Welcome back to our series on people in the book-o-sphere who WIN. These are the people who are doing it right. Today I’m happy to be talking with Alex of the blog Mr. Rhapsodist. Alex let me pester him with a bunch of questions about who he is and what he does. Take a look at his blog Mr. Rhapsodist, and all the other projects he is involved in. He’s got great tastes in books and anime!
Tell us a little about your blog, Mr. Rhapsodist. How long have you been blogging, and what made you decide to start? What do you focus on at your blog?
I’ve been blogging for almost three years now. I started my current blog, Mr. Rhapsodist, on May 10, 2010. While I’ve been writing my whole life, I was more focused on trying to write a novel that never got anywhere during college. After I got laid off from my first post-college job, I decided to focus on blogging and generating an online audience. I decided to share my passion for the science fiction and fantasy genres, which later extended to the medium of anime, and these three are what my blog focuses on.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year?
The best book I read last year was Redshirts by John Scalzi.
where are your favorite places to get books? (Amazon, other online retailers, bookstores, library, other)
I usually get books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And since I read a lot of novels now as ebooks, I tend to purchase and download them through Barnes & Noble in particular.
Where are some of your favorite places to get book recommendations?
I usually check John Scalzi’s blog “Whatever” for book recommendations. His Big Idea posts will highlight authors and give them a chance to discuss the themes in their latest novels, which is a good way for me to gauge my interest. I also tend to listen for books that my friends might recommend.
To get somewhat personal, you and I share a love for Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist. So I have to know, which anime do you like better, the first one, or Brotherhood?
Definitely my favorite is Brotherhood.
For well considered review of science fiction, fantasy and anime, flash fiction pieces, commentary on the industry and more, check out Mr. Rhapsodist. Alex can also be found on twitter, and goodreads.