The only things we Serial Boxers love more than delicious episodic fiction are the amazing readers, listeners, and fans who tune in every week to enjoy our serials! Today we invite blogger-extraordinaire Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow to tell us a little about herself. Let’s get to know a bit more about the hilarious human behind these amazing reviews of Tremontaine.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Hello! I’m Lisa (she/her), I’m 32 and a native of Scotland – I live on the edge of a wee township that’s on the edge of Glasgow. It’s very quiet, which pleases my introverted soul to no end. I’ve been blogging and reviewing books since 2012, and reading them ever since I learned how to. My special skills include managing to hold a book and a mug of tea at the same time without spilling or dropping anything. Why I can’t apply this to other areas of my life is something I’m still trying to figure out…
What are some of your favorite books and/or TV shows?
Ah, the dreaded F-word! Well, at the moment I am losing my heart to Ellen Kushner’s Riverside novels, which I’ve never read before, and they’re sitting comfortably with Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, which I’ve read so often that my paperbacks may need replacing soon. Other bookish soft spots of mine belong to the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett, and the Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch. As for TV shows, I have a deep and abiding love for Leverage, and the current slate of Marvel projects (TV and movies) is pretty exciting as well. I’m pretty sure if I give it some harder thought the list could go on forever, but those are my dear imaginary friends these days, for certain.
How did you hear about Serial Box?
A little bird told me.
No, really – I found it on Twitter. I enjoy serialised stories immensely, because they let me get excited and look forward to reading without overloading me with ALL OF THE FEELINGS all at once, which novels – especially longer ones, like epic fantasies – can sometimes do. So, of course I dived right into Serial Box! Good work, chaps.
Which Serials have you read? Any favorite episodes so far?
Some people who read my reviews online might be aware that I’m rather fond of Tremontaine…
And there’s that F-word again! You’re killing me. But if I have to choose, I think my favourite episode of season one is probably “A City Without Chocolate“. Though it’s still fighting with “The Swan Ball” for first place, because who doesn’t love hilarious accidents involving pudding?
Do you have any Serial Box reading habits (do you read them over lunch? Save them up and read a few episodes all at once? Etc)
As it happens, I do! Because of time zone differences, I don’t get episode access until around mid-afternoon, and so – because I work evening shifts – I don’t get to read until late. I’d love to be the kind of person who can read on a break, but my concentration isn’t that good, sadly. So (because I review the stuff I keep up with) I read once when I get home, then I’ll usually read each episode again before I write about it, to refresh my memory and sharpen my thoughts. And because they’re generally just that good!
Any genres, themes, or locations you’d love to see new Serial Box titles explore?
Oh, excellent question! I would actually like to see more stories set in Scotland, in fact. I know of some stories that were set there, but it’s a bare handful by comparison, and as a fan of urban fantasy I would love to see one of our cities used in that way! As for genres or themes, I have wondered if an epic fantasy would suit a serialised format. I’d definitely read one to find out!
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