Monster Hunter International: Review thread with SPOILERS!!!

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  1. txgho1911

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    I love the part when Owen beats a gargoyle to death with a barrel of a 50 BMG, little details like that don't get much more kick a$$ if you ask me.

    Can't wait for MHI II, boo yeah!!!
     
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    Awesome read, I actually just finished the book. I throughly enjoyed it, and I've sparked enough interest from the wife that she wants to read it.
     
  4. Moondancer

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    Here's my take, for what it's worth.

    I loved the humor. I had for a much more entertaining read than I think it would have been without it. Enchanted Forest Trailer Park and Elves, for example. But even this was made better by the enthusiasm that Owen's buddy had for "ELVES!" (Sorry, I lent my copy to my brother as soon as I finished it and I can't remember his name.)

    I suspected early in the book that Owen may have been the one the Prophecy was talking about, but by the time I had read all the Lord Machado stuff, I had actually forgotten that I had thought Owen was the One. So that part caught me semi-by surprise. Good one on ya.

    Guns stuff was just right. It was enough to keep us gunny's interest, but not so much as to bog the storyline down (ala The Survivor). Keep it like that through the rest of the books and I'll be totally happy.

    I could tell from the beginning that the Hero would get the girl, but what the hell? I'm a sucker for happy endings.

    Earl. I hated him to start with, and loved him by the end, but now I desperately want to know what the story is with him. If he isn't one of you main characters in another book, I'll NOT be happy. I especially liked the saluting scene. Absolutely awesome, and I don't know how to describe it otherwise.

    Now, for the bad. I was disappointed in the fight in the swamp. Not the way it turned out, although when main characters started being killed off I was bummed. It just seemed too drawn out or something. I'm not a professional critic so I don't know why it seemed that way to me, or even how it could have been better. I just think you may have cut it a little shorter than it was. I understand why it was the way it was, but... ah, to hell with it. I don't know how to say what bothered me about it.

    It also bothered me a little that the Master Vamps were so powerful. Probably a carryover from all my Dracula movie watching from younger days. Silver bullets just should kill vampires, damn it! They shouldn't be able to regenerate that quick! At the very least it should have slowed them down more.

    That's all I can come up with now. Bottom line... excellent work. If you wanted to start a pre-order list form MHI II right now, I'd put my name on it.
     
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    +1 and I would also prepay now for said book .
    holy cow that was a fun read. !\

    now if Matt B would get his 1906 typewriter greased up and get the 3rd enemies book out the door life would be good
     
  6. Correia

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    Cool guys. I appreciate the words of encouragment and the constructive criticism.

    A few things, in this one thread I've got posters telling me that it needed to be longer, and needed more backstory on the badguys, and a couple posts later I've got people telling me it should have been shorter and not had the backstory on the badguys. :)

    Which tells me that it must be pretty good if I'm getting totally opposite reactions in different directions.

    There won't be any deleted scenes posted anywhere, just because small things change, and it screws stuff up.

    And everything has a purpose in MHI, even little tiny things. Keep that in mind when some little thing is referenced, but nothing seems to come of it. This is the first of a series.

    Trebor, like I said, first in a series. Don't worry, not everybody lives. :) Believe it or not, I'm actually pretty bloodthirsty as a writer, and have no problem making my characters suffer. Just ask Nightcrawler, he's had to talk me down from killing like everybody in the Mr. Nightcrawler III.

    Moondancer, I had to make the vamps strong. If you're going to have a book where the characters actually do something useful and fight back, instead of being your typical B-movie pansies that scream, run, and get eaten, then you either need to have more monsters, or tougher monsters. So I did both. Plus I wanted to be able to up the ante over your traditional TV monster hunter that has like a crossbow or some crap, and I skipped right to 81mm mortars. :p

    And Earl is a major character throughout the rest of the series, and Monster Hunter Alpha is written from his perspective and is the story of his life.

    Come on? Doesn't your local swamp have a legend about cannabalistic mutants? :D Plus honestly, that part gave me the shivers writing it.

    Seriously, every single monster in the book, even those that are just a passing reference come from somewhere, even if it is just a local bit of folklore. Even the obscure monsters that are only referenced once (even the South American ones) come from someplace.
     
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    Larry

    I tried both Amazon and Barnes & Noble and neither had MHI available, either online or in the stores. :confused:

    Do you know when this will change?

    -Paul
     
  8. Correia

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    I don't know, Amazon has run out several times, and then within a day or so they've had more. I don't know if B&N has had it at all yet. Or you can order from www.buybooksontheweb.com as that is direct from the publisher.

    Hey, you guys that are posting here, do me a favor and post reviews on Amazon too.
     
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    Paul, nevermind, it is back in stock at Amazon.
     
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    Thanks Larry, I just ordered my copy. Review to follow..

    -Paul
     
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    I had to look up wendigo's. BAD A** mofo's they are.
     
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    Jen had another surgery today, but as soon as I find a mutant-sized t-shirt, one will be winging.

    Mail me about quantity pricing - we've got a table at Knob Creek. You _really_ oughta come some time.
     
  13. Correia

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    Bogie I can either get them for you, or you can get them in bulk direct from Infinity. Shoot me a PM with how many you think you want, and I can figure out price. Infinity direct has a bookstore price which would be cheaper than using me, but I don't know how many you need to get that discount.

    Wendigos are bad mothers. :)
     
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    Just finished my copy and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Had to track down what a luska is --Sounds delicious!

    I will definitely read the series.
    Criticism? OK Hanger in the context you used is really spelled hangar :neener:
    Seriously, though, it was very engaging, right from the start and I too want to know Franks' story. He's mean!

    Great job Mr. Correia.
     
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    Got the book on Monday afternoon... read it Tuesday (had to finish another book)..... I hadve only 2 comments....

    1) You mention Owen's name being from a gun, but both his first names are.... the Owen and the Zastava =) What is the back story behind the second name?

    2) When is the next one coming out? I NEED more, and it is to soon to re-read it.....
     
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    I just finished it, nice work!

    My wife (who is in book publishing) glanced over when I was reading tonight, made sort of a giggle/snort and said she could tell it was self-published because the typeface was sanserif. It seems that serif fonts and a few other book production/layout rules make it physically easier for people to read. PM me if you would like her feedback.

    Looking forward to the rest of the series!

    rwc
     
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    just finished reading it this evening. my two complaints:

    1) i wish grant would have been the fed's leak that was mentioned. would have been a good (if not somewhat predictable, in my eyes) twist, and would have added to the reasons to dislike him. i hated that guy straight away...:)

    2) the word "asunder" was starting to wear on me after awhile.

    other than that, it was an awesome book. i actually stayed up till 4 this morning reading the damn thing. cant wait for II and III, congratulations on your success!

    suggestion on some Old Ones trickery for the following books:
    Cthulhu for President. Why vote for a lesser evil?
     
  18. Correia

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    rwc, I'm always up for feedback. I'm totally new at this. And your wife can giggle all she wants, I got the run around from the publishing industry for two years while various agents and publishers told me that it was good, but not sellable. Showed them. :p Seriously, I'll take all of the feedback that I can get.

    He's got a bigger part to play in II.

    Zastava is actually a place. They manufacture a lot of stuff there. Plus, the name is just kind of cool to say. :)

    Check on Hanger/Hangar. Didn't know that. Though so far, looks like I've got less typos than the last best seller I read. Thanks to pax and Curly for that, 'cause me personally, I'm borderline illiterate.

    And I'll have to do a word count on Asunder. It was used 8 times.

    On that note, Supernaut told me that he got tired of Impossibly. Checked it out, it was in there 13 times, but I did use it twice on a page once. It's tough to not get repetative. I blow a lot of stuff up, and there are only so many synonyms for exploding. :D
     
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    kerflooey.
     
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    Correia,

    I'm about half-way through it; I love it. The character development and all of the gunny-isms really bring me into the story. I like being able to visualize exactly what the author has in mind during a scene. Case in point: When the five bad guys line-up in the ship's hold like a rack of steel plates. :D

    As others have said, there are a few minor typos, but I've seen more in a "big name" book.

    I especially enjoy Owen's comments while checking out guns or saving his hide. The guy is funny.

    I'm trying to make the book last, but I never want to put it down. Hurry up with the sequel already!! :neener:
     
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    Same for me, it was silly but in the early chapters you didn't seem to use contractions, but later you did. A strange thing to notice I know, but my wife is an English teacher.

    Otherwise I really enjoyed the story. I hope to see a new patch come out with each book. For awhile I thought they were going to keep the newbie squad together, and a baby holding an 870 would have been perfect for them. Did I detect a second love interest developing? Maybe the sweet guy gets the girl after all?
     
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    Since no one has mentioned it

    Part of what I REALLY liked about the book is its fine attention to details other writers might not have bothered with...

    Am I the only one that noticed that the name of the town in Alabama where the MHI compound is located - "Cazador" - means "hunter" ?

    VERY nice touch. :cool:
     
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    Larry, First book I have finished reading in about 2 years. It took me 3 nights to get it finished. From someone who reads and can understand the meaning without having to nitpick at a few minor things they consider to be flaws,... I say outstanding!.. it was a great read and I thank you for showing it to me during my last visit to FBMG.

    P.S. Thanks for the the patch, the boys at work keep asking about the meaning behind it.

    Waiting patiently for the sequel,
    Corey
     
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    When the book first started talking about Lovecraft and the Old Ones I a hundred times more giddy than when I read the sample chapter. I'm a huge fan of the Cthulhu mythos, and I am eagerly awaiting future books. :)
    Thanks for getting me into reading again, and let me know when the movie starts pre-production, I want to be in it. ;D
     
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    Ordered my copy from Amazon last night. Looking forward to reading it. Would have preferred an ebook, probably would have paid the same price for it too if I could have had it immediately.
     
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