We have all bitched about the poor quality of a majority of the reviews found on most Amazon websites. But sadly, no one is really doing something about this problem.
The truth is that those reviews can truly benefit authors, provided they are positive and a little more in-depth than a couple of lines. So I'm putting my money where my mouth is and I've started working my way back through my reviews and posting them on all three Amazon sites I've done business with in the past. It's going to take me a while, but at some point basically every book review from the Hotlist will find its way on Amazon.
And I encourage you to do the same, regardless of whether you are an online reviewer or an ordinary reader. If you like a book, then take a minute to spread the word. Most writers get squat in terms of marketing and publicity from publishers, so pay it forward. . . =)
Speaking of Amazon, while copying-and-pasting some of my older reviews this afternoon I realized that there are quite a few hardcover SFF bargain books. For example, you can get Robert Jordan's Knife of Dreams, Jordan and Sanderson's The Gathering Storm, Alastair Reynolds' House of Suns, Herbert and Henderson's The Winds of Dune, and GRRM's Suicide Kings at 60% off. Jim Butcher's Small Favor is 63% off, and Terry Goodkind's The Law of Nines is 78% off. Okay, so the Yeard's book is still too expensive, but the rest are real bargains!
And there are plenty of other titles ranging from urban fantasy to hard science fiction you can get on the cheap. Just follow this link and have a look! ;-)