Q: What prompted you to start this blog?
A: Ever read the New York Times and see what’s in the upper echelons ? Either some wank writing about women that he bonked, or some “paytriot” or pundit (which is codespeak for overpaid wanker that wants to tell you things that you already heard, known or read about … except that it is backed up by a bunch of seedy, covertly prejudiced cited sources. Or how about those books that claim to unlock the “secret” to your life and it all just turns out to be nothing but new age babble and bollocks. Sigh. The thing is there are tons of GREAT books out there that don’t appear highly rated in review charts or just fading into the sands of time. And once in while I come across them, and so I write about them.
Q: What makes you think anyone would want to read your blog about books that you read?
A: Not that I’m betting the house on this, but it is something I felt like doing just because I simply can. Truth be told this started out as an extra credit assignment in one of my Grad school classes. Needless to say, it fell to the wayside. And I figure if the world could tolerate Perez Hilton, I guess I can gain the interest of a few people. Two, tops.
Q: Are you trying to compete with Oprah ?
A: Oh right, a media queen surrounded by a sea of money versus one lone book reading blogger. Aye, the advantage is REALLY on my side. Seriously speaking, no.
Q: Will the Evil Parrot Book Club talk exclusively about action genre books?
A: Actually, the EPBC will talk about any type of book that may come across as a great read, and yes, there is the possibility of a few touchy, feely ones slipping through the cracks. As for Romance novels, don’t hold your blooming breath.
Q: Has there been any books that you’ve read and won’t post on the Evil Parrot Book Club?
A: Dear, oh dear … alas, too many. And I think several authors owe me some hours of my life. Or their first born. Or the deed to their houses. I will have my pound of flesh. I am a very patient being. Cold and cunning like a wolf on cold arctic night. Er … let’s just say that I’m not mentioning any names …. yet.
Q: Do you get paid to read and review books?
A: Oh dear, (and this is part where I break into giddy laughter) like bloody likely. Gee mate, I wish that was the case, but no, I actually, painstakingly (and joyfully in most cases) read each book. Getting paid to read and review books … that’s a good one. Put a smile on me face.
Q: Will you review controversial books?
A: If it’s a good read and not a waste of my bloody time, then it gets the nod. On the other hand, if it is just some twit that wants to shock and piss people off … and waste my time please keep in mind that I am a patient being. That I will get my pound of flesh. And I am cold and cunning like a wolf on a cold … whoops there I go again. Must be flashbacks from all the controversial bollocks I read in past.
Q: Will you write about graphic novels, they’re pretty popular?
A: Ummm, guess what I DO read them and back in the olden times they were called comic books. Oh how times and nomenclature has changed. I say why not.