Sunday, November 27, 2011

stars or no stars

The wife, and I are butting heads on the topic of stars for reviews.  She says to give star ratings, or a rating of some sort, and I say stars dont matter.  See, to me it comes down to overall opinion.  Did I enjoy it?  Did it read well?  Did the story flow?  How did it make me feel throughout the reading?  Was there alot of typos? Were words used out of context?  Did I have to pull a dictionary out to understand a sentence?  Was the writing too simplistic?  Was it a dry read , or interesting?  Did the cover art have anything to do with the story?  All of this goes into overall opinion of which I share.  Who cares if there's stars?  I'm telling you if I like it, or not.  You may agree with me, or not.  If I say 5 stars, and you say only 2 who's right? Who cares?  Opinions are like, well, you know.  So for now there is no star rating unless wifey puts one up herself.  Which she may.  I will not.  I am willing to review all books, and spread the word.  And give my humble opinion. Thank you to all who have sent me copies so far.  I'm reading them all and the list is long, but bare with me. 

Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood

We all know the story of the big bad  wolf following Red, and eating grandma in the end.  As it goes there is no doubt it is a wicked tale for children.  But, cartoons make it too lite hearted, and gloss over the groosomeness of it. The latest version seen in the movies, and told here by Catherine is what we modern adults have been imagining for years.  The bad boy wolf, the innocent girl, and adults in the way.  I loved this book.  I've seen the movie, and put off reading it because of it.  Let me tell you here the book as usual is ten times better than the movie.  The writing is top notch.  The characters do come to life.  This fantasy does what fantasy  books should.  It pulls the reader in, and paints the picture for the reader making the experience come to life.  Bravo!!! Get this one for your shelf.