I just got a new and very positive review of The Hawk And His Boy from a Finnish review site. You can read it here. Contrary to some experiences I’ve had with foreign reviewers, the two ladies who review on that site have excellent English. I recently had another review from a different country in Europe and the reviewer basically hated the book (as I am the dictator of this site, I decided not to link to it). I’m not sure how much this played into it, but their grasp of English was a bit on the shaky side.
Granted, we aren’t getting snowed on like a great deal of the country, but this is California. Where is global warming when you need it?
Wonderful review from Liviu Suciu at Fantasy Book Critic blog. He was very gracious. I’m constantly amazed at reviewers, that they are willing to give so much time to authors. At the least, it takes a couple hours to read a book, and I’m afraid that, sometimes, those are a couple hours one wants back. Happily, Liviu liked the book. I’m pleased with my stories, but it still makes me very nervous to have them read by a reviewer. There’s quite a lot of subjectivity in how a book is received, once you’re past the initial components of grammar and coherence and the like.
Nick at Spalding’s Racket just put up a post about The Hawk. Thanks, Nick! Sites like his are God-sends for the indie writing community, creating oases for writers like myself in the vast wasteland of the internet. Okay, I’ll stop with the poetic waxing. Give Nick a visit and find some other indie writers that you might be reading right now instead of my blog.
Tiger Holland just reviewed The Hawk (you can jump to the review here in my reviews section). It’s a solid and positive review, so that’s a relief. Sending your books out for review is kind of like sending your child to kindergarten. Well, almost. One of the difficulties of indie writing is that many (if not most) reviewers will not review them, stating that indie writing tends to be mediocre, so why waste the time? I’m afraid they have a certain amount of truth on their side. However, I hope to prove that stereotype wrong.