Among authors, there is a big debate: do on the positive reviews matter or can readers be swayed just as much by the negative ones? I asked TV programming strategy pal (and fellow bookworm) Judith Orlowski to weigh in on this-- and think about at least one book that she found online. (You can find her on Linkedin.)
Here's what she has to say:
I was looking for a book at a time when life was just not as much fun as it used to be.
Normally I don't read comedy but thought this time, why not?
I scanned the Usual Suspects -Amazon, Bookbub and so on. Then on Goodreads, a certain (unknown) reviewer mentioned that Tim Dorsey had another novel out with his demented serial killer protagonist Serge. The novel was called Atomic Lobster. I knew that this wasn't going to be just any old killer.
I bought it-- and then I read by tiny kindle light while my husband slept. By the time that Serge and his drug addled sidekick were debating the relative aesthetic merits of straight-to-video release of "Bum Fights" vs. the sequel to "Clowns versus Mimes", I surrendered to tears of laughter. I have read others in the series (there are over a dozen) -- but few are as funny as this one, in which Serge rids the country of scumbags.
Here is what I did not mention: the Goodreads reviewer hated the book! But he or she described it in a way that it sound like "my kinda thing." I don't remember the name of the reviewer or the phrases that made me snag the book. But let me say thank you-- wherever he or she may be.