Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Joseph Boyden VERSUS Louisa May Alcott



The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Joseph Boyden Vs David Adams Richards), with a final score of 5-4, was Joseph Boyden!

What an interesting vote last week. Never has it alternated back and forth as much. One vote Boyden, one vote Richards, one vote Boyden, and so on, coming down to a 4-4 tie. But as always in the case of a tie, I get to decide the winner (it is my blog afterall). It's probably no surprise that I'm going with Boyden. I really enjoyed Three Day Road, and when I met him in person, he turned out to be supremely warm and modest and funny. Granted, Richards might be those things too, but alas, our paths have never crossed. You may be asking who cares what he's like as long as he's a better writer, but I've only read one of his books, the nonfiction Hockey Dreams, and wasn't overly impressed. So book for book, I'd still pick Boyden.

This week's newest contender is probably coming out of left field.

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 16, 2010), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?

9 comments:

Kate said...

You are making these compares difficult these days, but I'm going to have to stick with Joseph Boyden. While I do love Little Women, that is the only book of LMA that I go back to; whereas I love both of Joseph Boyden's novels, and can't wait for the next one!

Bybee said...

If Alcott's in the running, I always vote for Alcott.

Chris said...

Alcott for me.

Sandra said...

They're not getting any easier John. I have to vote Alcott too.

Lahni said...

Alcott!

Scrat said...

I must disagree with the others --This week is a "no-brainer". Joseph Boyden ROCKS! His detailed portrayals of the aboriginal snipers on the European battlefront (in Three Day Road) as well as the young female aboriginal model in New York (in Through Black Spruce) reveal a very Canadian "solitude"...one that we seldom have the opportunity to glimpse.
Joseph Boyden gets my vote!

Nicola said...

Finally, someone I've heard of *and* love! LMA gets my vote!

gypsysmom said...

I'm going with Boyden again. Louisa May Alcott may have ruled my adolescence but I've grown up. Besides he's Canadian and this is a Canadian book blog.

Teddy Rose said...

Where on earth do you come up with these comparisons. I don't think these authors have even 1 think in common. LOL!

Having to choose, I'll go with Joseph Boyden.