Originally Posted by kennyc
Well, I tend to go with the consensus, but will read a few of the positive reviews and a few of the negative and decide whether it's for me or not. If there is only one or two reviews I wouldn't necessarily trust them...
I use a similar system when reading the amazon reviews. Surprisingly, the negative ones sometimes give me a much better idea whether or not the book is for me. Some negative reviews are childish or petty sounding, and those I usually don't pay much attention to; negative or semi-negative reviews that are honest and somewhat critical tend to five me a better idea about the book that gushing, 5 star reviews. . Be careful of spoilers, though, I find that a lot of reviewers on amazon spoil it up without any warning.