BBAW — Blogger Interviews

The interviews are always my favorite part of BBAW, because I get to have a new BBBFF (book blogging best friend forever, obvs)! And I am really quite enamored with mine this year. Andrea, The Little Red Reviewer, writes about books that I would probably never give the time of day if I met them in the library, but after reading her take a few have ended up on my “to be borrowed” list! She’s sneaky like that.

Here’s what she has to say about herself, and if you go check out her blog you can maybe find out some interesting things about me!

1) Your blog is “mostly science fiction and fantasy.” What is it that draws you to those genres more than others?
I was raised on Science fiction. When I was a kid my Dad and I had a standing date to see every Star Trek movie in the theaters together. my first crush was on Han Solo. I read Dune in high school, and the rest is history. Only in the last few years have I gotten into fantasy. What draws me to those genres? I love Scifi that happens in the future. I love how different authors play the “what if” game. I love that in scifi and fantasy anything is possible. Scifi and fantasy are safe places to experiment with anything safe, and anything dangerous. it’s the ultimate escapism!

2) What does a book of any genre need to have for you to be interested in it?
hmmm. . . swear words? as much as I love my favorite four letter words, compelling characters and snarky humor is a big plus in any book.

3) Where do you get the books that you read?
Most of them are purchased used or come from the library. I’ve been buying a lot of stuff new lately, and it’s killing my bank account! I do have a few contacts at a few publishers, so occasionally I beg for an advanced reading copy. Sometimes they even send it!

4) Which book, if it were just you and that book on a desert island, would you rather pitch into the ocean than read?
this is actually a really hard question!! I’m looking at my bookshelves, looking for a book I don’t like, and even my old college textbooks I don’t want to pitch into the ocean! I’m sure there’s a really dry and boring history book around someplace. . . .

5) What is your favorite post that you have written?
not really scifi or fantasy, I really liked the review I wrote of Catherynne Valente’s “Deathless”. She specializes in fairy tale/mythology retellings, and Deathless is sort of something like that. It’s an incredible book written by an incredible woman. And i was kinda snarky on the title of the post, which is always fun. (
Can I cheat and tell my 2nd favorite post too? It’s my super spoilery guesses on where Patrick Rothfuss is going next with his Kingkiller Chronicles series starring Kvothe, who is also sort of deathless. (wow, I think I just realized i’ve got a weakness for handsome men who refuse to die?) Rothfuss is another incredible writer whose debut novel “The Name of the Wind” single handedly turned me into a fantasy fan. (

5 thoughts on “BBAW — Blogger Interviews

  1. Erin says:

    I haven't read much sci-fi (slightly more fantasy), but the few I've read I enjoyed, I think, precisely because of the reasons Andrea cites. I'm not sure I could pitch a book into the ocean! Great question though. I really enjoyed your interview!

  2. Carl V. says:

    And your interview was very fun as well.

    My first crush was Princess Leia, so I can completely relate, it was Star Wars and to a lesser degree Star Trek that lit the fire of my passion for science fiction when I was a wee lad. Saw Star Wars at the drive in on its initial release. What a great memory.

    I love the fact that a book as cool as The Name of the Wind turned you on to fantasy. It is fun seeing you get so into this genre. It has been my second favorite for years and I'm always excited to see people get turned on to either science fiction or fantasy or both.

  3. redhead says:

    Thanks for interviewing me Alison, and for coming up with such fun questions. I love BBAW interview swap.

    Carl – I'd read Game of Thrones maybe 5 or 6 years ago, and it certainly turned me into a Martin superfan, but it was the Rothfuss that got me describing myself as a Fantasy fan.

    it's your 2nd fave? what's your first fave?

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