Book Blogger Rating Styles

Unique book ratings styles of bloggers Laid Out for Readers and Authors

Bloggers indicate on their sites that their reviews will fit into specific numbering categories, so as one reviewer points out, if you are an author, don’t ask for my review unless you realize it may be at your own risk.
Most reviews are typically one to five stars, five being the highest. Books, Biscuits & Tea, instead of stars gives cookies: l) Not my cup of tea; 2) Didn’t work for me; 3) Okay, a good read; 4) Sweet, really liked it; 5) Absolutely a fabulous treat.
Another, especially kind-appearing blogger, calls 5) Amazing; 5) Great; 3) Good; 2) Okay, 1) Dull. A fun site uses page and thumb-down design.
A more complex site starts at l0) One of the best books ever read; 9) Damn near perfection; 8) Excellent; 7) Very good; 6) Good, recommended with reservation; 5) Take it or leave it; 4) Bad, but not without some merit; 3) Horrible, barely readable; 2) Complete waste of time; 1) One of the worst ever read; 0, Did not finish.
Rachel Catterell says for a 5) She loved it; 4) Enjoyed; 3) Enjoyed with some reservations; 2) Some Good; 1) Wish I had not read it.
In my review of blogger reviewers, Unbound Underground for its preciseness and all-around efforts, receives my rating of 9.5 Stars. Not only does this reviewer give specifics for each Star but also lists titles of books which fit these categories.
5 Stars: Books I’ve tried really hard to find fault, but can’t. Books which blend and transcend genre expectations, have broad appeal and execute elements so well that objectively it’s somewhat hard to criticize.
4.5 Stars: Books which transcend genre expectations or possess well-executed elements of multiple genres.
4 Stars: Excellent examples of a specific type of book (mystery, romance, literary etc) but will probably not appeal to people who prefer other genres.
3.5 Stars: Unnecessarily narrow in audience appeal . . .
3 Stars, Elements which limit appeal. . .2.5 Stars, Narrow appeal but some elements to make up for technical difficulties. . . 2 Stars, Technically flawed and appeals to specific audience. . . 1.5 Stars, Has potential but too rough for publication; l Star, Should not have been published . . .
technical flaws, no audience appeal (a theoretical rock-bottom, like absolute zero).
I shudder and shiver at the thought of my most heartfelt work under the eye of Unbound Underground and wonder if the reviewer is an author, too, who was ever been reviewed for his book.

Schlindler’s List Is Held in Germany

Ronny Bonner traveled from Israel to Germany recently to see the piece of paper which saved his life: Schlinder’s List.

“I owe my life to Schlinder’s list,” said the 62-year-old man whose parents Jetti and Leopold were among the 1,200 Jews the German industrialist Oskar Schlinder saved from certain death in the camps.

“I wanted to touch it, to see it with my own hands,” said Ronny who was born in Israel after the war. He once met his parents savior in Tel Avia with a group of other children. Schlinder stroked his hair and said, “You are all my children.” He didn’t understand then, but he does now what Schlinder meant.

After the German occupation of Poland, Bronner’s parents were deported to the Krakow ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated in l943, they were on the brink of death for the first time, but his mother saved the couple by holding up the work permit from Schlinder’s factor and the permit helped them make it through the SS selection.

The couple worked as forced labourers for Schlinder in the Plaszow concentration camp until the order to abandon the camp in September 1944.

This was the time when the list that saved many lives was drawn up. Schlinder had started an armor factory in Brunnlitz, the Czech Republic, located 350 kilometers west and Schlinder requested that some of his workers be transferred, Bronners’ parents among them.

Until the last SS guard left the site, they lived in danger and fear of death until May 1945 when the Red Army liberated the factory.

“It’s a miracle that my parents were strong enough to give us a normal life despite the horrors they went through. In my mind the survivors are true heroes,” the father of two says. “My mother knew how to differentate between German culture and the crimes of the Nazis.

“The Germans of today deal honestly with their past. I feel great appreciation for the work of the International Tracing Society. It is an important place for millions of people. The documents here prove that history is not just a legend for a movie but the truth.”

Book Bloggers Are As Imaginative as Authors

A romp among book bloggers on their sites reveals a world of wonderful, cool, wicked and imaginative book lovers who report about books.

Names they give their sites jump off the page: Tumbling Books, Pick Me, My Mom Reads My Books, Cabin goddess. They offer excitement, information and more fun than you deserve on sites like Books, Biscuits and Tea, Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Just Another Rabid Reader, My Love Affair with Books, Cabin Goddess.

As an author of two new books seeking reviews, this is an important tool to tell readers about Rusty Springs and Story Cookbook.

So this blog has been researching blogs and I find there are many men among the bloggers. The sites have give-aways, author interviews. and some offer book blog tours. No two alike. Each chose which genres they’ll review: adult, young adult, chick lit, etc. Many only will review the books of traditional publishers.

Because there are so many book blog sites, there are even professionals who offer authors a book blog and charge a fee for a book to be reviewed each day for a week on a different blog, up to $75 per blog.

The rating systems are traditional, l to 5 stars, or very imaginative as I’ll illustrate in another blog.

When I read one of my reviews (Michner never read any of his reviews), I may respond in this way: 5) Wow. thank you. I gave a lot of my life to writing that book; 4) So, it wasn’t as good as I thought; 3) Gee, I hoped for better; 2) Took part of my heart; 1) Piece of crap. But this may be good, because someone may read it just to see if the reviewer was right.

DNA Costs Falling

Will marriageable women sign up for DNA tests before being asked?

What will lower costs of DNA testing mean to a man and woman who want to be married?

According to Professor Armand Leroi of the Imperial College in London during a major science conference in Dublin, cheaper costs of DNA testing means a new era of eugenics.

Within five years, the prediction is that is may be common for young people to pay for a read-out of their entire genetic code and request to see the genetic blueprint of any prospective long-term partner which could apparently weed out any incurable diseases of their baby.

The focus would be on the design of a baby not for eye color or intelligence but to stop genetic diseases. Professor Leroi said that in some ways eugenics are already here as tens of thousands of unborn babies with Down’s syndrome and other illnesses are being aborted and are well established in European countries.

This blog will be watching for the next development world-wide in eugenics now that the cost of genetic sequencing is falling so rapidly and become so accessible to the general public.

We weren’t there during the first part of the 20th century when eugenics was fashionable in a different way around the globe as state governments attempted to better populations by sterilizing those deemed unfit to produce children.

In the l930’s, it all led to better baby contests and agricultural fairs in the Midwest where in addition to the pavilions for judging cattle or other livestock, there were ones to judge humans, too.

And as we all know, the Nazis took eugenics to a new level of deadly medicine. Eugenics may be legally correct but often may be morally wrong. What do you think?

Every mother-to-be wants to bear a healthy child. Do you think marriageable women will volunteer for such tests?

Germany Continues to Pay Survivors

Sixty years ago representatives from Israel, Germany and the newly created conference on Jewish material Claims Against Germany met to hammer out a reparations agreement for the crimes of Nazi Germany when some Holocaust survivors were still living in displaced Persons camps on the continent.

According to a recent report by the Jewish Journal, Germany has paid the equivalent of more than 70 billion to survivors and programs that aid survivors. Israel and Germany have become close allies. Germany has made Holocaust education a centerpiece of its identity, creating school curricula, building Holocaust museums and funding anti-Semitism eradication programs.

This week Germany took the additional step to fund an estimated 80,000 more Nazi victims to those it provides with one–time payments of about $3,150. The change, which is expected to affect mostly survivors in Russia and Ukraine, opens the door to funding for the last major group of Nazi victims who have never received money from Germany.

In addition, Germany has agreed to equalize the monthly pensions it sends to some 60,000 survivors around the world. All survivors will now receive the equivalent of approximately $370 per month.

While the claims conference administers Germany’s restitution programs, it also makes allocations of its own from the so-called Successor Organization, which is the legal beneficiary of money from the sale of Jewish-owned properties in the former East Germany for which no heirs have come forward.

“The Germany government is assuming even greater responsibility than before,” said Werner Gatzer, state secretary of German Finance Ministry, who made these remarks at the 60th anniversary event in Washington, DC. “This is much more than just financial compensation. It’s about the recognition of all these individual, person destinies that need to be heard and preserved.”

Eyeing the next round of negotiations, among the items on Jewish wish list is to consider funding survivors of so-called open ghettos-unfenced areas where Jews were forced to live, and the provision that there even be compensation for those survivors who are well off who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.

The Senators of North Carolina who blocked restitution for persons in their state who were sterilized against their will should note this healing process of Germany and reconsider adding back into the state budget funds to compensate these victims.

Maury Goes to Heaven

The following excerpts of a tribute appeared recently in the Colville, WA. weekly newspaper:

Maury began his journey to heaven under his favorite tree. Loved ones were at his side, tears were shed and amusing stories told. It was a good thing. He no longer has to put on a brave face. He can smile and run free. He can eat everything he desires.

He was born Jan. 29, 1999 to a big hairy dog named George. He never knew his father and was first born of 12 puppies. Diane Friedman adopted him when he was eight weeks old. He was very indulged and had a good life. He loved food, people, especially old people and children, and napping. He also liked a good walk with good smells. He started visiting Pinewood Terrace Nursing Center when he was a puppy and continued until he was too lame to get into the car.

He really loved the Saturday and Wednesday Farmer’s Markets–lots of people and lots of food! He always found a child who would hug him. He was so patient and gentle.

Maury had a good life. He lived it to the fullest. He was happy and content and had a positive impact on almost everyone who knew him. He will be remembered and he will be missed. There are people and animals who departed before him who are anxious to be with him again. Maury will not be alone. He is survived by TaLeese, the cat, and Madelene, the puppy, very aware that Maury is missing. He is survived by all the people who let him into their hearts.

Finally, he is survived by his companion and loving friend, Diane, and will always be with her in her heart and in the eyes of all the dogs she meets.

No memorial service is planned.

Interest in WWII Victims Still High

Annual report of International Tracing Services, Bad Arolsen, Germany, says inquiries remain undiminished as relatives seek contact or other information for family members thought lost.

Perhaps one of the requests is from the stocky, older man who came to my first Lebensborn book talk to ask for help in locating his “true” parents in Germany.

The humanitarian department at ITS last year received over ten thousand inquiries concerning over sixteen thousand people in sixty-nine countries in the most part by the children and grandchildren of Nazi persecution.

The new fifty-page report written in both German and English
says that ITS has now opened its archives and is transferring information to partner organizations and increasing its presence on the Internet to encourage more to make use of the over thirty million items of information. ITS now has a Russian website and has conducted discussion groups in Russia, the Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland.

The average search by a staff of three hundred persons takes up to eight weeks to clarify individual fates. Each letter reveals a “particularly haunting picture of the past, the complexity of the suffering, and shows the brutality of the Nazi regime, yet also the courage of the survivors.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross is removing itself from active management of ITS but continues its affiliation with this humanitarian organization. This allows ITS be a continuing active center for documentation, information and research.

In January 2013, the German Federal Archives will be the new institution partner of ITS. A German staff member in the foreign office said, “I don’t need to emphasize how important it is for the Federal Republic of Germany to keep alive the memory of the victims fate.”