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Celestial Reviews 305 - Sept 12, 1998|
Note: Every once in a while I get questions and comments about my ratings. The
most common criticism is that my ratings are "too high." Once more, here is my
When I started doing these reviews three years ago, the stories I reviewed
were much weaker. A 10 then meant that the story was darned good – about as
good as I expected a story to be on this newsgroup. Stories have improved
markedly since that time. There is still crap out there, but if you are
selective you can easily find more good stories than you can possibly have
time to read. I feel an obligation to maintain some sense of continuity, and
so a rating of 10 now means that it would have been outstanding "back then."
In addition, I try to reserve for myself the stories written by my guest
reviewers. This is supposed to minimize the potential tendency of guest
reviewers to kiss up to one another or to screw someone who gave them a bad
review. Many of these reviewers also happen to be really good authors, and so
their stories tend to receive high ratings.
When I venture out and review stories by authors I have never heard of, they
often get much lower ratings. This leads me to believe that my high ratings
are not completely without merit.
Finally, I STRONGLY urge you to put more emphasis on what the review says than
on the numerical ratings. In fact, I am not offended if you put more emphasis
on your own reactions than on my numerical ratings.
If you want to know what stories I think are "best," look at the monthly or
Overall, I seriously believe that any story to which I give 9s and 10s is
likely to be a "good read." And some of the stories that make the Top Monthly
and Annual lists are better than what you'll find in published anthologies.
I encourage my guest reviewers to rate the stories any way they want. If they
are consistent, readers of CR will learn how to use the information these
diverse readers supply for them.
Second note: Bob and Sam were trying to get in a quick eighteen holes of golf,
but there were two terrible lady golfers in front of them, hitting the ball
everywhere but where it was supposed to go.
Bob said, "Why don't you go over and ask if we play through?" Sam got about
halfway there and came back. Bob asked, "What's wrong?"
Sam replied, "I couldn't confront them. One of them is my wife, and the other
one is my mistress. I didn't realize they even knew each other"
Bob nodded. "That could be a problem," he said." I'll go talk to them
Bob got about halfway there and came back. Sam asked, "What's wrong?"
Bob replied, "Small world."
Final note: Remember: even though someone else may be posting my reviews for
me, my e-mail address is still Celeste801@aol.com.
"Blinded" by Miss Behavin' (office romance) 10, 9, 9
"Summer Rain" by Sven the Elder (quickie in the rain) 10, 10 ,10
"Night Court: Well-Hung Jury" by Uncle Mike (sitcom parody) 10, 9, 9
"Midnight Rendezvous" by s.a.m. (poetry) 10, 10, 10
"Her Damned Office Party" by Sean Devon (wife watching) 10, 10, 10
"Oneness2" by Patrick Donovan (romantic stroke story). MichaelD: 7, 3, 5
"Begging" by The Unknown Wanderer (begging for sex) Emperor: 6, 4, 4
"The Fan Man" By Sundance (voyeurism). Miss Behavin: 10, 9, 8
"Sunset on Roses" by MichaelD (forbidden love/romance) Bitbard: 10,10,10
* "The Off Season" by Cobalt Jade (risky sex) 10, 8, 8
* "A Yank in the Outhouse" by David Shaw (war-time sex) 10, 10, 10
* "The Morning After" by Tom Bombadil (spam contest) 10, 8, 8
* "A Little Afternoon Fun" by Dulcinea (water sports) 10, 10, 10
* "Oneness" by Patrick Donovan (romance & hot sex) 9
* "Road Trip" by Michael K. Smith (romance) 10, 10, 10
* "Auditor" by Mark (voyeurism) 10, 10, 10
* "Brenda's Conquest" by Tom Bombadil (emerging adolescence & romance) 10, 10, 10
* "The Better To..." by M.M. Twassel (fairy tale sex) 10, 10, 10
* "Little Red Riding Hood" by Sarah Jahn (fairy tale sex) 10, 10, 10