You’ve all heard of MetaCritic, right? This is a website that aggregates movie/dvd/music/game reviews from all over the web and presents a single rating to help consumers decide if it’s something they’d like to spend their time with.
The only thing that’s missing at MetaCritic is book coverage. Genre fans, at least, need wait no longer. A new website called SFFMeta is here. This website aggregates reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror books from all over the web. SF Signal is listed as one of the source web sites.
The neat thing about this site is how it lets you crunch the data. Wanna see the top rated books in their system? No problem. Wanna see how a specific author rates? Or a specific reviewer? All do-able.
SFFMeta is a helpful website, to be sure, but I can’t help offering up come suggestions:
- Although the search feature allows users to search for illustrators, there is no way to see a complete list of illustrators like there is authors.
- Seeing a list of top rated books is cool. You know what else is? Seeing the lowest rated books. Or, at least be able to reverse sort a list. This is one of my favorite features of MetaCritic.
- (This one is admittedly a hard thing to measure, but for the sake of clarification, I note it here.) The system used for calculating aggregate rating should be posted. Is it a straight average? While I am smitten by SF Signal’s inclusion in the list of reviewers, SFFMeta should know that we have multiple reviewers each of whom may have a different rating system. The star system I use, for example, is not linear. Based on the concept that there are more ways for something to be good (good, very good, outstanding) than bad, anything 3 stars of above is good. But the linear-ized 60% rating makes it sound worse than it is.