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17th March
written by Steph
Another round that I called correctly, though the judge had me sweating for a bit what with the large heapings of love he sent The Dart-League King's way.  I don't know why I feel this way, but I get the sense that if the judge had been a woman, the contest between these two books might not have been nearly as close.  TDLK just sounds so much like a guy's book to me...  I get that both commentators dug TDLK quite a lot, but the snippets I gleaned about the book throughout the match did not make me very interested in reading it (drugged up dart playing in Idaho is not so much my thing, funny or not).  It's a non-issue for me in the end though, as it's not even on order at my public library, and despite ToB's best efforts, I'm not going to run out and buy myself a copy.  I haven't read A Mercy, but I did read my first Morrison earlier this year and was suitably impressed by it, so I do intend to eventually check this one out when I can get a hold of a library copy.  I think I'm glad about this outcome.  Read the full report here. Next Up:  The final match-up in Round 1 sees Home go up against My RevolutionsMy Revolutions has the veneer of edginess that I think tends to fare well for books in this tournament, but Home was written by Marilynne Robinson, and it seems every literary person on the planet loves Marilynne Robinson (I, on the other hand, have a copy of Gilead that I've not yet read, so I cannot speak to her awesomeness). I know nothing about the judge and his reading proclivities, so this match is crazy hard to predict.  I didn't read either of these books, but Tony wasn't all that impressed with My Revolutions, so I think I'll call it in favor of Home (but I won't be surprised if it goes to My Revolutions).


  1. 03/17/2009

    This makes me happy happy!

  2. 03/17/2009

    Oh Steph, I didn’t think you were mean at all, lol! Read my reply to your second comment on Brisingr, please! 😀

  3. 03/18/2009

    Gilead was one of my favorite books I read in 2008. I love Robinson’s writing style but I was in the minority in my book club. Other people found her too quiet, almost boring. But I can’t sing her praises enough. Home is a bit a continuation of Gilead though so i’ll be interested to read your thoughts on it if you read it first.

  4. 03/18/2009

    Oh, I want to read The Dart League King! That’s been on my TBR list since I heard about it. As for the next challenge: I loved Robinson’s Housekeeping (it’s one of my favorite novels), but I had a difficult time sticking with Gilead. I’m not sure why, but it’s also left me less interested in reading Home, at least until I give Gilead another shot.

  5. 03/18/2009

    @ Claire: I take it you’re pleased A Mercy made it through to the next round? 😉 I just got a summons from the library that this one’s come in for me, and the queue for it is so ridiculously long, that I’d better take this chance now to read it, otherwise I don’t know when I might get another chance!
    @ verbivore: I’ve heard so many good things about Gilead, but I’ve just never felt I was in the right reading zone to tackle it. My sense it’s a very quiet novel, and I’m not sure that quiet is what I need at the moment! My idea was to try reading it before I gave Home a try, but maybe for the sake of experimentation I should read Home first (provided I can ever get my hands on a copy) and see how my reading of it might differ from someone who’s already read it!
    @ priscilla: If you do read The Dart League King, I’ll be interested to hear your take on it. As I said, even if I were interested in reading it, it’s not available at my library, so at the moment my only option would be to buy it. I think I’d only chance it if I could find it second-hand! 😉

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