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 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!
This book was a series of hits and misses for me.
The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.
The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.
Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.
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.
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 really enjoyed the "Hard Magic" series so I have the one a try. I guess because I'm not into guns the story slowed down for me when started explaining every little thing about the gun. How he fed Ammo into the gun, the type of gun, the type of ammo, in the gun, how it feels to shoot the gun, etc.. instead of just saying he shoot someone. That's what ruined the book for me. Sort of like "Ready player one" the story slowed down with the over explaining of little details the don't move the story forward.
I absolutely loved Correia's riff on the elves. Like a comic book, there are lots of guns and action, but not much character development, and you pretty much know from the start where you are going to end. I liked the Grimnoir books and expected more from this.
It was just OK. A bit juvenile. Probably better if you are a government conspiracy fearing ultra conservative than just a regular sci-fi/gantasy fan. The narrator also drones a bit.
I am an avid lover of books and stories. Audible has provided a great outlet for me to read when otherwise I couldn't. I love dogs.
Cutting out the political anti-government rants that took up about a third of the book would have freed this captive story and made a decent book.
No, his anti-American rhetoric made both of his books impossible to read.
He is an OK narrator.
There were no characters that stood out sufficient to overcome the books weaknesses. .
The story arc, the writing itself was passable. Then it turned into one long anti government diatribe. Very disappointing, I had expected more.
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.