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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Terry Pratchett VERSUS Neil Gaiman

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Jack London vs. Terry Pratchett), with a final score of 8-3, was Terry Pratchett.

Finally back from my vacation in Newfoundland, I remembered once again something I realized a while ago: Canada is a great beautiful country, but traveling it's a bitch.

Speaking of Canada, as I was compiling my list of authors and books for the Canadian Book Challenge, I found myself stumped at Jack London. I was pretty sure Call of the Wild and White Fang were set in the Yukon, but I wasn't sure what his nationality was. Turns out London was from California, but I included his books anyway. This week we say good-bye to the honorary Canadian.

Now it's time for friend versus friend.

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. (March 4, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?





17 comments:

Nicola said...

I've only read a couple of Gaimans, one was great and one was just ok so my vote is going for ...

Terry Pratchett

Stephanie said...

John, you KNOW my love for Gaiman!! So this is an easy one for me. Neil Gaiman!!

pussreboots said...

Pratchett. I've enjoyed a larger % of his books versus Gaiman's.

raidergirl3 said...

I've read Gaiman so I'll vote for him. I really liked the book they did together -Good Omens.

Laila said...

Pratchett again! Like nicola, I read one great book by Gaiman and one ok one, so I vote Pratchett. (And I wasn't kidding about checking out this fan site.) Gread match-up though. It made me pause for a second.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is a sneaky matchup! I will have to respectfully decline voting as I have not actually read either, but Good Omens is on my spring reading list.

Framed said...

"Good Omens" was one of my favorites. It's so hard to choose, but I'm going with Neil Gaiman. I've really enjoyed the ones of his that I've read.

Bybee said...

Can't vote again. Haven't read either of these gentlemen.
[quiet sobbing]

Chris said...

Gaiman please. Glad you had a nice visit.

snackywombat said...

i'm embarrassed to say that i've never read pratchett but i find gaiman kind of sleazy. so... pratchett. puss reboots, my kitty looks like your icon!

GeraniumCat said...

Oh, that's so unfair! I know the minute I vote for one, I'm going to wish I'd chosen the other, and I'll feel so disloyal. But - just by a squeak - Gaiman.

John Mutford said...

Laila: Thanks for the link. I did check it out and recommend it for Discworld fans or for the Discworld-curious. And in the interest of keeping things balanced, does anyone recommend a particular Gaiman fan-site?

Remi said...

I am at a loss. I have read neither. Therefore, I figured I would vote for Gaiman because there are more vowels in Neil Gaiman. I then reconsidered and will vote for Mr. Pratchett for his abundance of consonants.

Rob Hardy said...

One of my sons likes "Wee Free Men" (Pratchett) and the other likes "Coraline" (Gaiman). I can't play favourites, so I'll abstain this week.

Corey Redekop said...

Interesting. Hmm. I like them both, but I'll have to give the edge to Gaiman. Pratchett always makes me chuckle, and his Discworld is an inspired piece of world-building. But I don't believe he has the chops that Gaiman has in going beyond the trappings of the genre to wrest something more profound from the fantastic.

Vote: Gaiman.

kookiejar said...

I hope I'm not too late!

Gaiman. No question.

Mary said...

Neil Gaiman does not deserve to polish Sir PTerry's boots. I wish I could get the time I wasted reading Neverwhere back, so I could read the 40+ books of Pratchett's a third or fourth time each.