Review: Monster Hunter International

Monster Hunter International
Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OK, that was just fun to read. Especially the part about the Elves who live in Mississippi. I won’t spoil it for you. The plot of this book was great, and it did not get in the way of kicking monster asses at all. Action from page one! The characters were all… well… characters, as in unique personalities. I came away caring about all of them, and not wanting to see any of them get hurt. The story was terrific, and the action… did I mention there was lots of action… it was outstanding. BTW.. if you are a firearms enthusiast… this might actually push you all the way over to ‘gun nut’, so be warned. Let’s just say that firing a fully automatic shotgun at some point in my life is now on my bucket list.

Oh, the story, yeah… almost forgot… Monsters are real and they need killin’. Rednecks from Alabama lead the charge to do it (as long as the Gubment stays out of the way.) while getting paid outrageously for it.

Awesome Read. It would be five stars from me if I were more into the monster tales / horror stuff. The last star is not withheld for any reason other than that. I reserve five starts for MY FAVORITES, but this one could well be yours.

Happy Reading!

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My D&D Alignment?

I saw this quiz and decided to find out what character alignment fit my own personality best.  Here are the results.

I Am A:

Lawful Neutral Human Wizard (5th Level)

Ability Scores:

Strength-11
Dexterity-12
Constitution-12
Intelligence-17
Wisdom-13
Charisma-12

Alignment:
Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard’s strength is his spells, everything else is secondary. He learns new spells as he experiments and grows in experience, and he can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate his spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves him. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?

Review: Vulcan’s Kittens

Vulcan's Kittens
Vulcan’s Kittens by Cedar Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel had an interesting take on the origin of myths and gods. The story is definitely a YA level, but I still enjoyed it for the unique perspective. I would say it is very much geared toward young girls of the age that the main character is. All the characters are interesting and likable. Linn grows throughout, as do her Kitten companions, but there are some hiccups that strained my belief a few times. The story is never boring because you are always learning something new about why things are the way they are.

I have to say I was kind of disappointed by the ending because it left a major loose thread hanging while still being on the anti-climactic side. I wanted to see Linnea do a bit more fighting, or at least see her mythical god friends do what they do.

There is obviously more to tell in the story, so be prepared to read on to the next book if you want to know what becomes of Linn and her ‘Kitten’ friends.

I give this one 3 stars and call it a Decent YA Read.

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Review: Beacon 23: The Complete Novel

Beacon 23: The Complete NovelBeacon 23: The Complete Novel by Hugh Howey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It isn’t what you expect… which is what you should expect from Hugh Howey.

In the 23rd century…
Interstellar navigation is hazardous, yet commonplace. The grav beacons are put in place and manned by lonely souls who keep watch to prevent disaster.

The ever-present specter of warfare among sentient races in the galaxy still generates heroes and victims… some are one and the same.

The story’s main character, who is never actually named, goes through some tough times on his Beacon outpost, where he’s hiding out from everyone and everything as he suffers through some serious PTSD from the war.

The exploration of emotion, PTSD, responsibility, guilt, love, hope, comedy… all of it… is pretty much in this novel. It was a page turner that I could not stop reading. It took unexpected twists and turns that you cannot possibly guess at when you read it. I love it.

The only negative is that the ending is a bit beyond the pall of what I would deem a likely outcome. I won’t spoil it for anyone, but I will just say the message of the book and it’s final outcome does not fit what I know about human nature. I just don’t think it would work. But I can overlook that bit as a hat tip to the writer making the story what he wants it to be.

I call this an Excellent Read that I can easily recommend to anyone.

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2015 Year In Books

This year has been a good one for reading for me. I have found some old treasures, and a lot of new authors through reading magazines and short stories. Because of some very unique working conditions this year, I was able to really put away the books. I’ve reviewed them all on Goodreads. Here is a synopsis of my reading adventure for the year.

Total books read for the year: 74 (lots of short story magazines and some comics pushed this number high. Last year was only 60, but the same # pages.

Total pages read for the year: 16,002

Book ratings: 8 – 5 stars, 19 – 4 stars, 33 – 3 stars, 10 – 2 stars, 4 – 1 star

Here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year & Happy Reading for 2016!


Showcase of some of my favorites from 2015 are below…

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My Review

Beacon 23: Part 1 by Hugh Howey

My Review

The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin

My Review

Ministry of Disturbance by H. Beam Piper

My Review

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper

My Review

Steel World by B. V. Larson

My Review

The Stars Came Back by Rolf Nelson

My Review

Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward

My Review