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Old 07-21-2014, 01:39 AM   #1
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Any good book aggregate review sites?

For movies I always go do Rotton Tomatoes for it's aggregate score of professional reviewers (unlike the non professional average score found on IMDB) before deciding to spend my time and money on a movie.

The cost for books is even greater because book takes much longer to complete. But I can't seem to find any good book aggregate review sites.

The only I have found is goodreads.com, but this site is like IMDB, it's rating is based on user score, not professional feedback.

Any recommendation would be great.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:04 AM   #2
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Plenty of goodreads reviewers are excellent readers and reviewers. But more important is to find reviewers who share your taste. One person's five-star review might be a 'never-read' for me; another might one-star a book that i'll love - and it's their comments that will make that clear.

My best suggestion is to cruise goodreads for reviewers who share your taste, and 'friend' them or follow their reviews. Those people's reviews will then filter to the top for other books that you look at.
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There is The Complete Review website which has reviews for literary and genre works and links to newspaper and magazine reviews.

http://www.complete-review.com/main/main.html
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For movies I always go do Rotton Tomatoes for it's aggregate score of professional reviewers (unlike the non professional average score found on IMDB) before deciding to spend my time and money on a movie.
AFAIK, there is no Rotten Tomatoes equivalent for books. It is badly needed.

A few public libraries subscribe to Book Review Digest Plus. I've never seen it on-line and so can't venture an opinion.

Ditto for Book Review Index.

www.realclearbooks.com is worth knowing about, but is not anything like the complete guide to signed, paid-for, reviews that I need.

Personally, I google the book title, in quotation marks, and the word review. Most of the hits will be for places trying to sell the book, but often I get lucky.
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