Monster Hunter International – Larry Correia

Owen does slayage.

Stars: Three out of five.

Review format: Brief review plus links.
Monster Hunter International – Larry Correia. Summary: Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.
It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.(from the publisher’s site)

Why I read it and provenance: I read some free chapters, and decided to buy the ebook (webscription.net).

Good voice, droll, reasonably suspenseful. It’s worth reading in the vein of The Dresden Files, with the hard-boiled snark of The Stainless Steel Rat or Spenser for Hire. If that does not ring a bell for you, think of it as American-Gods-Lite…  without the award-winning lyricism and challenging plot, and with more guns and guts.  If none of this sounds appealing to you, then go with your judgement and steer clear.

This is a vacation book to read in electronic form, so no one can see the title or comic-book cover.  Personally, I’ll keep the series in reserve and perhaps request the sequel from the library.

Ware Spoilers below

Quibbles

  • Not a complaint, but… certainly with MHI I heard more about parts of guns than I’ve ever read before, and that’s something.  Not even Alistair MacLean or Ken Follett or Robert Ludlum got that deep into whatever those components are.
  • This book succeeds at what it does, but it doesn’t aspire to rise above that.  This formula may get stale after a handful of iterations.
  • The set up for future series instalments is obvious.

Successes

  • The red-bearded gadget-and-gun-making Monster Hunter is funny.
  • Really, who hasn’t wished for a justifiable scenario to smash the boss-from-hell out a fourteenth story window?
  • Trailer-park elves?! Hahahahahahahaaaaaa.
  • Spoiler – big spoiler. Stop…. OK, you non-spoilable people: in the climactic battle, when good guys – I mean everyone – are being killed, I thought it was GRRM stepping in to help with the carnage.  Yes, granting a five-minute rewind was completely unexpected and disjointed, but Owen’s special role had been thoroughly hinted by then.  The local and wide-scale aftermath of the time-blip was really nicely done in my opinion.

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Related links or reviews  (added by me, not generated)

  • Benjamin at the Eclectic Reader rates it “good escapist summer reading”.
  • Sarah slashes it to bits. Not an MHI fan. “shows no sign of an editor’s pen. The characters are flat. The prose is stale and repetitive. The plot reads like something intended for a weekend of tabletop gaming, complete with prophetic visions”
  • Elitist Book Reviews expresses qualified approval: “Buy it, read it, and decide for yourself. We thought it was a great read that was deceptively intelligent. If you like monster movies, Urban Fantasy, or action-oriented Horror novels, you’ll get enjoyment out of this read.”

Shall I link to your review? Let me know in a comment, and I can add the link here.

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  1. #1 by anilbalan on September 16, 2011 - 9:57 am

    Looks good – will definitely check this out.

    http://anilbalan.com/

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