 and made his debut in 2005 with Gill’s All Fright Night Diner. So far he has written ten books, whose content has ranged from a reformed killer robot turned detective to a monster exterminator.
Author’s Sense of Humor Most literary critics classify him as a comic sci-fi/fantasy author. Although Martinez isn’t in the same category as Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett, he does have a creative sense of humor like Tom Holt or Christopher Buckley. You find deep answers in his work but you will find good laughter and new takes on clichés. He hasn’t written any series yet; I suggest reading The Automatic Detective not only because it is a good read, but it gives a good sense of what Martinez writes about. I also suggest, Emperor Mollusk vs The Sinister Brain and Divine Misfortune