pip wrote:Always interested to hear what others get from each book to be honest Q.
Theres a few bits i hadn't thought of so always worth a read.
While the guys point about biased marking is slightly true this blog is one persons marks so they are consistent so even if only half the scale is used its clear which he thinks are the stronger and weaker books for him.
I'd say keep going. Tony, maibe and a few others seem to have enjoyed reading them anyway.
Tonyblack wrote:Q, I can see what people are saying about your rating system. It seems to me that you are rating the books using a system based of the best ever book you've read compared to the worst - and that's based on all books, not Pratchett ones.
If you based them purely on DW books with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, it would make for a clearer indication of your feelings about the books. And it would give you more numbers to score with.
Tonyblack wrote:I'd like to see you continue with this. It can be a rewarding experience to read a series in this way. I found this was the case with the Sharpe books. The chances are that some of us won't agree with everything you say, but that's only to be expected. We are all individuals ("YES! WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!!") and we will all have our own take on the books.
I would suggest that you post your assessments, allow people to respond but avoid getting into a discussion about the responses. Maybe add a disclaimer at the start: "These are my views of this book. You may disagree with me, but this is how I see the."
Tonyblack wrote:And you might also consider changing the rating system or dropping it. But please do consider continuing. I for one will enjoy reading your comments, even if I don't agree with them.
Willem wrote:Hold on: if you decide to not post any reviews, it's your decision, don't blame us for stopping you. You should know by now that people here go off on tangents everywhere. It just so happened that I found your rating system a more interesting topic than your reviews (again, because I don't care much about fan reviews).
Don't ask me if you should continue or not. Ask yourself. However, be warned that there will be comments on any reviews and not always one that you find useful. Often you will find them pointless. Often, you'll be right
My advice for what it's worth: don't take things too personally, especially things posted by random strangers on the internet. Us random strangers be pretty crazy! However, when reacting to posts you think are pointless, try and use a bit more tact. For example, you replying with 'Your point?' works as a red rag on a bull for some. If you'd said something like 'Thanks for your comments but I'll stick with my original plan' you'd avoid that, especially if you stick on a colourful smiley Putting 'Your point?' is really begging me to reply.
Willem wrote:On the marking system: I really think a 1-10 system is usually best, a 1 to 5 star system is also good. I don't agree with a 7.5 for an 'average' book - especially when rating things you think are above average beforehand. It just rubs me the wrong way to know you'll get a result full of 8s and 9s. I could drag in standard deviation and stuff but then I would really be responsible for killing this thread by boring everyone to death.
Willem wrote:Then again, honestly, I'd find something to comment about on any chosen marking system. That's the way we roll in my family/circle of friends: find a small flaw in the proposed system and keep badgering about it If there's no real flaw, make one up!
As an example: a friend of my brother wanted to find out which season of Seinfeld was best. After about a month they had a system involving a vase full of tokens and quite some background in game theory. The discussions about every little detail have taken more time than rewatching all the episodes already.
We like to call this 'fun'. Your mileage may vary
LilMaibe wrote:Never meant to attack you either. But, could you explain how you rate them stories if 7.5 is average on a 1-10 scale *confused*
LilMaibe wrote:Mhn...I think if you'd split the rating into cataegories like most gaming magazines I know do, maybe it would be easier then.
Plotidea, Storyflow, Readability (not the same as storyflow, as even a well flowing story can be horrible to read) Characters, and such...
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