Monday, July 23, 2012
The results of the poll as of the writing of this post are 22 total votes with 12 voting no rating system and 10 voting for a rating system. Rather than a certain number of stars or a 1-5, I propose a compromise. I will give a personal recommendation with general terms at the end of reviews. The basic phrasing is below, but it may vary a smidgen depending on the situation.
I personally doubt I will ever give a "poor" rating simply because I don't know that I could force myself to complete such a book. There have been books I have just quit reading and switched to a better one.
I also take into consideration the specific genre of the book. What is near perfect for a cozy is completely different than near perfect for a suspense or police procedural.
Near Perfect - Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.
Excellent - Loved it! Buy it now and put this author on your watch list
Good - A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
Poor - I had to force myself to finish it. Fatally flawed on multiple levels.
I am hoping that this is better than just a rating and yet still provides a level of recommendation.
Last week I got to spend a few days in Santa Barbara - naturally thought of the hit TV show "Psych" since it is based in there. I took the trolley tour of the town and the tour guide pointed out the police station because it is a point of interest since the show! Beautiful place to unwind on the beach. I am surprised there aren't any mystery series based there. Do you know of one?