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Scorpion's Sting by Stephen J. Coey
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it was ok

2.5. I read this for SFPBO

This book wasn't terrible for a self-published book, but it wasn't very good. It's a typical high fantasy tale, where a bunch of strangers meet and end up pursuing some unknown quest, and frankly, it was kind of dull.

Something doesn't feel right about the writing style. The grammar and spelling was fine, the story flowed as it should, but my little tingly spidey senses that have been developed through thousands of books tells me that this book was not professionally edited. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is about the writing besides that it doesn't flow naturally, and there are inconsistencies in the way it's written. The vernacular has bits that does not strike me as that of a fantasy.

Elements of the story doesn't completely make sense, and I don't mean just the largely unexplained setting. Magical powers are accepted as is, and are haphazard in their appearance and use. I don't understand the place of things and why they are the way they are. I don't understand the power structure of this world. There's also needless sexual violence towards a very young character.

The book was filled with a lot of action, so much so that it bored me sometimes. It also unsuccessfully attempted introspection and inner depth. Whatever self-revelations there were were written without subtlety.

Overall, a decent try, but in desperate need of polish.
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December 19, 2018 – Shelved

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message 1: by Tim (new)

Tim You're like the grumpy cat. But not just that. You're like the grumpy cat that bought tickets to a convention for happy cats.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Tim wrote: "You're like the grumpy cat. But not just that. You're like the grumpy cat that bought tickets to a convention for happy cats."

You joined GR just to say that?


AnonymousFangirl @Tim yes. Just... yes.


message 4: by Jamie (new)

Jamie @Tim Or, you know, she is a person who leaves honest reviews about books she reads? Could also be that.


message 5: by C.T. (new)

C.T. Phipps Question, do you normally think self-published books are an inferior quality? What would you recommend as the "best" in your mind of the ones you've read?


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Yes I do tbh. I know there are good self-pubbed authors out there but I haven’t read any that I would prefer over one of the thousands of books I’ve read that have been published by a more well known publisher. I can’t really say which book I’ve read has been the best


message 7: by C.T. (new)

C.T. Phipps Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies wrote: "Yes I do tbh. I know there are good self-pubbed authors out there but I haven’t read any that I would prefer over one of the thousands of books I’ve read that have been published by a more well kno..."

Thanks for the answer! I recommend Rob Hayes WHERE LOYALTIES LIE and M.L. Spencer's RHENWARS SAGA. I've read many self-published books that have also been picked up by publishers later on.


message 8: by Leona (last edited Dec 22, 2018 12:22PM) (new)

Leona Josiah Bancroft's Books of Babel and Mike Sullivan's Riyria books were origibally self-published got picked up by big 5 publishers. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft was an SPFBO semifinalist. I have read a number of self-published books that are excellent, and quite a number of traditionally published books that were either poorly written or poorly edited.

I saw lots of typos, missing words and messed up editing in many mainstream tradpub books, including one that sold millions worldwide. These were not ARC's, I have purchased them from bookstores and some were hardcover. These were great books with sloppy editing.

I'm not even going to start about the badly written, poor quality books that are traditionally published.

This toxic stigma against self-published books needs to go. The number of high quality indie books is by no means small. They sell equal or higher percentage than tradpub in some scifi and fantasy subgenres, many authors invest in top notch cover art and professional editing.
Esmeralda Weatherwax is doing an outstanding job reviewing indie books and posts great reviews. We have advocates like her and SPFBO to find the great books from the huge number of self-published books. It is already a big industry with a good numbet of highly popular authors and rising stars, some get picked up by bug publishers and some go hybrid or stay indie.

Some of the top selling authors on Amazon are self-published, the #1 best selling author of the entire kindle market in 2015 was an indie as well.

Seriously, this whole prejudice of "Self published=poor quality" needs to go. It's unfair and insulting to many amazing indie authors, books and fans out there.


AnonymousFangirl @Leona she never said that she doesn't like self-published books, all she said was that she preferred traditionally published ones because she hasn't read any good self-published books that stand out to her yet. It goes the other way around as well, just because a book is self published doesn't mean that we should be less strict on them.


message 10: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Anderton I don’t read a lot of self published, but The Q by Beth Brower was one of the best books I read last year and she is self published. I’d recommend giving it a try!


message 11: by wolf (new)

wolf @Tim I’m a happy cat and I don’t like “needless sexual violence” or “filled with a lot of action, so much so that it bores me sometimes.” Hey...maybe you’re the grumpy cat.


message 12: by Kal (new)

Kal If you are biased against self-published books, then maybe you shouldn't have been the judge a self-published blog off. Just a thought :|


message 13: by Title I - 230C (new)

Title I - 230C It really good


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