Kevin from Canada retains his yellow jersey with The Finkler Question‘s win today. He still has plenty of company (roughly 20 are perfect). And nobody is more than two points off the lead.
The predicted winner of tomorrow’s match: A Visit From the Goon Squad
Contest Entrants’ Choices: 60% A Visit From the Goon Squad vs. 40% Skippy Dies
Perhaps the most unfortunate first round matchup has the favorite to win it all, A Visit From the Goon Squad (a whopping 37% of entrants chose Egan’s novel as the eventual winner), going up against Murray’s much loved Skippy Dies which is the second most picked novel to win it all (16% of entrants chose it). Not only should these books have been separated in the initial round, they should have been in separate halves of the brackets. But, we work with what we are given.
This is the third match in which I have read, so far, only one of the contenders. I have picked Skippy Dies to win it all in a Goon Squad/Skippy Dies Finals rematch. Goon Squad, however, was and is my pick to take this first round match. Egan’s work beautifully swirls around the lives of a cast of characters connected, in some way, to music industry executive Bennie Salazar, or I could have picked Lou or Rhea or Sasha. The characters are all within six degrees of Kevin Bacon and each other. It hardly matters who you peg as the center. Egan’s control of these connected, sometimes closely, sometimes tenuously, stories to make a point about time and the multi-faceted nature of modern man is awesome. I expect Skippy Dies to be a lovable book, but A Visit from the Goon Squad deserves its top seed and at least one win.
[Oops. I meant to “Schedule” the post, not post it. See, I am working ahead….heh…]