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message 11: by John

John Sundman An honest rating is all I ask. I myself give different ratings, sometimes, on Goodreads and Amazon. There's a lot more grade inflation at Amazon. But Goodreads is for people who are serious about reading, so I try to be honest. 3 stars = "I liked it" 4 = "I really liked it", etc. This seems like a good system to me. So if I get a 3 star review here I'm generally happy (though of course I prefer 5-stars).

Peter wrote: "You should probably bump all my ratings by a star or a star and a half to make them compare with other people's ratings. I doubt that I've given 50 books (of the 50,000 or so that I've read in my 7..."


message 10: by Peter

Peter Meek You should probably bump all my ratings by a star or a star and a half to make them compare with other people's ratings. I doubt that I've given 50 books (of the 50,000 or so that I've read in my 73 years) a five star rating. Four is a raving good review and three means I liked it quite a lot. I don't rate many books that I dislike because I tend not to read them.


message 9: by John

John Sundman Riku wrote: "Got to tell you: that was one of the best responses yet to my prompt question. Thanks for looking me up!"

I am certainly glad to hear that my answer did not disappoint, although I must confess I don't recall either the prompt question or what I wrote in response ;^)

Sic transit, etc.


message 8: by Riku

Riku Sayuj Got to tell you: that was one of the best responses yet to my prompt question. Thanks for looking me up!


message 7: by John

John Sundman I still don't "get" the Goodreads Author/Non-Author account mechanics. Evidently I'm logged in as John Sundman the person, friend of John Sundman, the author. I thought I had merged them into one account. Oh well, I'll figure it out.

Furthermore, having been Director of Quality at Zola Books (which you should check out), I'm sympathetic to the problem of how to implement two kinds of accounts, people with the same name with different privileges, "regular users" who get transubstantiated in to "authors", etc. We had a hell of a time of it, but I believe it's finally working right.

So, my Goodreads account(s) definitely not yet set up the way I want them (it), but it will be eventually (he said confidently).


message 6: by John

John Sundman Just read a ton of comments rubbishing Ginsberg's 'Howl'. "Only arrogant hipster drunks think it great poetry." OK then


message 5: by John

John Sundman Cool beans. I shall look forward to reading your reviews (you seem to be a bit more generous than I am).

And thanks for your note!

jrs


message 4: by Kris

Kris John, thank you so much for your friend request. I'm very happy to accept it.


message 3: by John

John Sundman P.J. wrote: "Well, now that John Sundman has found me, it is high time I grab a Kindle copy of Acts of the Apostles and get reading! :-)"

Hey, and now I've found the comments section of my goodreads page. Whadya know!


P.J. Well, now that John Sundman has found me, it is high time I grab a Kindle copy of Acts of the Apostles and get reading! :-)


Scribble Orca thanks for accepting me, John


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