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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing.

Currently reading

Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi
Flowers, Stephen E., Ph.D.
Progress: 127/192pages
The Goblins of Bellwater
Molly Ringle
Progress: 41%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 40%
Lava Storm In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories) (Volume 1)
Paul D. Scavitto, Sharon Willett, Stephanie Baskerville, Robert Tozer, Shae Hamrick, Christian W. Freed, Rebecca Lacy, Douglas G. Clarke, Mike Boggia, Sylvia Stein, Gail Harkins, Glenda Reynolds, Lynette White, Randy Dutton, Joyce Shaughnessy, Amos Andrew Parker, Laura S
Progress: 59%

So, rating systems

Mine is pretty easy.


5 - One of those books I enjoyed so much I didn't want to stop reading.


4 - A good book.


3 - A decently good book, but so are many others.


2 - I finished it because I promised a review, otherwise would have DNF'd it and not bothered reviewing.


1 - Unlikely to have finished it unless I got it from Netgalley. Real torture to read and I probably gave up and started skimming, or else it promised me German recipes and gave me American instant food.


For half stars, something that falls between the definitions. So 4.5 is a brilliant book but I might have deducted a point for something, 3.5 deserves better than 3 but wasn't quite good enough for 4, 2.5 kinda sucks but could be worse, 1.5 I only gave a passing thought to getting my matches out, .5, well, I burned it. Then buried it in lime. Unless it's on my Kindle, but I made a point of going on Amazon and deleting it from my cloud, lest it spread its taint.


So basically if I rate 4, 4.5 or 5, I recommend the book, at least to someone.