I don’t want to kill you. BOOK BOMB!

It is that time again! 

In the past, I would just review books here that I thought were great for one reason or another, but I figured, what the heck, if I’m going to review them, and some of you are going to buy them, let’s do it in a way that helps the author out.

A Book Bomb is where you get a bunch of people to go buy a worthy book at the same time on Amazon. This pushes that book up through the rankings so that more people notice it.  In the past the Monster Hunter Nation has bumped Sarah Hoyt’s Darkship Thieves and John Brown’s Servant of a Dark God way way up in the ratings, even getting them onto multiple Amazon top seller lists.

Amazon works on this weird, hourly update, rolling average system. Basically, the more books sold, over the shorter the amount of time,  the higher it rates, the most top 100 lists it shows up on.

This month’s Book Bomb is for I Don’t Want To Kill You by Dan Wells.


It came out yesterday, and right now it is ranked at:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

I want to see what we can do to that number today.

IDWTKY is the 3rd book in the John Wayne Cleaver series. I’ve reviewed the first two books, and each one has been better than the prior. That’s saying something, because the first book was great too. So I suppose in a way I’m going to plug the whole series here. (let’s see if we can jump a whole series up. MHN hasn’t done that before.)

Book 1:  I Am Not A Serial Killer  http://www.amazon.com/Serial-Killer-John-Cleaver-Books/dp/0765327821/ref=pd_sim_b_2  Currently #10,529

Book 2: Mr. Monster http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Monster-John-Cleaver-Books/dp/0765327902/ref=pd_sim_b_1   Currently #10,736

This book is excellent. Dan is a friend of mine, and gave me a copy of the ARC awhile back. I read this entire book during a couple of flights and a very long layover. There is a twist, it is a very good twist, and when I got to said twist, I said out loud, on an airplane, “Dan Wells is a son of a bitch!”  It scared the guy next to me.

Let me tell you why I like these books. If I were to try to summarize them, think Young Dexter vs. Demons. Yes. and that is cool.

John is teenage sociopath, fascinated by serial killers and death. He works in the family mortuary. He is socially awkward, has a very limited understanding of human emotions, and is one step away from snapping and doing something awful… Which makes him a very interesting character. It sounds like you wouldn’t like him, but quite the contrary, John is fun. He’s actually really likable and as the series goes on, you find yourself rooting for this kid. Not just against the real bad guys, but against his own darker self. Dan Wells walked a fine line here and totally pulled it off. John Cleaver is dangerous, no doubt, but that’s why we like him.  

The kid has a list of rules that he has to obey, consisting of things like “If I start thinking about hurting someone, I will compliment them instead.” So when John is starting to daydream about stabbing somebody, he’ll say “Hey, I really like your shirt.” My favorite however, is that he must refer to people as he or she, instead of it.

In IANASK, a killer comes to John’s small North Dakota town. John decides that since he’s the expert, he’s going to find the killer. (in truth, it is an excuse for John to experience the thrill of the “hunt” in an acceptable way).

In Mr. Monster, John faces a new foe, and it pushes him closer to the edge. Plus, this book has probably one of the best wrap up endings that I’ve ever read. Period. The last line was so good that I really wish that I’d have thought of it myself to stick into one of my own books.

In IDWTKY, it gets really dark. The villain in this one is the most nefarious one of the bunch. John is also more seasoned and mature (and dangerous).  I was very surprised some of the places Dan took this one. This is the last book of the trilogy, but Dan has said that he’d like to revisit this world again in the future. (in fact, the way it ended, MH fans will almost be expecting Agent Franks to show up).  If Dan does write more books set in this universe, I will totally buy them.

Let me just say up front that there is a supernatural element in these books. Obviously, since you’re on the Monster Hunter Nation, I’m assuming you’re okay with that. J If you look at the negative reviews on Amazon, they are from people who got mad that there were demons. Screw those people. (my favorite bad review of Dan’s however, is the lady that was mad that there was so much stuff about serial killers, in a book that had serial killer in the title… Amazon reviews, gotta love them).  These are not blow-the-monster-up sort of books. Dan’s a much more psychological writer than I am, however, I loved all three, and am really happy to recommend them.

I’ll be updating throughout the day to see if we can boost him any.

EDIT: For the record, Dan’s brother Rob is also a good writer. He has a book called Variant coming out from Harper soon. I read the ARC last night in one sitting. I’ll be Book Bombing that one also. It starts out and you think that it is a sort of modernized Lord of the Flies set in a boarding school, but then it gets weird.

EDIT 2: 12:30 MST Up a bit already and into the top 100 in Horror: 

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Plus, IANASK is up #8,827 and Mr. Monster is up to #5,805.

EDIT 3:  #1,787, #4,573, and #5,975

I’m taking requests for Grimnoir quotes

As many of you know, my novel Hard Magic, Book 1 of the Grimnoir Chronicles is coming out soon.  Each chapter starts with a world building quote:  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/all-the-grimnoir-quotes/  (here they are all if you’re curious)

The reason I do this is that it enables me to show a whole bunch of how this world is different than ours, without getting bogged down in a bunch of superflous worldbuilding (whee look how clever I am!). I’ve had a bunch of people who’ve read the eARC contact me and ask questions about “So what happened to so and so?” or “so how did this historical event turn out?” “How does such and such work in a magical world?”  Well, I’d love to answer those questions. 

So I still need to write several chapter opening quotes for Spellbound, Book 2 of the Grimnoir Chronicles. Do you guys have any requests? What would you like to read about? Any historical events, people, culture, history? I’m curious what you’d like to see. It would need to be between 1850 and February 1933, with the differences growing bigger over time. 

So let me know. I take requests. I’m flexible like that. :)

Happy birthday 1911!

Today is the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 1911 pistol.

I am wearing one as I type this. A hundred yeas after its invention, it remains popular.  How many inventions can stay viable for a hundred years? To put that in perspective, that would be like me commuting to work in a Model T.

Why is the 1911 so awesome?

Because this man was a wizard. (quite literally, in one alternate-history series of mine, but I digress)

For you non-gun people, that’s John Moses Browning, the greatest gun designer of all time. He invented… well, just about everything. If he didn’t invent it, it was probably because he was too busy being awesome. Do you own a semi-automatic pistol? Odds are that it works on a principle called Browning Tilting-Barrel Lockup. Do you own a lever action? Odds are it is based on a Browning design. Semi-auto shotgun? He invented that. Are you speaking German right now? (does not apply if you are German). No? Then be glad that all of our aircraft were armed with machineguns he designed. See those big machineguns sitting on top of our tanks today? That’s an M2, the Ma Duece, the Big 50, which is a Browning design from the late 1920s.  And there are a so many others. The man was a machine.

He was also a Utahn. There is a lot of Browning history in this area. I make an annual pilgrimage to the Browning museum in Ogden. His old shooting range is just down the mountain from my house. This year, the Utah legislature adopted the 1911 as our state gun, an act which immediately caused the editorial staff of the New York Times to go into frothing tissy fits. Excellent. I’m in favor of anything that does that.

The 1911 design has changed over the years. What started as a single-stack, .45, 5″ barrel gun from a single manufacturer has been modified to work in a dozen calibers, in sizes from tiny carry guns to gigantic hunting cannons, from probably 20 different companies. The basic design was so versitle that you can make it do darn near anything. In that respect the 1911 is the ultimate hot rod of guns. Nothing else is as personally customizable or as cool.  

I’ve shot a lot of handguns in my life. Probably all of the major ones and a slew of the obscure ones. I’ve sent a lot of rounds downrange. For a few years I owned a gun store, and I could have owned/carried/used just about anything I felt like. Yet for me, it is always a 1911 of some kind. (Usually an STI). I just love them. They run, and I shoot them better than anything else.

So happy birthday, 1911. Now let’s have cake!

EDIT: We took a little birthday walk today. Yes. This is walking distance.

Listen to me guest hosting Writing Excuses.

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/03/27/writing-excuses-5-30-writing-action/  I’ve not listened to this one yet, but I had a ton of fun recording it. I got to pontificate on the one thing I’m really good at, Writing Action. :)

The Crimson Pact

http://wolfhawkwind.blogspot.com/2011/03/swear-crimson-pact.html  Here is an eBook anthology edited by my friend Paul Genesse. I’ve got some stuff in there. Check it out.

The first MHI audiobook review


Reminder, running out of the limited edition autographed hard covers


I talked to Don Blyly this morning at Uncle Hugos. I’m flying out there at the end of April to autograph a whole bunch of books (including personalizations if you request them). He ordered early to make sure they will be there in time.

There are only a few thousand hard covers getting printed but tons of trade paperbacks. Don has sold through most of the hard covers that he’s ordered already, so if you want one, you should probably go order it now. He doesn’t charge until the order ships.

Once I get back from Minnesota, then I’m leaving on the mega-trip across the west.

P.S. I’ve mentioned this before, but if you haven’t sent in your Hugo nominations and you’re attending or have attended WorldCon so you’re eligible to vote, I’m eligable for the Campbell award this year for best new writer, as are my friends Dan Wells and John Brown. Writing Excuses is a related work, as is the excellent Elitist Book Reviews site. Brad Torgersen (Outbound), Eric James Stone (Levithan whom thou hast made) have eligable shorts and novellas that are awesome. Best graphic story has got to be Schlock Mercenary by Howard Tayler.  Toni Weiskopf, Laura Haywood Cory, and Jim Minz are all up for best editor.  So if you can, go nominate! The deadline is very soon.


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