Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Louisa May Alcott VERSUS Sylvia Plath



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

This week we say goodbye to Joseph Boyden. Boyden, as I've said many times on here, was the author behind Three Day Road, a book I quite enjoyed. However, for some reason, I still haven't made it to Through Black Spruce, the 2nd in the trilogy, which sits impatiently on my bookshelf. I'm not sure why this is. I have the same issue with Mary Lawson's The Other Side of the Bridge: I loved its predecessor Crow Lake, but haven't made the time for the next. Ditto for Seeing, the sequel to Jose Saramago's Blindness. Do you ever have this problem? I think, for me, there are two factors to blame: 1. I'm always wanting to read new authors and 2. I'm slightly nervous about the sophomore syndrome, where the 2nd can't possibly live up to my expectations.

I digress. Meet this week's contender.

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 22, 2010), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?

8 comments:

Kate said...

Alcott for me this week!

Loni said...

Sylvia Plath, please.

raidergirl3 said...

I'll go with Alcott. Plath is too depressing, not that I've read her, but she seems too depressing to even read.

I love that I can vote on what ever criteria I feel like!

Nicola said...

Alcott again for me.

Lahni said...

Alcott, again.

Scrat said...

I don't like either -- I am voting for Joseph Boyden. :0

John, I actually enjoyed The Other Side of the Bridge better than Crow Lake...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hmmm tough one - Alcott was important to me as a child, Plath important to be as a drama queen teenager.

Alcott, by virtue of having written more novels.

Bybee said...

Can you hear my screams over the ocean? You are too cruel.

I love both authors. I admire Alcott and always wish to go back in time and comfort Plath.

OK, I'm going with Plath. If she had lived, I think she would have calmed down a bit but retained her edge.