Two Shall Enter, One Shall Leave a.k.a. the 5th and Final Round of Summer Madness!

By Peter SM RSS Fri, August 10, 2018

We're now into the fifth and final round of our Summer Madness blockbuster reads online bracket game!

Amongst 32 titles vying for the prize, our finalists Life of Pi and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy rose to the top of the pack to go head-to-head in this final matchup.

Over the past few weeks we've given an overview of the brackets and idea behind the game, learned about the stories behind the books, and compared stats about the competing titles (genre, page count, number sold, etc.)

Today, let's see how these two final books were reviewed by critics:

"Life of Pi could renew your faith in the ability of novelists to invest even the most outrageous scenario with plausible life."— The New York Times Book Review

"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction."— Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An impassioned defense of zoos, a death-defying trans-Pacific sea adventure a la Kon-Tiki, and a hilarious shaggy-dog story . . . : This audacious novel manages to be all of these." — The New Yorker

"Readers familiar with Margaret Atwood, Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and Carol Shields should learn to make room on the map of contemporary Canadian fiction for the formidable Yann Martel." — Chicago Tribune


“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.” — The Washington Post Book World

"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves." — School Library Journal

“[A] whimsical odyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.” — Publishers Weekly

“Irresistible!” — The Boston Globe




Only YOU can decide who will be declared the literary champ!

Just click on the image of the book you think should win in this week's championship match and then click the vote button at the bottom of the page. We'll tally all of the votes and announce the winner next week!


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