Sunday, July 26, 2009
I've blogged before about the novel Monster Hunter International, written by my online buddy, Larry Correia. I had the pleasure, this afternoon, of walking into our local Books-a-Million store and finding it on the shelves, published now by Baen Books (Larry initially self-published it). Of course, I bought a copy, and took it home to re-read.
It's as enjoyable on this, my sixth or seventh reading, as it was the first time (I was one of those who helped Larry with his proof-reading during the writing process). It really is an extraordinary first novel. I find it difficult to compare Larry's style to other novelists. He's a bit like Jim Butcher in some ways; akin to David Drake (particularly in his action sequences) in others; and not unlike John Ringo in parts - but he's not like any of them overall. His style is his own, quirky, interesting, humorous, and very readable.
It helps, of course, that Larry knows firearms inside-out and back-to-front. Weapons enthusiasts will find a wealth of detail in his work, all accurately portrayed and true to life. No vaporware here, no descriptions of 'revolvers with safety-catches' or 'automatic revolvers'. The technical detail is excellent.
If you haven't read Monster Hunter International yet, you're in for a treat. It's available at a bargain price from Baen. You'll find it at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Amazon and other online and bricks-and-mortar retailers. Go read. You'll enjoy it. I promise.
(Larry's blog includes a sample chapter from MHI.)
I'm very pleased that comments from Lawdog's and my reviews of MHI were selected by Baen Books to put on the front and back covers respectively. Also, one of the minor characters is modeled on me. Those who know me, and have read the book, will recognize who I'm talking about. I'll have to bribe Larry to build up his role in the sequel - and certainly to avoid killing him off!