Books

I like to read. Most of what I read these days is from the library (yes, those places still exist) or on the Internet, though. Mostly, this is because at $8.65 an hour, I have to trade a significant-to-me amount of my life to pay for the privilege of owning my own copy. And I’m not about to dip into my reserve for a measly old book. Occasionally, however, I will find one that I just have to have. That is the reason for this note. The third in a series by one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, is due out the end of this month.

Before I get into the details about the books, let me tell you a little about Larry. I’ve never met him. I don’t know him any more than his hundreds of fans who read his blog regularly. He self-published his first book, Monster Hunter International, and promoted it on gun forums and on friends’ blogs. It was a hit. So much so that Baen picked him up. They re-released their edit of his first book in mid-2009. It is now in its third or fourth printing. The second book in the series, Monster Hunter Vendetta, made it onto the New York Times bestseller list. This is unheard of for a new writer.

Anyway, the third book in the series, Monster Hunter Alpha, comes out on July 26th. I have already pre-ordered my copy from amazon.com, and I hope that they will get it to me within a couple days of its release date.

So, what is it about? Why is it so good? Here is the official description of the first book so you will get an idea about the Monster Hunter universe in general:

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.

It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves.

Business is good . . .

Welcome to Monster Hunter International.

There are no ultra-deep hidden meanings, metaphors, or anything overly intellectual about the series. It is nothing that you will ever be asked to analyze in a Literature class. It is just plain fun – horror movies in book form, but with some twists. There had to be something extra for me, since horror movies aren’t exactly my favorite genre.

First of all, he takes several of the cliché characters (the ditzy blonde chick and the black dude in dreadlocks, to name two), and makes them something very different than what you’ve come to expect in the aforementioned low-budget horror movies.

Second, the guns are right. Since Larry is a competitive shooter and former gun dealer, he knows firearms. He knows which guns do what. He also knows what they can’t do. This comes through perfectly on paper. You don’t have to be a gun geek to appreciate or enjoy it, though. It’s just one more thing that makes me like it.

He quickly draws you into the MH world, and makes it believable. Action abounds. There are vampires. Werewolves. Hints of romance are thrown in. Wights. More vampires. Even more monsters, whose names I do not recall.

Yeah, for the most part the good guys win in the end, but not in the way that you’d expect. Check out the sample chapters on webscription.net. You won’t be sorry.

Then buy the series.

Buy some of the other stuff he’s written that either came out earlier this year, or will be coming out by the end of the year. Unless you’re only into Harlequin romances or classic Shakespeare (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with either), you will enjoy it.

Please do me a favor, though. After you decide to buy, which you will, please either pre-order Monster Hunter Alpha or buy it the first week that it comes out. Why? So Larry can make the NYT list again.

Why do I care if some dude living in Utah that I’ve never met sells enough of his new book during its initial release week to make some list? Why did I take the time to write this note pushing his stuff?

It’s simple, really. I like what he writes. I want him to be successful, because if he is, he will write more. He’s good, and I want him to write more.

Now stop wasting time on my blog, and go order his book.

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