"I’m intrigued by Judge Martin’s comment that the order in which he read these books affected his opinion of them. No doubt that is true for all of us, but I wonder how often we even notice it. Unless you are specifically asked to compare two books to one another, would you even be conscious of the fact that the book you are reading has been “overshadowed” by the book you read just before it?"
Kevin Guilfoile, color commentator
(via The Morning News Tournament of Books)
What would constitute a surprise verdict in almost any other venue is often to be expected here at the ToB. That Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life was put out of the running in the opening round by Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees only to return and handily defeat it in the Zombie Round is kinda how the Rooster do (cf. True Facts).
Color commentator Kevin Guilfoile raises an interesting question about judge Jeff Martin’s decision, however, when he points out that Life After Life may have had a small advantage going in since he read it first. Maybe there’s no accounting for taste after all? Or the calculus is just too damned difficult? (We’re book people.)
Follow the link above to read the commentary, which contains instructions on a contest, sponsored by Field Notes, to guess the ToB grand champion tomorrow!