Sunday, January 17, 2010

Monster Hunter International


Title: Monster Hunter International
Author: Larry Correia
Publisher: Baen
Pages: 713

I picked this book up because I thought it was going to be more humorous than it turned out being. Owen kills his boss who actually was a werewolf and tried to eat him. There were elements throughout the first quarter of the book where the author seemed to try to make it humorous, but it seems those parts were short-lived, and the author apparantly gave up on that aspect, or I failed to catch the humor that the book started off with, even with a very yoda-like ghost guide character that Owen talks to when he dreams. Throughout the rest of the book, there were one liners that made me chuckle, but by then, I was more concentrated on the action than the humor.

The only other complaint I have with this book is it's length--over 700 pages, so it does get drawn out at times and the action seems to stall. However, there was never a point in the book where I was bored and considered not reading it (despite my rather slow read of it anyway).

And ok, it was a typical "gun nut" type of book, which I am not a gun nut, so the gun talk went over my head.

While it has the vampires and werewolves that are popular right now, it's not one of those teen books or romance books, which means this book is definitely superior to those. No "Twilight" type of book, nor is it Laurell Hamilton or Anne Rice. If I had to compare it to something, it would most come acrossed as the "Underworld" movie type of story. In other words, this is a very good monster killing action book, and if it was a movie, it would definitely be in my DVD collection.

Towards the beginning of the book, I was thinking this would make a good series of books--however, due to the length of the book, a lot of the things that would work over the course of a series were dealt with in this book, and after you save the world from master vampires and the very essence of evil itself, where can you go from there? Well, it does set itself up for a sequel at the end of the book, so you never can tell.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.