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The Monster Hunter Files Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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About the Author
Larry Correia is an award-winning competitive shooter, a movie-prop-gun master, and was an accountant for many years. He is the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-selling Monster Hunter series, with first entry Monster Hunter International, as well as urban fantasy hardboiled adventure saga, the Grimnoir Chronicles, with first entry Hard Magic, and epic fantasy series The Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, with first entry Son of the Black Sword. Correia lives in Utah with his wife and family.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and a Hugo-nominated editor of adult and children's speculative fiction. His debut science fiction novel was The Worker Prince, which received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble’s Year’s Best SF of 2011, and was followed by sequels The Returning and The Exodus. His children's books include 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter—Land Of Legends. Schmidt has edited edited anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, Beyond The Sun, Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, Galactic Games, and, with Jennifer Brozek, coedited military high fantasy original anthology, Shattered Shields. Schmidt hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Chat) Wednesdays at nine p.m. ET on Twitter.
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The stories are set in the MH (Monster Hunter) Universe that builds on the other books in the series, and many of the stories focus on a particular character, such as Julie, Trip, Agent Franks, Chad, etc. The stories range from a Kitsune in Portland, to the janitor at MH HQ, to Agent Franks during WW2. Sarah Hoyt did a great job with Julie, and I look forward to her collaboration with Larry in MH Guardian.
- A+ Authors like Jim Butcher, John Ringo , and more! You should just buy the book for the Jim Butcher story!
- Great stories that are just a fun read.
- The stories add to the Monster Hunter Series.
- Baen Quality - Baen, the book publisher are among the best editors in the Sci Fi area.
- Reads like a B Movie, where the Heroes shoot back!
- Wide range of stories
- You find out about the brother of Owen's Boss (Owen's Boss was thrown out a window in book 1 - he's was Werewolf) mentioned in the greatest opening book sentence that starts book 1Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunters International Book 1) ever in his first published book that has 1296 reviews with 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
- You may hurt yourself by laughing so hard.
Do you need to read the rest of the series before this?
No, but that would add to the enjoyment.
Should you read this at work?
No, there is a huge danger of ROFL and that may impact your career.
Is this a serious literary work?
How would you rate it?
R for violence. Lots of Monsters and bad guys are killed. Think a B Movie.
Is it silly?
No, just clean fun.
Is it Gory?
No. People and Monsters die, but it's not done in a gory way.
1) I happened to watch a panel discussion off YouTube that was recorded at a recent convention. I have read most of the Monster Hunter series and have a fondness for those characters.
2) But I am an avid follower of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series, so I had to have it for Jane alone.
3) I am also a fan of Jim Butcher’s writing style, so I was also looking forward to his story as sort of a bonus prize.
However, I just expanded my list of authors who’s work I need to research because I enjoyed so many of these stories.
The Monster Hunter International Files is a grand anthology. Every story is interesting and entertaining. One of my most beloved elements of the MHI series are the dashes of humor even when the monsters are enormous and doom seems inevitable. Many of these stories continue that tradition brilliantly. But if you prefer the dark side of fantasy horror, you have content to enjoy as well.
The authors have done a good job of providing enough back ground that I think that someone unfamiliar with the series would still enjoy it.
In terms of my personal enjoyment, the outstanding stories in the collection were:
• Small Problems by Jim Butcher
• She Bitch, Killer of Kits by Faith Hunter
• Hunter Born by Sarah Hoyt
• Keep Kaiju Weird by Kim May
• Sons of the Father by Quincy Allen
• The Case of the Ghastly Specter by John Ringo
• Huffman Strikes Back -by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost
• Thistle by Larry Correia
• A Knight of the Enchanted Forest by Jessica Day George
I had planned to read this book on my Kindle, but somehow, I got the Audible version going and finished out listening rather than reading. Most of the performers were new to me. While all the narrators did an excellent job, I believe the women did especially well at playing their characters.
The title of her newest short story is, "She Bitch, Killer of Kits", and it is set in the Jane Yellowrock universe, featuring (you guessed it: Jane Yellowrock - a 6 ft tall, rail thin Cherokee Native American with very long, straight black hair, and golden yellow eyes whom had been a 5 y.o. child on the Trail of Tears). Jane is also a skinwalker, but what sets her apart from other skinwalker's (IF there are any others left) is the fact that she has also accidentally merged with the soul of a female puma con color (think an unintentional fusion dance from Dragonball Z) whom is known as Beast. (Who is also best hunter!). Due to the resident big cat soul also residing inside her, the inside of Jane's head/mind can be a very crowded place, with the occasional arguments at times.
If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend it - but heed my warning: it is highly addictive! You will be sucked in immediately, and often lose sleep in order to find out what happens next. The series is filled with many believable, unique and highly individual characters that will make you return again and again saying to yourself, " Just one more page ... Chapter ... Book ... ".
I may even get around to reading the other stories in this book too!
As Jane is my all-time-favorite fictional book character (with the exception of Beast, who really is #1 title holder, however for a humanoid Jane wins) I had to own ALL the Jane Yellowrock books and short stories, and this short story does not disappoint.
Check it out, you'll love it!