What do you want from a review?

Clearly the answer to this question will be a bit different for consumers and producers of entertainment, but I’d really like to know what information you like to see in a review. I’m particularly curious about book reviews, though I’d be interested on thoughts on other types of reviews. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some wax eloquent about theme and style, while others rave about a certain character or complain about pet peeves. I noticed recently Amazon set a minimum word count for reviews, so clearly they want more than “great book” or a brief stay away message.  But how should a reviewer fill up those required words? Do you have a maximum length past which you refuse to bother reading? What is most helpful to the entertainment consumer (or reader)? What works for writers–other than the “great book” thing? Some reviews re-post the blurb or recap the plot? Some include spoilers? Some book reviews try to be helpful by steering readers to other books in a series.  I’ve even seen reviews that suggest a better book to read. Last, but not least, do you feel some reviews have more credibility than others?

Coming soon on the blog…
While you’re thinking about that, let me tell you about all the cool stuff coming up on the blog. In December, SGLSF is part of two blog tours.


On December 9, Karen A Wyle will be here as part of the Twin-Bred Virtual Book Tour.

On December 13, Jeanette Grey will be stopping by as part of her two week long virtual book tour in support of her upcoming release, Unacceptable Risk, a cyberpunk romance novella  from Samhain Press.

Also later in December, SGLSF will be participating in the annual SFR Holiday Blitz, organized by Heather at The Galaxy Express. Very exciting!

And now back to our question, what elements do you want to see in a review?