Does somnambulant circuitry,
in the restraints of animatronic mimicry,
envision the bucolic nature of quantifying Ovis aries,
whilst in nocturnal introspection?
Original: Do androids dream of electric sheep? – Philip K. Dick
Disclaimer: I never claimed to be a poet.
For all the lovely people who have agreed to beta read for me, I’ve attached a guide for the sort of feedback I’m looking for. You don’t have to follow this, I’m happy for whatever feedback you think is relevant. Think of this as more of a ‘suggestion’ as to the sort of things that I think would be valuable to know.
(Note: this is a living document and may be updated as things change)
- Do any feel incomplete? What is missing?
- Do any feel too slow, like I’ve dumped too much information or packed too much into them? Which? What sections seem unimportant?
- Do any of chapters jar with the rest of the work? Why?
- Are the characters sufficiently distinctive? If not what sections/traits are confusing?
- Are there any characters that you feel aren’t needed, or who need to be expanded? Why and how?
- Is there anyone you particularly liked? Why?
- Is there anyone you particularly disliked? Why?
- Is it always clear who is doing what? If not, where are the confusing sections?
- Was there anything that was too hard to believe?
- Was there any part that was ‘too much’. (Overly explicit, violent, or squick?)
- Any gaping plot holes? Details, please.
- Any unresolved plot points? Details, please.
- Are any characters treated inconsistently across the book?
- Did anything jolt you out of the story? In a good way or a bad way?
- Did you take anything away from reading it? If so, what?
- What did you like/hate?
- Was the pacing okay?
- What would you like to see more/less of?
- Was it a page-turner or a slog, if it was a slog, where was it hard going?
- Forget that this is meant to be part of a series, would you consider it a ‘complete’ novel in its own right?
- Remembering that this is meant to be part of a series, would you want to read more?
The Black Hand – A lepers tale
Search for the Holy Sword – Good King Harald struggles with Forgetfulness
The Hung Man – A torrid medieval Romance
The Scarlet Woman – Skin conditions of the Middle Ages
Dragonslayers – Apothecaries guide to dealing with Dementia in elderly knights
Oath of Fealty – How to justify mass murder
The 30 year War – When the mother-in-law came to stay
Swordplay – Homosexual sub-culture in the Victorian age