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So Much to Read, So Little Time!

How do we decide what to read next? Is it sometimes a case of chance, of serendipity? Probably so—at least when it comes to deciding on what to read in that time we used to call our free time but has now shrunk to those-few-minutes-before-sleep-overtakes-us. Chance and serendipity can, of course, bump into us in many ways. The nudge may come as a hat tip from a friend, perhaps by way of a radio interview with an author caught on the way to the dentist. Or, perhaps, we just see a book at the bookstore; the cover catches our eye; the blurb persuades us to take a chance…

Does the reading of a book review count as a chance encounter? No, not really. But a case might be made for those occasions when we simply stumble across a review when a headline, cartoon, or photo of a cover snags our attention, we reach out, and start reading. But, where might we stumble across book reviews? We wonder…

When thinking about book reviews—well written reviews themselves being a pleasure to read—two sources come quickly to mind: The New York Times Sunday book review section [ 1 ] and Publishers Weekly book reviews [ 2 ]. Another source of reviews we like is online and called SF Site [ 3 ], a source for reviews on all things Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Where do you like to read book reviews?
Or, do you prefer book review podcasts?

If you’d like to hear one of Arsen’s Science Fiction short stories read out loud and then reviewed—“Such is Fate”— a group in England did just that and the podcast is available here. [ 4 ] We rather like the name of this podcast series, A Bite of Stars, A Slug of Time, and Thou.

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/
[2] http://www.publishersweekly.com/channel/All_Book_Reviews.php
[3] http://www.sfsite.com/home.htm
[4] http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2008/09/a-bite-of-stars-a-slug-of-time-and-thou-episode-12/

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One Response

  1. I generally find the SF reviews at Strange Horizons to be good.

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