Sunday, 15 January 2017 19:14
Comparative reviews are one thing and obviously must be done as objectively as possible but reviews of individual items are in many ways more difficult because you're not giving them context. They must be handled as objectively, as fairly, as possible and the following is the overall way in which I try to review something.
It is not enough to simply say you hated a film or loved it, you must be seen to be consistent so proper evaluation is necessary. I know it's a pain but it works quite well and can give some quite surprising results. The following outlines the method I use and the categories I use to do so, all the reviews on this site follow this method. I've given some considerable thought to these categories and hope that they make the review that little bit more objective and interesting.
Most reviews on this site will be books but occassionally I will also review films, TV & DVD, all are typically evaluated against the following categories:
Books are typically evaluated against the following categories:
Games are typically evaluated against the following categories:
All reviews carry two further categories:
Guidelines for reviews:
All category marks are out of 10 but the "Personal" category score is doubled.
The "Overall" score is calculated as:
(SUM + (2 * PER)) / CAT
SUM: Sum of all category scores except "Personal"
PER: "Personal"> x 2
CAT: No. of Categories excluding "Overall"
Ultimately it up to a reviewer how they evaluate a film but this does, at least, allow for a degree of objectivity and if anyone has better suggestions we'll be only too pleased to listen.
Thanks for reading.
J. C. Rocks (aspiring author: "The Abyssal Void War" series)
Monday, 05 September 2016 12:20
Well there it is, the book, my - first ever, is largely done and I am now just waiting for the cover art to be completed. Two hundred and fifty-seven A4/Letter pages (line and a half spaced), fifty-four chapters and approximately eighty-five thousand words.
I've given details of the book itself before and I still don't want to give too much away right now but it is set nearly eight hundred years in the future, not ours, but that of an alternate history (which is why I call it an alternate future history) and humanity is once again engaged in what it does best, blowing the hell out of each other.
The book falls into the science-fiction sub-genre of Military Space Warfare and, with some exceptions, I do my best to keep the physics as real as possible. The exceptions are, of course, those required to facilitate the story, to allow my characters to get to the places they need to be to allow the story to progress. In "Doctor Who" that's the TARDIS, in Star Trek it's "Warp Drive", in "Star Wars" it's "Hyperspace" and in my universe it's "Tachyon Space" more commonly known as Hyperspace and typically accessed via the "Hypergate network".
When I last wrote about it the book comprised seven large chapters and an equally large prologue but I came to the conclusion that shorter was better with the book falling into two acts, "Akatsu" and "Aumakua".
The cover art is, I believe, important and, once I have permission from the artist, I hope to update this article with some of the sample art I've received. So now it is just a waiting game which I am using to update some appendices as well as check my grammar and tech.
I am hopeful the artwork will be complete within a month and, once done, the book can be reviewed by the group I hope to publish with.
I will post a further update when it is complete ... thanks for reading.
J. C Rocks (aspiring author: "The Abyssal Void War" series)