How Should We Rate Books?

Today I want to discuss how we rate books. I’m taking a different approach in my reviews, find out why..

Whilst I like to see others review books based on a star rating I have a different method myself. I will star rate for a short n sweet tweet but for my blog I use a little system I call ‘Roxanne’s Reactions’, Let me explain why..
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Review: The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle

If I can convince you to buy just one book this year, please let it be this!

‘Too little information and you’re blind, too much and you’re blinded.

You may have seen me mention The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (titled The Seven ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle in the US) oh only about 5236 times so far this year. Nothing I write here will do this book the justice I think it deserves, it’s definitely my favourite book of the year so far and I’m pretty confident it will keep my number one spot.

If you haven’t heard of The Seven Deaths yet take a look at the synopsis below:
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Novella Notes- White- Tim Lebbon

Short, Sharp, Scary!

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Page Count 62/ POV First person

 Publication date March 2014/ Publisher Dreaming In Fire

Price £2.08/Free with K-U  Purchased From: Amazon Kindle (30/05/18)

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Mini Review; American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis

It’s all too easy to see why this was a banned book.

 

Page Count 399/ POV First person

 Publication date March 1991/ Publisher Vintage Books

Price £1.19/  Purchased From: Amazon Kindle (28/07/17)

“Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America’s greatest dream – and its worst nightmare – American Psycho is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront.

American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time – a multi-million copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic.”

Or in my own words, monotonous and irritatingly materialistic. I get that’s the point, there needs to be emphasis on how stinking rich the characters are, but when I’m still reading entire paragraphs describing the outfit each person in the scene is wearing 30% into a book I’m going to get bored.

I’m not a materialistic or designer worshipping type of girl myself. I knew before entering into this that there would be constant reference to money and condescension towards those less fortunate but I hadn’t realised the bulk of the book would consist of it.

Yes there is murder, there is violence. You will find exactly what you expected to, eventually.

I have to admit this is the first book that reduced me to skim reading. I didn’t find the ten plus pages outlining discographies of Whitney Houston or Genesis added to the narrative. I didn’t enjoy reading repetitive chapters full of Wall Street ‘gentlemen’ arguing about where or what to eat., though I will concede that having to do so made the violent and sexual scenes more jarring.

It is well written, the unease and discord I felt whilst reading it was, I assume, exactly what Ellis had intended.

If you are looking for some intense gore, animal abuse and lewd erotica then by all means, have at American Psycho. It is easy to see why this was a banned book.

If you prefer your stories to have a plot, or even just a beginning and an ending I don’t recommend it.

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