Had a nice comment over at 3 AM blog that my reviews are not too shabby! Thanks! I am totally pleased. They’re so infrequent at the moment I am surprised anyone reads them at all! Work and real life are totally cutting into my interwebz time.
I was also interested in her comments about the validity of reviews and bias when books are free, and what makes a good review for her. She made some interesting points.
For me, I have several places I go for good recs. All of them I find honest, interesting and don’t divulge too much of the plot – happy to read the synopsis thanks! When I read a review, I want to know if its good, the crappy bits (cause some crappy stuff I can cope with) and perhaps a rating, although that’s not essential. I cannot be bothered with long reviews due to my dreadfully short attention span. That and an overwhelming need to make my own mind up about plots, writing, character development etc. (hello egocentric).
One of the most frustrating things I find when looking for book recommendations is the *everything is 5 stars and fab* review. This tells me nothing and surely not all books can be that fantastic. I know authors slave their wee behinds off, but dude, come on! Not all books are going to appeal to everyone and some are utter ass. Srsly. I just want someone to be honest, clear and as succinct as possible.
For ebook reviews, you should check out these sites, cause they’re cool.
Isan at Library Thing. I mainly check out how many stars she’s given something, as she’s usually on the money and I’ve decided great minds think alike! She has also written some good reviews.
Bella at Two Lips Reviews is great. She has concise reviews, that I agree with more often than not.
Erastes writes beautifully about books. She knows lots and I only wish my own reviews were as well written and *cough* edited. heh. She’s cool.
Sometimes I just ask if I’ve been perusing Fictionwise. Twitter is great for this – I am lucky enough to have a whole heap of twitter buddies who are happy to share their thoughts on authors I’ve not read.
For comic reviews, you cannot go past these great sites.
Paul the Gay Comic Geek is so enthusiastic and is very knowledgeable about comic cannon, which is great for noobs like me. He also has a srsly cute boyfriend, and they’re both rather photogenic. You should totally check out the class comics photo competition. (beware there is nekkid bits) Nice! I was totally chicken shit about entering, am hoping Patrick runs another one next year and I’ll have more courage to share my love for Class. heh. Some of the entries are brilliant! (see, short attention span, now totally off topic).
For Manga, I check out Manga Updates as there are usually a few people who have voted and it will give you a broad idea if it’s rubbish or not.
Boys On Film has great reviews, but is on hiatus. Despite this, they do have a good list of stuff you should read. Especially if you’re a beginner to Manga like me. 🙂
Lastly, cause I’m a bit of a visual bint, I always check out Hot Fictional Guys. Lagosta always has gorgeous posts and often it is art work that attracts me first to a comic as opposed to story.