Tom Andry

Novelist, Podcaster, Audio Nut, Father (not in that order)

Book Reviews


I’ve decided, somewhat against my best judgment, to do a few book reviews. Many fledgling writers have started a blog to promote their book, did a few reviews to get some traffic, and then ended up becoming a “professional” book reviewers. That’s not me. I have no interest in becoming a book reviewer. I like reviewing home theater equipment way too much. But I do read and there is no reason I shouldn’t use this outlet to transmit my thoughts.

Those that are reviewed – sorry if you’re offended. Take solace in the fact that this blog, at this time, has slightly higher traffic than my actual home. If you like what I wrote, feel free to use it as long as you 1) let me know about it and 2) quote me directly. Feel free to chop it up to just use the best parts (since my ratings are a bit different than others, I’d use the recommended text rather than the star rating) and, if I misspelled something (entirely possible), please correct it (and let me know so I can do the same). I have no plans on taking review submissions but if you’ve published a free book (or you want to give me some sort of coupon code) feel free to suggest your work. I promise to at least read a page or two. I don’t promise to review it nor do I promise to respond to your inquiry (I probably will but in case I don’t). If it is not something that interests me, I’m not reading it and you can’t make me. I read for enjoyment and I’m the type of reader that, once I get far enough into something, I’m going to finish. That means if you get me invested in your book and I don’t like it, I’m going to be mad that I finished it. And that will very likely affect the tenor of my review.

Rating Scale

My background is in Program Evaluation (feel free to look that up) and I can’t stand how all these reviewers out there seem to think that it is perfectly OK to have a rating scale that is said to be 1-5 but in actuality it is 2, 3, 4, 4.25. 4.5, 4.75, 5. That basically means that 4.5 is average. My scale will be 1 to 5 but in reality it probably won’t have many 1’s (because I won’t finish anything that bad) and I don’t do fractions. But here it is:

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ – Horrible. Dreadful. Massive problems that might make you swear off books. Avoid or burn.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ – Slightly better than horrible. If you are a huge fan of the genre, maybe. Most likely syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation, or continuity errors. Probably more than one. Not recommended.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ – Capable. If you are a fan of the genre you’ll like this. Might love this. If you aren’t, you won’t be bored or irked but you won’t be converted. Recommended.

Rating: ★★★★☆ – Anyone will enjoy this book. A great example of the genre. I’d highly recommend this to anyone.

Rating: ★★★★★ – Instant classic. I was sad it ended and can’t wait for the next. If your book gets a 5 from me, it means something. I wouldn’t give my own book a 5.

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