Heeeere Comes the Rooster: The Tournament of Books Longlist

TMNroosterFIN [Converted]The long list for the 2014 Tournament of Books is up; let the opining begin. Out of the 90-odd novels listed I’ve read eight, own another four, and have six or so more either on library hold or vaguely wishlisted. That means I stand a half decent shot of being able to hold forth in biased fashion on most of the brackets come March. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen, but it makes me happy—I haven’t had the bandwidth for a good lit bicker in a couple of years, and I’ve missed it. For anyone unfamiliar with The Morning News-sponsored Tournament of Books, it operates on a March Madness bracket system, with a knowledgeable literary-type person judging each one. But hands down the best part of the fun is in the comments section, which is open to anyone with something to say. And there are a lot of those.

As usual, it’s a good eclectic list. I’m a bit surprised to see We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves missing, as well as Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Bobcat—they were all well-beloved in the circles I run in. But so goes the voting, and I hope the final 16 picks make for some spirited discussion. This will be the tenth Tournament of Books—or ToB X, as they’re calling it, which reminds me of nothing so much as my son, who was eight the year of Super Bowl XXX, asking me what went on in the halftime show to get it a triple-X rating. By those standards the Tournament of Books, in comparison, is only mildly racy, but I’m looking forward to it anyway. Time to get reading so I can kibbitz and kvetch with the best of them.

Share

1 Comment to Heeeere Comes the Rooster: The Tournament of Books Longlist

  1. Terry Weyna's Gravatar Terry Weyna
    December 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve read only one of the books listed — Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which is definitely one of the best books of the year. Like you, I own a fair number of the others and have several wishlisted. I, too, am surprised that Vampires in the Lemon Grove isn’t there. And you don’t mention this, but I’m very pleased to see several SF/F/H novels on the list, even if they are generally more mainstream-oriented than genre-oriented.

    Now: how do I decide what to read next?!

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Subscribe