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Old 03-08-2018, 12:47 AM   #1
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You know what's odd about Mobile read?

There is no formal place for book reviews by users. When I find a book I really like, I tend to write a book review, and stick it in recommendations. But it seems to me, not a particularly good place for a negative review, so I have been reluctant to go negative.

I've encountered a few books that people SHOULD be warned about!
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:16 AM   #2
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Umm, I wouldn't look for reviews here - I don't see Mobile Read as go-to a review forum for books - reviews for ereaders and apps, yes. My reviews are posted on The Gaming Tavern and LibraryThing, with occasional forays onto Amazon for LT Early Reviewers titles.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:10 AM   #3
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I certainly see no issue with posting negative reviews in Reading Recs. If I read a book and don't enjoy it, I certainly say so in the "What am I currently reading?" sticky thread in that forum. "Recommendations" to me would encompass both positive and negative opinions - I can recommend that someone not read a book.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:45 AM   #4
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I have written reviews of a sort, but usually as an overview; eg about Elmore Leonard, or when a question was raised about very early Clive Cussler, which spring immediately to mind.

Perhaps the forum on what we are reading now might come close to the right place.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:53 AM   #5
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Perhaps the forum on what we are reading now might come close to the right place.
No, "Reading Recs" is where book reviews belong, not here.
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Hum, are we talking full blown book reviews? Most of the Reading Recs seem to be more, short blurb, I like or don't like this author or book.

Why not start up a thread called "Book Reviews" in reading rec and see if it takes off. It can always get moved later if need be.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:41 PM   #7
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Hum, are we talking full blown book reviews? Most of the Reading Recs seem to be more, short blurb, I like or don't like this author or book.

Why not start up a thread called "Book Reviews" in reading rec and see if it takes off. It can always get moved later if need be.
So far, my 'reviews' have been more of a 6th grade 'Book Report', where I try to pique people's interests. But I'd be willing to step up my game a bit, just in an effort to not look TOO foolish.
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:52 PM   #8
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Sounds like an excellent idea, Glen. Please do!
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:01 PM   #9
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Sounds like an excellent idea, Glen. Please do!
Uhh, do you mean trying not to look foolish? Or stepping up my game?

It might be too late for the former, and impossible for the latter!
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There is no formal place for book reviews by users. When I find a book I really like, I tend to write a book review, and stick it in recommendations. But it seems to me, not a particularly good place for a negative review, so I have been reluctant to go negative.

I've encountered a few books that people SHOULD be warned about!
Like the "Southern Reach" series? What a terrible slog of dull prose describing a glacially-moving plot!
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:12 PM   #12
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Glen I think you've just been volunteered. lol.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:33 AM   #13
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Glen I think you've just been volunteered. lol.
Well, I've been doing my little book reports all along! Nothing will change all that much for me. I just get to go negative when I feel like it, and get all 'THINKY' on you guys when I have a 'thinky' thought.

DAMN! I just thought of one negative for me. In order to write a negative review of a stinker, I've got to finish that stinker, not just move on to something else! Never mind!

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Well, I've been doing my little book reports all along! Nothing will change all that much for me. I just get to go negative when I feel like it, and get all 'THINKY' on you guys when I have a 'thinky' thought.

DAMN! I just thought of one negative for me. In order to write a negative review of a stinker, I've got to finish that stinker, not just move on to something else! Never mind!
If a book is so bad you can't finish it you could report that and say what you thought was so bad about the part you read. Maybe you can save some poor unsuspecting Mobileread members from starting to read a really terrible book!
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DAMN! I just thought of one negative for me. In order to write a negative review of a stinker, I've got to finish that stinker, not just move on to something else! Never mind!
If it's that much of a stinker, just report that it was a stinker and you did not manage to get past the first xx chapters. Some poor soul who is looking at the glowing reviews might be saved.
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