My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
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.
I was excited about this book until about half way through, when I couldn't wait until I didn't have to listen to it anymore. Around then, I started to be embarrassed whenever the audio book was playing aloud and I thought anyone else could hear it. It's just so lame.
The book is basically the writer, childishly portraying himself as the strongest, smartest, and most talented person in the world, who's also been selected as the 'chosen one' to take on some task, all the while referring to himself as dumb and ugly as an attempt at humility. He literally has a conversation where he's comparing his intellect with another character over jeopardy. Give it a break.
Being the protagonist, are you supposed to side with him as he unreasonably hates another character because they're dating the girl he likes? Feels like high school.
He goes on to steal said girlfriend and still hates the other character, wanting to kill them even though they never do anything wrong to him.
I loved the idea of professional monster hunters, but I absolutely hated the main character.
I hope that the author's newer books are better, having developed his skills as an author. Feel free to let me know, because I won't waste my time finding out.
He did good work with the material he was provided.
It inspired me to write. Stephen King said that at some point you will come across a book that makes you think "I could do better than this". This one did.
This was a tough one to get through. I can see why it was popular on a gun forum website but it is just not very good. The story and characters are cliche' in a way that tells you a lot about the author. He clearly likes himself a great deal and he loves his guns. In my business we have a term "Visual masturbation" this is the writing equivalent of that. "He He..Boobs, Guns, I Hero". You get the picture.
The author of this held a campaign to get books like this into the Hugo voting because they are "popular". The point I think he was missing is that this is not well written. Next Christmas, instead of asking for another assault rifle, have someone get you a thesaurus and a dictionary. He might also want to do a little research on how people speak and possibly think twice before he writes more dialogue that sounds like it came from a bad 80's action movie. I will end with the first line from the book that really irked me. I'm not saying this is the worst offense just the one that sticks in my head.
The author wrote...
"He dropped sprawling to his knees." I'm not sure that's possible. But then again it isn't the worst thing written in this.
Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."
Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.
Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.
Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.
Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"
Not the sequels to this.
Probably, but what would be his motivation?
Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.
I was looking for some pulp. I got that. What I didn't expect was hours and hours of Libertarian stump speeches inserted into a supernatural Rainbow Six. Seriously, the book was fine except for this. It wasn't really amazing, but it was doing it's job fine. But seriously the GOVERNMENT-MESSES-EVERYTHING-UP-AND-PRIVATE-INDUSTRY-IS-ALWAYS-RIGHT message is clear from the go. Then Larry Correia goes and has a character literally say just that. Then it happens again. And again. Seriously, Corriea should have gone all the way and renamed "MHI" to "Rand Industries." The plot of this book is like playing D&D with that one weird kid from your freshman dorm. Not recommended.
All that aside, Oliver Wyman is really a great narrator. Big points to him.
I started to wonder why I was not enjoying this book as much as his Grimnoire Chronicles...and I was really questioning the quality of his writing--it's pretty bad. In comparison to his other work, which I think is really exceptional, it's shockingly bad in fact. Come to find out, this was originally a self-published novel and was written years before the Grimnoir Chronicles and all it really succeeds in doing is showing what a few years and a LOT of practice can do for a writer. I don't think I'd have the patience to stick with this series (the dialogue is truly painful) but if he adds to the Grimnoire series I'll be all over it!
While the story was pretty predictable and filled with stereotypical tropes and deus ex machina style plot contrivances, the characters and writing style were entertaining.
Let's be real here. This is masturbatory writing about a Mary Sue that just keeps on getting more and more unrealistic. That's not to say it isn't fun, or that I won't read more. In fact, I've already bought the second one.
It is urban fantasy, anything seems to go in this genre. if you enjoy gun fights and hard talk, this is definitely the urban fantasy for you. 7/10
I purchased the 2nd book in the series before listening to the first, based solely on Audible ratings. Not sure I would have purchased it if I waited until after listening to the first.
I would recommend it to those that have a great interest and knowledge of weaponry...for me the amount of the story spent on describing, in detail, the weapons made my brain tune out.
While listening to this title I frequently realized it had become background noise and I wasn't really listening. Sometimes I rewound. Sometimes I didn't rewind and I didn't feel like I missed anything. On the plus side, he characters were engaging and I was very interested in their stories and rooted for their survival.
I read from every category but intelligent mysteries short on gore and long on interesting characters are my favourite.
Really. Not. Good. The premise has been used but it starts off reasonably well. However the book descends into, basically, a militaristic gore-fest fantasy. I can take some gore but if there is nothing else going on, it gets boring fast. And, wow, this author really REALLY likes guns. He waxes poetic and in great detail about every gun that comes into his view as well as other equipment. Again....this gets very old.
To be fair, I couldn't finish the book, so it's possible it gets better - hope springs eternal! But after several hours of sameness, I kept thinking of all the better stories to which I could be harkening.
The best I can say is the narration is good.