To Honor You Call Us, my first novel, has just gotten its 800th customer review on Amazon. Considering that I thought it was pretty awesome to get 8 reviews back when the book first came out, 800 is a staggering number to me. What is even more staggering is that average rating is 4.5 on a 5 point scale and that 61% of the reviews are 5 star, with 28% 4 star for a total of 89% of the reviewers being strongly positive.
I have to say, too, that this is a very nice review, from a self-described “old Navy guy.” The old Navy guys and most other folks who identify themselves as current or former military personnel are almost all very positive. I think it’s worth reprinting this one here, as it this reader received the book exactly the way I hoped and prayed readers would receive it. My thanks go to this reviewer and to all the others who took the time to give their impressions. The good reviews are what made this series “go” in the first place.
Thanks to all of you.
on December 1, 2017
As an old retired Naval Officer, I thoroughly enjoyed the realism and the accuracy of how a warship is organized and operated. This book has fantastically believable technology, real navy terminology, fabulous crew and character development and actions, and above all a superior and spellbinding story. Many good sci-fi stories are spoiled for me by how unrealistic their description of technology and shipboard operation are described. This book is so well and accurately written, that this old warrior felt transported back to his days at sea and in combat. Well done!
The Hunters of Vermin, a short novel about Max Robichaux as a wet-behind-the-ears junior officer, was published yesterday afternoon. It is already in the top 1700 books (out of millions) in the Amazon Kindle Store and is ranked in the top 40 on several of Amazon’s bestseller lists.
I know it’s not the novel that most of my readers are Jonesing for, but it IS the novel that I could write and publish right now. I’m working on getting our people extracted from deep in Krag space . . . it’s just going to take a little while longer as I continue to recover from the health problems I’ve had over the past few years. I am working on it right now and it will be out as soon as I can get it into readers’ hands.
Until then, I hope you enjoy Max’s adventures as a young man. I’m hoping that this shorter work will tide you over.
Here’s a link to the purchase page on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Hunters-Vermin-H-Paul-Honsinger-ebook/dp/B077V78N5Y/
My interview with the fabulous and prolific YA Science Fiction author Jennifer Brozek is now available for your listening pleasure. This was the first of my programs without any significant technical issues and was perhaps the best interview so far.
Ms. Brozek not only had some fascinating observations about Science Fiction and writing for younger readers, but also about fiction in general, self publishing versus conventional publishing, mental illness and the relevance of mentally ill characters, and the immortal Isaac Asimov. Guests keep mentioning his name without prompting from me. Really. No joke. Listen for yourself if you don’t believe me.
It was a good show. I hope you give it a listen. Click Here to Listen to the Show!
For those who did not hear the live broadcast, the third episode of Science Fiction Spotlight Radio is online and ready for you to listen to it as a podcast. The guest is Matt Mather, one of the world’s leading thriller writers who has turned his hand to writing Science Fiction with his new Nomad series.
The interview went very well and spanned subject ranging from the popularity of Apocalyptic fiction to the enduring legacy of Isaac Asimov. It’s a good listen and well worth your time.
Hear Paul’s interview of Matt Mather!
As of yesterday, I am now an Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the professional association of those people who have proved to the organization that they have sold works of SF or Fantasy in the English language to real writers’ markets (or to the public at large) and have received substantial payment for their work. There are just under 1800 members. This is a credential in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that says that the member is a “real writer,” and is important if only for that reason, not to mention that it makes the member’s works eligible for the prestigious Nebula Award and allows the member to participate in other activities.
Yea, it’s just a “credential.” BUT, it is a crredential that I’ve wanted for a long time and that I am very pleased to receive.
I just unloaded the third video in my Beer or Coffee With the Author series. This one is about why I don’t have political propaganda in my books, as well as on my books as expressions of my understanding of what humankind is made
My esteemed publisher, 47North, has agreed to provide me with a limited number of books to give away at Westercon68. I get to choose which volume to be supplied with and I really don’t know. I solicit your input. Whatever books I wind up with, I will be giving away autographed copies to fans on a first come, first served basis. The number will be small, so you will want to track me down early.
There is still no word regarding what I will actually be doing at this shindig, but I will update you guys as soon as I know something. I will also try to post the panels I am on as events on my Amazon web page, time permitting.
The publisher is not picking up any of my expenses for this excursion, so I am open to being bribed. I’ve never been bribed before, so it might be fun. If a nice fan wants to take me to dinner someplace reasonably decent (I’m pretty easily pleased), I’m willing to be sure he/she gets an autographed book and will sign anything else they like (so long as it isn’t some kind of contract). I’ll even abase myself by posing for pictures with your spouse, children, dog, pet woolly marmoset, etc. Actually, I don’t mind pictures. I’m not one of those touchy, temperamental, reclusive writers who shies away from publicity. I kind of like the limelight, in fact.
So, see you in San Diego!