Crime fiction blogger extraordinaire Margot Kinberg has come up with a wonderful plan for simple labels to help readers choose which crime novels to read — and which to avoid. Have a look at Margot’s suggestions and feel free to add your own in the comments. My favourite is the ‘improbability’ icon.
I’ll bet you’ve had the experience of reading a book (or part of one) only to wonder why you’d wasted your time. I know I have. And with all of the great books out there, it makes no sense to read (or finish reading) books that aren’t worth the effort. The problem is, though, that most of us don’t have a lot of time available to decide whether we want to read a book or not.
Wouldn’t it be nice if books came with simple labels that could help you make that choice? Ever civic-minded, I’ve come up with an idea that I think would help a lot: a series of easy-to-understand symbols that could be placed on books. Here are a few I had in mind. I know you’ll think of others:
This symbol is the ‘drunk and dysfunctional’ symbol. It tells you that the
protagonist is a demon-haunted…
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