Self Published Gems of 2013

As we come to the end of 2013, we enter the season for best of lists. As I posted a few days back, I was pretty gobsmacked to discover The Tattered Banner listed on BuzzFeed’s Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013.

Today I’m delighted to see The Tattered Banner on another list, over at the Fantasy Review Barn. The crew over there were kind enough to review The Tattered Banner not long after it came out, and they’ve chosen it for their list of Self-Published Gems of 2013.

Once again, it’s incredibly humbling to know that people have enjoyed reading my stories enough to include them on these lists. It’s far more than I could ever have hoped for when I started out on this adventure.

On a final note, I’m not sure if I’ll have the chance to post again before Christmas, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas!

Review at Reading Realms…

There’s another review up for The Huntsman’s Amulet over on the Reading Realms site, which you can get to by clicking on the banner.

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Here’s a snippet of what they had to say:

Hamilton does a great job squeezing information about the world, the cultures, and the characters into a story that rarely slows down to take in the scenery.

You can check out the whole review at The Reading Realms site by clicking here.

Review…

There’s a new review on The Tattered Banner over on the Endazzled Reading Blog, which you can find here.

The good bit (italics mine)…

If you like fantasy, The Tattered Banner is an excellent choice. It provides great writing, believable characters and a decent plot.

The interesting bit…

…this book is more based on human intrigue and ambition than on a never-ending war between good and evil – and I much prefer this scenario, to be honest, even in fantasy. Humans are somehow still more intriguing than good and evil.

I have to say I completely agree with this. You can have a far more nuanced story when you play on human emotions; far more interesting than a simply ‘conquer and enslave the whole world’ motivation. This also reminds me of something I’ve often wondered. What exactly did Sauron  plan to do if he won? Can anyone answer this? Was it mentioned in any of the other books? It’s been a (really) long time since I read Lord of the Rings so I don’t remember them all that well. Did he just plan on kicking back and being really really evil without having to worry about short blokes with hairy feet?

New Review…

There’s a new review on The Tattered Banner posted over at Bookaholic Ramblings. As usual I shall paraphrase a bit that makes me look good (italics are mine):

I loved the fantasy world author Duncan M. Hamilton sketched in this book, and hope to explore it more in the future.

A great book for fantasy fans looking for something a little different.

You can check out the full review here.

On milestones…

I hadn’t really thought about it all that much, but a recent Kindleboards forum topic (a great resource for writers, by the way) brought up the idea of milestones in writing and publishing, so I had a look back over my ever-growing collection of spreadsheets, and realised that I had hit one of those milestones last weekend; at some point in the wee hours of Saturday morning (at least over on my side of the Atlantic anyway!), I passed 1,000 sales of The Tattered Banner.

With that in mind, I just wanted to say thanks! To everyone who has bought it and read it, thanks for taking a chance on it. I really hope you enjoyed it, and feel that your investment of time and money was worth it. Good, bad or indifferent, I’m always interested to hear what you think of it, so feel free to drop me a line to share your thoughts!

To the book bloggers that agreed to take a look at The Tattered Banner and take the time to write a review, thanks! I’m pretty sure I’ve thanked you all individually, but it bears repeating. Reviews are absolutely vital for any author. It’s common knowledge that most book bloggers that are open to indie authors get swamped with submissions. I’m sure that can get tedious, but you guys are vital for new authors, so I hope you keep giving the new guys a chance, and I really appreciate you taking the time to give me a chance!

Edited to add – I should have included a thank you to everyone who has left a review, not just the book bloggers! I really appreciate the extra time you’ve taken to leave one!

Review time once again…

Another review has been posted for The Tattered Banner, over at the Terraverum blog.

Again, I’m going to excerpt a bit that makes me look good:

Mr. Hamilton has done a fine job creating a believable world with interesting characters and relatable emotions. ‘The Tattered Banner’ is an exciting book which keeps the reader on their toes and is filled with adventure and excitement.

I have to admit, every time someone calls me Mr. Hamilton, I think of that scene in The Big Lebowski (possibly the most quotable movie of all time, ‘I’m not Mr. Lebowski, you’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the dude, so that’s what you call me…[yes, I spend way too much time watching movies])

Anyway, the full review can be found here. Now I’m going to go and watch The Big Lebowski again. (Is 13:30 too early to drink White Russians?)

New Review…

There’s a new review posted about the Tattered Banner on book blogger/reviewer Ionia Martin’s blog, Readful Things.

Ionia sums up her review saying:

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that fantasy lovers and those who enjoy reading adventures will most likely want to read again. If you haven’t read this book yet, pick up a copy and explore this world for yourself. I recommend it.

The full review can be found here.

Review time

The only way I can describe waiting for reviews to come in is like putting a porcelain vase out on the footpath and handing everyone who walks by a baseball bat (my original analogy was far cruder, but this is a family place!).

Here’s a couple that you can peruse at your leisure. Naturally I’ve excerpted the bits that make me sound good!

The first is from The Fantasy Review Barn, reviewed by Pauline M. Ross. Here’s a little of what she had to say:

Fortunately, the author avoids getting too entrenched in schoolroom dramas and Soren is soon out and about wielding his rapier and discovering the extent of his extraordinary gift. These early battles are beautifully described, the highpoint of the book for me, and I loved every moment of each one (especially the belek).

You can read the entire review here.

Next up is from Reading Realms, reviewed by Jeremy Xaraan. Here’s his bottom line:

 A reader looking for a good, fast-paced fantasy story should definitely pick this up, as well as anyone that reads urban fantasy that may be looking to stick their foot into more traditional fantasy novels.  If you’ve read and enjoyed Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick or Brent Weeks’Night Angel trilogy, you should definitely give The Tattered Banner a try.

The full review can be found here.

(note: italics are my addition)