I am drinking less coffee these days. Gasp! I’m still drinking a small cup of fresh roasted coffee with cream.
What are you drinking?
I don’t know if you guys know that I took up a professional reviewing position last year with a magazine. The magazine had a policy that if you dnf’d a book than they had someone else review it to make sure. The problem is where one person sees a dud another person can see promise. I dnf’d a book and the person who read it after me gave it 5 stars!?!?! What!
I was pretty frustrated and I ended up not working for the magazine anymore (for different reasons) Than I dnf’d another book as I have made clear on my page I don’t publicize a review under a 3. So I was letting this author know that I couldn’t finish her book and why and she shot back with a copy of a reviewer that gave her 5 stars!!!!
People I’m at a loss as to how we can hold a standard that readers can depend on and authors can be held accountable by. I could drag this topic on forever, but I will try and make it short. One reason I believe the second dnf got a 5 star review because it was two authors exchanging reviews. I think that one was thinking if she gave a good review she would get a good review. Than a professional reviewer comes along and tells you this book is not good, because right now all I do is review books. The author can pop back with this 5 star review that may have had an agenda behind it.
Either way, this is a very frustrating subject matter for me.
I guess in the end there is no way to make reviews less subjective. All I can say is consider the source of the reviewer, look at other reviews, compare your own thoughts and make an educated decision. I would like to say to other reviewers be considerate of the rating that you give because it definitely determines a person’s perspective on the book.
What do you think about the different ratings among reviewers?