Thursday, December 29, 2011

End of the Year Stats


It's been an interesting half a year: I started reviewing for Dark Divas, and about three months later, Jessewave gave me a shot. The requirements are different for the reviews, which is why the styles jump around a bit here, and the books we are offered differ as well, certain publishers don't request review at Wave's who do at DD. Keeps the TBR pile balanced, I suppose.

I've also started crossposting at Amazon. They don't seem to be as accepting of terminology. :S

Here's how the last six months break out.
39 reviews at Dark Divas, they had a head start.
15 reviews at Wave's
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54 total      A few are written but are still to post, something I have more control over at Wave's. Apologies to all who have been waiting on reviews; the Dark Diva reviews have all been delayed by the big holiday extravaganza, but should be appearing presently.

I have a couple books out, best get reading! The stats here are going to be combined.

By publisher:

Amber Quill
4
Carina

1
Cheyenne
1
Dreamspinner
12
eXcessica
1
JMS Press
2
Loose Id

2
MLR

5
Nazca Plains
1
Pink Squirrel
1
Riptide

2
Samhain

1
Self

2
Silver

3
Storm Moon
2
Torquere

12
Total E-Bound
1
Untreed Reads
1

Guess it's reasonable that the bigger pubs are better represented; I do try to catch a variety. But never again on Nazca Plains: that book was scarring, and after reading the pub site, another equally bad experience seems far too likely.

About authors:  a couple of authors that I've read more than one from: I'm allowed to have favorites.  Eden Winters, Carole Cummings, JL Merrow, Mara Ismine, Val Kovalin, and Josephine Myles all turn up more than once. I do try to sample a lot of folks.

By Genre:
Anthology
3
Contemporary
18
Cowboy

2
Fantasy

7
Historical

7
Paranormal
10
Science Fiction
2
Spiritual

1
Steampunk
3
Bizarro

1

No BDSM. My choice, no apologies.
Ratings
            1
1
 1.5
1
2
1
2.5
3
2.75
1
3
10
3.25

3.5
7
3.75
1
4
13
4.25
2
4.5
4
4.75

5
9

My gradations have gotten a little smaller since coming to Jessewave's, where reviewers use quarter stars. I really don't want to cut it any finer. I average 3.73, which isn't too surprising; I don’t ever choose to read a book I expect not to like. Some trends: I'm giving out fewer 5's, partially, because I'm getting pickier, but mostly because I’m getting a real rash of just-okay books. I try to judge each story on what it's trying to accomplish and has it done that. If it's a humor piece, did I actually laugh? If it's science fiction, did I believe in the world? It's supposed to be m/m, did I get a CWD/m? I'm always a little perplexed by having to rate a short humor piece on the same scale with a thoughtful novel.

Some of the stories haven't had happy endings, and they've been rated very high, at 4.33 average, probably because it has to be a superior story to even see the light of day without an HEA or HFN.

It was an interesting year, and I'm looking forward to 2012!

3 comments:

  1. I have authors on my 5* list more than once as well. Some authors just mesh with you.

    I've also found myself giving out fewer 5* as I read more and more. I'm not sure it's because I'm reading me meh books or I'm simply reading more and my experience is giving me more nuance.

    Looking forward to 2012 and what delights I'll find next. :-)

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  2. Great to see it's been such a successful year for you Crys, you deserve it! All the best for 2012

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  3. @Tam-- you are now on my "more than once list!" I do think that experience makes a difference, there are pieces I'd rate differently now then when I first read them. Not all of them get 5s, but all of them have something that keeps me coming back.

    @Juniper--thanks so much! I've read things I might never have bought now that I'm reviewing. Wave and I call this "buffet syndrome" and I have to be careful, I want to request everything getting published! But it's given me some wonderful hours, even if I have to pay for the stories with words that take longer to write than it would have taken me to earn the cover price.

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