Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Those Little Rocket-Dragons

What a surprise!  I opened my email from Daily Science Fiction today to find a link to Songs of Eretz and some kind words from editors Michele and Jonathan.  In anticipation of maybe seeing more traffic here as a result, I thought it was time I revealed my system for assigning rocket-dragons.

7:  Outstanding story!  I laughed, I cried, I was truly moved.  Memorable, breaks new ground.

6:  Excellent story!  Thought-provoking, original, thoughts of it will linger.

5:  Above average story.  Well-paced, well-written, refreshing.

4:  Well-written story.  Glad I read it but soon to be forgotten.

3:  Below average story.  Minor flaws should be obvious to most readers.

2:  Below average story.  Problematic, difficult to follow, obvious major flaws, perhaps some issues with grammar, not sure how this one passed the editors.

1:  Offensive story.  Actually emits an odor.  I felt violated after reading it.

Also, I feel that a disclaimer is in order:  Reviews in Songs of Eretz are the humble opinions of Dr. Steven Wittenberg Gordon.  They are not critiques.  I call 'em as I see 'em.  Comments are always welcome, but anonymous comments will not be posted.  All comments are reviewed by a moderator.

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