The lead pack is down to twelve. You probably know who you are, but Kathryn gets the yellow jersey for being an early entrant. If the second half of the first round does not generate more surprises, surely the next round will.
The predicted winner of Monday’s match: Lord of Misrule
Contest Entrants’ Choices: 70% Lord of Misrule vs. 30% Nox
I have not yet read either of these, though I hope to knock Lord of Misrule out before Monday. So far, there have been no upsets and, while I would have liked Nox as a Cinderella pick against The Finkler Question, So Much For That, Super Sad True Love Story, or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Lord of Misrule has the personality, despite a top seed, of an underdog. It is not, in other words, a book a judge will enjoy knocking off a pedestal because it has no pedestal. Nox could hardly have drawn a worse first round opponent. Conversely, Nox is capable of upsetting any other book. Monday’s match should be interesting.