I review under the pseudonym Spike Gelato. My genre preferences have always skewed towards works of speculative fiction. In particular, I enjoy Fantasy, Science Fiction, Utopia/Dystopia, Alternate History, and Post-Apocalyptic genres. That being said, I can be compelled to read titles from any genre if the mood should strike me. Basically, I am anchored in speculative fiction but take strolls into other genres when something worthwhile comes along.
I am often frustrated with the Goodreads reviewers who read a book and have the automatic reflex to put it into two rating categories:
- “Eh, I didn’t really like this.” = ★★★★ out of 5
- “I loved this!” = ★★★★★ out of 5
Having a positive star-outlook is great, but when your average rating is 4.78, that tells a potential reader very little if you’re not using the full scope of the star scale.
I try to treat all of my star ratings/reviews equally, with the following breakdown:
- ★★★★★ = I loved this book. It was one of the best things I’ve read this year.
- ★★★★ = This was great. I have few qualms.
- ★★★ = This was good. Inconsistently great. (I give more 3s than any other rating)
- ★★ = This was just okay. I wasn’t hooked. I probably wish I hadn’t read this.
- ★ = This was awful. Can’t believe I finished the whole thing.
My average rating hovers around 3.25, as I’m generally choosing books to read that I’m already intrigued by. Giving out 4s and 5s is the great joy because it’s a rare treat, not an automatic reflex.
Feel free to send books for review purposes or recommendations to spikegelato [at] gmail [dot] com. Obviously, with time being what it is (fleeting, of the essence, etc.) there is no guarantee that I will be able to read everything, but I will try my best.