Friday, April 6, 2012
The Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. The lucky, lovely and illustrious features for this week are The Romanceaholic and The Talking Tea Cup. Don't forget to follow them so they can the full measure of their potential glory.
This week's question: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?
I think the answer is probably yes, however I'm having trouble summoning up the name of the exact book. Generally by the time I'm buying a book I've already read it twice, so I've formed my own opinion, but sometimes I do look at user reviews on Amazon. If the reviewer is in a snit because the word "vampire" appeared in the text despite the fact that there is a well-muscled, pale, topless guy on the front with blood dripping off his fangs, I feel I can safely discount their opinion, especially if I'm looking for a vampire novel. Also I know I've bought books (or at least checked them out of the library) when the first reviewer in the list's complaint was something along the lines of "The story is too slow moving and there is too much description and too much time expended on character development instead of action." I like books like that. Big, ginormous, slow-moving tomes with lots of character development, lots of color, lots of description, and brief spurts of action now and again.
As to professional reviews, I admit (without shame, I might add) that I only rarely read them. Mostly because I've yet to find more than a few where I agreed at all with the reviewer's assessment. Usually they leave me wondering if we even read the same book.