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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #17: Ray Bradbury VERSUS E. B. White

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Ray Bradbury Vs. Isaac Asimov), with a final score of 6-2, was Ray Bradbury.

Ouch, low turn out last week! Oh well, it won't stop me from running this thing into the ground.

I think I would have voted for Asimov last week. I've only read a book each from both of these authors, but the Asimov one was short stories and I absolutely loved- the albeit dated- "Ideas Die Hard". Even more than Fahrenheit 451.

But anyway, Bradbury is still a good choice. This week he's up against someone that I sheepishly admit I thought was a woman until looking for his picture today.

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (October 9th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

19 comments:

Bybee said...

I'm going with E.B. White this week. Sorry Asimov lost.

Chris said...

I can't vote against Charlott. I pick E.B. White.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well old EB is rather pretty, isn't he? And he gets my vote. Charlotte's Web was the most important book I read in grade 3.

Wendy said...

Gotta go with EB White - the sentimental vote - Charlotte's Web was one of my most favorite children's books growing up.

Rob Hardy said...

E.B. White. No contest. Charlotte's Web is one of the great books of the 20th century. And you would have to be a stone to read the end of it without crying.

John Mutford said...

Rob: I guess I'm a stone! It did affect me, just not to tears. In fact, though I consider myself a bit of a wuss, I don't think a book has ever made me actually cry. Saramago's Blindness came close, as did Raymond Carver's short story "A Small Good Thing" recently.

To you, and others, what books make you weep?

Stephanie said...

Looks like I'll be the dissenting voice so far!! Although I thought Charlotte's Web was a wonderful book, I'm still partial to all of Bradbury's work. So, it's Bradbury for me!

Chris said...

I can't read The Velveteen Rabbit to my kid without crying. It takes me forever to get through it. I think she must think I'm nuts. It's the part where the stuffed bunny cries real tears...oh that gets me!

kookiejar said...

Sorry, sappy sentimentality vs good solid writing? Put me down for Bradbury.

Rob Hardy said...

When my boys were a little younger, we contemplated putting together an anthology of tear-inducing selections so my wife could practice reading them aloud without breaking down. I remember we were going to include the end of "Charlotte's Web," Virginia Lee Burton's "The Little House," and one or two select conversations between Harry and Dumbledore. I have to admit that I read the seventh Harry Potter out loud to my family, and had to stop at certain points to collect myself. It's worse as I get older and more like my wife. We've been re-watching the intense season two of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with our 16-year old son, and we've both dissolved a couple of times. It amuses our son.

raidergirl3 said...

Oh, what makes me cry in a book is a whole other post, I bawl like a baby very easily. Off the top of my head: Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird - Jean Little, A Bridge to Terabitha, Anne of GG, and every other Anne book after.

My vote is for EB White. Don't forget Stuart Little, along with Charlotte. I haven't read enough Bradbury to have an affinity.

Dewey said...

I'll try to remember when I get home from work to put your button on my blog, with a link to your journal, and post about it, in case that might get some more people over here voting! Remind me if I seem to forget, though, ok? I've had an insane day, one involving ambulances, even. Yikes.

I vote for White even though he wrote about spiders.

cj said...

As much as I love Charlotte's Web, I'll go with Bradbury on this one. He's one of the one's who fostered my love of the genre.

cjh

BookGal said...

I'm not bucking the trend. I'm voting for E.B. White. I love Charlotte's Web. Other books that make me cry: the end of Where the Red Fern Grows, Eve Bunting's The Wall and Thank You Mr. Falkner. I also sobbed when Isabel Allende wrote about the death of her daughter in Paula.

John Mutford said...

Dewey: I'd appreciate the help for sure!

Bookgal: While I'm familiar with Eve Bunting, I don't know that particular book. I know a lot of people who love that that Patricia Pollaco book, too.

Melanie said...

Aargh! You've got me here. Can't choose between these two, I love them both, for different reasons. Bradbury's short story "All Summer in a Day" was one of the most important stories of my childhood, but then so was White's book "The Trumpet of the Swan". Hmm. I will have to abstain this week. White was very modest - there's an amusing exchange of letters between he and his editor over at The Postman's Horn.

Ms. Place said...

E.B.White. No contest.

Nicole said...

I've been out of town since Wednesday and almost forgot to vote!

E. B. White. Because of Charlotte's Web. No other reason.

Books that made me cry . . . your blog page isn't long enough, John. Definitely the Harry Potter series, A Wrinkle in Time, Perelandra, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, just to name a few. There are so many others. In fact, it would be easier to list the books that didn't make me cry.

John Mutford said...

(Sob, sob) Voting has now closed.