Notes on Reviewing

All reviews will be out of five (five being the highest score and one being the lowest). Below is a rough guide to my scoring:

  • ♥ -1/5: A book that utterly fails to deliver. Even fans of its subjects will be thoroughly dissapointed.
  • ♥♥ – 2/5: A book that will only be passable to diehard enthusiasts and probably won’t enjoyed by others.  
  • ♥♥♥ – 3/5: This book is a solid example and those interested in this genre would enjoy reading it. It may not be relevant to readers who are not curious about its themes or contents though.
  • ♥♥♥♥ – 4/5: A great book that will be enjoyed by fans and non fans alike. It presents itself with passion and is very enjoyable to read or view.
  • ♥♥♥♥♥ – 5/5: An exceptional book that will find a welcome place on any bookshelf. It thoroughly achieves its own goals while speaking to a broader audience also.

I will also use ½ (eg ♥♥♥½ – 3½/5) because I feel that it makes reviewing a little more accurate. Texts will not only be sorted into their respective categories (fiction or non fiction), genres (science, art books, fantasy etc), but also based on their scores. (See the listing of categories in the righthand column).

When completing a review I hope to offer a concise opinion that takes into account the context of a work, its historical standing, form and value amongst other things.

Having said that, my personal enjoyment of the text will also be a factor in deciding the final score. For instance: I have read The Tempest and Othello. I love Othello, therefore I would give it 5/5. I didn’t like The Tempest as much, so I would give it 3/5. I am aware that both of these texts are masterpieces etc, but I would still prefer to give an honest review of how I felt about the text instead of pandering to its social standings.

Graphic Novels and Manga

I will be reviewing Graphic Novels and Manga as a whole, rather than each individual volume.

This is due to the fact that some series (manga in particular) can run for 20-30 volumes. With Graphic Novels I will really only focus on ‘one shot/stand alone’ series rather than constantly ongoing comic series (such as Batman, Superman etc).

Religious Texts

If and when I review religious texts I will be writing about them from the viewpoint of a text. I will read it and then say what I think of the experience. I will not be taking into account whether some do or do not believe that the text is spiritual, though I will speak of its impact on society. I do not intend to offend anyone, though I’m sure that is very possible and likely. Please feel free to vent your spleen at me in the comments. I’m flexible and I will be interested in your viewpoint unless it’s just abusive.

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