Scientist, artisan, anachronism
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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
Unbearable for me. The smug voice of the narrator, the gun orgasma... Feels like an adolescent war game wetdream. The plot gets lost. Unfortunate. Still seeking another Dresden. This is not it.
Here's the thing. Larry Correia wears his politics on his sleeve. That's fine, except that the book is riddled with hypocrisies. Owen, and MHI, are all supposed to be rugged indivualist, small-government, free-market libertarians. But they RELY on the federal government for their pay! The federal government puts bounties on supernatural monsters, and that bounty is the main income of MHI. But the federal government also SUCKS and is TOTALLY CRAZY INCOMPETENT! This is compared to MHI, which lost a huge number of its personnel at a private celebration. Basically, Correia's politics serve to actively break the reader from his shoddy narrative.
Next, Correia commits the cardinal sin of amateur writers: picking a dozen different words for "said" and "asked." People constantly declare and query and assert and whatever else. Every time it happens, you go wait what? Correia, "said" and "ask" exist for a reason. That reason is they're the best way to indicate dialogue. Anything else sounds artificial and amateurish. Correia seems positively allergic to "said" and "asked", and so every single line of dialogue is signaled by a different phrase. This would be jarring enough while reading his ham-handed right-wing garbage. But it's positively criminal while listening. This ranks as the only audiobook I've never finished, and I've listened to well over fifty. In the end, it's not Correia's hypocritical, 5th grade understanding of American politics and finance that annoyed me. It's his horrible, 5th grade understanding of how to write fiction.
Finally, the underlying "romance" story. The main character is presented as a likable but awkward and ugly nerd. And his first goal is to steal the unattainable beauty from her handsome, competent boyfriend. So of course, Owen has to vilify the boyfriend and make him seem cowardly. Come on, Correia. Can you pick an 80s movie cliche to NOT model?
The reader is actually pretty good given the horribly written material he has to read.
He is good.
ALL OF THEM
This book is a crime against writing.
First of all, a book namned "Monster hunter", is a name that's set to be on the front of a scarebook for children. But anyways... I actually got into the book with an open mind.
However if you've read, seen or heard a bit of other fantasy novels, films, etc... You would find this book using the same tricks as everyone else and not bothering to come up with something of their own.
The story is based on the usual guy who, in this book, actually gets a calling! I mean wtf!
He kills a werewolf, and is picked up by a team of monster hunters, who leads him into the path of training to become a real hunter. While he's at this school he gets guidance from an old man in his dream who leads him to wisdom. Which leads him to become a "lead" hunter. He also falls in love with a girl and... well you already know that story.
I'm sorry, but I just can't find to many interesting parts in this. The main character tries to be funny, but come on! With cliche lines like "You will be avenged!" and "Hang in there Julie, just hang in there!" Those are the kinds of lines you get when you're listening to this book.
If I were to pick out one funny thing about this book, I actually thought the fact that the main characters always is complaining about his weight were kinda funny.
Not bothering to overdramatizing the introduction of a new chapter, that's for sure!
As I got futher and futher in to the book I just got more disappointed. More cliche lines got used, and after I while I almost couldn't listen anymore.
I would like to say that for new readers and audiobooklisteners, this book can perhaps give you some satisfaction.
If you want to listen to some really great fantasy books you should check theese out:
The Dresden Files (The best fantasy series EVER!)
The Wheel of time series
The Iron Druid
The Kingslayer chronicles
Here comes your standard american tough guy with the no-bs attitude, cliché dripping "insights" and 1-dimensional "opinions". If there is a problem, the gun will solve it. Thinking is for p-ssies.Oh and the weapons. He couldn't just said: "Then he drew his shotgun and fired ten bullets into the vampire". He has to say (regularly) something along the lines of: "Then he drew is 8-4-2-inch-special-force-xYZ-2p from his holster and fired a couple of special-yadda-yadda-2.5-9-yadda-yadda-whatnotkindoffancyammo into the vamp". A solid third of all fight scenes is useless glibberish unless you have a weapon catalog at your disposal or you have the wrong hobby.
I even bought a team patch from the authors website. That is how much I liked these books. Great storys with realistic heroes who get their butts kicked alot. But the good guys pull it off in the end with grit and determination
I only made it as far as chapter three in this one. The story starts with an accountant described as a 300 pound man (think Warren Sapp size), who also comes to work with a pistol strapped to his ankle and a SpiderCo knife in his pocket... Oh and he fights like a Navy Seal. Chapter 2 brings us Government agents who are mean, arrogant and incompetent. Then it introduces us to our heroic private business owner... At which point this little bit of Mary Sue/Libertarian wish fulfillment had taken up as much of my life as I was going to allow.
If you were to crowd source a modern fantasy novel about monster hunters, using fourteen year old tabletop gamers for the crowd, you might end up with this book.
I would try another book in this series, but only because I am interested in Earl. The hero makes me cringe.
The book could have been better had it more depth and less cliches -- maybe. It is really just poorly written garbage that we have read a thousand times. It contains everything but the kitchen sink, and that includes the old man, orks, and God help me, fairies. Perhaps this mass of creatures is the reason the characters are so flat - too many characters and not enough space. This book lacks subtlety. It's all too obvious with too many words. If someone has an axe planted in his back, "he screamed," will do. No need to write, "he screamed in agony."
It is cool that Wyman has so many voices but his interpretations are stereotypical. I despise the voice of the hero and his exuberant exhilarated arrogance doesn't help.
Owen, the hero is terrible. He is like "look how super wonderful I am. Did you see it? Yes, that's how I do it, because I'm that God-like cool, but I am clueless about it myself. Who me, noooooooo. I'm just a regular guy." It takes real skill to pull that off in the first person, and this author has very little. I could have done without yet another hero chosen to fulfill some sort of prophesy, and I could have done without the f-ing dreams and broken English, You can be preternatural ... preternatural, but you cannot use articles or participles. Honestly, I could do without them all the characters except Earl and that is because he carries a mystery. I could also do without the little forays into reality to preach - crap like God Bless Texas.
Books should teach you something, even just a little something. This book taught me that you can string together a slew of similar lines from other books and get published. Okay, I'll let that go, but for his next book, I hope he has strung together lines from something worthy.