This Wednesday's postcard from Great Britain is a special treat for the literary among us. If you don't see why this is so amusing . . . well, there's always Google.
A Conversation With Marianne . . .
"So there's a Website which is doing a March Madness thing, pitting new fantasy novels against each other and letting the fans vote on them. The Dragons of Babel just made it through the first round."
"Well, that's good."
"I dunno. Maybe it would have been better if it had lost the first round and that was it."
"I see what you mean."
I have an aversion to the whole let's-drop-these-books-in-a-bottle-and-make-them-fight-like-two-scorpions thing because . . . well, because it's nonsense. Right now my novel is up against Niven and Pournelle's Escape from Hell, which I haven't read yet. But I quite enjoyed Inferno, the book to which it is a sequel. So I wouldn't get any pleasure out of besting (if I did) what is presumably a worthy book.
Still. I can remember what simple fun the competition would have seemed to me before I had a dog in the fight. A great opportunity to gossip about books I liked. So, what the heck, the site hosting the enterprise is Bookspot Central and you can access the thing here.
Just don't tell me when I drop out of the competition, okay?