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Book Reviews

My system for reviewing books is, for the time being, as follows:

Part One:

 A little bloggy chit chat, updates, etc.
★ Quick Review: a chart based on expectations before I read the book, and my opinions after having read the book. I’ll include my ranking by a 5 star system in this chart.

Part Two:

 A point-by-point discussion of pros and cons.
 A page-by-page discussion of what I read.
 Conclusion.

As I said before, this is a work in progress. But I want to make a system that is standardized so I can review books fairly and hold them up to a certain level of quality. Of course, writing – like all art – can be a little subjective. Books have various purposes, too. A peer-reviewed scholarly article, a history book for mass consumption, a compendium of comparative maps, and a restaurant guide, shouldn’t be held to the same standards. All is not equal. Therefore, I tried to make the most objective Quick Review I could.

I envision Part One having the most value and Part Two as being extra for anyone who wants to hang around and keep reading.

  1. Hello! Have you reviewed any books yet? I have quite an unusual tale and I’m in the process of looking for a couple of reviews from true Japanophiles. Bonsai

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