Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Loved (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Set in his Old Man's Universe, this novella (or shorter) was about one of the geneteched soldiers, but a soldier who never fought, instead he had focused on diplomatic missions and working with tech. On a mission to an alien planet, the natives wouldn't enter negotiations until they had a fighting display, and that geneteched man was the only soldier-ish person on the ship, so he had to do it.
The story was both very interesting and completely funny. John Scalzi's dialogue was excellent. The aliens were perfectly believable as alien. The one and only downside of this "book" was that it was way too short.
The Cloud Hunters by Alex Shearer
Traditional or self-published: Traditional(?)
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Sometimes it's really hard to tell if a book is self-published or not. This one claimed a publisher, and that publisher has a website with a submissions page, yet they use Amazon Digital Services to publish...
The story in this book seemed interesting enough. Set on a world with massive oceans and spread out islands, airships move goods between spots of land. They also "hunt clouds" to gather fresh water for the people on the islands.
The big, big problem with this book is that the author used semicolons interchangeably with commas. If it went through a publisher, if it had an editor, how was that issue not corrected? Multiple errors each page. Plus this book is $15 for ebook on Amazon, which is insane. The biggest name authors charge $15 for their ebooks... I stopped reading this one at 4%.
Partial book credits:
Point reached in this book: 4%
Previous abandoned book total: 100%
New total: 104%