I was inspired to read Good Omens by our Middlemarch Madness voting this year, in which an unknown-to-me Neil Gaiman character (Anathema Device) made it pretty far. The book, a joint venture between Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, tells the story of the imminent apocalypse through the eyes of a slew of delightfully quirky characters. Read More Nerdy Book Reviews: Good Omens
Last night we looked at the nominees for the YA SciFi/Fantasy division of our upcoming Middlemarch bracket competition. We have our top 16, which I’ll reveal after the cut. It was close among everyone in the top spots, except for Hermione (80% of you voted for her) and Meg Murray, who both got at least twice as many votes as anyone else.
Tonight, we’re focusing on the Adult lit end of the SciFi/Fantasy spectrum to find our top 16 grown-up badasses who will be duking it out until there is but one. Like yesterday, you can pick up to five of your favorites and the 16 with the highest number of votes will move on. We don’t have to axe nearly as many ladies in any of the remaining divisions, so perhaps these votes will be less painful. First, let’s look at the list of YA contenders, in order from most to least votes.
1. Hermione Granger
2. Meg Murray
3. Katniss Everdeen & Lyra Belaqua
5. Coraline, Alanna & Luna Lovegood
6. Ginny Weasley
8. Alice (of In Wonderland fame)
9. Vicky Austin
10. Tiffany Aching, Lucy Pevensie & Sabriel
11. Tally Youngblood
Moving on to tonight’s list, here are your nominees:
Susan Sto Helit, Esmerelda Weatherwax, Gytha Ogg, Adora Belle Dearheart, Sacharissa Cripslock, Sybil Vimes, Angua, Cheery Littlebottom. All from Terry Pratchett.
Karin Murphy, Molly Canpenter and Charity Carpenter from Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files series
Janelle from Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series
Morgaine and Viviane from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Anita Blake from the Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Liath from the Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliott
Nynaeve, Egwene, Aviendha, and Elayne from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Rachel Morgan from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Tarma and Kethry, Kerowyn, and Elspeth from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Harry from The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Jenna/Skada from Jane Yolen’s Kushiel’s Dart
Phedre from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart
Fran from Stephen King’s The Stand
And on with the vote-y goodness. Remember – you can pick up to five!