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Subject: Are there any rules about posting spoilers in book reviews?
Date Posted: 3/8/2008 10:18 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2007
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I just looked at the review of a book I posted today, and it's been about 11 or 12 years since I read that book, but I think the review gives away the ending.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 10:19 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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I would be really upset if I saw thought, but I don't think that there are any rules forbidding it.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 10:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/9/2007
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nope no rules. too bad the poster was not kind enought to leave out the ending. i hate knowing the end. its just not as good.

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 10:29 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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We (in general) could have fewer rules if more people just exercised common sense. 

Date Posted: 3/8/2008 11:34 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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There's a reviewer on Amazon that I just flat refuse to read her reviews.  They aren't really "reviews" -  they are more like synopses (plural).  I'm sure most people who go to Amazon's fantasy section know who this is.  She's usually the #1 Amazon reviewer due to the fact that she churns them out so fast.  Anyway, I really prefer that reviews are really reviews....although now that I think about it...maybe going back to books that I've forgotten about (when sequels come out) her "review" could easily refresh my memory.  I just hate it when I think that I've gotten all the books in a series and then another comes out.  Usually it means that I've read them already and now have to try to remember the details.  Oh, well.  that's the life of a book lover!  LOL!!

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 8:25 AM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2006
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I don't think there's any rule about it here. I appreciate having some kind of spoiler alert in a review, so I can bypass the spoiler or the entire review if I want to, but people don't always think to do it. People sometimes are excited about a book - or dismayed - and rattle on in a review, not realizing that they've given key plot points away. It's a bit of a "reader beware" area.

You could send the reviewer a polite PM asking them to insert a spoiler alert into the review. I have done that a time or two and people have been gracious about it.


Date Posted: 3/9/2008 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I actually don't read reviews much for this reason.  I recently sent out 2 books in a series in a swap that I hadn't even read yet.  Why? Because I made the mistake of reading the reviews on them and a couple others from the series on Amazon.  So I found out about major charactars deaths and such and it just spoiled the books for me.  So I offered them in a swap w/o even reading them.