Monster Hunter International by Larry Corriea is a one of those books that turns out to be a gun loving all American individuals’ guilty pleasure. This novel revolves around the concept that monsters are real. That’s right all those nasty creatures we have been reading and learning about over the years are out there. Even the ones from all those B-movies too! They’ve been lurking in the shadows plotting our down fall and that’s where agency Monster Hunters International comes in. They are the ones that come in to clean up and eradicate the evil little beasties.
The main character of the story is Owne Zastava Pitt. He’s your average, everyday Joe Smoe that’s been working for a living, lives in the suburbs of Seattle with his wife and kids. Everything is normal for Owen until his boss at work tries to bite of his head and not in the figurative way. This is the catalyst for Owen getting thrown into the crazy world of Monsters and Money. Yes that’s right there is serious money to be made in killing monsters.
The agency Monster Hunter International is a ragtag band of misfits (with a few toys that Batman would enjoy) that have come together to fight off the forces of evil. They guys don’t joke around as they are packing napalm-fed flamethrowers, specialized body armor, big freaking guns and more! The best thing about Monster Hunter is the fact that you’ll come to enjoy the likeable, well developed heroes (that do bleed) and the full speed testosterone action of a Michael Bay movie but funnier.
There are some rough spots in the book as the book slows down but quickly recovers and you are pulled right back into the fast paced action. If you like Science Fiction Fantasy, Military Fiction, or Horror then you will find yourself eagerly flipping the pages to see what new monster Larry Corriea has seamlessly woven into this high action story.
I recently had the chance to read Of Wind and Winter by Danyelle Leafty. The story is loosely based on the tale of the Snow Queen much like Disney’s recent addition that always seems to be on at our house Frozen. I would like to point out that this “Of Winds and Winter” was released before that movie hit theaters and the story is not similar in any way to the movie.
The main character is a nine year girl names Aneira who is kidnapped from her family’s home in the middle of the night by an ancient witch. The old witch has a plan has Aneira help her to accomplish her plan. When the plan is introduced to Aneria it sounded pretty simple to her but as the story develops Aneira discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems.
Leafty did an amazing job drawing me into the story weaving a delightful tale that didn’t let go of my attention until the very last page. I would certainly allow my kids to read this book as I know they would enjoy this book as much as I did. The story tosses the main character into difficult situations throughout the story where the character has to use her wits and there are great morals that are taught in the book through the things Aneira’s mother teaches her. The world created by Leafty is one I certainly would like to see more of as I get the feeling there is more stories in this world that could easily be told.
This is a fantastic middle grade book that is a mixture of fairy tales and fable that you will want to share with your children and want to read yourself.
I spent the day listening to the audio book for Craig Nybo's Allied Zombies For Peace today. It was well worth the listen and time I invested in the book. Needless to say I excited to dive into a book that was filled with Zombies, the klan, and war veterans.
The story takes place in the late 1960s during a parade in Columbus, Ohio. And in this parade among the participants are the three main let's call them factions (the war veterans, the klan, and the zombies...), and of course there is another group waiting in the shadows to stir up all kinds of mischief, the hippies war protesters.
Mischief and mayhem is exactly what you'll find in this book.
Nybo quickly has you invested in the story because you've got klansmen attacking zombies, anti-war protesters attacking the veterans and cops trying to hold back all the insanity happening around them on the streets. What I found amusing in the story, was something you don't really find in most zombie books was the fact that the zombies are trying so hard to be the peaceful ones. However with all great zombie novels, they eventually join the battle.
Nybo pulls no punches describing the fun filled mayhem and gore that happened during the events in the book, with lots of hungry zombies coming at people. If you happen to be one of those individuals that is maybe a little squeamish, this probably isn't the book for you. But if you like mayhem, destruction and zombies, then Craig Nybo's Allied Zombies For Peace the book for you!