You may now search using multiple criteria (ie, all B-graded Medievals with Hot sensuality ratings, all authors whose first names are Nora and last names who are Roberts, all reviews written by Ellen in 2003 that earned an "F", etc.)
In order to facilitate browsing, you may now search on an author last name that begins with a certain letter
Please be aware that although search fields and buttons are provided on this page, they are not in working order.
They exist solely to illustrate the various search options.
Whether you know the full title of the book you are looking for, or simply a word within the title, use the "Title" field, with either the "contains" or "begins with" option. This field allows you to search for individual book titles - including anthologies - and short story titles as well. A search for the latter will yield as a result the book's title as opposed to the individual short story. This holds true for authors in anthologies as well.
(no dashes or spaces)
You may also search for a specific title using its ISBN number. In January 2007 the ISBN will include 13 digits; our system has been upgraded for that event.
Author's Last Name
You may use the Author Name fields for narrow or wide results. If you are looking for all reviews of J.R. Ward books, type J.R. in the "Author First Name" field and Ward in the Author Last Name field...a results table with three titles will appear. If you know the last name of an author but not the first - or vice versa - simply fill out the field you know. Say you remember you liked a book by an author whose first name is "Rhonda"...type that into the First Name field and your results will include six titles by two authors (Rhonda Woodward and Rhonda Nelson). If, however, you would like to browse among all reviewed books for authors whose last names begin with C, use the "begins with" option that accompanies the "Author Last Name" field; 496 titles across 25 results pages (we provide 20 titles per results page) will appear.
As we use plusses and minuses in our grading system, you can search for all B+'s, all C-'s, etc. using the drop-down menu provided.
The best way to think about our DIK reviews is that a Desert Isle Keeper is the
kind of book you'd want with you if your ship went down at sea. If you wish to
view only DIK reviews, click "DIK Searches" so that you won't have to conduct three searches - first on A+, then A, and then A-. Because we grade short stories as well as the anthologies they are part of, you might discover a listing like the one below and be confused. Don't be...two of the short stories in the following anthology received an A level grade.
We think it's important to differentiate between DIK reviews as written by staff and those as written by authors or readers, so we offer that search functionality as well. While author and reader submitted DIK reviews are edited just as staff reviews are edited, we only consider those staff DIK's as "professional," which is why, if a DIK review is written by an author or reader, it is so noted at the top of the review: (This DIK review was written by an author) or (This DIK review was written by an reader).
Some sites utilize movie-type ratings as the basis for their sensuality ratings and therefore they are more "warnings" than anything else. Our readers seem to prefer sensuality ratings more as simply another type of information; some might even feel "cheated" to read a book given a "Hot" rating if it were only "Warm." The idea for our levels was based on a Blush Factor several years ago.. .would your cheeks get redder while reading a book with "Burning" sensuality than they would if reading a book with "Subtle" sensuality?
You may search for all reviews posted on a particular day (2/1/2005), a particular month (2/2005), or particular year (2005). Obviously a search for all reviews posted on a particular day will provide more narrow results than all reviews posted in a particular month or year - three reviews, for instance, were posted on 2/3/2005 while 50 were posted during the month of February 2005.
(i.e. 9/2004 or 2004, although we provide
pub months rarely)
(i.e. 9/1/2004, 9/2004 or 2004)
You may search for all books published during a particular month or year (the "month" is only used, though, for books not yet published - or for category romance titles). If a book has been re-issued, the latest pub date is provided on the results table, although the book's actual Copyright Date is [also] provided within the body of the review. See Review Date above for narrowing or widening this search option, however, the majority of our reviews provide only a pub year and not a pub month.
Staff Reviewer Name
If a particular reviewer tends to have tastes similar to yours, searching by reviewer may be particularly useful. Unless a reviewer wrote at least 30 reviews, though - or remains at AAR in some other capacity - her/his name will not be listed in the drop-down menu for this field. However, you can search for any person who wrote a review for AAR (a reader or author who submitted a DIK review, or a reviewer only with us for a short time)...simply use the "Other" option in the drop-down menu. And, if you would like to search specifically among author or reader-submitted DIK reviews, you can do that too (see our hints above for All Desert Isle Keeper Reviews).
A drop-down menu lists genres, sub-genres, and certain time settings. As such you may search for all Historical Fiction, for all Shapeshifter Romances, all trad Regencies, or all Renaissance Romances. Historical Romance as a book type exists if a romance crosses locales (England and the U.S.) or historical periods (1800 - 1850). And if a romance spans the historical and the contemporary, it'll likely be found as Romance.
If you plan to search using this field, we recommend looking at the drop-down menu first. If your search is for some type of historical romance, we suggest you familiarize yourself with our historical designations. This is useful not only for Book Type, but also for Time Setting or Locale Setting, and as searching is limited to one search field at a time, you may want to use Time Setting or Locale Setting instead. For instance, if you are looking for all historicals during the Renaissance, you would search on Book Type = Renaissance. If you were interested in simply the Elizabethan period, instead of searching on Book Type = Renaissance, you would search on Time Setting = Elizabethan.
We try and be as specific as possible about Time Settings - Early 1700s would be 1701 - 1710, 1710s would be 1710 - 1719, and so on. If we can't narrow it down to a decade, we'll add a King's reign - ie, 1200s King John. For critical events (English or U.S. Civil Wars) or popular romance novel periods of history (the Restoration, Victorian), we'll clarify the years in this way: 1660s Restoration or 1850s Victorian. We can't always narrow the time frame down, but will do our best. If it seems we are too narrow, remember that another reason for providing the detail is this: as the information appears in the review's header, it provides context for the book.
Because the Regency period is such a common one and is so short, we don't bother with the decade...all Regency-set historicals have a Time Setting of Regency. If a book is a trad Regency, we don't provide a time setting at all (unless the book is actually set in the Georgian era, which occasionally happens).
We try to be as specific as possible for Locale Settings too. If a book is a Western/Frontier Romance, we will have entered Oregon Territory or Texas. If a book is a Medieval, we will have entered England or Scotland rather than Europe or Great Britain (or) London or Edinburgh.
One of our recent improvements allows us to provide you with the ability to sort your search results. In the past, unless looking at only new reviews, all review results were provided in reverse chronology based on review date. You may now also sort your results by "Author Last Name".
Remember that with our latest datbase improvements, you may now search on multiple criteria, browse alphabetically by last name, and sort your results in two different ways. Once you have decided on which search criteria to use, and have chosen your sorting option, click the "Search" button.
Quick Searching from Review to Review: In addition to the Power Search feature of our custom-built reviews database, a smaller search module can be found on the bottom of every review within the database, as well as all other pages at AAR that are in the format we began to use last December. (All pages in white with the hammock and navigation menu at the top are in the new format.) That smaller search module allows you to search by Title, Author Last Name, or Author First Name. Say, for instance, you have read the review of Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me and would like to see what else she's written. Type in "Crusie" in the small search module you see sampled in light purple here, choose "By Author's Last Name," and press "Go." The module also links you to the larger Power Search page.
Also at the bottom of each review in the database, in addition to the small review search module, is a listing of any articles or interviews that may have been written by or conducted with the author. Those articles/interviews are not part of the database itself, but we built this feature into the system to aid navigation throughout the site.
Overall Site Search: In addition to providing the mini-search module and links for authors on the bottom of each review at AAR, we've also built in a site-wide search engine known as Freefind (see above). If, for instance, something is mentioned in a review that you would like to search for outside the reviews database - tstl heroines, for instance - you can type that into the Freefind search engine. The first three of many, many results are as follows:
2. All About Romance Novels: At the Back Fence Issue #192
up featured heroes and heroines ready to tear each other apart. I'm ... back for more. Heroines It has been bandied about that Julie Garwood's heroines are TSTL. Now, I can see where http://www.likesbooks.com/192.html
3. All About Romance: Laurie's News & Views #78
browser. Focus on Heroines: We've done a number of ... shrift to heroines. We talk about feisty heroines, virginal heroines, even tstl (too stupid to live) heroines. But we don't talk http://www.likesbooks.com/78.html
Origin In Death
July 2005, Futuristic Romantic Suspense
Putnam, $23.95, 339 pages, ISBN 039915289X
Part of a series
Series Help: To the right is the header information that appears at the top of each review in the database. If a book is part of a series, we include that information in the review header, as you see highlighted for J.D. Robb's Origin In Death. If you would like to piece together other titles in this or any other series, you can do so by typing in the author's name in the mini-search module - as described for Jennifer Crusie above. If, for instance, you are interested in a list of Robb's In Death series, type in Robb for Author Last Name, and press "Go." The results include two pages of titles, the first of which is shown below. By looking at the pub dates for books in this series, you can fairly easily determine its order.
If, after experimenting with some or all of these hints you still have trouble making use of our reviews database, you may contact us via this online form and we will try and answer you as soon as possible. The best way to learn, though, is simply by playing around with the various search fields.