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Larry Correia Kicks Ass

August 05, 2010 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Atmosphere, Setting, The Craft  1 Comment

I was having a very interesting conversation with my 10-year-old.

First off, that kid is wicked smart. Takes after his mom.

We were talking about (get this) urban fantasy or to mix genres, paranormal urban fantasy.

He asked me “are there any urban fantasy books for guys, besides the guy who wrote Monster Hunter International?”

MHI is one of his favorite books.

My brain struggled. Was there? Non-dystopian?

I told him that urban fantasy was very popular with women, so much so that if there was something out there that had universal appeal, I didn’t know about it. It got lost in the noise.

“That sucks,” he said.

Yes, Thing One. It does suck. But hey, look at this from Larry Correia:

Yeah, Thing One and me we’ll be all over that one. Have you ever seen such a pulp-goodness hint of steam punk noir cover? I sure haven’t.

It’s official, author Larry Correia is kicking ass.

My Blog is One Year Old Today

July 31, 2009 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Wife Unit  7 Comments

My little blog is one year old today.

I’ve learned a lot, picked up a blog harem, made a few mistakes, but persistence pays off. Every now and then, someone will query on “Anthony Pacheco Hack Writer”, and that will take him or her to… (wait for it)… ME!

If it is one thing I am appreciative of, is the friends I have made that have stuck to this online gig. I’ve had blogs I’ve followed where the authors stopped blogging.

And I felt loss. I never met them, but I missed them. And still do.

Please, don’t go.

Because I will cry.

So many fellow blogger people to thank and appreciate, I’ll just babble:

J.C. Heart:  Her daughter is the Cutest. Baby. Ever. I love to just check in and read her blog. And if J.C. can squirt out a baby and keep writing, we all have no excuses to stop.

Alex Moore: We all knew of her writing talents and she was eventually outed as a beautiful woman. I only wish she posted more! And she occasionally sends me gun porn. How cool is that? I will tell you how cool. It’s WAY COOL.

B J Keltz: One of the most generous souls out there.

Courtney Summers: man I love Courtney’s writing, and she’s such a nice person.

Gary Corby: Gary is a classic literary pusher. The blog posts are always free. If you want the book, well, you have to wait. I have a severe case of Book Lust going here, which almost dives into “stalker” territory.

Larry Correia: A writer who dives into the political rant, Larry so gets his audience. Larry is spooky that way. Larry is going places.

Mornara’s Weblog: Joe, or whatever she is calling herself this month (heeee) has a nifty little blog going that got niftier now that she updates it frequently.

To all these people and the ones I didn’t list (because you stopped posting or I ran out of time or you’re an agent who doesn’t need to be poked at or whatever), thank you very much.

And, lastly, my most heartfelt thanks go to The Wife Unit, the ever beautiful Southern Lady and Wonder Mommy. I can think of no other existence than what I have now.

Well, maybe a published book or two. I think she would like that.

First Seven Chapters of Monster Hunter International Posted

May 15, 2009 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

MNII have the collector’s POD version of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International, and Baen has just published the first seven chapters for free.

I cannot begin to tell you how freak’n good this book is. The sheer awesomeness starts with the title, and then continues with the first paragraph, and then the first chapter, and it just goes from awesome to, yanno, awesomesauce.

Take, for example, this quote:

“I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. I thought he was a pompous ass from the moment I had met him, and I felt the primal and instinctual need to beat him up and take his lunch money.”

Oh man, how great is that? I am so buying the Amazon version, just because I want to have a complete collection. Paranormal urban fantasy. With guns. And monsters. And hot chicks. And more guns! And then more monsters. I giggled like a little girl for days after reading MHI.

Just a warning. The first sever chapters are a monumental tease. Do not blame me for this. Blame Larry. Kthnx bye!

And in strange eons, even Christmas may die.

December 23, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  8 Comments

Timmy looked out the window to where the neighbor kids were playing with their new ponies or flying around on rocket sleds. “You suck Grampa! Christmas killed my entire family, and I still get a friggin’ rock. I hate Christmas FOREVER!”

Grampa raised his fists to the sky and theatrically shouted, “NOOOOOOOO!” kind of like Darth Vader at the end of the last Star Wars movie, but without so much reverb. Then he died.

Christmas Noun, by Larry Correia

Larry Palooza!

December 02, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  0 Comments

I do not often comment on the book industry, mainly because it seems silly to talk about something I know little about.

But I am an observant person. Let me observe for you!

Larry Correia gave a shout-out about the Baen edition of Monster Hunter International. Right now it’s sales rank is around 7.5K, and at one point last night it was at 6K.

Not too bad for something shipping next year.

Obviously, Larry’s blog is widely read and he has a non-zero following. Why is Larry’s book so popular in such a short amount of time? I can surmise several reasons:

One, this is a reprint of a book he already published. That is an interesting story unto itself, but that is not the focus of my post. Anyway, at the height of the buzz for his POD version, he got with Baen and YANKED the book, leaving a void. This is where I first noticed Larry’s book. My book buying experience went like this:

Hey, a book about monsters from a gun guy. I AM SO GOING TO BUY THAT.

Ops, book is no longer available to order from Amazon. Huh. Well, let me look for a new book somewhere else.

A week later—can’t find it. I guess I will buy it used or from an alternate bookseller.

Ack, there are now no used books. I have to wait until 2009 to read it.

(sob)

A copy of MHI shows up on ebay. I snag it for US $25.00.

I devour the book, read it again and note used copies are going for $200-250, and giggle like a school girl. Ha ha ha ha I have my collector’s copy, bitches, ha ha ha ha!

Ahem. Anyway Larry has a few other things going. He did a viral marketing campaign for the original book by writing a bunch of shorts for a popular online forum. He ended the campaign with “and if you liked that, buy my book!”

Another reason is his blog. Larry is a conservative ranter plugged into the firearm bloggers. Larry can rant like no one else, and his blog is popular because of its well-written take on contemporary issues that would interest firearm enthusiasts.

That community is significant. In general it is well-read with above-average income. A book recommendation from one of these sites carries weight. An actual book written by someone plugged into the community even more so.

Finally, and most importantly, Larry’s book has a good buzz because it is just so darn good. Really. I posted on Amazon (for the POD version) that his voicing was great and the book, even when it went technical, did not talk down to me. As a reader with more than a passing familiarity with firearms, I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing it is when a writer, ironically writing about monsters in an urban fantasy, ignores the crap in popular fiction and Hollywood about guns and tells it like it really is.

In any event, surprisingly 4 of my readers of this blog are agented writers (which is a little frightening to the Hack Writer), one author’s book is nearing street release. There are also aspiring writers who visit. My message to you: you do not need to be a B-movie fan, firearm enthusiast—nor a conservative commentator—to study and appreciate the book sales and career-building Larry is presently engaged in. It is a fascinating look at online communities and fiction writing. His blog has several good summaries on his writing career, check it out.

And buy his book: I am selfish. I don’t want to buy a gun from Larry, but I would love to read more of his fiction!

Monster Hunter International now on Amazon for presale

November 30, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International is now available for presale on Amazon.com.

I have the pre-Baen version (which is now a collectable). It’s an outstanding debut genre-stretching novel. One could classify it as military urban fantasy, or near-future science fiction. I loved it thoroughly. Loved loved loved.

The novel has a great voice and the characters are wonderfully developed and three-dimensional. I could go on, but just buy the thing.

Give the gift this year in books. Anyone who likes the great contemporary monster story, this is the cat’s meow.

Buy it. Now. And then wait, knowing that a lucky few got a POD version before Baen found this gem.

Heeeeeee.