Follow Friday (16) & TGIF (9): Bad Reviews and Series Endings

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.  Today's question is:

Q: Have you ever bought a book BECAUSE of a bad review?

I can honestly say I've never picked up a book because of a bad review, though I can also confidently say that I haven't been prevented from picking up a book I was previously interested in because of a bad review either. I use other people's reviews to help me get off the fence about a book I'm unsure about and normally ignore bad reviews unless they have a comprehensible explanation on why that person disliked the book they're reviewing. I'm highly aware that there are many books that I've hated that other people have loved and vice versa.

 

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Greadsbooks.com, where we answer a book-related question and recap our weekly blogging.

Book Series Finales: Which book, from any series has been your favorite ending? What about your least favorite ending?

Hmm... most of my favorite series haven't been finished yet or I haven't had the chance to read the final book in the series yet. Though when I think of worst endings to series, the first thing that comes immediately to mind is the His Dark Materials series, but I thought that entire series was a mess. It just got worse as it went along. I also hated with a firy passion the way Y: The Last Man ended. That entire last volume still manages to get me angry thinking about it.

City of Glass would have been one of my favorite series endings if Cassandra Clare had actually stopped there as originally planned. Despite what some people think, I also really enjoyed Mockingbird though the last five pages or so seemed a little tacked on. Return of the King from Lord of the Rings was also a really satisfying ending.

 

It's been awhile since I've done FF and TGIF, but I'll only recap the last week. Here's what has happened around WFTM in the last seven days:

- Late last night I got a review up for The Fear of God by BA Chepaitis as part of my review series covering all the Jaguar Addams books

- On Monday I reviewed Dark Eden by Patrick Carmen and lamented that I must have missed something important.

- Wednesday found me answering old emails from authors and left me wanting a copy of Taste by Kate Evangelista in my hands.

- Random Tuesday brough along (more) babble about Matt Bomer and a video of one of his songs from next week's episode of Glee. I still have that song stuck in my head and I've only watched the video twice (three days ago).

- The April link-up for the 2012 Sci-Fi Reader Challenge went up a day late, but already has a couple of entries.

 

 

Have a great weekend! Eat lots of chocolate bunnies!