My Grading system…
All reviews must have a scale… or so I’ve been told. As a result, I thought I’d start out by giving myself some ground rules and letting the reader know how and why different ratings are delivered and what they mean. I chose to use the Greek Alphabet because, in my view, the star system has suffered from the same grade inflation that Universities have. Three out of five stars should mean this is a perfectly good book, but has come to mean mediocre (in the same way mediocre has come to mean less than average…).
|Α||(Alpha) Great book, must read regardless of what Genres you enjoy. Makes you think of things beyond the scope of the book|
|Β||(Beta) Fantastic book within the genre, probably worth reading regardless of which genre’s you like, but has a setting or style that may not appeal to individuals who are not fans of a given genre. Also, to avoid bias, the highest grade I’ll give a book by someone I know and like.|
|Γ||(Gamma) A good or even fantastic book within the genre, possibly worth reading regardless of which genre’s you like, but has a setting or style that is likely to be unappealing to individuals who are not fans of a given genre. This is the highest grade that many very good books that are part of a series can receive, since series require an investment in reading that normally only appeals to fans of that genre.|
|Δ||(Delta) A solid read, but only buy it if you like the genre.|
|Δˡ||(Delta Prime) A good read, but only if you like the genre (or subgenre).|
|Ε||(Epsilon) Readable in genre, but you could probably do better.|
|Ζ||(Zeta) How did this get published?|
|Η||(Eta) A solid read that may have greater appeal to individuals who are not fans of the genre than by aficionados.|
|Π||(Pi) A book written by myself, so it’s really really really awesomely great, or at least you should be aware of some bias in the article.|
|Χ||(Chi) A good book that breaks rules and/or has a setting or style that is markedly different to those of its given genre. This means it is less likely to appeal to individuals who are fans of a given genre than those who do not normally read it.|
|Ψ||(Psi) A very good to fantastic book that breaks rules and/or has a setting or style that is markedly different to those of its set genre. This means one should set aside all expectations normally associated with a genre and just let the writer do the driving.|
|Ω||(Omega) Not the opposite of an Alpha, but rather a must read of a different kind. An excellent book that makes you think of things beyond the scope of the book, but also breaks rules and/or may appeal more to people who do not normally read the genre than those who are aficionados of it.|
To this end, I have also updated the rating system, to include a Prime (1), rating. This suggests, as defined above, that the book is a really good read if you like the subgenre, but that if you don’t, you probably won’t like this either.