Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Forbes 25 Reviewers - #10 Kemper

Today's guest is Kemper.  Kemper posts at Shelf Inflicted and Kemper's Book Blog.

How did you discover Goodreads? 
Back in 2007 my wife told me about this new website that let your rate and catalog your books. She also told me that the users can write their own reviews and make friends, too. I think my exact response was "Why would would I want to do any of that crap? I just want to keep track of my books."

What have been your most memorable Goodreads experiences? 
Meeting Dan at Bouchercon, Stephanie meeting my niece and doing a caricature of her, the epic troll battles, the Matt Scudder reading trend and the on-going Amazonpocalypse freak-out.

Name one reviewer not in the Forbes 25 that people should be aware of:
Amanda. She's too busy educating America's youth to post as much as the other Goodreads junkies, but there's nobody who can rant as well while making me laugh.

What was your initial reaction to Amazon buying Goodreads? 
Denial. Followed by anger, bargaining, depression and now acceptance.

How many books do you own? 
Somewhere between 10 and 10,000. I can't narrow it down any more than that.

Who is your favorite author? 
At the moment, Lawrence Block.

What is your favorite book of all time?
 If I'm limited to one, probably Lonesome Dove.

What are your thoughts on ebooks? 
There's a lot I like about the idea. Easy access to books and no storage problems. I've tried reading on them a little, and it doesn't bother me. While I'll probably get one eventually, I also think a battered paperback will always be my preferred word delivery system.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing? 
Love the concept but haven't really tried many authors doing it.

Any literary aspirations? 
More than my talent supports.


  1. Thanks for the shout out! Now I need to repay you by looking through the shelves and seeing what I have on hand that is most likely to stoke my literary rage.

  2. Kemper are you sure you haven't confused number of books with number of cats?

    1. It's possible. There's usually a cat or a book in my hand so it makes counting either impossible.