Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
yes - if they are a whacky/weird, sci-fi/fantasy loving sort. The hero, Pitt, is like a grown up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who is a man and an accountant. Oh, and a gun nut.
There is definitely a more than a hint of Buffy in this book. not just the monsters, but the conflict between desire for a normal life and the calling of monster hunter, the camaraderie between the team members, and the whole saving the world, now let's party bit...
I really liked the gargoyle shootout.
Earl's speech before the big battle was excellent.
After reading this I got the others in the Monster Hunter series. Oliver Wayman is wonderful in his narration. Has a bit of everything. (If you have a weak stomach, and don't enjoy graphic horror descriptions this may not be for you) However there are some laughs and nasty bits, but full of action. Larry Correia knows how to keep a story moving. If you enjoy urban horror fantasy, this is for you.
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I did not know what to expect before reading this delightful book. I found it a totally yummy delight for the mind and imagination. There is depth and character development. The plot has a direction and a story to tell. The journey of Owen is the journey of many who bravely attempt to live life to the fullest and so find the answer to the question "Who am I?" As Owen finds out, you are who you decide to be. Sometimes bravery is involved in becoming all that you can be. Owen's decision lies between staying safe and being an Accountant, (no disrespect to any accountants who may see this), or taking one hell of a risk and becoming a Monster Hunter. Owen becomes a Monster Hunter and we all feel better that he made this decision by the end of the novel. We have made this journey with him. So, at the end, my mind, my imagination, and my soul were chocked full of yummy goodness. So, much so that I had to have two more helpings,( I read it twice more).
Did anyone else absolutely love the Grimnoir Chronicles and absolutely hate Monster Hunter International? I did, and I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is. Part of it is probably the order in which I listened to them. After the brilliance of Grimnoir, I had high hopes for MHI and was severely let down. If I had listened in reverse order, maybe I would have found MHI to be just mediocre, and not such a thorough disappointment. I rated it 2 stars because I'm trying to overcome that bias, but how I felt after listening to it (and even during the later parts of the book) was a 1-star reaction.
In the Grimnoir books, Correia created a new set of supernatural rules, and it worked really well, intertwining with historical events and the politics of the day. In MHI, it's just your typical werewolves and vampires and basically a bunch of people try to shoot them and blow them up. I guess that didn't do it for me. The plot and character development of the Grimnoir books seemed so much more developed and interesting, while the Monster Hunter characters are superficial and stereotyped. I found myself neither believing them nor caring much one way or another what happened to them as the book progressed.
And the narrators definitely play a role. Bronson Pinchot really brought the Grimnoir series to life, not just with character voices, but with his tone and with pauses in just the right spots. Oliver Wyman kind of read MHI and didn't add much. Or maybe the writing was just that much worse and he had less to work with. I honestly don't know where one stops and the other begins.
Anyway, you have two popular series by the same author with very similar overall ratings. But in my opinion, they are nothing like each other, and I recommend digging a little deeper into the reviews to try to figure out if this is what you want.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
Two things I disliked about the book. First is that monsters are suppose to be a big secret but about half the world seems to know. Second, I am so tired of the standard fare of monsters, vamps, werewolves, ghouls, etc. I really wish more authors that could be more creative.
Other than that once I got started into the book it was not bad at all. I like the fact the book keeps a pretty fast pace. I did not care the for last battle though, the fight dragged for more than two hours and could have been a little more condensed. Sometimes the book could be a little predictable. The narrator very is good, but, for me, there was just that spark missing that really makes an audio book shine. His voice is clear and understandable and he does a pretty good with female voices. Looking forward to the rest in the series.
If you like this book I recommend the Joe Ledger series or if you like a like more fantasy mixed into your military battles try the Black Company. If you're more into urban fantasy with a little more magic and less guns try Dresden files or Iron Druid.
While I really liked Correia's Grimnoir trilogy, I'm not that fond of urban fantasy gun porn, so I probably would have passed on MHI, except that Audible put the first book on sale for $1.99. So why not?
Monster Hunter International is a great big cheesy action flick, and more than any book I can ever recall saying this about, it really, really read like the author had the movie visuals in his head as he wrote. He wants MHI to be a big-budget summer blockbuster movie, and I admit it probably would look pretty cool. It would also be one of those big dumb movies that are fun for the special effects and the action scenes, and probably feature pretty actors who can't act and care even less about consistency and suspension of disbelief than the book.
Don't get me wrong - MHI was fun. I probably liked it better than I liked Harry Dresden. Owen Pitt bears suspicious evidence of being a bit of authorial wish-fulfillment (great big guy who used to be an accountant, a gun nut, and of course an almost unkillable action hero who gets the hot girl by virtue of True Love and not actually doing much other than shooting lots of things to impress her), but if you want an urban fantasy hero who's all testosterone and none of that whiny faux-gallantry of Harry's, Pitt's got all of that plus a dose of Chosen One.
Oh, the plot? Well, Owen gets attacked by his weenie middle manager boss, who went and got bitten by a werewolf and thinks this is the path to upper management or something. Pitt throws him out a window, and wakes up in the hospital being grilled by federal agents who slap a bunch of made-up secrecy laws on him. Then a mercenary shows up and gives him a business card for Monster Hunter International. This leads to him joining a monster-hunter organization, killing lots of undead, and having to save the world from a medium-weight Big Bad who wants to summon Cthulhu. (Not actually called Cthulhu in the book, but same basic idea.)
The premise is basically that all the monsters of myth and legend are real, more or less. As is usual in these sorts of stories, somehow you've got a world full of vampires, werewolves, faeries, ghosts, chupacabras, and eldritch horrors, but the general population remains unaware of them. MHI makes money by hunting down and killing supernatural creatures. There is a lot of kvetching about the government and bureaucracy, with the government Men In Black being obstacles to the MHI actually getting stuff done. This is actually kind of funny since MHI gets its money from government bounties on the creatures it hunts. ("The government sucks! Except when we can get rich off of taxpayer-provided subsidies...")
There's nothing special about the writing or the setting, but for fast entertainment (despite the length of the book), Monster Hunter International was enough fun that I'll probably try the next book in the series. This is really a book for genre nerds, as in- jokes abound and no trope goes unexploited. And the trailer park elves and heavy metal-loving orcs were pretty funny.
No time to read...Plenty of time to listen
The book is great if you are into modern urban fantasy. Cons are some of the character profiles are almost identical to action movies and shows you have seen. Some examples are an ex - stripper who shows only ruthlessness, dickish federal agents, manly cowboy mentor who only uses brute strength, and werewolves vs vampires. The narration for the girl voices are kind of fake sounding to the point of puzzlement. Pros are the characters and mystery is great, fantasy creatures interpretation is interesting, solid storyline, and the ending portion of the book answers all your questions you may have had. Overall this book is a great listen if you like action and fantasy plus guns...lots of guns.
The narrator, Oliver Wyman, really bring out the characters personalities. Seriously give this book a go, it will not disappoint.
The first book in the Sword of Truth series combined with underworld, based in the modern day south USA.
When time was reversed and everyone was like WTF?!
When a casual day at the office leads you to destroy the universe, MHI is who you call.
I put off buying this book for ages as I didn't think it had anything that would keep me hooked...man was I ever wrong. If I could have listened to this entire book in one sitting, I think I would have. The first 3 to 5 minutes are a little slow, but after that you are drawn into the story like nothing else.
Also, if you are a gun nut and want a fantasy novel that is damn accurate, this is the one you are after...there's one scene where a MK-19 is used to hose down baddies...and it is spot on.
This book was good fun. If you want a series that is going to be a serious read, stay away, but this one plays like an enjoyable action movie...which is the obvious intent. I will be reading more in this series.