Overall Rating: 3 Stars (Liked It!)
Monster Hunter International is, as Brandon Sanderson said, “An Ode to how fun it is to shoot things in the face.” Owen is a large man, a gun-nut, and an accountant. The book begins when he ends up shoving his werewolf boss out the window. Yes, it’s that kind of book.
It takes both fantasy and ‘B’-movie tropes and turns them on their head. If you’re a gun nut, you’ll have plenty of gun porn to keep you occupied. If you’re not a gun nut (like me), the story is plenty entertaining to keep you going. I’d highly recommend this book to any reluctant readers who you think might be into Zombie-killers, shooting games, or gun enhancements; It doesn’t read like a book that has as many pages as it does. (Off the top of my head, I believe it was getting close to 700.)
One of the high points for me was the way Larry included Tolkien-esque elves, with a twist that will have you rolling on the floor. That Larry is a silly son-of-a-gun.
I’m cheating a bit, writing this review a few months after having read the book. This was his debut novel, and is definitely worth picking up; but the best part is, Correia gets better as he goes. If you enjoy this book, I guarantee his next ones get even better. Give it a go, it’s available in paperback everywhere.
Age: Marketed to Adults
Language: Yes, strong language.
Violence: Most definitely.
Sex: Mentioned, not written.