Review Policy

Reviews will use a simple five point scale:

  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Outstanding. I loved it and don’t have anything bad to say about it.
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I enjoyed reading the book, but had some minor quibbles. They won’t keep me from continuing the series or suggesting it to others, though.
  • ⭐⭐⭐ – I had a pleasant enough time, but it didn’t do anything special either.
  • ⭐⭐ – I didn’t feel this was a good use of my money or time, but I’m not willing to drop the series yet.
  • ⭐ – I’m done with the series now. (Or if this was a singleton, I really didn’t think it was worth my time or money.)

I’m not calling the middle one “average” on purpose. I expect my average rating to hang around the ⭐⭐⭐⭐ mark, just because I try to avoid stuff that I would give ⭐ or ⭐⭐. The benefits of not being a paid reviewer.

I’ll also add a simple summary of who I think would enjoy the work:

  • Recommended for Everybody
    • Even if you’re not normally a fan of the series or genre that this book fits into, it still has something to recommend itself, and you should take a look.
  • Recommended for [XYZ] Fans
    • If you’re not a fan of the series or genre of the book, it probably won’t do anything to change your mind. But if you are, it’s a good read.
  • Not Recommended
    • Even if you’re normally isekai trash a fan of the genre, I still wouldn’t suggest that you read it.

The last category is likely going to be rare – if I don’t think I like it I probably won’t start the series. And certainly won’t continue reading it for long.

On the other hand, just by the nature of long-running series, I expect a lot of books to fall into the middle category. I enjoyed volume 34 of Invaders of the Rokujouma!, but I’m hardly going to recommend that anybody start there.