Elements of a Review / Time Periods

ELEMENTS OF A REVIEW:

I have a mental list of elements for which I look when reading a book for review. They are:

1. Hook – Does the story grab you from the beginning
2. Setting/Descriptions/Sense of Place – Is it evocative
3. Characters/Character Development – Do they come to life, do you know their back story, are they fully-developed
4. Dialogue – Does it work and provide a sense the character
5. Plot – Does it work, does it make sense
6. Devices – Well-done effective twists, coincidences that are acknowledged.
7. Cadence/flow/style – Does it keep you involved
8. Originality – This is an extra points element for when I find a story that is truly original
9. Overall quality of writing – What is my immediate reaction upon finishing the book.

The things which may cause me to lower my rating are:

1. Unnecessary or spoiler prologue
2. Portents and end-of-chapter cliff-hangers
3. Too many characters, and too many with similar names or initials
4. Too many POVs - more than two starts to annoy me, but I prefer none
5. Flashbacks

My favorites are stories that begin on page one and take you, compel you, to read straight through to the end.



TIME PERIODS:

It often helps to have an idea of the time period in which a book is set.  Here's how I break them out.

- Up to 5th Century - Ancient Times
- 5th Century to 1588 - Middle Ages
- 1588 - 1603 - Elizabethan
- 1603 - 1725 - Jacobean
- 1714 - 1830 - Georgian (George I, II, II - 1714-1830, George IV - 1820-1830)
- 1811 - 1820 - Regency
- 1837 - 1901 - Victorian
- 1901 - 1910 - Edwardian
- 1901 - 1914 (Beg. Of WWI) - Gaslight
- 1914 - 1818 - WWI
- 1918 - 1939 Golden Age - between the wars
- 1939 - 1945 - WWII
- Post-1945 - Contemporary

- 1880 - 1920 - Arts & Crafts
- 1890 - 1910 - Art Nouveau
- 1915 - 1930 - Art Deco

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