At FWR, we plan to experiment with different ways to conduct discussion, or conversational, reviews about books. For Lush Life, we tried the immediate (and often overlapping) method of a real-time IM conversation; for our December selection, How Fiction Works, we’re going to try a series of posts by various participants over the course of a week or two. Eventually I’d be interested in offering podcast discussions (like Slate‘s) or creating a message board format that treats all of the site’s readers as equal participants (as Book Balloon does).
In the meantime, please enjoy this sampling of ensemble reviews from other booksites:
- On Bookninja, three writer-critics discuss Roberto Bolano’s The Savage Detectives. (NOTE: check out Bookfox’s fantastic series of posts on Bolano and 2666 this week.)
- Slate’s Audio Book Club talks about Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife.
- The men of Three Guys, One Book blog about The Great Man by Kate Christensen.
- Many readers share their thoughts on Book Balloon’s forum for Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.