I wasted over an hour last night and another hour tonight trying to find another MMPB to add to my Amazon cart for the 4-for-3 paperback sale. I ended up with five books in the end, four massmarket paperbacks and one trade paperback that I absolutely had to have, and hopefully I'll get my order by next week, but I've got some suggestions for Amazon's browsing function. Listen up, raging-corporate-behemoth!
1. Let me exclude factors from a search, like "Arthurian" and "Celtic," which are two types of fantasy books that make my brain shut down in defense of boredom at the mere mention.
2. List books that are based on movies, TV shows, comics, or games of any kind in a completely separate category*, with no overlap into other fiction categories. That way I won't have to skim over nine-tenths of the F&SF category trying to find something I want to read.
3. Let me exclude all books with covers that feature a photograph instead of art. Fantasy novels should have artwork on the cover, dammit.
That's a start. Incidentally, every single one of the books I ordered tonight were ones I saw reviewed online somewhere, which is a tactic I turned to when I couldn't wade through all the Dragonlance novels that kept popping up on my Amazon searches without my brain exploding. My ultimate choices: The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar, Tinker by Wen Spencer, Dragon Champion by E.E. Knight (the trade paperback my brain insisted I buy), Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin, and a Dorothy Sayers mystery I can't seem to find in any of the local used book stores I frequent (Thrones, Dominations, started by Sayers before her death and finished recently by some other author I can't remember; it's supposed to be good). I'll let you know how they turn out.
*I nominate "derivative," but you could also use "retread" or just "boring."