I like reading reviews of books, both to learn about new things to read, and to gain insight on things I've already read. Right now, almost all the books I'm reading are science fiction and fantasy. What are the best, most comprehensive sites that review books in these genres? I'm looking for review quality above your standard Amazon reviews—not just rehashing the plot with "I liked it" or "I didn't like it", but thoughtful, high quality analysis.
posted by ocherdraco
on Sep 24, 2013 -
I've updated my Angie's List listing. I have no reviews as of yet, although I've been in business since 2005.
Is it ethical to solicit reviews from clients? I'm thinking of sending an email saying something like, "I'm now on Angies's List. Feel free to write a review, should you wish. Here's the link." Nothing begging or hat-in-hand, of course.
What's the protocol? Is
there a protocol?
posted by BostonTerrier
on Aug 21, 2013 -
I used to really enjoy the reviews at an old website called Inchoatus, their focus was sci fi. But they went dark a long time ago. So are there any decent independent sites doing thoughtful, in-depth (and, sure, snarky) reviews of sci fi and horror (I'm less interested in fantasy, though I understand that it's part of the whole thing) books these days?
posted by turbid dahlia
on Aug 18, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations/comparisons of the best Star Trek podcasts, particularly those that have reviewed most or all of the Next Generation episodes. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing
on Aug 13, 2013 -
I'm a fan of certain authors, critics, and academics whose taste and sensibilities are similar to my own. I'm currently looking for a way to search for books based on the blurbs or editiorial reviews about them from authors that I admire and trust.
Example: 1. Philip Roth's recent assessment of Jonathan Franken's writing was prominently blazed on the latter's most recent book.
2. Warren Buffett has referred to Dale Carnegie's book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" as one of the few books that changed his life.
3. Charlie Munger, Buffett's partner in arms, referred to John Cialdini's book on influence as one having a permanent influence on his thinking on that topic.
4. Harold Bloom, the critic, has impressive recommendations on Henri Cole's newest volume of verse.
Is there a database that I can use to help me scour who's been recommending what and how.
posted by RapcityinBlue
on Jul 12, 2013 -
Who wrote something like "all great writing is travel writing and Mary Shelley was the best travel writer"?
I think I read this on the Internet in the last 10 years, written by a currently living book reviewer. I'd like to read the article again. It was an article about the importance of travel writing.
posted by cda
on Jun 26, 2013 -
Dan Neil wrote for the Raleigh News and Observer years ago (the 90s?), turning automobile review columns into art both surreal and life-affirming. I loved it, even though I hate cars. I want to buy a book of some of his reviews from that era, but I don't think it exists. Any ideas on how I could get some of his writings from that era? [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I'm writing a book about language learning and the science of memory for a major publisher. We're a couple months away from sending galley copies around to various people for blurbs and reviews, and they've asked me for input as to who might be interested. So! Who should read this thing? Name some people who, if you saw their name on the back of a science-y book on language learning and memory, you'd buy it.
posted by sdis
on May 4, 2013 -
When I finish a book or a movie, I like to write down my thoughts about it, and I'm looking for an iPhone app to organize my reading and watching notes. My particular picky bookworm/filmgeek requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Apr 23, 2013 -
What would be the book
to read to understand the intellectual climate of the first decades of the 19th century in England? [more inside]
posted by Marauding Ennui
on Apr 3, 2013 -
For the last few years, I have reviewed every book I read on Goodreads, just for my own edification. I read a lot. I have written a lot
. Is there a better use to put this content to? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad
on Mar 16, 2013 -
Do you ever feel bad about writing bad online reviews or using coupons? Am I ridiculous for even worrying about it? More below. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I lead a team of podcasters. They're all great people--intelligent, articulate, and very good speakers. We now wish to translate our spoken success to the page, and our early attempts have shown that despite the successes we have as speakers we're finding our writing skill (specifically in regards to concise, clear, engaging, and personable communication through the written word) is in need of honing. I need suggestions how to do that. [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Feb 4, 2013 -
I'm an American who loves British television but am tired of discovering shows only after they have finished. Is there a UK-centric equivalent of The A.V. Club
—i.e., a site that covers currently airing British television series?
posted by kaisemic
on Feb 3, 2013 -
Where are there reliable Android reviews for both applications and games? Metacritic does not yet have an aggregator for Android and Play Store ratings are of little use. So what is recommended? [more inside]
posted by sien
on Jan 24, 2013 -
What resources are available to accurately assess a car or truck's performance in specific situations? I'm interested in knowing how different makes and models stack up in stop-and-go traffic or poorly-maintained roads, and it seems every review site ignores or spends little time on situations like these. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan
on Jan 18, 2013 -
I work on a number of e-commerce websites. Of the ~6000 product reviews we have, a healthy percentage of them were manually scraped from other sites before my time. However, there is no indication and no log of which ones were scraped. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 10, 2013 -
Have you ever purchased anything from Rawganique? If so, what was the experience like? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx
on Dec 9, 2012 -
Is there a book blurb search engine, or something that will let me see if someone has ever written a book blurb, and what it was? (Or some clever way of googling Amazon's Editorial Reviews sections) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Oct 11, 2012 -
I'm buying CDs for a friend to fill in his jazz collection. What are good online resources to help me pick the best discs? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Oct 9, 2012 -
Another question about book review sites: I've seen the other questions
here about a rottentomatoes-type site for book reviews, but they're a few years old. Has anything changed lately? [more inside]
posted by clone boulevard
on Jul 4, 2012 -
Where can I read music producers' opinions of the production value of specific albums/tracks? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee
on Feb 7, 2012 -
I'm thinking about buying a pair of Ben Sherman Manchester boots
on super sale from JackThreads, but I'm concerned they'll just be another pair of cheap Chinese-made shoes and a waste of a hundred bucks. Anybody have experience with recently made Ben Sherman shoes in general or this model specifically? Alternatively, if you have good experiences with black, mid-calf (10-12 eyelet) boots, I'd like to hear those, too.
posted by maniactown
on Jan 22, 2012 -
I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon in NYC to talk about tattoo removal next week. I made the appointment based on unanimously glowing reviews posted online. Now, reading through the reviews again, I've been struck by certain details that make me wonder if these comments are mostly an astroturfing campaign. I've been waiting awhile for my appointment, so I don't want to cancel if I'm just being paranoid. Help me out, Mefi Sleuths. [more inside]
posted by specialfriend
on Nov 16, 2011 -
Could anyone recommend a site that reviews ebooks not just on the merits of their content, but on how well they're presented? [more inside]
posted by dumbland
on Nov 7, 2011 -
My hairstylist asked me to post a review about her on Yelp. I created an account and posted my (100% genuine and not offered in exchange for any consideration) opinion that she's fabulous. Yelp has filtered (i.e., hidden) the review. Is there anything I can do to convince them of my sincerity? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Nov 6, 2011 -
Can someone recommend some reliable web sites where I can check reviews for Doctor's in my Area (NJ)?
I know there are a ton of sites but I don’t know which ones are reliable
I live in NJ
Also somebody recommended yelp in one of the other posts here but a quick search there did not reveal any result with more than 1 review for my area. Also, there were only few practices with reviews.
Basically I just want to find out a little bit more about the doctor before I visit him / her. Any suggestions?
posted by r2d2
on Oct 8, 2011 -
Who is the Amazon reviewer who posted a corpus of very funny, very weird reviews? As the reviews accumulated, he would reveal occasional bits of his "real" life. This would have been in the mid-2000s, I think. My Google skills are letting me down sorely.
posted by everichon
on Aug 29, 2011 -
Are online apartment reviews reliable? Or does the voluntary response effect make them worthless? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic
on Mar 5, 2011 -
I really like discovering new books through book reviews in newspapers (New York Review of Books, New Yorker, and NY Times, mainly) and from some book blogs I read. But what are good sources of reviews of audio books
? [more inside]
posted by bluefly
on Dec 22, 2010 -
I live in upstate New York. I need to buy a new snowblower and I'm looking for recommendations. It appears that nearly every snowblower, regardless of the brand, is now made by MTD and I have some serious concerns about their quality because of the large number of plastic parts and the thin metal they use. I'd like to know if my concerns are valid and what brands are made by other manufacturers. I've heard that Honda makes a phenomenal snowblower but I'm not sure I can afford $3000 or more. [more inside]
posted by 14580
on Dec 6, 2010 -
Where can I find benchmark reports and general best practices about company career websites? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on Nov 8, 2010 -
I have to put my mother into a care facility (and wow, they're expensive!). How do I thoroughly check out whether or not one will be good for her before allowing my mother anywhere near the place? I live about 2 hours away and plan to check it out but want to do as much legwork as I can beforehand. Thanks for the help.
posted by miss lynnster
on Aug 23, 2010 -
What's the best site to manage a custom NFL fantasy football league? There are a ton of options, but teh google failed me in finding a comprehensive site that evaluates all the systems out there. Most reviews I did find were old. Anyone have any suggestions?
posted by impolitic
on Aug 10, 2010 -
What US department store -- besides Sephora -- has the best [widest?] selection of perfume? Bonus points if they will give samples -- I don't like to buy something without wearing it for a day first. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake
on Jul 30, 2010 -
We all love Flash Friday around these parts. But where can we find flash/casual games that are reviewed or blogged about intelligently? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza
on Jul 15, 2010 -