This is fun. HarperCollins Canada has launched the 2009 edition of their March Madness literary smackdown. Basically it’s a championship for books. Fun and you have a chance to win all 64 featured books. Go in and check it out!
Here are some of my favourites – you may notice a slight bias to genre books over literary.
- Cecelia Ahern, PS I Love You vs Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude: Ahern (co-producer of Samantha Who?) is cute as a pill. Can Gabriel Garcia Marquez say that? I don’t think so.
- Jane Fallon, Getting Rid of Matthew vs Ann Patchett, Bel Canto: Fallon is the partner of Ricky Gervais and nearly as funny as he is. Getting Rid of Matthew is hilarious. Bel Canto, not so much.
- JRR Tolkien, The Children of Hurin vs Neil Gaiman, American Gods: Not offense, JRR, but American Gods kicks your sorry posthumous ass.
- Robin Hobb, Forest Mage vs Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box: Tough call, but I liked Forest Mage.
- Raymond Feist, Flight of the Nighthawks vs Kim Harrison, For a Few Demons More: Kim Harrison all the way.
- Kevin J Anderson, The Last Days of Krypton vs Guy Gavriel Kay, The Fionavar Tapestry: Superman’s backstory against a fantasy that turns all Arthurian in the end. I’ll go with Krypton, please.
- Laura Lippman, What the Dead Know vs Stuart MacBride, Dying Light: Stuart MacBride is Scottish and insane and knows things about cheese graters and weasels no oen should ever know. Lippman will crawl away from this.
- Christopher Moore, Lamb vs Conn Iggulden, Wolf of the Plains: Another tough one. Moore is crazy but I’ve had beer with Iggulden. Plus he did his research by actually travelling to Mongolia. I’m going with Wolf of the Plains. Khaaaann!!