How many is too many?
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How many reviews are you likely to read for a book? Are a lot of reviews more helpful in deciding whether to read the book than just a few would be?
Where do you get that idea?
No. It's a review. It goes in the review field of my catalog.
For example, after I read Moby Dick I really wanted to review it, but what do you say about a book that's so well known and widely reviewed? So I had to think about what it was about the experience of reading it that was startling, and how can I best communicate that?
But I'd never say you shouldn't write a review just because there's a bunch up there. If it really irks someone to read through tons of reviews, they can always sort reviews by votes and read the top few. It's one of the beautiful things about LT that you have options.
With more popular works, it can be a bit harder, but I still think it's valuable to have as many opinions as possible out there.
What is a review?
There is some debate over what constitutes a review, but in general, a review is a statement of your opinion about a book. Some reviews contain a summary or description of the book as well. Reviews will appear on the work page and will be read by others; your own personal notes about a book might be better suited to one of the "Comments" fields.
The fact that "reviews will appear on the work page and will be read by others" does not mean that reviews are for others and that their purpose is to serve others. It simply means that you should be aware that others will see your review. If a review is more than "personal notes," it should count as a review.
When you are asked to do a review on a book from a paying agency, however, you better have the mental cohones to examine theme, motif, as well as story. And whether you enjoyed it or not really isn't relative. A paid review is published to people WHO DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR OPINION. Just your thoughts.
I can't help but think that if they've asked me to do a review, then they're asking me because they've read some of my others and thought they would serve their purposes. So why on earth would I change what works and is presumably the reason I was asked in the first place?
I don't care about theme and motif. My readers care about my opinion, not theme and motif. If they want theme and motif, they should ask someone (like the NYT) who examines that in his reviews. Not me.