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18th March
written by Steph
Drat!  I knew I should have gone with my intuition that My Revolutions would be just the kind of book a ToB judge would enjoy and put through to the next round!  See how the match went down here. On some level, this first round of the ToB has been filled with upsets, as many of the top-seed books (and more widely recognized books) have been unseated by lower-tiered books, BUT I think that when you look at the judges for most of the rounds, the decisions haven't been all that surprising, not really.  What I found interesting in today's commentary was that many of the commentators' top books in the tourney have already been ousted... and the general sense I've been getting from those following the tournament is that "upset" really is the best term for the outcomes of many of these matches.  I take the ToB all in good fun, but I also do look to it for inspiration when it comes to my reading, and so I wonder whether the fact that the judges seem to be largely making unpopular choices (you can check this out by voting at the end of each match as to whether you agree with the outcome or not) is at all detrimental.  Yes, it keeps things interesting, but if the majority of readers think the book that's going through to round 2 is crap, then how much weight should I allot the outcome of these matches in swaying my reaing habits?  Ah well, I suppose part of the charm of this competition is that it is unabashedly a biased one! Tomorrow brings us the first match up of Round 2: 2666 faces off against A Partisan's Daughter.  Maud Newton is judging, and I know nothing about her, but I am telling you if APD makes it past this round, I will think less of her (and I don't simply mean that I will not spend as much time thinking about Ms. Newton).  I have a sinking suspicion she might pick APD for the win (that's what I'm predicting, much as it pains me to do so), but I really hope that's not the case.  I won't lie: I might throw a tantrum if APD makes it through to Round 3.

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