Thursday, June 6, 2013

Meet the Shelf Inflicted Staff - Sesana

Today's guest is Sesana.  She is allergic to all nuts except filberts.

How did you discover Goodreads?
I followed a link on a YA book blog. This was about two years ago, and I don't remember now which blog it was.

What have been your most memorable Goodreads experiences?
The first time I got a comment on one of my reviews from the author. Luckily, it was a nice, "thanks for reviewing" sort of thing. Getting the Shelf Inflicted blog up and running.

Name one reviewer not in the Forbes 25 that people should be aware of.
Toughest question, by far. There are tons of really talented reviewers on Goodreads. But since I can only name one, I'll say our own Carol. The fact that she wrote the About Us page on the blog has absolutely nothing to do with this. Really.

What was your initial reaction to Amazon buying Goodreads?
Cautious ambivalence, I guess. I knew it was possible that Amazon would destroy the site entirely, given time, and that the best case scenario would be that they would basically leave it alone. But since that's exactly what Amazon did with IMDB, I wasn't terribly concerned.

How many books do you own?
Since I do a lot of my reading through the library, not as many as you might think. I'd go completely broke if I had to buy everything I read! I probably have around 200 physical books, and close to 100 ebooks.

Who is your favorite author?
Victor Hugo, without a doubt.

What is your favorite book of all time?
Les Misérables. I actually took French in college because I wanted so badly to read it untranslated. That was doomed to failure. I've read it five times, and own every available English translation. There are very few books, very few pieces of media, that have touched me so deeply or lived with me so long. I love this book so much I can't even write coherently about it. Trust me when I say that it's beautiful beyond words, or at least beyond my ability to form words. And yes, I do love the musical every bit as much.

What are your thoughts on ebooks?
I'm finding that I like the idea of ebooks more than the reality. For me, clicking a button will never compare to turning a page. And yet I do love how compact it can make a library, the ready availability of free and cheap ebooks, and how it makes self-publishing much easier.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing?
The good thing is that it makes it easier for writers who aren't working within standard publishing house boxes to get their work out there. And more voices in the marketplace is good. Sure, there's a lot of dreadful books to wade through, but there's also a lot of dreadful books published by major publishing houses
Any literary aspirations? 
HAHAHAHA no. It's for the good of all, trust me.

What is your ideal super villain lair? 
An abandoned missile silo would make a fantastic lair. Cool history, unique architectural details, mostly underground and thus defensible... What else can you ask for in a lair?

And here's a website with some cool pictures with converted missile silos:

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