I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
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).
I got this book because it got great reviews and I had just listened to the Grimnoir chronicles by the same author (which I LOVED). This book was very disappointing!!!! I kept wondering if I was reading the same book as those that had done 5 star reviews. The story was flat, repetitive and predictable. The descriptions of weapons, ammunition, blood and monster gore got boring after two or three times of the same thing. The monsters were unoriginal. The characters were one dimensional. The dialogue was banal. The narration was done way too slowly and was monotone throughout much of the book. I only finished it because I kept thinking that it was going to pick up eventually, but it never did. I found myself just wishing for the end and didn't really care at all what happened to the characters. I have absolutely no desire to listen to any of the other books in the series and can't imagine how so many installations have been written and have sold so well.
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.
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.
I managed to struggle through half of this before giving up. The characters are cardboard cut-outs, particularly the flawless protagonist and his equally perfect dream-girl. I tried to look past this, as perhaps this sort of fantasy isn't the place to look for intricate character development, but the story itself managed somehow to be dull and predictable with way too much filler. There's a ton of pro-gun libertarian politics mixed in as well, so I suppose if that's your thing you might find something redeemable there.
Basically this is an overly long and violent action movie in book form.
My first Correia book was Hard Magic, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I am unsure if I'll follow that series, after reading MHI and MHI: Vendetta.
I know a couple Libertarians, and I suspect they'd enjoy this more than I did. However, most of my friends are more liberal in their leanings and, while we don't think the government is by any means perfect, we don't condemn them all en masse or assume that anyone who doesn't actively criticize the government to be a "statist" sheep.
Wyman's performance ranges through a wide variety of character types and is sufficiently nuanced despite the narrative's lack of temperate tone. An impressive feat. His characterization of Earl Harbinger is my favorite. The main character, Z, is given a desultory, churlish, and pouting tone which feels appropriate.
It was written for a younger audience
disapointment. I liked the Hard Magic Trilogy by the same author.
I really wanted to like it, I tried to muscle through it but gave up. Life's too short to read bad books.
never trust reviews from the bi-polar
Can 5000+ppl be wrong? Well, george bush got elected…
this book is a meld of Saturday morning cartoons and pop vomit that you might find on the OC. Way too good guys always win. Way too see everything coming. Way too much of a waste of time for me to finish.
I'm such a sucker for advertising; I fell for the onslaught of praise. I was wrong. This is a goof, a joke, a silly story.
Try American Elsewhere or the Rook. They've got monsters and they've got material with some meat to it. And you don't feel stupider when you finished
The characters and plot were very poorly developed and were incredibly stereotypical Marty/Mary Sue characters. It's not to say that there is not a place for such characters/plot lines, it is rather a poor execution of the idea. It was a struggle, even with fairly passive listening to finish to the end.
No. I do not find him to be a good writer.
Maybe, given the poor source material, there wasn't much for him to work from.
All of it.
story not just dull but truly unlistenable
This book could have been more entertaining without all of the politically correct baloney
The plot was dull and slow moving, the viewpoint of the main character so juvenile and uninformed it was torture to listen
No redemption for this title. Avoid this one!