Sunday, January 17, 2010

Review of Monster Hunter International


Review of Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

The most reading fun I had in 2009 was Larry Correia’s debut novel, Monster Hunter International (Mass Market, Baen Books ‘09). Not only does it have one of the coolest openings I’ve ever read, it delivers thrills and laughs the whole way through.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Monster Hunter International

On one otherwise normal Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dream. I was able to throw my incompetent jackass of a boss from a fourteenth-story window.

See what I mean? This is one of those novels that keeps you interested and laughing throughout. The book is thick, but it’s really a fast read. I do admit to taking my time with it. Having it with me and relying on Owen, Julie, Milo, Holly, Trip, Skippy, Harbinger and the gang to make a bad day brighter before I went to sleep was priceless.

What’s not to love about a group of misfit heroes with big guns blasting the crap out of scary monsters? The main character, Owen Z. Pitt, is one of my favorites ever. He’s tough, ugly, was definitely a member of fight club, and is the most badass accountant of all time. That’s right, he was an accountant before MHI recruited him.

If you love great character stories with tons of action, you’ll enjoy this one. Plus you get large doses of firepower and a bunch of those creepy monsters you’ve seen in every B movie ever made. The staple monsters of fantasy literature aren’t safe either and I won’t spoil any of those gags here, but those of you who’ve read J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft will see lots of funny stuff. Suffice it to say that Larry Correia turns the monster story on its horned head in this fresh look at modern action-heroes. Hey, Owen Pitt has a big heart, and an even bigger automatic shotgun named Abomination.

More good news: There is discussion between Baen Books and Hollywood. This would be such an awesome movie. I hope it gets made. The dialogue is so perfect for a movie. The lines are tailor made for some big star and several of them will become classic lines that we joke about for years to come.

Read the first seven chapters for free on Baen Books website, or pick up a copy at your local bookstore or on for $7.99.

You will be glad you did, and you'll have a great writer you can follow for the rest of his exciting career.

Paul Genesse
Author of The Dragon Hunters

My "Favorite List" for 2009

My “Favorite List” for 2009

My favorite three books that I read in 2009
#1 Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia—see my review posted today as well
#2 Old Man’s War by John Scalzi—see my review
#3 The Queen of Stone: Thorn of Breland by Keith Baker—see my review

My favorite two audio books of that I listened to in 2009
#1 American Gods by Neil Gaiman—great material with a top-notch reader.
#2 World War Z by Max Brooks—don’t read it, get the audio version. It’s amazing.

My favorite three CD’s of 2009
#1 Lady Gaga-The Fame—my new favorite pop icon—this CD delivers
#2 Depeche Mode-Sounds of the Universe—my favorite band still kicking butt
#3 Star Trek-Soundtrack by Michael Giacchino—my favorite soundtrack of the year

My favorite three movies of 2009
#1 Avatar—one of the coolest and most amazing movies of all time
#2 District 9—groundbreaking film that will blow you away
#3 Star Trek—just an awesome reimagining with killer new talent

May favorite three shows of 2009
#1 True Blood—my favorite guilty pleasure, I’m a huge fan now
#2 Big Love—great character drama with excellent writing and acting
#3 Battlestar Galactica—the series finale was a little lacking, but overall, the show was awesome.

Horror in Haiti


The horror taking in place in Haiti right now is hard to fathom. The country was already the poorest one anywhere near the U.S. I've had close friends go there in the past and do medical missions. I've heard the stories. Things were so bad there before, and now it is just beyond awful. We need to help. Any of us can make a donation of $5 or $10. Below are my favorite relief organizations, The American Red Cross and the United Nations High Council for Refugees. Both sites are safe and the money will be well used. I sent some money yesterday and wanted to ask everyone else to do the same. Even a little bit will help a lot to buy food, medical supplies and bring in clean water.

Please remember to count your blessings.

Paul Genesse
Author and Registered Nurse