1. (12/16) Jim
2. (11/16) Christy, Jed, Mike, Susan,
3. (9/16) Amy, David, Jeremy, Kathryn, Kevin from Canada, Lawrence, Matt, Meagan, and The Reading Ape.
Kevin from Canada, Mike, Tim, and Susan are the only four to correctly pick The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and three of the four are rewarded with a spot on the leaderboard. Tim is just back at seven. Congratulations to the leaders. There are still over half the available contest points left to go (a perfect score would be 40/40), so leaders can become losers and vice versa.
My predicted winner of Semifinals Match One: A Visit From the Goon Squad
Contest Entrants’ Choices: 63% Freedom vs. 71% A Visit From the Goon Squad (these numbers add to well over 100% because many chose both to make it to the Zombie Round and I learned from Florida how difficult it can be to try to determine voter intent)
A Visit From the Goon Squad should be declared the winner. Where Egan’s work is lean, Freedom is flabby. Where Franzen tries to be profound, Goon Squad is. Neither is perfect, but A Visit From the Goon Squad is more perfect. It should win and the percentages (which have generally shown the wisdom of this crowd to be lacking) suggest it will.