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Comments on: How Are We Doing? http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:52:32 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Filmbuff http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-63528 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:00:35 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-63528 It would be good if you had more articles that generate interesting discussions like the previous At the Back Fence column.

It would also be interesting to have views from other cultures (that may perhaps come about during discussions from readers themselves).

By: JeriR http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-62305 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 23:45:10 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-62305 AAR is pretty much the only site I visit for book reviews. I found it several years ago and really haven’t needed to look anywhere else. The site is well organized and easy to navigate, the reviews are reliable and detailed without giving spoilers, and I love reading the opinions on the message boards. I recommend this site to every romancer reader I know.

I use the Power Search a lot, mostly to see if the reviewer’s grade matches my taste. I don’t know if others would use this, but I would love to be able to click on the reviewer’s name and go directly to the reviewer’s book list.

By: Jean Wan http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61863 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:12:36 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61863

Jean Wan:
Hi Hannah,For your reading pleasure:http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/searchReviews.pl

Sorry, I clicked submit too soon. If you do a search under Book Type for Male/Male, we do have some reviews.

By: Jean Wan http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61862 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:11:08 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61862

Hannah: I enjoy AAR and visit it every day to check out the latest reviews.I don’t read historicals very often, so a lot of your reviews aren’t really relevant to me, but I enjoy them anyway.It does bother me, however, that I haven’t seen one single review for an m/m romance since I’ve started visiting AAR.Since there are so many good m/m romances being written these days, I would like to see at least a few of them reviewed here.Just a thought.

Hi Hannah,

For your reading pleasure:


By: Hannah http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61858 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:41:42 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61858 I enjoy AAR and visit it every day to check out the latest reviews. I don’t read historicals very often, so a lot of your reviews aren’t really relevant to me, but I enjoy them anyway. It does bother me, however, that I haven’t seen one single review for an m/m romance since I’ve started visiting AAR. Since there are so many good m/m romances being written these days, I would like to see at least a few of them reviewed here. Just a thought.

By: AAR Sandy http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61813 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:06:03 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61813 Maili, I’m confused about “optimizing your computer.” I access the site on a laptop, desktop, iPhone, and iPad with no issues at all. Please clarify.

Also, allowing users to comment directly would require a major database overall. Without an extra $20,000 or so, it isn’t in the cards.

By: Janet W http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61812 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:03:50 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61812 I visit AAR pretty often — always, absolutely always, when I’m checking on an older book (and I love me my older Out of Print books). Your discussion boards are the liveliest around, I think because no one’s voice is drowned out. That does happen *gasp* in Romlandia. I feel as if you review across the different choices pretty well, altho I’m mostly contemp and historical so perhaps your wide coverage is a little wasted on me. I like the blogs — and would like to know how to subscribe to them.

Do I wish I could post directly to a review? I’m so used to not being able to I guess I don’t care one way or another. I’m more interested in what the readers think anyway. I don’t think your interface with phones is very good–I have a hard time reading your content on my phone. When you did your update, I would have liked it to go a little farther in the direction of bolder, less pastel graphics but that’s a stylistic comment. YES to bringing back If You Like: it’s one of my favourite features.

I’m very glad AAR is here. It was one of the very first sites I ever visited and I appreciate all the work everyone puts into it. The community rocks and I say that as someone who appreciates diversity!

By: Maili http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61804 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:27:20 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61804 At the moment, for me, the site is huge and rather unusable, which is so frustrating. Here’s an example: http://s10.postimage.org/v7x6sbak9/aarfrontpage.jpg I was trying to optimise my computer to make it right when I realised I was doing all this for just one site and so I stopped.

I read AAR blog posts through Google Reader (RSS) instead, the only AAR feature with RSS available. I wish AAR could avail reviews through a RSS as well.

I think it’s crazy that there is no way to respond to a review directly. This was an issue when LLB around and I’m surprised it’s still an issue now. But I do realise it’s AAR’s preference (always has been), so I’ll leave it at that. :D

I still loved and adored AAR, among many, when I left the rom community. After my return, I tried to get back into the forums, but they’ve changed the message-board software. I struggled to fit in and I eventually gave up. I just lurk when I do visit.

AAR has wonderful and criminally underused reader resources. Esp the wonderful Special Title Listings and archived ATBF/PB essays. I think if AAR staff don’t have the time to write new materials, they could consider the idea of republishing some gems of the site.

I mean, it’s very easy to see why AAR can’t and won’t continue ATBF/PB feature, but I think it’d be nice to re-publish some of those old essays. Mostly to give people an opportunity to compare issues then and now (and to realise that AAR *had* explored some issues even back then, e.g. AAR’s contempt – and reasons why – for a trend of gay villains).

Anyway, I’d love to visit AAR site more often, but the technical issues and ‘teasers’ are in the way. The only places at AAR where it’s not too big & technically problematic are this news/opinion blog and the forums (where I only lurk).

By: Cindy W http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=2#comment-61799 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:23:39 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61799 I love AAR and visit quite often. I enjoy the audio book portion and the Eagerly awaited books every month! I wish the Special Listings would come back in action, I sure do miss them.

By: kathy http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035&cpage=1#comment-61760 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 03:09:32 +0000 http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8035#comment-61760 Are you kidding me? Ever since I discovered AAR it’s been part of my life!