So instead of being deep in slumber after a hard night’s work, I made it home and finished Monster Hunter Alpha. That is the fourth time that Larry screws with my sleeping cycle and we are going to have a couple of words about it.
It is hard to talk about MHA without giving something away but I will try to avoid spoilers. Larry discarded a fast & violent beginning…mostly. The book reads more “mature” and builds up to OMG Warp speed of blood guts and claws. By the end, you are in the middle of a wormhole of action begging for a breathing break.
We get to know Earl, warts and all. Although Larry is smart enough not to overdo the writing with boring details so it is easy to read and yet you get a lot of insight in what Earl has to carry with him every day. And just when you are getting into that deep introspective mood, there the switch to enough blood spilled & monsters slayed to get you head in the right track.
At the risk of ticking Larry a tad (which can be bad as in pissing somebody that owns a 10mm STI), my opinion is that Larry has matured greatly as a writer and yet has a wonderfully twisted mind because he comes up with some seriously gruesome ways to kill monsters.
The re-reading of MHA will begin in 24 hours. Yep, that good. Go get yours!