Norm Hamilton (1951- ) has lived in Whitehorse, Yukon for 40 years and is currently on an extended travel Vancouver Island with his wife, Anna, where he is meeting people and experiencing new adventures to write about.
He is a photographer and freelance writer. He is currently enjoying Lake Cowichan, B.C. Norm has written one non-fiction book, "The Digital Eye." It is a compilation of articles for people wanting to improve their photography skills or for those who want to learn digital photography.
His latest project is a novel titled, "From Thine Own Well," a story about a dystopian Canadian society brought about by unrestricted gas fracking and irresponsible mining techniques. It all began with a FIPI agreement in 2012 that left the federal government open to lawsuits - that they lost.
Where to find Norm Hamilton online
Where to buy in print
Sarah's Embrace -- A Short Story About Love
Love Transcends All
A short story of enduring love. Danny and Sarah have spent their lives together--until Sarah's passing leaves Danny alone and lost. How will he manage the pain of loss. He doesn't understand the onslaught of attention from elderly women and cannot see his way to a future; that is until he remembers.
From Thine Own Well
Disillusioned former Yukon mining exploration worker, Landon McGuire, is torn from his self-imposed exile into a Canada he no longer recognizes. Deceit, threats and violence emphasize the reality that economy trumps environment even when lives are at stake.
The Digital Eye
Do You Want A Fun, Simple Way To Improve Your Photography?
Within minutes, each article in this book helps you make better images.
Grab your digital camera and go have some fun creating photos that will amaze even you.
Smashwords book reviews by Norm Hamilton
on May 01, 2013
Carla Herrera provides a unique perspective on how the world of humans evolves into the future, with the evolution being controlled by the Time Keepers...and yet, not.
Her story and characters kept me reading, curious about what was going to take place next. There are a couple of small proofreading errors, but all in all this is an interesting, entertaining read. I recommend it.
- Smashwords Style Guide
on May 01, 2013
Very helpful information for anyone planning on publishing on the Smashwords platform. I recommend.
- The Wizard of the Golden Star
on July 29, 2013
In The Wizard of the Golden Star A.L. Mabelson has created a fantasy world and characters that lend themselves to a series of books. In fact, that is what has happened.
The Island World is threatened and the youngster, Arii, must learn the magic and mystery of the Wizards of the Golden Star in order to fulfil his dream of conquering the evil beast Gwaum.
Sounds pretty simplistic doesn’t it?
It isn’t. The story draws the reader into a world rife with conflict and situations to overcome. Relationships are created and grown. The arc of the main protagonist, Arii, is believable and exciting. The legend builds as the narrative unfolds.
In my view, there was room to develop the characters and their relationships further, but the way the book is written moves the story along quickly. I would have liked to see more information on the training that Arii was given for his tests.
This truly was a fun book to read. I look forward to reading the others parts of the novel, The Rise of Gwaum, Promise of the White Rock and the final installment in the series, and The Covenant. I love the way this book left me wanting to grab the next.
The only negative comment I have is in regards to the proofreading, or lack thereof. There were several stypos or errors along with a few mistakes in the consistency of the text.
That being said, there was nothing that would cause me to dissuade anyone from reading The Wizard of the Golden Star. As a matter of fact, for those who enjoy this kind of fantasy work, I recommend it.
- The Dark Side Of Light
on Sep. 19, 2013
K.L. Jordaan's "The Dark Side of Light" is a questioning, philosophical journey through a precocious little girl's emergence into adulthood.
Sam is a precocious child, one with adult thoughts and questions. Is it a dream that she experiences? Is it real or imagined? The initial horror she experiences is certainly genuine for her. She is visited by "darkness."
A troubled child, she is filled with a curiosity regarding life and death that takes her as far as several unsuccessful attempts at the latter. Eventually, she lets that go and matures into adulthood where she is revisited by "darkness" in the form of Luke.
As an adult, Sam has a unique, stoical view of what relationship is, proclaiming it to be "mostly bondage." She seeks serenity but cannot turn of the questionings of her mind. Much is learnt as the story continues.
Questions on the human condition and God are raised that cry out for answers. Sam's discussions with Luke offer some possible explanations as she comes to some realizations and conclusions of her own.
The author, K.L. Jordan, has obviously spent a considerable amount of time contemplating these very questions. Her thoughts and enlightened thinking are dispensed through her characters.
The prose is cognitive, yet filled with emotion and feeling.
The book is literary, cognitive, ethereal and thoughtful; prose not to be glanced over quickly if one wishes to receive the full impact of the subjects, contemplations and feelings being discussed. The descriptive techniques and language read like poetry at times; touching the notions, emotions and spirit of the reader.
I recommend reading this book as an exercise in encouraging and developing your own thoughts on the subjects discussed.
Thank you Ms. Jordaan, for this well thought-out, delightful book.
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
- Train to Nowhere
on Oct. 31, 2013
"This is your destiny, your world, oh Orphan. You cannot escape."
With this sub-title Gloria Piper sets up a dystopian future where a caste system rules the planet. Admins are at the top of the chain with Landeds and Orphans finding their place respectively. Separate from them all are the Nomads.
The story centers on Garland, an Orphan who is relegated to the Sun Train after being elevated from the Sub Train. At all costs, the Orphans want to stay off the Hive Train. The voice of the Admin, a computer named Mentor, lulls the Orphans into a feeling of safety and security while providing for all their needs; thus leaving no reason to want to leave. Garland is an entertainer with a desire to find his way outside the Train. In the process we meet Little Byte, Dos, Tillman, Hedge and a full cast of characters as he proceeds on his journey.
The language of the Orphans consists of the use of digital technology jargon to describe and name things. One quickly falls into the vernacular and it all makes perfect sense. It all culminates in a duel between Garland and Hedge, after each has experienced a number of harrowing situations.
Piper's rich, descriptive language quickly creates a world and inhabitants that are both believable and palpable. Her narrative is almost poetic in its beauty and elegance. The story arc for the plot and characters is well crafted and developed. This book should be read, even it it is only to experience her ability to use the English language to bring the world she writes about to life.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest in dystopian works...or just wants to read a beautifully crafted piece of work.
on Nov. 18, 2013
“Pursuit” is an excellent title for this yarn of chase and elude. Matt Kruze has created a book that gives the reader insight into each of the main characters psyche and draws one along with intrigue. I found myself empathizing with both the protagonists and the antagonists at various times. Kruze has made them very human.
Kruze’s colossal command of the English language allows him to paint intricate scenes and give the reader a strong feeling for the layout. However it was problematic for me at times as I found it necessary to be looking up the definition of far too many words.
The text contains a few minor proofreading issues and times where there seemed to be confusion between standard and metric measurements, but all in all, an excellent read.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intrigue and humanity.