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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 3: Anne Rice VERSUS Clive Barker


The winner of the last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Sidney Sheldon Vs. Anne Rice) with a final score of 10-1 was Anne Rice.

Bye-bye Sidney. Guess Anne took a bite of him. Again, I still haven't read anything by him, but probably will at some point. I went through a phase many years ago in which I decided to read a bunch of authors whom I'd prejudged to assume I wouldn't enjoy. A friend of mine suggested that I not waste so much time on them, when almost without fail, they lived down to my expectations. I justified it by saying that an opinion without knowledge is just snobbery. But after a while I realized, there are just so many books out there, including ones I expect to like, that I'll never get around to them all; so why not focus on those that look promising? But, Sidney Sheldon was supposed to be part of that original experiment, and I'll still make time for him...someday.

With this week's two competitors, it seems like a good time to wish those of you participating in Carl's R.I.P. III Challenge, the best of luck... with your reading, and your sleeping! I'm hoping to partake in Peril The First, and will be reading Dark Masques, a collection of short stories featuring Stephen King, Robert R. McCammon, Ray Bradbury and others.



Moving on...

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. (Sept. 9th, 2008), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?

8 comments:

Corey Redekop said...

Barker, no question. The Damnation Game is the scariest novel I've ever read, The Books of Blood continually freak me out, and I await each new release like a kid at xmas.

Rice? Meh. She had a few good books in her, but she's rapidly descended into mediocrity.

Carl V. said...

So glad you are joining in the challenge. Hard to vote on this one. I've only read one Anne Rice book, The Mummy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Haven't read any Barker, with the exception of the material he wrote for the PC game he helped create, Clive Barker's Undying...which is a fantastically creepy game. Since Rice is probably the runaway favorite, I'll go with Barker on this one.

bookchronicle said...

I have to go with Clive too. :)

Remi said...

Barker. Though I've not read anything by him, I saw him introduce Stephen King at an event last year and he just seems so much cooler than Rice. And stranger.

Nicola said...

I've only read a few books (so far) by Barker but they were fabulous. And I watched the movie Hellraiser a dozen times as a teen. Very scary stuff!

Barker gets my vote!

brideofthebookgod said...

I'm going with Clive; I've read several of his short stories which can be truly weird, he created Hellraiser and the marvellous Pinhead, and of course there's always the British thing....

Stephanie said...

Sheesh. You are KILLING me here!! I love them both. But I think Clive will get the nod this week!! Because he really creeps me out sometimes!

GeraniumCat said...

Barker for me: I don't like many of his books (too squeamish!) but Imajica was good, and I really like his children's writing, especially Abarat. Don't think much of Rice.