Well, my advice would be to just go for it and see if your opinion matches up with general consensus or not. Interestingly, I'm finding with the rereading of books lately that my opinions have changed since I've last read them.
Actually, I've often used fan rumblings/praisings of certain novels to tip me off to read them to see if I share their opinion. I tried it with the TNG novel, Balance of Power
, last year and, although it wasn't the greatest Trek novel ever written, if you ignore the inconsistencies and just buckle up, you have a rather amusing adventure that doesn't make much sense.
I suppose that's why I love Doctor Who
so much as well.