Lisa, of Over The Effing Rainbow, might be new to the blogging world, but she’s already doing it right! Gobs of reviews, read-along posts and love for Harry Dresden, it was lovely to be able to pick her brain on all things books and blogging.
Tell us a little about your blog, Over the Effing Rainbow. How long have you been book blogging? What got you interested in doing this?
I’ve been blogging seriously now for about six months; I started my blog properly in November, last year. I’ve been interested in books for as long as I can remember, though anyone who knows me would tell you that “interested” is a massive understatement! I am a bookworm, and proud of it! As for what got me into this, I think it was basically a combination of a lot of free time (I work part time, in evenings) and constantly reading something and thinking “I want to talk about this!” If I review those books online, then I can take that excited edge off without having to wait around for someone, anyone, to read that book as well! So in a way, I suppose this is my therapy …
I get a grin on my face everytime I visit your blog because of it’s name. What’s the story behind the Effing Rainbow?
It comes from the phrase I’m always using to describe myself! I tend to daydream an awful lot … “Effing Rainbow” is a bit of a concession to the fact that it’s always possible my mother might read my blog. I can swear, but never in front of her … I know, not very rock and roll, but one can be naughty and still be nice!
What are some cool things happening on your blog in April? Any upcoming or recent book reviews or author interviews you’re super excited about?
First up has to be the Stardust Readalong, hosted over at Stainless Steel Droppings. I’m relatively new to Neil Gaiman, so what better way to change that? I had fantastic fun with a couple of recent Terry Pratchett Readalongs (as well you know), so I’m hoping to continue that trend. Then there’s the Emoticon Generation Blog Tour, with Guy Hasson. It’s been posted by now, but I have my very first author guest post up! That was amazingly cool, and Guy is genuinely very nice – and I apparently convinced him to buy a book after he read a review I wrote! It was a book I love already – Gemsigns, by Stephanie Saulter. Reading and reviewing that one was awesome for me, so I’m thrilled that I could get someone else into it.
As for upcoming reviews, that’s easy – I’m currently taking part in the Once Upon A Time Challenge, also at Stainless Steel Droppings. Five fantasy novels of my choice, and two months to read them? Easy!
On top of that … we’ll see what comes out of the pot, but I have a couple of eARCs waiting to be read – The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig, and The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough. I’m really excited for both, so they’ll likely be bumped up the list.
You’re a huge Jim Butcher fan. Which is your favorite Dresden book so far? Did you like the Dresden Files TV show? How did it compare to the books?
Do I have to pick just one?! Hmm … there are a couple (ie. the last two) that I haven’t reread nearly as much as the rest (yet!), but right now I have to say my favourite is Small Favour. I won’t say too much because I hate spoilers as much as the next fan and I never know who’s read what, but Michael Carpenter is one of my favourite characters in the Dresden Files series so far, and that book wrings so much emotion out of me every time I read it. Definitely a favourite!
As for the TV show … I liked it in and of itself, but nowhere near as much as I like the books, I’m sorry to say. Some adaptations from book to screen have gone really well, but I don’t think this was one. I really am a huge fan of the books, and they made too many changes for my liking. Though if I had found the TV show first I would probably have gone looking for the books, so there’s that.
Along with a handful of other bloggers, you’re following John Scalzi’s serialized Human Division novel. By the time this interview posts, you’ll have read the end of the book. How is reading a serialized story different than reading a paper or e-book?
Oh, good question. With The Human Division, I got the feeling almost right away that it was a lot like watching a sci-fi TV show, whereas reading more traditional novels can be more like watching a film. It changes the pacing quite a lot, and depending on whether you’re a fan of serials over novels, that more episodic pace can either be a good thing or it can be an annoyance … Personally I think Scalzi handles it very cleverly, and I’d like to see more of this kind of thing!
Where do you get most of your books? (online retailer, local bookstore, library, other?)
I have a Kindle Fire now that I love, so a lot of my books are downloaded onto that, but that said I grew up reading ‘real’ books, and that love hasn’t gone away. E-readers are fantastic for convenience but sometimes there’s just no substitute for a well-loved paperback, or a pretty edition with good cover art. I love browsing bookstores, and Waterstones has two stores within easy shopping distance, so … guess where I spend a lot of my spare time?
With so much out there to choose from, how in the world do you decide what to read next?
Hah! I’d say luck of the draw, if I didn’t nearly torture myself trying to choose one most of the time … Between books is a terrible place to be sometimes! Though my ‘to be read’ pile is more than big enough to see me through a good long while… How I choose a book mostly depends on what I’m in the mood for at the time, I think. If I finally get my hands on a book I’ve waited a while for, then that will usually go to the top of the list. Otherwise, I let my mood decide.
What’s your favorite part about the book blogging community?
How nice everybody is! Seriously, I’ve gotten a lovely “these are my people” kind of satisfaction out of joining the blogging community, and this corner of it in particular is full of awesome folks (I hope they know who they are!). And every opinion is a valid one. I like that; if you love a book, that’s cool. If you don’t, then that’s okay too. Either way, I’ve enjoyed all the conversations and feedback immensely, and hope they continue!