Month: October 2017

Interview: About Horror @Fluky Fiction

Fluky Fiction is hosting a number of interviews on its website for readers to meet the authors of the new horror anthology When Glints Collide. I’ve just been featured! Since the book is about horror, all the interview questions are themed around this topic. Follow the link below to find out more about me and all my childhood trauma from watching ninja movies.

Meet the Author: Darius Jung

And don’t forget to check out When Glints Collide at Amazon.com.

When Glints Collide Fluky Fiction Horror Science Fiction Short Story Anthology Cover, DARIUS JUNG


Book Reviews: My Rating System

How exactly do I decide how many stars to give out in my reviews? And why are most of my reviews four stars?

Well, I’ve seen a school of thought out there that 2½ stars out of 5 should denote an “average” book. Having written a novel, I like to think that the achievement in putting out a full-length readable book is laudable in itself. If I took a college course and got 50% of the material right, I would fail. So in my mind, if I a book has succeeded in being readable enough that I finish it, that’s basically a pass, which is 60%, or, on the star scale, 3 stars.

If a book is not good enough to hit 3 stars, it’s unlikely I would even finish it. I don’t think it’s fair to post a review of a book that I haven’t finished, so, unless hate-reading starts being a thing with me, I doubt I’ll ever put out a 1 or 2 star review.

If it’s 3 stars, it was decent enough to finish, but not particularly noteworthy to recommend. Since I’m usually more interested in actually recommending something on my website, you won’t see many of these either.

At the other end of the scale, to get 5 stars, I think a book needs to not only be good enough to recommend, but it needs to be an all-time personal classic. So that is why most of the reviews I post on this website end up in the 4 star range.

Here’s the simple summary of my ratings:

 

This book should never have seen the light of day.
☆☆ A significant change is required before this book becomes readable.
☆☆☆ A decent enough read but nothing I’d recommend to anyone.
☆☆☆☆ This book is good and I recommend it.
☆☆☆☆☆ An all-time classic. Only a chosen few will get this.

Review: Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin

I’ve been wanting to read Wolf by Wolf for a while now, mainly because I’ve been drawn in by that cover. I love the tidy design. Written by Ryan Graudin, Wolf by Wolf, is an alternate history YA story where World War II was won by the Axis. A decade later, Yaël, a Jewish girl with a unique ability, is on a mission to kill Hitler. But first, she needs to get close to him by winning a race. Read on for the review.