Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Neil Gaiman VERSUS Cormac McCarthy

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Terry Pratchett vs. Neil Gaiman), with a final score of 7-5, was Neil Gaiman.

I expected this win to be a larger margin than it was. I've only read one Pratchett novel and I really didn't enjoy it. But while I'm not a fan, I appreciate that others are and for them, and for Pratchett himself, I was truly sorry for this piece of news.

Moving on to yet another contemporary, this week both contenders had movie versions of their books released last year: Stardust and No Country For Old Men.

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 11, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?







15 comments:

3M said...

I've read two by Gaiman, Coraline (which I *adored*) and Stardust. I've only read one McCarthy, The Road.

Ya know, I'm tempted to give it to Gaiman solely because he knows how to use punctuation. But I so loved The Road...

Argh, this is tough. They're so different that it should be easy, but it's actually more difficult because of that fact.

I'm going with Gaiman, I guess. I loved The Road so much, but Gaiman has better female characters and better punctuation!

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pussreboots said...

Neil Gaiman for the shallow reason that I've read his books and haven't read McCarthy's.

Stephanie said...

It's really hard to compare because their writing is SO different. But you know me....Gaiman until the end!!

Wendy said...

McCarthy was a new to me author in 2007 and I loved his book The Road. So, I'm giving McCarthy the nod on this one.

varietyofwords said...

Oh man, absolutely no contest. Cormac McCarthy. Gaiman is incredibly overrated.

Melanie said...

Gaiman this week. I have a complete opposite opinion than varietyofwords -- I think Cormac McCarthy is so overrated.

kookiejar said...

'The Road' was one of those books that set me on fire (in a good way), but none of McCarthy's other books have affected me that way (although I've enjoyed them all). Gaiman is consistently more entertaining...plus he's really cute.

Put me down (slightly reluctantly) for Gaiman again.

Nicola said...

I've read 2 Gaiman and 1 McCarthy. My vote goes to Gaiman because I hated The Road.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yoiks, I haven't read either, so I am doing eanie meanie minie mo. And it's Gaiman!

Remi said...

I'm opting for McCarthy because he most definitely knows how to use punctuation. Like some others (Canuck writers Michael Winter and Lisa Moore come to mind) he just prefers not to let punctuation get in the way.


To do it well, as McCarthy does, takes a lot of skill.

Sam Houston said...

I absolutely don't get Gaiman at all and find him extremely boring to the point that I've never been able to complete one of his books.

McCarthy, on the other hand, writes like an adult and I appreciate his style and his content. Easy choice for me...McCarthy.

Bybee said...

Abstain.

Neil Gaiman's kind of cute.

nadinebc said...

I found the Road much too dark, and I need a little light. I hated his dialog style. The book is a good read though, and no one can say Cormac is not a talented writer- I just did not enjoy the novel.

Stardust is vastly different. A fairytale for adults, a vast and magical world. Liked the characters- enjoyed the tale.

Chris said...

Gaiman

Rob Hardy said...

I vote for James Joyce's "Araby." One of my favorite stories ever. Wait. What was the question?