When I need a new book, my nook suggests books in the genre that I read.
Thanks... I'm still stuck in the print age, on the whole. I used to get suggestions for general books from various print sources, e.g. the book reviews pages of a decent newspaper, but as I don't take a paper now, that's gone. A pity, as I miss recommendations for travel books in particular. I scan such sources as come my way, of course.
For fantasy and science fiction, I tend to rely most on Asimov’s Science Fiction
magazine's book reviews, and also on the stories themselves. I picked up on Lavie Tidhar (mentioned above) because he had an outtake from his 'Bookman' world published as a short story in Asimov's. I just looked at their web site, which features the current edition, August 2016. They naturally don't make a great deal of their fiction available for free, but there a few extracts, and what looks like the complete text of their reviews, main page > Current issue > On Books. Historically they use several reviewers who take it in turns. I'm not so keen on Paul Di Filippo, but it takes all sorts. Norman Spinrad is always on a mission.
Other F&SF sources have been various author sites and blogs; some authors list blogs they frequent. Sarah Ash
used to, but doesn't now. Webmasters like giving sites a spiffy makeover, but it doesn't always mean more useful information for the user. And blogs and other useful sites keep disappearing. I've occasionally looked at Fantasy Book Critic
, and there I've just spotted a new series by highly entertaining YA writer Philip Reeve
, author of the "Traction Cities" series and of Here Lies Arthur
. Like others, I'm somewhat Arthured-out, but this is a nice take on the legend, taking a pragmatic approach rather than a mystical one, rather like Rosemary Sutcliff
did. His Arthur is a Dark Age protection racketeer; Merlin a con-man on an epic scale; Camelot a jerry-built mud hut; all related by a very
down-to-earth Lady of the Lake.
As for whodunnits/thrillers, they tend to be well covered in regular paper sources; even my casual perusal turns up new names. On rare occasions I've trawled the Crime Time
web site. Once I find someone whose work I like, the Internet makes it easy to track new works by that author.