After reading the H&H post, The Review-Reading Unicorn, I have to ask – do you like seeing reviews on novels that are older than 2 months? What about books that are 2 years old? Do you prefer the new or the backlist?
I have to say, I very much prefer the reviews for older books. There tend to be tons of reviews for the latest and greatest that it gets a little daunting. River Marked by Patricia Briggs just came out – how many reviews have you seen already? What about Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning? Heaven forbid, you know there is going to be a storm of activity when the next Laurell K Hamilton novel, Hit List, comes out. I know that when I go to my reader, I get a little tired of seeing the same novel being reviewed over and over again.
That’s actually the reason why, when I have an ARC and I don’t get the review published by the release date, you won’t see the review for a month or two. When I can see the same novel being reviewed over and over within a short time span, it can actually turn me off. In fact, it has done that and I have never picked up that author because she was everywhere within just a few days. So I don’t like to contribute to the melee that occurs around a release date. I’ll wait a month before posting my review, sometimes even two. The way I look at it, it’s a win/win situation for both LE and the author. By waiting, my review doesn’t get lost among the dozens that are out there, so more people will see it, and the author gets attention longer.
I mean, how many people remember that The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers, Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard, Magic at the Gate by Devon Monk and Vicious Grace by MLN Hanover all came out in November? When was the last time you saw a review for them? How many of you were just reminded that you were going to get your hands on them and haven’t yet?
So I’m very much a reader who likes, if not prefers, to see reviews on novels that haven’t been published recently. What about everyone else? What do you prefer? Has seeing reviews from a not-so-recently published novel sparked your interest?