Cyclamen – Meet our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

I love to read and a friend recommended LASR as a great site for reviewers.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

Mystery and Fantasy are my favorite genres. I love cozy mysteries with smart detectives and challenging puzzles to solve. And I love to escape into other worlds with imaginative characters from a variety of species such as elves, dwarfs, dragons, and so forth.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

It was a book about a baby dragon, one that I don’t even remember the title of and which I’ve tried in vain to find, but I think it must be out of print. But I remember loving that dragon.

Do you have any “bad book habits”? Dog Ear? Reading in the tub or while eating? Breaking the spine?

I do read while eating and I also read in the sauna. I read just about anywhere I am.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’m not sure, but possibly the number of academic degrees I’ve earned in a variety of fields over a very long period of time from 1967 to 2004. I have (in the order earned) a BS in Physical Sciences, an MALS in Library Science, an MA in English, a PhD in English, and a BA in Latin.

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

I stop reading books that fail to hold my interest, either because the characters are unbelievable or totally flat or the plot makes no sense, doesn’t really exist, or has holes all the way through it. I also don’t like graphic sex, violence, or horror.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

I have been most influenced by the works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Anne McCaffrey, and many other fine authors who have the ability to transport their readers into another world and make that world come alive.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

I’m really not a fan of movies that are derived from books. I think the genres are so different that a good book usually doesn’t translate well into a good movie. So much of the book is lost in even the best adaptation that I think movies should come up with their own stories.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

The ability to speak telepathically with animals so that I could communicate and share more with my fur friends.

Describe your perfect reading space.

Any place in my home, preferably with a cat or two in my lap.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I think I’d like to spend a day with Beatrix Potter and just watch her draw and write. I’d especially like to see her illustrating her animals, insects, fossils and fungi.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Visiting Lilly by Toni Allen
Cats in the Cradle of Civilization by C. L. Kraemer
Dragon Rising by Susan Brassfield Cogan
Dancing with Raven by S. G. Rogers
Deadline for Murder by Linda Y. Atkins
The Heart of the Kingdom by Sasha L. Miller
Dragon Sword by Susan Brassfield Cogan
Unreliable Histories by Rob Gregson
The Endless Land by Rob Gregson
Chase Tinker and the House of Destiny by Malia Ann Haberman

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  1. Vanessa N. says:

    LASR has great reviwers. These reviews have helped me to decide on some the books I bought.

  2. I think this is a great idea. We mostly meet the authors and learn about their books, but I love the idea of meeting the reviewers, discovering what makes them tick and what books they like best. This should be great fun.

  3. I loved all your answers!! My cats like to read with me too.

  4. Thanks, Julie! Not sure I could read without them. They even join me in the sauna, one of my favorite reading spots. 🙂

  5. Barbara Elness says:

    I’m with you Cyclamen, I’ll read any place in my home. I just need some good light, or my Kindle Paperwhite and I’m good.

  6. Me, too, Barbara! Love my Kindle Paperwhite! 🙂

  7. You’ve got a lot of degrees! That’s very impressive 🙂 Hug your cats for me.

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