Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has won this year’s Man Booker Prize! I’m halfway through it, and it’s good, so we all have my review to look forward to. But let’s wrap up the rest of the shortlisted novels first. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

A Modest Proposal in Defense of Sucker Punch

The other day, my brother and I went to see Sucker Punch. I’d promised him we’d go together long before I’d heard all the terrible reviews. Despite the warnings of La Belle Amelie and others, I was disappointed. This is not because it was bad or offensive ““ which it was! ““ but because it could have been so much worse. Read More A Modest Proposal in Defense of Sucker Punch

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Final Vote

It was another record setting night for votes, and both races were so close I didn’t know who was going to win until the last possible minute.  Tonight we’ll vote in the final Sweet Sixteen battle, then tomorrow at this time I’ll reveal the Elite Eight. Read More Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Final Vote

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Day Two

OH THE HUMANITY.  There will be some sad fans in Persephone world tonight, ladyreaders.  We’re sending two more contenders away and adding two badasses to the Elite Eight with tonight’s vote, but first let’s see how last night turned out.   Click on, if you dare! Read More Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Day Two

Middlemarch Madness, The Sweet Sixteen Revealed

We’re well over halfway done with Middlemarch Madness.  We’ve trimmed 48 brave, wonderful, badass women and young women from our original field, and now we’re down to the final sixteen contenders.  They’ll face off next week, with two poll questions per day instead of our usual four. Read More Middlemarch Madness, The Sweet Sixteen Revealed

Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 3

Tonight we’ll decide the final four ladies who are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and it looks like it’s going to be another tough vote.  Last night, we again beat our top number of voters, so I’m tickled that there are more and more of you coming out to support your favorite fictional ladies. Read More Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 3

Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 2

Persephoneers, I kind of don’t want to tell some of you how last night’s vote turned out.  I am totally typing this while wearing a suit of bubble wrap, because I am afraid of how the results are going to go over.  Remember, dear Persephoneers, there’s always next year.  Also, killing the messenger is so cliche.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it.  As soon as I put on this goalie mask.

The Winners

In YA Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia, Lyra (53%) defeats Eowyn (47%).

In YA Fiction, Harriet (55%) beats Ramona (45%).

In Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy/Dystopia, Vivianne (66%) defeats Susan Sto Helit (34%).

In Adult Fiction, Kate (68%) beats Celie (32%), and I just don’t even.

The New Bracket

Middlemarch Bracket 11

The New Poll