Wisdom of Kammbia 3.24: Who Is The Best Novelist? (Elite 8 Round Part II)

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We have reached the Elite 8 in the Sixty-Four Novelist March Madness Style Tournament to determine whom readers believe is the best novelist or the most beloved novelist. The winner of the Stephen King Bracket will face the winner of the Cormac McCarthy Bracket.

Here are the results from The Sweet 16 round in the Stephen King bracket:

1 seed Stephen King vs 29 seed Tony Hillerman (King beats Hillerman 80% to 20%)

2 seed John Grisham vs 24 seed Sidney Sheldon (Grisham beats Sheldon in an unanimous decision)

3 seed Dean Koontz vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard (Leonard beats Koontz 66% to 34% in an upset.)

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 21 seed Anne McCaffrey (Bradbury beats McCaffrey 75% to 25%)

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 20 seed Michael Connelly (Clancy beats Connelly 75% to 25%)

7 seed Anne Rice vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans (Evans beats Rice 66% to 34% in an upset.)

8 seed Nora Roberts vs 18 seed Dennis Lehane (Roberts beats Lehane 55% to 45%)

11 seed Robert Heinlein vs 15 Jan Karon (Heinlein beats Karon 75% to 25%)

Here are the Elite 8 Match-ups: (vote for the Author you want to win the match-up)

1 seed Stephen King vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard

2 seed John Grisham vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 11 seed Robert Heinlein

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 8 seed Nora Roberts

Vote often!

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Wisdom of Kammbia 3.23: Who Is The Best Novelist? (Elite 8 Round)

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We have reached the Elite 8 in the Sixty-Four Novelist March Madness Style Tournament to determine whom readers believe is the best novelist or the most beloved novelist.

Here are the results from The Sweet 16 round in the Cormac McCarthy bracket:

1 seed Cormac McCarthy vs 27 seed Russell Banks (McCarthy beats Banks 80% to 20%)

2 seed Philip Roth vs 26 seed Donna Tartt (Roth beats Tartt 75% to 25%)

3 seed Toni Morrison vs 23 seed John Irving (Irving beats Morrison in an upset 60% to 40%)

4 seed Don DeLillo vs 22 seed Michael Chabon (Chabon beats DeLillo in an upset 60% to 40%)

5 seed Thomas Pynchon vs 21 seed T.C. Boyle (Boyle beats Pynchon in an upset 66% to 34%)

8 seed Richard Ford vs 18 seed Flannery O’Connor (O’Connor beats Ford in an upset 57% to 43%)

9 seed Gabriel Garcia Marquez vs 16 seed Harper Lee (Garcia Marquez beats Lee 67% to 33%)

13 seed Margaret Atwood vs 14 seed Wallace Stegner (Atwood beats Stegner 80% to 20%)

Here are the Elite 8 Match-ups: (Vote for the Author you want to win the match-up)

1 seed Cormac McCarthy vs 23 seed John Irving

2 seed Philip Roth vs 22 seed Michael Chabon

9 seed Gabriel Garcia Marquez vs 21 seed T.C Boyle

13 seed Margaret Atwood vs 18 seed Flannery O’Connor

Vote often and thanks for your participation!

Wisdom of Kammbia 3.22: Who Is The Best Novelist? (March Madness Style Pt. 4-Sweet 16 Match-ups)

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In my last couple of posts, I revealed the authors who made the Sixty-Four Novelists March Madness Bracket Style Tournament to determine who is the best novelist or most beloved novelist in North America.

We had thirty-two novelists in the Stephen King Bracket covering pop & genre fiction and thirty-two novelists in the Cormac McCarthy Bracket covering literary fiction.

The votes are in and here are the results for the Cormac McCarthy Bracket:

1 seed Cormac McCarthy vs 32 seed David Guterson (McCarthy wins 83% to 17% over Guterson)

2 seed Philip Roth vs 31 seed Walker Percy (Roth wins in an unanimous decision over Percy

3 seed Toni Morrison vs 30 seed Sandra Cisneros (Morrison wins 80% to 20% over Cisneros)

4 seed Don DeLillo vs 29 seed Paul Auster  (DeLillo wins 60% to 40% over Auster)

5 seed Thomas Pynchon vs 28 seed Gene Wolfe (Pynchon wins in an unanimous decision over Wolfe)

6 seed John Updike vs 27 seed Russell Banks  (Banks wins 66% to 34% over Updike in the biggest upset of this bracket)

7 seed Joyce Carol Oates vs 26 Donna Tartt  (Tartt wins in an upset 60% to 40% over Oates)

8 seed Richard Ford vs 25 seed Athol Dickson  (Ford wins in an unanimous decision over Dickson)

9 seed Gabriel Garcia Marquez vs 24 seed Isabel Allende (Garcia Marquez wins 66% to 34% over Allende)

10 seed Mark Helprin vs 23 seed John Irving (Irving wins in an upset 66% to 34% over Helprin)

11 seed Louise Erdrich vs 22 seed Michael Chabon (Chabon wins 80% to 20% over Erdrich in the 2nd biggest upset of this bracket)

12 seed Jane Smiley vs 21 seed T.C. Boyle (Boyle wins in an upset 66% to 34% over Smiley)

13 seed Margaret Atwood vs 20 seed Alice Walker (Atwood wins 86% to 14% over Walker)

14 seed Wallace Stegner vs 19 seed Jim Harrison (Stegner wins 66% to 34 over Harrison)

15 seed Anne Tyler vs 18 seed Flannery O’Connor  (O’Connor wins in an upset 75% to 25% over Tyler)

16 seed Harper Lee vs 17 seed Ralph Ellison (Lee wins 86% to 14% over Ellison)

Here are the Sweet 16 Match-ups: (Vote for the author you want to win the match-up)

1 seed Cormac McCarthy vs 27 seed Russell Banks

2 seed Philip Roth vs 26 seed Donna Tartt

3 seed Toni Morrison vs 23 seed John Irving

4 seed Don DeLillo vs 22 seed Michael Chabon

5 seed Thomas Pynchon vs 21 seed T.C. Boyle

8 seed Richard Ford vs 18 seed Flannery O’Connor

9 seed Gabriel Garcia Marquez vs 16 seed Harper Lee

13 seed Margaret Atwood vs 14 seed Wallace Stegner

Vote often and thanks for your participation!

Wisdom of Kammbia 3.21: Who Is The Best Novelist? (March Madness Style Pt.3-Sweet 16)

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In my last couple of posts, I revealed the authors who made the Sixty-Four Novelists March Madness Bracket Style Tournament to determine who is the best novelist or most beloved novelist in North America.

We had thirty-two novelists in the Stephen King Bracket covering pop & genre fiction and thirty-two novelists in the Cormac McCarthy Bracket covering literary fiction.

The votes are in and here are the results for the Stephen King Bracket:

1 seed Stephen King vs 32 seed Terry Brooks  (King wins 91% to 9% over Brooks)

2 seed John Grisham vs 31 seed Lillian Jackson Braun   (Grisham wins in an unanimous decision over Jackson Braun)

3 seed Dean Koontz vs 30 seed John Saul  (Koontz wins 86% to 14% over Saul)

4 seed Mary Higgins Clark vs 29 seed Tony Hillerman  (Hillerman wins 83% to 17% Higgins Clark in the bracket’s biggest upset)

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 28 seed William Gibson (Bradbury wins 56% to 44% over Gibson)

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 27 seed Terry McMillian (Clancy wins in an unanimous decision over McMillian)

7 seed Anne Rice vs 26 seed Francine Rivers  (Rice wins in an unanimous  decision over Rivers)

8 seed Nora Roberts vs 25 seed Frank Peretti  (Roberts wins 67% to 33% over Peretti)

9 seed Nicholas Sparks vs 24 seed Sidney Sheldon  (Sheldon wins 60% to 40% over Sparks)

10 seed Sue Grafton vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard  (Leonard wins 67% to 33% over Grafton)

11 seed Robert Heinlein vs 22 seed Ursula Le Guin  (Heinlein wins 70% to 30% over Le Guin)

12 seed James Patterson vs 21 seed Anne McCaffrey (McCaffrey wins 78% to 22% over Patterson)

13 seed Robert Jordan vs 20 seed Michael Connelly  (Connelly wins 75% to 25% over Jordan)

14 seed Danielle Steel vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans   (Evans wins 75% to 25% over Steel)

15 seed Jan Karon vs 18 seed Karen Kingsbury   (Karon wins 75% to 25% over Kingsbury)

16 seed Gillian Flynn vs 18 seed Dennis Lehane  (Lehane wins in an unanimous decision over Flynn)

We have reached the Sweet 16 phase of the tournament.  Vote for the author you want to win the match-up:

1 seed Stephen King vs 29 seed Tony Hillerman

2 seed John Grisham vs 24 seed Sidney Sheldon

3 seed Dean Koontz vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 21 seed Anne McCaffrey

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 20 seed Michael Connelly

7 seed Anne Rice vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans

8 seed Nora Roberts vs 18 seed Dennis Lehane

11 seed Robert Heinlein vs 15 Jan Karon

I will reveal the Sweet 16 results on my next post and pick the match-ups for the Elite 8.  Vote often!

Wisdom of Kammbia 3.20: Who Is The Best Novelist? (March Madness Style Pt. 2)

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Who is the best novelist?

Who is the most beloved novelist?

Well in my last post, I attempted to get those questions answered by doing a NCAA March Madness Bracket Style for the best novelists in North America.

I got a great response to my last post and I want to thank everyone who has voted and provided comments about the bracket.  I was glad to see that serious readers can have a little fun.

I released the Stephen King Bracket of 32 novelists covering genre & pop fiction in the last post.  Now, it’s time to release the Cormac McCarthy Bracket covering Literary Fiction.

Here are the match-ups: (please vote for the author you want to win the match-up)

1 seed Cormac McCarthy vs 32 seed David Guterson

2 seed Philip Roth vs 31 seed Walker Percy

3 seed Toni Morrison vs 30 seed Sandra Cisneros

4 seed Don DeLillo vs 29 seed Paul Auster

5 seed Thomas Pynchon vs 28 seed Gene Wolfe

6 seed John Updike vs 27 seed Russell Banks

7 seed Joyce Carol Oates vs 26 Donna Tartt

8 seed Richard Ford vs 25 seed Athol Dickson

9 seed Gabriel Garcia Marquez vs 24 seed Isabel Allende

10 seed Mark Helprin vs 23 seed John Irving

11 seed Louise Erdrich vs 22 seed Michael Chabon

12 seed Jane Smiley vs 21 seed T.C. Boyle

13 seed Margaret Atwood vs 20 seed Alice Walker

14 seed Wallace Stegner vs 19 seed Jim Harrison

15 seed Anne Tyler vs 18 seed Flannery O’Connor

16 seed Harper Lee vs 17 seed Ralph Ellison

Let’s have some fun and vote often!!

Wisdom of Kammbia 3.19: Who Is The Best Novelist? (March Madness Style)

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Who is the best novelist?  

Who is the most beloved novelist?

Well, I wanted to have some fun and see if I can get an answer those two questions. Since it is the month of March and the NCAA College Basketball Tournament is coming in the next few days.  I thought of getting those aforementioned questions answered with a Sixty-Four Novelists March Madness Bracket Style Tournament.

Here are the rules for the Novelist March Madness Tournament:

–I have chosen 64 novelists and divided into 2 brackets.  32 Novelists for the Pop/commercial Fiction Bracket  and 32 Novelists for the Literary Fiction Bracket.

For this week’s blog post, I’m releasing the Stephen King Bracket and that covers genre fiction (science-fiction, mystery/thriller, horror, romance, and Christian Fiction) and mainstream pop fiction.  

For next week’s blog post, I will release the Cormac McCarthy Bracket and that covers Literary Fiction.

The authors in each bracket are seeded one to thirty-two.  And the match-ups like the NCAA Tournament are created to get one winner from each bracket.  Then the winner from the Stephen King Bracket will meet against the winner of the Cormac McCarthy Bracket to determine who is the best novelist and winner of the tournament.

Now the readers will select the winner for each matchup in the corresponding bracket. For example, Stephen King is the 1 Seed and he will face Terry Brooks who is the 32 seed as the first match.  Whoever gets the most votes from that match will win and go to the next round called the Sweet 16. 

Then those winners from the Sweet 16 will go onto the Elite Eight for the next round.  The Elite Eight Winners will go on the Final Four after that and then the Final Four winners will go on to the Terrific Two and so on until we get the tournament winner and crown the best novelist.

Readers can vote on the match-ups as many times as they want within the time range selected by the tournament chairman (yours truly).  You can place your votes here, Goodreads, or Library Thing, or email me at kammbia1@gmail.com.  

The Round of 32 matches starts today for the Stephen King Bracket and I will need all votes for the matches by Tuesday March 19th at 11:59 p.m.  I will release the Sweet 16 from the Stephen King Bracket on Saturday March 22 and the Cormac McCarthy Bracket Round of 32 at that time.

Here are the match-ups:

1 seed Stephen King vs 32 seed Terry Brooks

2 seed John Grisham vs 31 seed Lillian Jackson Braun

3 seed Dean Koontz vs 30 seed John Saul

4 seed Mary Higgins Clark vs 29 seed Tony Hillerman

5 seed Ray Bradbury vs 28 seed William Gibson

6 seed Tom Clancy vs 27 seed Terry McMillian

7 seed Anne Rice vs 26 seed Francine Rivers

8 seed Nora Roberts vs 25 seed Frank Peretti

9 seed Nicholas Sparks vs 24 seed Sidney Sheldon

10 seed Sue Grafton vs 23 seed Elmore Leonard

11 seed Robert Heinlein vs 22 seed Ursula Le Guin

12 seed James Patterson vs 21 seed Anne McCaffrey

13 seed Robert Jordan vs 20 seed Michael Connelly

14 seed Danielle Steel vs 19 seed Richard Paul Evans

15 seed Jan Karon vs 18 seed Karen Kingsbury

16 seed Gillian Flynn vs 18 seed Dennis Lehane

Let’s have some fun and vote often!!!