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Alpha reviews and John Brown says why I am awesome

Elitist Book Reviews on MHA:

http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/monster-hunter-alpha.html

And Super Author John Brown says why I’m so damn cool:

http://johndbrown.com/2011/07/why-im-gonna-purchase-correias-monster-hunter-alpha-on-monday/

And don’t forget that the Campbell voting closes soon! If you are a voting member of WorldCon, get your vote in there before it is too late.

I would love to win (duh).  If I don’t get it, I’m rooting for Dan Wells. The other day when I was googling my name I found one place that ranked the Campbell nominees. They placed me at #6. Out of 5.   🙂  Apparently I wasn’t “nuanced” enough for them. Or as they said, I was a relentlessly single tone throw back. Oh, how the literati elite hate me.  

Why yes… I am a throw back. Pulp and proud, baby. So basically, **** your nuance. I’m going to go write about a ninja robot fighting a dinosaur on top of a flaming monster truck inside an exploding volcano. If you don’t like it, there are plenty of depressing sob-novels about losers wallowing in self pity to choose from.

I haven’t seen Captain America yet, but I’ve noticed something from all of the negative reviews that make me want to go see it. Certain reviewers are using the same code language to bash Cap that are used on me. Lacking nuance (i.e. there is good and evil), jingoistic (the American characters aren’t apologetic),  one dimensional (my characters aren’t flat at all, just that in the circle jerk of professional reviewing, characters driven by duty, morality, or loyalty read as unrealistically simplistic, while out here in fly-over country those things are still considered to be things to aspire to), and more of the usual claptrap about solving problems with violence.

Yeah, I think I’m going to go watch Captain America now.

 

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Dannyboy
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Dannyboy
5 years 3 days ago

“I’m going to go write about a ninja robot fighting a dinosaur on top of a flaming monster truck inside an exploding volcano.”

I would totally read the hell out of that book. Gimme pulp any day over boring-ass litfic.

Adam
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Adam
5 years 3 days ago

Seconded.

And just out of curiosity, Larry, is that a hint as to the major battle in the next Grimnoir book? It would be hard to top your “teleporting ninja battle on top of a flaming dirigible” fight scene, but that just might do it.

Dan B
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Dan B
5 years 3 days ago

~~~“teleporting ninja battle on top of a flaming dirigible”~~~

And just how cool was that sentence to write.

As I’ve stated elsewhere, I’m hoping for rocket-packs.

MikeG
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MikeG
5 years 3 days ago

Isn’t “nuanced” liberal speak for weasel worded or wishy-washy?
The last time I recall nuanced being used a lot was in connection with John Kerry. And he was and is weasly.

michaelzwilliamson
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5 years 3 days ago

Indeed. I saw 300 5 times and bought the DVD in part because it made the literati @!#$ their pants.

Nick Sharps
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Nick Sharps
5 years 3 days ago

Captain America isn’t such a great movie but I did love Chris Evans’ portrayal of Cap. He put a believable performance and explanation of a man who just wanted to do his duty. Plus they have the preview for The Avengers movie after the credits. Hell yeah!

richard mcenroe
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5 years 3 days ago

Yeah? What COLOR monster truck?

Doug Jeffreys
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5 years 3 days ago
Those dingle-berries that wield the “critics pen” are far too wimpy to understand such concepts as loyalty, honor & sacrifice. I have to say that I’d never heard of you before I read MHI. You were, after all making your publishing debut, a brand new author (you still had your tags and that new author smell). I had simply entered the word “Zombie” into Amazons search and every book with that word in it came up. As I scanned the long list the cover image of your tale caught my eye. I read the blurb, bought the book immediately and… Read more »
Doug Jeffreys
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5 years 3 days ago

I would like to clarify my above comment. It was in no way meant to include the two links Larry mentions in his post but was refering, rather to his comment on the “literati elite”. ’nuff said.

Everitt Mickey
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5 years 3 days ago

I read Alpha some time ago (Earc)….guess it’s about time to reread. I liiiiiiike it. Good escapist fiction…and I say that with the greatest respect. I really like escapist fiction. I can “identify” with harbinger.

Keep up the good work. Grimnoir II is out when?

Linoge
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5 years 3 days ago

Rest assured that Captain America is awesome for exactly the same reasons your books are… Hell of a ride.

So, yeah, what you already said :).

Paul Schneider
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5 years 3 days ago

Well, I don’t know about you guys but I only read books that I can attach hidden meanings to everything.

“ninja robot fighting a dinosaur on top of a flaming monster truck inside an exploding volcano” What a great way to speak of the toil of underprivileged prostitutes in Quesbecistan.

Not everyone looks deeply enough to see it, you have to learn it from enlightened professors while drinking espresso french mocha. Ta ta.

45er
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5 years 3 days ago

I wasn’t really planning to see it, but I probably will if the critics use the same terms they use for your stuff. I usually ignore professional critic reviews and go to the viewer reviews. I took enough english and literature classes to know that there is such a thing as digging too deep to find something that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) exist.

Dan B
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Dan B
5 years 3 days ago

Some people might not like the pulp aspects of Larry’s books, but I love the fact that the only chance any of these vampires are going to “sparkle”, by God, it’s going to involve either white phosphorus or thermite.

Collin
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Collin
5 years 3 days ago

Captain America was a good movie. The ending was kinda disappointing

Vaarok
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Vaarok
5 years 3 days ago

Captain America was both good and confusing as hell- I could not believe such a patriotic/moralistic/noble story could be made into a movie in Hollywood without some cynicism creeping in- like Stark’s slightly over-the-top mercenary attitude in the first Iron Man.

However, not only wasn’t it there, but it told the story in such a way you couldn’t grope for hidden meanings or dilute the message by over-analyzing.

It was also a better movie than Iron Man 2 by a significant amount, and Iron Man 2 was frikin’ awesome.

princewally
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5 years 3 days ago

I finished it last night and loved it.

Brett
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Brett
5 years 3 days ago

Saw Captain America today it rocked big time.I was surprised it did not suck from the buzz in the months till the opening.

Rex Rouviere
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5 years 3 days ago

Larry, don’t let the snob’s opinion matter to you. Your work stands on its own merit. Although it may be nice to be recognized by your peers, the literati are not your peers. They are only holding the gates. Your readers can recognize the quality and soul that lives in your work.

In time, those who may be looking down their noses at you will be passed by those who are looking to the future rather than those trying to apply the standards of the past.

Have the better revenge by enjoying your popularity while laughing your way to the bank.

Brian Lewis
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Brian Lewis
5 years 3 days ago

Most of the reviews I’ve seen have been very good for Captain America unlike the reviews for Green Lantern and his amazing neon underwear. Which doesn’t look like will be seeing a sequal of anytime soon.

Wes S.
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Wes S.
5 years 3 days ago
I also don’t get the film critics who slam “Captain America” for “lack of nuance.” Please, scribblers, try to understand one simple point about the plot: IT’S ABOUT A SUPERHERO G.I. WHO KILLS LOTS OF NAZIS. Where, pray tell, is there room for “nuance?” Or need for same? Dude, I’m here to see a bunch of Nazis get their asses kicked. Just give me a large Coke and a bag of popcorn, please. Extra butter, and hold the nuance. …You just know that the same fools who are criticizing CA for its excessive American patriotism and lack of nuance were… Read more »
peavybob
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peavybob
5 years 17 hours ago

Gonna have to disagree with that last statement, you’ve obviously never played Nazi Zombies lol

Robl
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Robl
5 years 3 days ago

Establishment critics, and the literati whose loafers they lick-shine, don’t seem to like pulpy odes to the independence and honor of solidly good men because at some level they sense that the underlying nuance on the page and screen reflects an understanding that they themselves are kissing cousins to the national socialists getting their jackbooted ar$es handed to them – much to the popular delight of the simple folk whose ways they despise, and whose pocketbooks and souls they envy.

Michael I.
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Michael I.
5 years 2 days ago

“Why yes… I am a throw back. Pulp and proud, baby. So basically, **** your nuance. I’m going to go write about a ninja robot fighting a dinosaur on top of a flaming monster truck inside an exploding volcano. If you don’t like it, there are plenty of depressing sob-novels about losers wallowing in self pity to choose from.”

You have no idea how wonderful it was to read this.

Wraith
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5 years 2 days ago

Concur. This paragraph just kicked Roger Ebert in the nads and took his lunch money. FTW. 😀

Andy
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Andy
5 years 2 days ago

“Why yes… I am a throw back. Pulp and proud, baby.”

You’re in good company. Even early pulp authors whose reputations have increased over time still get derided by the literati frequently. Hammett, Chandler, Howard, Lovecraft, Bradbury, etc.: They all still get slagged. Hell, one of the lecturers I had for an English class in college devoted a session to the “stupidity” of Edgar Allen Poe.

Captain America was a lot of fun, btw.

Sean of Junction
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5 years 2 days ago

Speaking as someone who picked MHI off of a library shelf and said, “This looks cool. I think I’ll read it.”, someone who will read almost anything, and as a recent high school graduate, books like MHI are more likely to get kids reading than something like Great Expectations (one of the very few books I will not read).
Keep up the good work.

warpcordova
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warpcordova
5 years 2 days ago

Not sure if anybody has noticed this yet, but…

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#1 in Books > 4-for-3 Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary

#2 in Books > 4-for-3 Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > General

#50 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary

K G in New Mexico
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K G in New Mexico
5 years 2 days ago
Larry, Maybe I’m a little biased (I have loved all your books, and have the next two pre-ordered. . . . and I’ve loved comic books since I was a kid, with Captain America being one of my personal favorites) but I think the people bashing Cap and bashing you are most likely the same pathetic little men and women who are sitting around in their over-priced, trendy little condos, browsing the internet on their over-priced, trendy-at-the-moment tablet computers, drinking their over-priced non-fat, decaf soy lattes and complaining about every facet of life in the greatest country in the world,… Read more »
BlindHunter
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BlindHunter
5 years 2 days ago

Can not wait for this to come out on Audible. Hope this posts. This site isn’t exactly friendly to blind users 🙁

vihunter
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5 years 2 days ago

Can’t wait for MHA… *checks Audible again to see if it is up yet*

Scott Deering
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Scott Deering
5 years 1 day ago

Yay! MHA is up a Audible!

-Scott

James family outpost, Iowa
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James family outpost, Iowa
5 years 2 days ago

FYI, I picked up my MH Alpha @ 1pm today 7.24.11 at B&N in West Des Moines, Iowa. There were 5 left, in a shelf spot that looked like it held 20 at one point.
Also got your other 2 books that I had not read, MH-V and Hard Magic. I had one of your non-Baen MHI books, one of the last couple on Amazon right before that brief period where nobody had any because the Baen version wasn’t out yet. Now I have reading for the beach vacation! Good luck with Alpha!

epobirs
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5 years 1 day ago
Larry, are you aware of these people? http://mypadmedia.com/index.html They been leaving comment spam all over sites like Ace of Spades HQ. It appears to be a scam ripping off authors, offering unlimited e-book downloads to jailbroken iPads. (The fact that their site offer jailbreak instruction is a big red alert. The authors being ripped off apparently includes you since they’ve been promoting one of your books via comment spam: http://minx.cc/?blog=86&post=319158#c13914146 This may be something for your publisher to look into and rouse the attack lawyers if necessary. At the very least, advertising through comment spam is not something any author… Read more »
crazytuco
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crazytuco
5 years 1 day ago

Go see Captain America without fear.

Ebert’s review did scold it for the fact that Cap didn’t bang the female lead.

I guess it’s hard to critique character development when you completely miss all of it so badly that you don’t get who the character is at all.

Stoutcat
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5 years 1 day ago

On an entirely different note, did you notice that John Moses Browning’s mansion in Ogden, UT is <a href="http://thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/07/robert-farago/obscure-object-of-desire-john-moses-brownings-mansion/"up for sale?

For a mere $350 large, it could be yours.

Stoutcat
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5 years 1 day ago

(Sorry, I screwed up the HTML.)

hanzie
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hanzie
5 years 1 day ago

Who the heck is John Brown?

vihunter
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5 years 1 day ago

Larry. Do you know if downloads of your books from Audible.com count as sales towards the Best Seller list? Even though I am blind I’d be more then willing to pick up a print copy of MHA as well if it will help you towards a higher ranking.

correia45
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5 years 1 day ago

No, they do not, but don’t worry about it. Just enjoy the audio book, and Oliver Wyman is a great narrator.

vihunter
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5 years 1 day ago

Damn straight. I almost lost my lunch laughing at his Mr Trashbags voice.

Ray McCune
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Ray McCune
5 years 1 day ago

Simplistic is when you apply liberal amounts of firepower to destroy evil before it destroys you.

Nuanced is when the character(s) search desperately and pleadingly for a rational way to NOT apply liberal amounts of firepower to solve the problem of destroying evil while they have identity crises, moral and ethical dilemmas, and somewhere in all of this they find a justifiable reason to lay down, give in to the evil, and die.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
5 years 1 day ago

And, once upon a time, even Shakespeare was seen as low-brow shlock for underclass morons.

Julie
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5 years 1 day ago

Cap is awesome. He punches Hitler in the face. 200 times. What sort of “nuance” do you need for that? Is he supposed to angst about it afterwards?

DanH
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DanH
5 years 18 hours ago

Those who can, write.
Those who can’t, critique.

Got my books today, WoooHoooo!!!!!

Fuzzy
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Fuzzy
4 years 11 months ago

I saw that movie, was really good. Thought the first half of it would have made a good stand Alone movie.

wolf_from_wv
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wolf_from_wv
4 years 10 months ago

Couldn’t help but think of “Animal I have become” by Three Days Grace as I read Monster Hunter Alpha…

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