Posts Tagged paranormal

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 (

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.

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Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn

Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn.

Stars: Three and a half of five.

I am posting this review retroactively – since I read it in early June and it is now September.  This is a quick-not-doing-it-justice note, and moving on now to post more of the backlog.

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Smoke and Mirrors – Tanya Huff

Cover of "Smoke and Mirrors (Smoke, Book ...

Cover of Smoke and Mirrors (Smoke, Book 2)

Smoke and Mirrors is Tanya Huff’s second smoke book. I enjoyed this one more than the first, reading it almost in a single setting.  The main character is again Tony Foster, at work as a production assistant on the TV show starring a vampire detective.  The plot centers on filming an episode in a haunted and demonically possessed house.

Why is this book better than the previous? I liked the tension from the strong parallel narrative from two of the ghosts’ point of view, in contrast with the first book exclusively following Tony.  The setting is confined to the haunted house and it’s relentlessly spooky – that also works.

The characters are well-defined and occasionally funny.

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