Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 3: Clive Barker VERSUS John Grisham


The winner of the last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Anne Rice Vs. Clive Barker) with a final score of 8-0 was Clive Barker.

Despite Carl's prediction that it would be a runaway steal for Anne Rice, it was a shut-out against her. I've only read Interview With A Vampire and seen the movie, so I can't speak too much about her or her books. Like all vampire books, I wanted badly to like that one but they all fall short for me. I appreciated the feel of the New Orleans setting but I found the story just dull. I'll give it credit for inspiring Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting though. I love that album.

Moving on. (Note the surpise following the photos...)

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. 16th, 2008), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?



Next week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week. And while I wasn't up for any awards (dagnabbit!), I'm not going to let that ruin my fun. So, in honour of that occassion, for the first time in the history of the Great Wednesday Compare, I'm going to let someone else pick a contestant. If you have signed up to be a BBAW participant you can pick who you want to go up against either of these two gentlemen next week. Email me with your picks, stating two possibilities, i.e., "If John Grisham wins, I think he should compete against ___. But, if Clive Barker wins, I think he should compete against ___." I'll pick one contender from all the responses recieved (assuming I get any!) I can be reached at jmutford AT hotmail DOT com.

15 comments:

Remi said...

Tough call. I read and somewhat enjoyed the Pelican Brief but I think I will have to stick with Mr. Barker. Just a far more interesting person, silly jeans and all.

Corey Redekop said...

Barker wins. Grisham is a hack.

Stephanie said...

John Grisham has written some great novels. But I've found, as with a lot of writers, he seems to have gotten himself into a rut. Only so many legal thrillers I can read. Sticking with Barker again. Besides, T'is the season for the scary novel!

Carrie K said...

I'm voting for Clive Barker just on the basis of a few of his book blurbs. Odd I've never read him.

(I have loved the occasional Grisham novel but they all seem pretty interchangeable now).

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

I vote for Barker. He thinks of worlds I can't even understand where Grisham usually sticks to what he knows and not the unknown.
Neat contest.

April said...

I'm going to go against the grain and say Grisham.
Fun contest idea!!

Jackie B. said...

I vote with the majority. I will take the scary thriller over the legal thriller any day. My vote goes to Clive Barker.

brideofthebookgod said...

Still Barker

Jen said...

Well, since Grisham is in the minority (and I've never read Barker), I'll go with Grisham...his legal thrillers aren't the only books he's written well...A Painted House was excellent!

Jen said...

Not sure how to e-mail you, but I'm a BBAW registrant, and I would love to see Michael Koryta get some love here...

Nicola said...

I've never read a Grisham book in my life and doubt I ever will, unless maybe if I find myself in dire circumstances and only have a Grisham book to read.

So I'm voting Clive Barker again.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is a tough one. I've never read Grisham and I didn't like the Barker book I read. So I guess I am going with the devil I don't know - Grisham.

raidergirl3 said...

gotta go with grisham,

and alliteration scores as well.

Historia said...

I say John Grisham. I much prefer to read lawyers stories than horror stories.

Pelican Brief, The Jury and The Rainmaker are my favourites.

Book Zombie said...

My vote goes to Clive Barker, based on originality. Grishams' books just feel recycled to me.