Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Forbes 25 Reviewers - #24 Greg

Today's guest is Greg.  Greg also posts at Books that Caught My Eye.

How did you discover Goodreads?
A friend sent me an invitation to the website back in April 2007. I originally just signed up for the website to keep a list of all the books I'd read.

What have been your most memorable Goodreads experiences?
Probably the fights. So, so many fights.

Name one reviewer not in the Forbes 25 that people should be aware of.
Just one? David, Brian, Dead Flamingo Jessica, Paquita Maria, Mariel; to name just a few.

What was your initial reaction to Amazon buying Goodreads?
I was a little worried that some of my reviews could disappear since a lot of my reviews are digressions only sort of about the book I'm supposed to be reviewing and because I have a tendency to swear a lot. Then I realized I don't really care if Amazon owns Goodreads.

How many books do you own?
I don't know. A couple of thousand?

Who is your favorite author?
David Foster Wallace

What is your favorite book of all time?
Infinite Jest

What are your thoughts on ebooks?
I hated them at first, now I'm ok with them. I like paper books better, but for reading some classics and things you can snag legally for free online they are pretty great. They are good for travelling, too.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing?
I think it's a wonderful, murky, creepy and disturbing thing. Just go to Smashwords, make sure you aren't filtering out the adult books and just look through the books just published for some quick laughs and a look into the weird psyches out there.

As a reviewer who doesn't get paid and just does this because he likes to write things sometimes I don't really like being bombarded with requests to review someones self-published book. Writing reviews for them aren't fun for me. I'm so irrelevant on Goodreads these days that I don't have to worry about these requests so much anymore.

Any literary aspirations? 
I wrote a novel about burritos a couple of years ago during NaNoWriMo. One day it will be edited and then I will be bombarding the other Forbes 24 reviewers with a barrage of requests to make love to my book in a review.

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