Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lit Madness Elite Eight Results: Mysteries & Thrillers and Sci-Fi & Fantasy

by bookish editors)

This is pretty interesting. This site is doing a basketball thing with the brackets and finals but with books. You can see on the site if you want to go back to the original books in the bracket but here is today's breakdown.

Will Lisbeth Salander continue her winning streak in the battle against Gabriel Allon for the Mysteries & Thrillers bracket championship, or will she fail to advance to the Final Four in this year’s Lit Madness?

Lisbeth, having hacked the Game’s computer system, is enjoying the new sense of security and control she feels over her surroundings. Things are going her way. She’s never been one to build many close interpersonal relationships, and frankly, now that the crowd has thinned out a little in the arena, she feels much more at ease. There’s no pressure to bond with people you’ll probably end up trying to kill.

She begins to think about her next move, and remembers that she’s pretty sure she’s read Gabriel’s name somewhere before. The second column from the left on A1 of the December 9, 1991 edition of The New York Times, to be exact.

Ever since Allon realized his latest match-up was against the scrawny hacker with piercings and a dragon tattoo peeking out of her tattered Goth clothes, he knew that she dealt in information. He’s been scanning the arena warily for her, but he doesn’t think to look up until he hears her voice from all around him.

WINNER: Suddenly, the skies flicker, the gray clouds replaced by larger-than-life photos: The burnt-out husk of his car, the family portrait the newspaper ran showing him and his wife and son before the bomb destroyed everything. Allon struggles to maintain his calm, but there’s no way to block out the images now. As he’s scrambling for cover, Lisbeth appears behind him with a syringe and jams it into his neck. She takes some pity on him and makes the death quick, rather than drawing it out with a homemade tattoo. This man has suffered enough.