- File Size: 5440 KB
- Print Length: 215 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1925711048
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Severed Press (August 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07514JXCG
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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While Stingers is one of the better examples from the self-published realm, it’s still full of the typical faults associated with the do-it-yourself market.
First the good stuff.
I loved it in that Stingers was a great icky bug story about killer jellyfish in the good old B-movie spirit. I so hunger for more of these stories. You never, or hardly ever see them in bookstores anymore.
I liked the characters, the premise and the plot.
The ending was a bit simplified but still satisfying.
Now for the bad.
This book reeks of self-publishing.
At least the cover was pretty decent. It did not detract from the book.
However, the writing and editing made it pretty obvious this book never would’ve made it through a traditional editing house.
First off, nothing, and I mean nothing happens all through the prologue and through two thirds of the first chapter. Many readers would’ve put the book down by this point. I’m not one of them. However, I know of many agents and editors that would’ve trashed everything right up to that last third of chapter one and started the book there.
Next was the point of view. There wasn’t one. Though it was written in solid third-person, it was mostly omniscient, but didn’t quite follow those rules either. While it wasn’t as bad as some, it head hopped and never had specific controlling characters from scene to scene.
Tenses. There were a few places the author changed tenses from past to present to past-tense. A good editor would’ve put a kibosh on that.
As far as grammar and spelling, it wasn’t real bad. However, there were some grammatically correct sentences that were still very awkward and I found myself re-reading them to figure out what the author meant. There were also a lot of repeated words and phrases.
Talk about repeating. The author beat us over the head with how the icky bugs (the jellyfish) didn’t care about anything. I mean, come on now! To beat a dead horse, he also did it in the epologue.
Foretelling. It was so irritating to have the author tell me what was going to happen. I’d rather find out stuff when the characters do, not have the author tell me.
Finally, formatting. There were a couple of paragraph stops out of place, and lots and lots of extra spaces, like the story had gone through an edit, and it was never reformatted.
There’s more, but given it was self-published, I don’t want to discourage writers from getting their stuff out there. I just hope he didn’t pay too much for this book to get out there (editing and formatting).
On the whole, I’ll still take what I can get. I loved the story. I found no glaring plot holes or any “hey, wait a minute” things that jerked me out of the story. The writing and formatting did, but not the story.
Overall, I had a great time and take it for what it is.
Folks, this stuff I point out may or may not mean a thing to you, as a reader. If all that matters to you is the story and you like good icky bug, this story is a great B-movie monster (icky bug) novel reminiscent of the old Saturday afternoon Chiller Theater movies from the 50’s and 60’s with a modern twist.
A highly enjoyable and imaginative tale. Recommended for fans of icky bug.