If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you might have noticed that my current schedule is to post a book review every Tuesday morning. I tend to manage six-ish novels a month, theoretically giving me more than enough material for four reviews a month; but what happens when those novels are the second, third, or even sixth book in a series?
When reviewing the books that I read, I try to maintain a spoiler free approach. When I’m excited about the first book in a series, I’ll gush about how much I love the characters, the turns of phrases that the author uses and the amazing ending that sets up the sequel perfectly. By the second book though, too much has happened that relies on knowledge of the previous book and would spoil the series for a potential reader. All this leaves me with in the way of material for a review is a carbon copy of my review for the first book, possibly with added gushing over a new character, or allusions to spoilery events. None of this is especially helpful.
In an attempt to conquer this, I began my The Story So Far feature in which I review the series as a whole, based on my experiences with all of the books of a series that I have read to date. I’m enjoying writing the feature because it gives me an opportunity to recommend a whole series that I love without spoiling anything.
But what do you think of this idea? How do you go about reviewing books in a series? Do you avoid it altogether, or do you forge boldly on, prefacing your review with the words: WARNING – HERE BE SPOILERS?
Click to see my Story So Far review of The Dresden Files.
Click to see my Story So Far review of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.