Friday, December 24, 2010

Distribution of Star Ratings

To give the reader some context for individual reviews.


Lord John Whorfin said...


This brings up another question, though. Do your reviews contemplate that the books should be awesome as award winners? Or would they be same if you just randomly picked them up off the shelf?

In other words, does 2 stars mean "not a great book" or "not a great Hugo winner, which still might be well above average in the general scheme of things."

Hope you have a great New Year's! We have almost as much snow here as you have above your Antarctican lair.

Cthulhu, Destroyer of Worlds said...

That is an excellent question. I try to review each book as if I had just randomly picked it up off the shelf. I do not take their award-winning status into account.

That said, I should admit that whenever a back-cover reviewer compares a book to The Lord of the Rings, I have to resist an urge to preemptively downgrade that book. That is a comparison that should not be made lightly.

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