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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 3- Zombie Edition- Neil Gaiman VERSUS John Irving


While Stan Lee and Beverly Cleary duke it out for a 2nd week, this week marks the return of the Great Wednesday Compare Zombie Edition. Sorry if I led some of you to believe this would be a scary turn of events. In the Zombie Edition two past contenders that didn't get the chance to compete against one another before, are resurrected to do battle once again. Last year Kookiejar (who appears to have returned from the blogging grave herself), brought back Kurt Vonnegut to compete against Isaac Asimov. I realize that the authors I've picked this week are, unlike Kookiejar's picks, not actually dead. Keep in mind, you don't have to be dead to be return from the proverbial grave. Douglas Coupland buried Neil Gaiman back in March, while J. D. Salinger put the nails in John Irving's coffin in September of last year. Now they're back and they're looking for brains. Precious brains...

I'll return next week with the results of this competition, as well as the regularly scheduled program.

Who's better?

12 comments:

Sam Houston said...

John Irving has written at least two of my favorite books of all time. So, for me, it's Irving by a mile.

Corey Redekop said...

Argh, this isn't fair. But as Irving wrote Garp, Hotel NH, and Cider House Rules, he's earned my respect and vote ten times over.

kirbc said...

Irving all the way. Quirky characters, crazy situations and some of the best endings I've ever read.

gypsysmom said...

I have loved most of Irving's books but I am a recent devotee of Gaiman's. What to do, what to do? Since I'm Canadian and love to root for the underdog and so far everyone else is voting for Irving, I'm choosing Gaiman. Besides, if you want to talk about quirky characters and crazy situations I think Gaiman can hold his own against Irving.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Arrrggghhh, tough one! I'm going to have to go with Irving, by a nose.

Historia said...

I'm gonna go with Neil Gaiman because I loved The underground London story (cant remember its name) and the Stardust movie.

Irving wrote Hotel new hampshire and the world according to garp and I didnt like them.

Remi said...

Irving, Irving, Irving. His novels are a joy, long yarns that beg to be savoured slowly. Gaimen just can't compare.

Furthermore, A Widow For One Year is near the top of my all time top 10 books.

Bybee said...

Irving wrote Garp, a book I read as a teenager. Sentiment rules the day.

Dale said...

John Irving. He'd win the wrestling match too.

kookiejar said...

Braaaaaaiiiiinnnnss!!

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not currently, nor have I ever been *officially* dead.

Um, in any case...my passionate love for John Irving is well documented. He's got my vote.

Chris said...

Hey Kookiejar!! How are ya?

I'm going with Gaiman. Just hope he doesn't come here looking for brains. He ain't going to find any.

Wendy said...

I haven't stopped in to vote for awhile, John...but I couldn't resist this one. John Irving is one of my all-time favorite authors. Three of his books appear on my top ten list of books: Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. So my vote goes to JOHN IRVING!!!