Feb 2, 2010

Critical Monkey! Update the 7th!

Man, what a month! Two disqualified entries, new reviews from four contestents, a newbie with three(!) reviews in one month, and a whole lotta pain and misery.

Bring it on!

Acceptance (seven reviews)

Depression (six reviews)

Anger (five reviews)

Lori L
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Roses of Glory by Mary Pershall
Spock's World by Diane Duane
A Texan's Honor by Leigh Greenwood
Star Wars: Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer *ineligible for contention*

Corey Redekop
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Justice Riders by Chuck Norris
Jake and the Kid by W.O. Mitchell
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson & Martin Dugard *ineligible for contention*

Steve Zipp
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
The Whiteoaks of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola

Guilt (four reviews)

Empire of Lies by Andrew Klaven
A Merry Heart by Wanda E. Brunsetter
A Washington, D.C. by Robert J. Hensler
It's Not that I'm Bitter by Gina Barreca

Bargaining (three reviews)

Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
Double Cross by James Patterson

Denial (two reviews)

Generation Dead/Generation Dead: Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Shock (one review)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

First off, welcomes go out to Scrat with three reviews in the space of a month. Way to raise the bar for the rest of us. Or lower, I'm not sure. Anyway, good job, and I share your pain on the James Patterson. And kudos to Steve Zipp (winner of last month's signed copy of Mark Rayner's The Amadeus Net) for keeping us relatively highbrow with another discerning entry. And good job for me, for keeping my sanity after The Murder of King Tut had me gnashing my teeth in despair. Big ups as well for Lori, who kept herself honest and removed her critique of Twilight from contention, even though it probably cost her a few years of her lifespan.

And now, the big draw of the month for all new reviews, an ARC copy of Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey goes to: SCRAT! Big shock, she loaded the deck. Congrats, and I'll get that in the mail as soon as I get a mailing address from you.
Only five months to go! Who will survive? Who will fall by the wayside? Who writes this stuff?


Scrat said...

Wow! I feel honoured...maybe the pain inflicted by the Jameses (Patterson and Frey) will be assuaged by Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey -- I am glad it is not "James" Fforde as I am definately off any author whose name is James....Thanks. I am looking forward to another new author to read.

Scrat said...

Well, I just finished another review. It will be up to you to decide whether or not should be disqualified as an entry for the Critical Monkey Challenge.
Next up -- Stephen King...ugh!

Steve said...

Another classic that's been mouldering on my shelves for far too long, Little Dorrit

Scrat said...

Hey Monkeys--
I just wanted to let you know that I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my mailbox and received Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. Thanks you very much!
[I said in my last comment that I was reading Steven King -- and I am, but I am also reading Lamb by Christopher Moore -- not my usual fare but interesting and funny.]

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