Monster Hunter Nation

I got my first 1 star review on Amazon!

This is actually great.

 
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars Right wing wack job, August 6, 2009
By  David Keith “FurNTats” (Washington, IN) – See all my reviews
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Check out the author’s blog before you buy. http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/

Looks like another Fox News Junkie / Right Wing Wack Job.

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I’m getting 5 star reviews like crazy, and even English professors are giving me 4, and the first 3 I got said he still wanted to read the sequels, but leave it to somebody who hasn’t actually read the book to give it a 1 because of my political beliefs. 

Hey… wait a second… wasn’t it the left that was supposed to be like the party of free speech and enlightenment and tolerance and stuff?  Hmmm…. 

I still watch movies with Tim Robbins in them because despite his being a moron, he’s a really good actor (mostly). I will watch Megan Fox run in a tank top (which is as close as she gets to acting anyway). I do draw the line on Rosie O’Donnel, because she’s so obnoxious and unfunny that even if politcally she was Ron Paul the Second I wouldn’t be able to stand her.  How is it that us “right wing whack jobs” are able to still find enjoyment in life?

I read books by people with drastically different political opinions than mine. I’ve posted plugs to my friend Paul Genesses’ Dragon Hunters series a few times, even though we disagree politically, he’s a really nice guy who is earnest in what he believes, and he is a really good writer.  (Seriously, if you want a good fantasy series, pick them up the Golden Cord and Iron Dragon Amazon).

And why is it that when you disagree with the left, you are some sort of “Fox news junkie”?  I never really got that, as my political opinions were formed well in advance of there even being a FOX, or me even having cable. My politcal opinions were formed as a young man watching his home state fall apart under total democrat control, while the industry (farming) that I grew up in, was molested constantly by a bunch of political hacks, and my favorite hobby (guns) was demonized.  Interestingly enough, when I recently got onto Facebook, I found a couple of my best friends from high school. I hadn’t spoken to them in over a decade, but on our info page we’re all right wing leaning libertarians. Go figure. Must be because of all that FOX. 

Actually, I disagree with Bill O’Reilly a lot, because I think he’s too soft on morons, and he buys into global warming.  I get most of my news off the internet.

Well, at least we got that out of the way. The only other really negative review I’ve gotten was on some web forum, where the guy was so filled with hate for me personally that I suspect I must know him somehow, and probably owe him money.  🙂

EDIT: And on the other hand, I get reviews like this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qtr-rKZxCA  George is one of my early proof readers.  This is good, I hadn’t gotten his Grimnoir feedback yet, but looks like another winner.  George has read a LOT of books.

Book signing in Delta Utah tomorrow
Anybody want autographed copies of MHI?

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Robb Allen
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6 years 11 months ago

Not only that, the dude’s picture has him in a wife beater, so maybe I should just make some stereotypical comments about him!

I wonder what it’s like to have to live your life ensuring that everything you do is carefully surrounded by bubble-wrap and that you can’t enjoy or partake in anything that may have something to do with “The Other”?

SuperNaut
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SuperNaut
6 years 11 months ago

*sigh* Y’know politics just aren’t that interesting, why anyone would allow their political proclivities to bleed into their entertainment choices is beyond pathetic.

Old NFO
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6 years 11 months ago

Not surprised looking at him… Hoping to actually get hands on the book TODAY! sigh…

Andrew
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6 years 11 months ago

I was feeling snarky so I commented on his review. Got a couple hundred pages left, good stuff Larry.

Bill Bradford
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6 years 11 months ago

I may not agree with *all* of your politics, but that doesn’t keep me from really enjoying your book. Same with John Ringo (my other favorite author) – his views are a little extreme for me at times, but I’ll buy ANYTHING he publishes.

Tim Covington
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Tim Covington
6 years 11 months ago
I just don’t understand the attitude of allowing someone’s politics influence whether or not you enjoy their work (as entertainment). I enjoy reading the work of an avowed communist (Eric Flint), and don’t enjoy all of the of the work of a person far to the right of you (Tom Kratman). I still listen to some musicians who have political opinions I find atrocious. There’s only one musical group that I won’t listen even though I like their music (the Dixie Chicks), and that is because they routinely didn’t tip at a restaurant a friend of mine worked at before… Read more »
Skip
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Skip
6 years 11 months ago
If I avoided left-leaning authors, actors and directors I wouldn’t have much to entertain me at all. But I don’t, because what matters to me is whether or not it’s entertaining. I wasn’t upset with the movie Troy because they took one of the greatest war stories of all time and filled it with anti-war polemics, I was upset with them because they made it boring. And on a more recent note, Little Brother, which got a Hugo nod based on, as far as I can discern, its politics alone, doesn’t bug me because of its politics – it bugs… Read more »
Steve Sundeen
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Steve Sundeen
6 years 11 months ago
I mostly find the reviews on Amazon to be useless. Occasionally, there will be a person that puts forth some effort, but too many seem to be from people that never read the book or want to comment on the politics of the author. I wish Amazon made some effort to cull some of the stupid reviews. I try to avoid reading about the politics of my favorite authors, but sometimes it is hard to ignore. There are a few that donate time and money to causes I find repugnant, so I just don’t feel that comfortable giving them my… Read more »
Nightcrawler
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Nightcrawler
6 years 11 months ago

A one-star review on Amazon.com! That’ll teach you to feel ways about stuff, Larry! Ha!

Nick
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Nick
6 years 11 months ago

Friggin’ moron. I’m a liberal, but I still read books by Orson Scott Card despite his being dangerously close to batshit insane (from my view at least) when it comes to politics. Why? Because he’s a good writer, and I’m not an idiot. Not that hard, people.

Robert Cruze Jr.
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Robert Cruze Jr.
6 years 11 months ago

I added my own two cents in the comments section for this review:

“Okay… you obviously disagree with the author’s political beliefs. And how does this have *anything* to do with the readability, enjoyability, and quality of the book itself?”

Monte Clarno
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Monte Clarno
6 years 11 months ago
Larry, I just finished your book and enjoyed the Hell out of it. It deserves five stars for a first time work alone. As for the one eyed monster, bottom dwelling slug, he most likely spends his time spreading Bravo Sierra in other peoples plates. We need to get John Milius, who a firearm aficionado, to direct the Awesome Mini Series, Based on your Awesome story, to direct. Then we need Creedence Clear Water Revival music to flesh it out. I’m not passing my copy on as I usually do; I’m buying all my friends there own brand new virgin… Read more »
Old NFO
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6 years 11 months ago

FInally got the book yesterday, read it last night! Good job Larry! So when is the sequel coming out??? Inquiring minds want to know 🙂

Jen
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6 years 11 months ago
Oh screw him. He probably can’t read anyway. I, on the other hand, don’t leave reviews on retail sites, but I do write my own: http://www.thepushybroad.com/2009/08/monster-hunter-international-part-deaux.html I cannot find the words to tell you just how much I enjoyed this book. I actually was pissed off that my husband ACTUALLY expected me to help put the kids to bed!! Dammit! At no point did my interest wane, not even for a moment. Perfect blend of action and plot sequence. Even better, I did not see the ending coming – usually I can start to formulate the “oh, so that’s where… Read more »
poobie
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6 years 11 months ago
AHEM. Someone needs to lay off my Tide, barner, even if the Athletic Department did give me the shaft on my staff tickets this year. 😛 Larry, I loved the book. Great stuff. Makes me feel like a slacker for not hitting the range more often. Dad’s a member at Steel City in the ‘ham, but the drive from Northport to Hoover and back means that my innate laziness keeps me from going as often as I ought. At any rate, my copy has been making the rounds at the office. Sorry ’bout the bammer-barner distraction, BTW, but she started… Read more »
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Daniel
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Daniel
6 years 11 months ago

Says a lot when there are so many disputes of the review by people that have actually read the book. Got my Bean copy and re-reading it. Just waiting for the signing in SLC so I can get it and my self-published copy signed.
Milo for President.

LepusKhan
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LepusKhan
6 years 11 months ago

0 of 66 readers found this review helpful
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Jake
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6 years 11 months ago

It’s now been reported to Amazon as inappropriate. That kind of useless “review” just irritates the $#!t out of me.

I managed to catch the sample chapters at the Webscription site, now I’m waiting till I can scrape enough money together to buy the book. What I read looked good, and I was disappointed when there were no more chapters available.

Keep writing, you seem to be pretty good at it!

Brad R. Torgersen
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6 years 11 months ago
I have always found it disquieting how many people there are — on the Left specifically — who won’t read books by, or listen to music by, or watch movies starring people who aren’t also Left in their political leanings. As if it’s a moral stain to somehow imbibe or enjoy entertainment that isn’t whole-cloth consonant with one’s strident political values? Color me WTF. If I went around demanding everything I read and watched and listened to be produced by people who agreed with me all the way on politics, it’d be a dull, dull world. I think the operative… Read more »
Jen
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6 years 11 months ago

It’s almost like they are afraid to be confronted with something that is different from the message with which they have been indoctrinated – like if they actually had to “think” about the differences of opinion, they might, God forbid, find something that caused them to waiver in their liberal belief system…

Pitiful. So much for independent thought. We are seeing that right now with the healthcare dissent – the liberals are not used to independent thought and cannot comprehend why the rest of us are so up in arms…

Art
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Art
6 years 11 months ago

I ordered it, I couldn’t put it down, and all I can say is “What a Ride!” Bravo, my man, and give us lowly mortals more…

wolfwalker
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wolfwalker
6 years 11 months ago
I’m getting 5 star reviews like crazy, and even English professors are giving me 4, I have to say, I don’t entirely understand why. I’ve been seeing buzz on many of my favorite blogs about MHI for weeks now. Last week I bought a copy to take on a trip as an airplane book. Now before I go on, a bit of background: I’ve been reading SF/F for thirty years. I’ve read a lot of damn good books by a lot of damn good authors. One or two of them have been mentioned in this comment-thread. Yet with all that,… Read more »
Ted
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Ted
6 years 11 months ago

Ah, monster head explody goodness. About halfway through, currently busy trying to find a gunsmith willing to build Abomination. No luck yet. 🙂

Great stuff.

The Northwestern Diamondback of THR
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The Northwestern Diamondback of THR
6 years 6 months ago

Ted, Larry’s been working with me on some parts-selection refinement and I’m working on designing the specialized components to build a prototype (albeit 19″ barrel semiauto-only) once I find an S12 that meets my price and sale-terms conditions. If it works out, once Larry’s had a chance to pass judgment on the prototype it’ll probably be all over MHN and THR–and some of my engineering consultants are already talking about commercializing the specialty-parts, like a power-assisted bayonet… (yeah, I know Larry’s terms were more for drama than actual description, but I like power-tools, okay?lol)

Ted
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Ted
6 years 6 months ago

Saw one on THR for $525, had an ton of magazines with it. Woulda picked it up myself, but don’t have the budget for it. Seller was in Ohio, IIRC.

The Northwestern Diamondback of THR
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The Northwestern Diamondback of THR
6 years 6 months ago

Ted, unfortunately I’m in PR of Washingtonistan, and while the price is very good my preferred terms are FTF private-sale only.

Unfortunately, the Evil Queen of Numbers always books the entire weekend of every WA Arms Collectors show for other things… it’s like, “why are we wasting money on our memberships if you won’t let me use mine for its intended purpose?!” Pain is relative…

Matt G
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6 years 6 months ago

Maybe one reason that I liked this book so much is because I get Larry’s genre. He’s not ashamed to admit that his favorite style of movie begins and ends with “B” ratings.

What you read here was basically an awesome B movie screenplay.

And I mean awesome.

Matt G sez: stay tuned for the movie.

Oso_Takano
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Oso_Takano
1 year 11 months ago
Wow, Left win nut jobs were bashing you for the book without reading it, way back in 2009? Out-freaking-standing. I loved this book from the first time I saw it on the Shelf at the Merced Barnes and Nobles. I enjoyed the heck out of this book, since I was stationed at Gunter AFS for a four year controlled tour. Most of this book was places I knew, and characters I recognized from real life…oh, and I went and bought an S-12, after reading about it here. I tricked it out as close to Abomination as I could get, but… Read more »
strider72
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1 year 10 months ago

LLOL at the Youtube review — “If you have not read this book I envy you.” Greatest simultaneously-glowing-and-damning review evar!

strider72
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1 year 10 months ago

PS — Mr “FurNTats” bravely deleted his review. Good thing you preserved it.

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