Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Indie View Interviews Crystal Rants of Crystals Random Thoughts (Blog)

Hi All,

It was an honor for me to sit down and do an interview with The Indie View. I have attached the interview for those of you who missed it.

you can tell a lot about a reviewer through their reviews.  You can get a sense of what they like to read and things they don’t before you even send a review request.  Some times I think authors get bad press because they chose the wrong reviewers. Crystal Rants – 1 May 2013

About Reviewing

How did you get started? 

I started blogging just to have a place where I would channel my own thoughts about books.  I wanted to rant and rave about any book without being restricted or ridiculed for my opinions. I have always just wanted a place where I could just be me. No face, no names just my opinions about any and all things pertaining to books.

How do you review a book? Is it a read first, and then make notes, or do you make notes as you go along?  

I don’t make notes while I am reading a book or after. Once I am done reading a book I go right into writing the review. I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing.  I do highlight my favorite parts or sections I might want to include in my review but I will always read the book first before I gather my thoughts on the completed work.

What are you looking for?

I am always looking for a story that entraps me emotionally.
  I need to be able to connect with the characters, whether I love them or hate them. I have to feel something for them otherwise the book is meaningless to me.

If a book has a great plot, great characters, but the grammar is less than perfect, how do you deal with that?

I am not an English teacher so I don’t critique grammar.  I have read many books that had minor grammar issues but the stories were amazing. So honestly, the less than perfect grammar did not take away what I felt for the book, its characters or the storyline.

How long does it take you to get through, say, an eighty thousand-word book? 

That would all depend on the book and how engaged I am in the story. Sometimes I become obsessed with a story that I would stay up all night just to finish it.  I honestly finished a three books series that was 500 pages per book in Read More >>>>>

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Happy Ranting and Raving!!!

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