Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 3: Clive Barker VERSUS Joe Hill


The winner of the last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Clive Barker Vs. John Grisham) with a final score of 9-5 was Clive Barker.

The only books I've read by both of these authors were Everville (Barker) and The Testament (Grisham). I didn't really enjoy either (though in hindsight, Everville was more creative and I probably would have enjoyed it more had I read the first in the series), so I can only compare their movies. Surprisingly, the only Grisham movie I think I've seen was The Client. And that annoying little kid had nothing on Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies (I loved those as a teenager). So, I'm content with Grisham's loss.

This week, I'm turning over the control (somewhat). I had asked last week for BBAW participants to give me their suggestions for the next contender. I had a lot of good names thrown out, but I had to settle on just one (though not to worry, a few others are put on reserve!). I'm going with April's pick: Joe Hill. I thought this was an interesting choice since Stephen King is quoted as saying "I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker" and said Barker is "so good that I am literally tongue-tied. He makes the rest of us look like we’ve been asleep for the past ten years." Yet, Joe Hill was recently revealed as Stephen King's son. But this is not WWSKD (What Would Stephen King Do?) this is your decision.

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. 23rd, 2008), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?

13 comments:

Chris said...

I'm going with the kid: Joe Hill.

Corey Redekop said...

Ooch. I haven't read Hill, but that hasn't stopped others from voting before, soo...

Barker. He's proven himself time and again. Hill may be a talent, but he hasn't withstood the test of time.

Remi said...

It's the jeans that keep me coming back. And the weirdness. Though being King's son would be plenty weird, indeed.

Barker it is.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Just because he looks EXACTLY like the old man doesn't mean I want to vote for him. Barker, begrudgingly, it is.

M. said...

Hi, found you via BBAW! Love the idea of the Canadian challenge, I've included you as a featured blog on my site today.

Carrie K said...

Joe Hill is Stephen King's son? I did not know that.

I can't vote on this one. I haven't read either and I'm intrigued by book blurbs of both.

Nicola said...

Well, I haven't read Joe Hill's novel yet, though I'm pretty sure that I will like it. But I can't really compare someone who's only written one novel (and a short story collection) to someone who has done as much as Clive Barker has done, and done so brilliantly,

My vote is for Clive Barker.

Book Zombie said...

My vote goes to Barker again. Again I like his originality, his stories are so different and unique.

I've read Joe Hill, and while I enjoyed his books very much, there was nothing fresh or outstanding about them.

raidergirl3 said...

He's related to Steve, that's good enough for me: Joe Hill

I haven't read any Barker and I've read one King, so I actually have read the guy I'm voting for, it's not just nepotism.

Melanie said...

I'll vote Barker; as mentioned, he has a much longer writing history to judge him on. Besides, Joe needs a shave...

Bybee said...

I'm going to go with Joe Hill. I enjoyed Heart-Shaped Box and hope to read 20th Century Ghosts soon.

There's no way Stephen King and Joe Hill could deny being father and son..they look like cookie cutouts!

April said...

Yes, Joe Hill was my pick, so of course I am going to vote for him, lol! If you have not yet read Heart Shaped Box, by him, I HIGHLY recommend it. An awesome and suspenseful read. I couldn't but it down. I also eagerly await his next release! For anyone interested, here is my review link for that book: http://cafeofdreams.blogspot.com/2007/11/heart-shaped-box-by-joe-hill.html

brideofthebookgod said...

I've just finished Heart-Shaped Box and was deeply impressed, so Joe Hill it is