Writing a review for a product you bought is easy. Was it shipped properly/easy to put together/meet your expectations/etc.? Very easy metrics with which to use.

But writing a review for a book, at least for me, is hard. I feel like a review of “Ohmigosh!! I <3 this book so much!” isn’t good enough, even if it might be true. Books, like all art, are so subjective that it’s sometimes hard to describe the “why” of why you like it.

As someone who wants to be published, I know that I will be looking at reviews that others (hopefully) leave about my stories, so this is something that I need to work on. I need to read, and I need to leave reviews.

I need to learn how to critique and when critiquing is important, vs leaving a general review (that’s still a little more in depth than the ohmigosh! version.)

These are things I need to make myself learn how to do, and push myself to do it. How else will the authors know that I enjoyed the stories they write if I don’t tell them?

So, I might as well start now!

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I finally had a chance during a surprise day off of work on Monday to read a book. An entire book. I have quite a few purchased recently (both in paperback and ebook formats) that I haven’t had much time to devote to.

Agatha H and the Airship City So, I picked one of them, Agatha H. and the Airship City, and tucked myself into a chair to enjoy the afternoon. And this was a good book to wile away the day. Agatha H. is based off of a Hugo-winning webcomic Girl Genius, and though I haven’t read the comic, I thoroughly enjoyed this version of the first three volumes and am thinking of checking out the comic as a result.

I felt a little awkward at the start of the story because even with the prologue, it felt like I was jumping into the middle and that there was history I probably should have known. But, that faded fairly quickly as I followed Agatha on her day.

As the day went on, I learned about her world at the Transylvania Polygnostic University and about how the Sparks (read: mad-scientists) ruled Europa. The Jägermonsters brought humor to the story and gave the feeling that they knew more than they were telling, even the ones that seemed a lot less smart than others.

One of my favorite parts of the book was at one point where Agatha had run across a prisoner once on the airship and she said to him:

I’d rather not end up being the Easily Duped Minion Who Sets the Insanely Dangerous Experiment free or the Hostage Who Ensures the Smooth-Talking Villain’s Escape.

All-in-all, I rate this a 4/5 for enjoyment and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for some light-hearted steampunk reading.

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I hope you enjoyed my review and that it actually it’s a good one. >.>

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