Monster Hunters International

I’m currently reading the fourth book in the Monster Hunters International series by Larry Correia. They’re fantastic!

The premise is that vampires, werewolves, and all sorts of other monsters are real. The U.S. Government knows about them, and they secretly pay huge bounties for those organizations that choose to hunt them down. One of these organizations is Monster Hunters International.

In the beginning of the first book, the main character, Owen, an accountant, finds out about monsters because he is nearly killed by his boss who turns into a werewolf while they are at the office working late. The fight scene is great…and it just gets better from there.

Larry Correia is a huge gun nut–and it shows–but you don’t have to be a gun nut to love his books. I don’t even own a gun. And this series isn’t just for those of us with testosterone. My mother and aunt love the books, too.

I highly recommend them.

The Highwayman

I’m not sure I really would have picked this one out myself, but I was given the Highwayman, by R.A. Salvatore as a gift. Having read some of his other novels (The Icewind Dale Trilogy, the Dark Elf Trilogy, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), I have to say that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some of his books were rather enjoyable including the books with his notable star character Drizzt Do’Urden. His novelization of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, on the other hand, was a bit weak, especially towards the end where I continue to believe (for his sake) that he was running out of time.

The Highwayman is the first book in the Saga of the First King. It sets up the story of the title character Bransen, the son of a monk and a martial artist. Bran, monk of Blessed Abelle, is sent on a mission where he falls in love with and marries Sen Wi, a martial artist. Their marriage, however, is not sanctioned by the Church, and both of them end up being tragic heroes, dying not long after the birth of their son, Bransen. Bransen, having injuries sustained while in the womb, has difficulties with the local populace as well as with the monks who are forced against their will to raise and protect him. Bransen, however, has some of the knowledge of his mother’s martial arts skills, and, as things progress, becomes a formidable fighter.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, caught my eye mainly because it was yet another young adult Fantasy novel being made into a movie. The trailers for the movie looked exciting and the premise of the book seemed intriguing.

Perseus “Percy” Jackson has always known that he was different from other kids. Struggling through another school, he suddenly becomes aware of cosmic forces that are taking sides to help or to harm him. Percy learns not only that the Greek gods and their creations are real, but also that he is actually the son of one of the Gods — Poseidon. As a demigod, Percy is forced into a life of mystical powers and dangerous quests, and his first quest is nothing more than saving the world from the destruction of feuding gods. The good forces manage to get him to the only safe place on Earth, a summer camp named Camp Half-blood. There he meets other children of Greek gods — those that haven’t already been killed by the evil forces at play in the world. After a brief time, however, he discovers that he is the only one capable of accomplishing a very dangerous quest to save the Earth.

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A Princess of Landover

A Princess of Landover, by Terry Brooks, is a return to his well-liked Magic Kingdom of Landover series after several years writing in his Shannara series, including three prequel books that link the Shannara series to his Word and the Void series.

A Princess of Landover, the sixth book in the Magic Kingdom of Landover series, follows the story of Mistaya Holiday, daughter of Ben Holiday, King of Landover. She has essentially been kicked out of a private school back on Earth and has no real interest to try and make amends and return to finish her education outside of Landover. When she returns to Landover, her father and mother are disappointed and look to find something in Landover that she might accomplish to prepare her for life and her future responsibilities as a ruler of Landover.

I have to say that I had really enjoyed the Magic Kingdom of Landover series up until this book. In case you haven’t read the previous novels, Ben Holiday was able to purchase his Kingship back on Earth for One Million Dollars cash. Unfortunately previous purchasers of the throne had left Landover and its throne in terrible shape. Ben was forced to truly earn his kingship physically as well as politically and psychologically.

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The Road

The Road, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, is a slice of life of a man and his son in the post-apocalyptic United States. Trying to stay alive with little to eat and with cannibals roaming the countryside is no easy task. Like another of his novels, No Country for Old Men, the Road is about to made into a major motion picture.

This review, however, specifically covers the book itself.

I have to admit that I was intrigued to read a Pulitzer Prize winning, post apocalyptic novel. There can’t be too many of those around, can there? Continue reading The Road