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Some things to keep in mind before you start filling out this survey:

  • I want you to be very honest when taking this survey. Judge a book by its content, and not by what it means to you.

  • Think about how you answer the first question. I want you to only rate 4.5 stars when the book is really among the best 25 you've ever read.

  • Read the descriptions below the star ratings. Don't pick your answer based on stars, but based on those descriptions. Again, be honest.

  • Only select the "Perfect" option when an element truly is perfect. Hint: that hardly ever happens. Be honest and be critical!

  • When you feel like an aspect was done incredibly well, select "Near Perfect." Only when you think it was truly perfect do you select "Perfect."

  • An element can be absent by choice. For example, an author can choose to have no foreshadowing at all, and this may work perfectly for a novel. When this happens, it still means the foreshadowing was done well, and you will rate that question accordingly.

  • Remember that 2015 brings us a clean slate when it comes to rating, so don't keep your old rating numbers in mind: they aren't accurate material for comparing anymore.



Good luck taking this survey!



1. How would you rate this book?


Anyone who writes or publishes garbage like this should be jailed.
   
This book sucks and the author needs a different profession.
   
This is a horrible book.
   
This is an extremely bad book.

This is a very bad book.
   
This is a bad book.
   
This less than average book borders on being a bad book.
   
This is a less than average book.

This book is mildly below average.
   
This book is pretty much average. It's neither good nor bad.
   
This book is above average.
   
This is a decent book.

This is a decent book, bordering on a good book.
   
This book is good, but it has a few problems.
   
This book is very good, but it has some minor problems.
   
This is an incredibly good book, though it isn't perfect.

This is a very great book.
   
This is among the twenty-five best books I've ever read.
   
This is among the ten best books I've ever read.

This is among the five best books I've ever read!



2. How do you rate the concept and its originality?
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3. Do you believe the concept was done justice and its potential was fully tapped?
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4. How would you rate the prose in this novel?
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5. Was the book's pacing adequate to keep you engaged?
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6. Is the author's use of language consistent with the demands of the book's target audience?
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7. How do you feel about the author's use of genre tropes?
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8. How would you rate this story's ingenuity?
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9. How would you rate the use of suspense and action sequences in this novel?
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10. Does the author create an atmosphere befitting of the book's setting?
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11. How would you rate the world building in this novel?
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12. How are additional world building elements like magic, creatures, or technology utilized?
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13. How would you rate the author's handling of information supply?
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14. How well thought-out was this story?
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15. How well were events in this story foreshadowed? Were twists surprising yet inevitable?
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16. Did the ending meet your expectations and wrap things up well enough?
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17. How would you rate the depth of the characters?
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18. Are the characters realistic individuals?
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19. Did the characters' motives, morals, and ambitions make sense?
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20. Was the dialog well-written?
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21. Is the length of this book sufficient to tell its story?
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22. How would you rate your emotional response to this novel? Did this novel create an emotional involvement?
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23. Did this novel meet your expectations?
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