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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Ann-Marie MacDonald VERSUS Joseph Boyden



The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Ann-Marie MacDonald Vs Carson McCullers), with a final score of 5-3, was Ann-Marie MacDonald!

This week we bid farewell to Carson McCullers. If you happened to catch my ranking of favourite novels read last year, you might remember that my number one was McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. I still don't like the title, but man, what a fine book. As B.Kienapple said in the comments last week, it was "chillingly excellent." Now I need to read something else by her.

In any case, we move 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. (Feb 2, 2010), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?

11 comments:

Kate said...

Oh no - now I'm torn! Two authors whose books I have read and loved. Can I cast 2 votes this week? OK, let's approach this logically. Of the books by these authors that I have read (Fall on your Knees, The Way the Crow Flies, and Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet by Ann-Marie MacDonald; and Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden), my favourite would have to be Fall on Your Knees. So my vote this week is staying with:

Ann-Marie MacDonald.

Tough call this week, and I'll be happy no matter who wins!

Scrat said...

Oh John -- you are TRULY EVIL! How can you torture us so???? Like Kate, I too have read and loved all the novels she has enumerated. My favourite though is Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyen, followed closely by The Way the Crow Flies. Hence, my vote this week will have to go to Joseph Boyden...with sincere apologies extended to Ann-Marie Macdonald. (Subliminal message --Blame John, Blame John!)

Dale said...

No accusations of torture but you may want to torture me - I've never read Boyden. I have read and loved Ann-Marie so she gets my vote.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have never read Joseph Boyden's books, but wasn't he the author you were locking lips with last year? Yeah, he gets my vote for that.

Melwyk said...

Oh, tough decision to make. I think I'll go with Joseph Boyden though, as he got some of my nonreading friends to actually read, with his Three Day Road. So my vote goes to him this week.

Kerri said...

Having fallen in love with Through Black Spruce my vote will be for Boyden.

Teddy Rose said...

John, you realize we are comparing apples to oranges here. Both authors are great but do have different styles. It's almost a toss up for me. So sorry Ann-Marie but this week I have to go with Joseph Boyden.

John Mutford said...

Teddy: Actually, we did that before and apples won.

Wanda said...

Love her plays; love her novels!
My vote once again goes to Ann-Marie MacDonald.

gypsysmom said...

I'm voting for Joseph Boyden this time around. Three Day Road took us through the hell of the trenches and then in Through Black Spruce we saw the fallout of the decision to remove children from their homes and parents and move them to residential schools. I can't think of two more difficult subjects to write about but Boyden did it brilliantly.

Remi said...

I'll dive in at the last moment. Three Day Road wasn't near as good as I'd hoped it would be. I think Boyden can be great. He just has to stop trying so hard. MacDonald for me.