It turns out that, if your favorite is out and it isn’t either Arcadia or Where’d You Go, Bernadette, then your dreams of Rooster-prognostication glory are pretty much over. Sorry. Those are potential Zombies from the so-far eliminated. This means Dear Life, the book I enjoyed most but was wise enough not to invest my Rooster-hopes in, is gone from the TOB for good. So much worse for the TOB.
Match 6, Round 1
Beautiful Ruins (84%) beat The Song of Achilles (16%) as was expected.
Match 7, Round 1
Bring Up the Bodiesl (84%) advanced against HHhH (16%)
Match 8, Round 1
How Should a Person Be? (12%) upset Arcadia (88%)
Leaderboard – End of Round 1
1. (Perfect: Eight points) Linda J.
2.. (Seven points) Christopher H., Mike R.
6. (Six points) Jed S., Susan S., Jane Eyre, Lydia P., Jayme G., Neil R., Julie W., Felicity, Andrew B., Jeremy Z., Jim M., Kerry H. (me!)
Things are getting exciting. How long can Linda stay perfect? Will Chris or Mike be able to capitalize if she does misstep? Is there a hero among the large, hungry group of six-pointers? Yes, yes, excitement galore and only by the slow release of fowl judgments will these questions be answered. The tension is finger lickin’ good.
Um, anyway, the second round odds:
The Orphan Master’s Son 9-1 favorite over The Fault in Our Stars
Building Stories a 3-1 favorite over May We Be Forgiven
Gone Girl over Beautiful Ruins, 3-1.
Bring Up the Bodies over How Should a Person Be?, 1,000,000-1. (Actually, infinity-to-one, but let’s say there’s a chance.)
I will say that we seem, collectively, to underestimate The Fault in Our Stars, but I hope not. Everything else looks pretty accurate to me and, given my picks, would suit me as well as it is possible to be suited at this point. Not Armani, but still pretty nice.