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Behold, the nitty-gritty.

In general, these are the questions I’ll be answering as I do my reviews.

+Did it make me laugh? Not every book is a laugh a minute jaunt through the pages, but if a book is supposed to be funny, then it should at least make you snort.

+Did it make me cry? For the pain, for the beauty, for the heartwarming, for the incredibly sad.

+Did it take a while to pick up? Sometimes you have to wade through a bit for it to ‘get good’.

+Was I unable to stop reading? I’m one of those people where if a book pulls me in, I won’t put it down until I’m done. Not everything qualifies, but this is a good indicator of action and suspense.

+Did it confuse me? Sometimes authors either write about things that they know about that their reader doesn’t, or throws too much at the reader too fast.  If I sit there going back through the book trying to figure out if I missed something, that goes here.

+Was there sexytimes? If so, was it worth reading? I read the smut. If it’s there, it better be good, is all I’m saying. No purple prose, please.

+Did I roll my eyes? You know those moments. Where the puns are awful, the author tries to be serious about something corny, where the protagonist does something dumb.

+Was the author heavy handed? Sometimes they force feed you a romance or a plot point and you gag on it. It happens.

+Did I see the ending coming? I’m considered astute, and can usually sense how things are going to go. Sometimes in varying degrees. Sometimes I just plain don’t see it before I read it.

+Did it get boring? Things are great, things are awesome, so much happening… 4 chapters on how the woods look and the way the birds sound in the trees. Don’t care. Skim.

+Did anything squicky happen? The murder mysteries, the paranormal stuff, the badwrongbad romance things. If I shudder, I’ll let you know.

+Did I have an OTP? Was there enough chemistry between people that I said ‘oh those two should get together.’

+Was the ending fitting? Not was it the ending I wanted, but did it suit the book and the characters, in my humble opinion.

+Was I satisfied reading it? Did it leave my brain with that ‘aaahhh yes’ feeling, or did I keep trying to see if I was missing a chapter at the end.

+Interests it touches on: From the mythology, to the main character’s quirks, to the little bits that made it interesting and full. Celtic mythology and werewolves and button collecting and motorcycles and Welsh speaking and banana farming and whatever else might appeal to someone.  I’ll try and put it all here.

So this is what I’m looking to go on.  If there are any other things that people think I should add to reviews, let me know!  Always happy to oblige.  I will also be adding in book specific things as they apply, such as “Number of Deaths” or “Gods Americanized” or whathaveyou.

But seriously, things you want to see? Just toss me a comment!

-K