Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Neil Gaiman VERSUS Douglas Coupland

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Neil Gaiman Vs. Cormac McCarthy), with a final score of 9-4, was Neil Gaiman.

I can't really comment on Gaiman's win much, as I've only ever read a short story by the guy. That's part of the problem with me trying out modern writers in the Wednesday Compares-- they're less likely to be read. I have, however, read a novel by McCarthy. While I can't say The Road deserved the Pulitzer or all the hype from the Oprah-machine, I did enjoy it a great deal. I agree with Remi last week on McCarthy's punctuation, "he most definitely knows how to use [it]."

I'm hoping a few more people have read this week's new challenger...

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 18, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?




15 comments:

Bybee said...

Douglas Coupland.

Sam Houston said...

Coupland.

Remi said...

You can almost set your watch by Coupland and that's a very good thing. Every year he spins another yarn and every year we line up to buy his work.

Microserfs still makes it onto my top 10 list after all these years.

Melanie said...

Although Coupland generally annoys me somehow, I think his work is pretty influential - just say Gen X. And he is a reliably prolific, Canadian writer. So I'll vote for Coupland.

kookiejar said...

I feel pretty strongly about this one. Coupland is pretentious and irritating.

Gaiman.

Stephanie said...

Sorry guys. I'm with Kookie. Gaiman is my man!!

Nicola said...

I've never read Coupland and actually never heard of him. Just checked the wiki link and his work doesn't sound like my cup of tea either, even though The Smith's Girlfriend in a Coma is one of my favourite songs ever. Not that that has anything to do with anything. My vote will go to ....

Gaiman

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Coupland, no contest.

Generation X and Microserfs still rank among my all-time favourites.

Carrie K said...

Gaiman

Corey Redekop said...

Sheesh, is this tough. I love Gaiman, but there's no denying Coupland's influence on the world in general.

But if it comes to sheer talent...

Gaiman.

raidergirl3 said...

COUPLAND!

BookGal said...

Coupland - just for the ending of Microsurfs. Wow!

Aaron said...

This is an easy one. I love Douglas Coupland. Even his worst book is good.

GeraniumCat said...

Very, very difficult but Gaiman for me.

Kimiko said...

Coupland. My first experience with him was in university when I had to read Girlfriend in a Coma for my CanLit class. Also loved Hey Nostradamus! and Eleanor Rigby.