As you know if you've been reading this blog over the last few weeks, The Morning News Tournament of Books has been enthralling me. It is interesting to me to see how people read and review (and disagree on) certain "top shelf" titles.Today, the winner was announced for this year's tournament. And it's The Sisters Brothers, a book that has been in award announcements and reviews all year. It's also a "zombie book," which means it was originally knocked out of the tournament by a judge, but the fans voted it back into contention.
I first noticed this book last fall when I wrote about the Man Booker competition (click here). I don't always like to read the books that everyone is talking about because they often don't deliver for me.
The Sisters Brothers is particularly hard for me to pick up because it's a genre I don't normally find interesting (Westerns), it has been compared often to Cormac McCarthy (not my fave), and it is often described as incredibly violent (which is neither a con nor a pro for me).
The interesting thing for me about this year's Tournament of Books, though, has been the very thoughtful and thought-provoking reviews by the judges. Today, all of the judges weighed in on The Sisters Brothers, and I have to admit that their views have changed my mind about the book.
I'm intrigued by the humor that is often referenced, by the idea that the author is "an amazing storyteller" with a "stellar future ahead of him." And who couldn't love that incredible cover design?
So, okay Morning News, you hooked me with your zombie by going right for my brain. I'll let you know what I think about the book after I read it.
And I know how you love lists (well, I do and I hope you do). The tournament commentator John Warner has provided readers with his list of "books to watch" this year for the 2013 tournament.
Even though it's only March, John? Oh well, I do like to see what's on a list like that, so here you go. And note the Zombie book. Probably has an unfair advantage with a title like that: