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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing.

Currently reading

Tales of Men and Ghosts
Edith Wharton
Progress: 19%
First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe's First Nation-state
Freddy Silva
Progress: 66/451pages
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1)
Mona Hanna
Progress: 46%
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2)
Richard Gleaves
Progress: 37%
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy
Raymond E. Feist
Progress: 350/490pages
Dead Sea
Tim Curran
Progress: 1%
The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham
Progress: 92%
The Thin Man
Dashiell Hammett
Progress: 23%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 47%
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: 76%

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.