Over recent years it has become apparent numerical star ratings included with book reviews are being given too much weight. In some instances they have become so emotive as to override the actual content of the review, whether positive or negative. In view of the above, and in a wish to … More Change to Review Rating Policy
Since this website was established the article Assessing Book Review Ratings (one of the first to be published) has been utilised as a guide for informing readers, authors, website/blog visitors and followers, and anyone else interested, of how ratings are applied to the books reviewed in this website blog. Several years have passed since the … More Book Review Ratings
The conclusion regarding viability reached in a previous article Are Facebook Pages Worth the Effort?, raised the question of what this website and associated accounts have to offer. Regular followers, visitors, and readers will know, though over the years there have been occasional breaks, as far as possible articles are posted on a reasonably frequent … More What Does T. R. Robinson Publications Have to Offer?
For those of the Christian faith Christmas is a time of thanksgiving for, and celebration of, the gift of God’s Son to mankind (generic term) without who there would be no redemption. In the modern materialistic world many forget this despite it being the root of gift giving (a reminder of what God has done … More How Authors and Readers May Gift Each Other
Goodreads Just in case there is anyone who does not know what Goodreads is: In their own words: ‘Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.’ Some statistics – Goodreads currently has: Sixty-Five (65) million … More Goodreads – Ask the Author
All authors, whether well known and traditionally published or an independent (indie) self-publishing one, value reviews. Without question these assist discoverability. They may also form the backbone for some publicity and marketing campaigns. In many ways they have taken over the role of word-of-mouth recommendations that used to be the mainstay for discoverability. Whether an … More Authors & Reviews
Though this discussion will concentrate upon the writing of book reviews, many of the principles will apply equally to the writing of reviews for other products. Who reviews are for and what readers would like to gain from them has been previously discussed in Reviews – What Wanted? This discussion is intended to enlarge upon the … More Writing Reviews
Regular visitors will know, with just the occasional exception, it is predominantly books by indie (independent), self-published authors that are reviewed in this website. This however, is one of the exceptions: a hardback edition having been a very generous gift. Bernard Cornwell is well known for his historical novels of which this is one. … More Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
Book reviews will primarily be under consideration here nevertheless, several of the principles mentioned will apply equally to reviews of other products. What are reviews? In effect these are an extension of word-of-mouth recommendations or warnings which, most will agree, is the best vehicle for such communications. However, in these technology led days it must … More Reviews – What Wanted?
Please note: this book is classified as ‘YA’ (Young Adult), which is an unusual review genre for this website. It may help comprehension of subsequent comments and observations if the official synopsis is set out first. ‘About Sleeping with the Blackbirds: Eleven-year-old schoolboy, Roy Nuttersley has been dealt a pretty raw deal. While hideous parents … More Sleeping with the Blackbirds by Alex Pearl