Jessica Crispin of Bookslut interviewed
'What advice would you give to a newcomer to book reviewing who will be tackling his or her first review?
Don't read other reviews of that book, at least not until you have your first draft written. It's easy to for your opinion to be swayed by others, especially if you're nervous about having a controversial opinion. If you hated a book that everybody else loved, or vice versa, don't be concerned with it. Just make your case the best you can and don't worry about the general concensus. Also, don't be so nervous that you start cranking out the Publisher's Weekly sterile reviews all written by formula. You should read other reviews that the publication has printed to find out if there's a particular style they only use, but otherwise write in your own voice.' More here. Her webzine Bookslut here. It has an interesting interview with a crabby Richard Hell.