Final 4! Semi-final #1

This is it! We started with sixteen awesome books and four legends have emerged to duke it out in a pair of glorious semi-finals. Who will achieve eternal fame?

Let’s take a look at the fortunate four and the paths they took to get here (with a few editorial comments to establish some drama…):

  1. The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
    • A contender unlike any other, O’Brien’s evocative, challenging novel has crushed its competition, powering to the semi-final on the strength of vivid imagery and unforgettable characters.
    • Round 1 – defeated Gone Girl
    • Round 2 – defeated The Autobiography of Henry VIII
  2. The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller)
    • A dark horse finalist, Miller’s rendering of immortal Achilles’ story will need its beautiful prose and Patroclus’ unique point of view to shine through if it hopes to fight for a spot in the final.
    • Round 1 – defeated Lolita
    • Round 2 – defeated Lonesome Dove
  3. American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
    • A true heavyweight and the odds-on favorite (but who’s counting), Gaiman’s inventive, ingenious classic will rely on the charisma of its characters to get to the final.
    • Round 1 – defeated Station Eleven
    • Round 2 – defeated The Iliad
  4. The King Must Die (Mary Renault)
    • A versatile semi-finalist, Renault’s retelling of the myth of Theseus can chalk up its success to its uncanny ability to breath life and credibility into a hero of the ancient Greek world.
    • Round 1 – defeated The Boys in the Boat
    • Round 2 – defeated The Grass Crown

And now, without further ado, I give you our first semi-final! Vote well, vote often.*


*Multiple votes are allowed, so champion your favorite through to the final!

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