In Book Brawl, two books that are somehow related will get in the ring and fight it out for the coveted honor of being declared literary champion. Two books enter. One book leaves.
Column by Cath Murphy November 22, 2013 (2) comments
Marisha Pessl's horror novel "Night Film" has sparked comparisons to Mark Danielewski's "House of Leaves," mostly unfavorable. But is the comparison even justified?
Column by Ed Sikov
A comparison between two chronicles of Charles Manson and the Family, the killers of Sharon Tate and many others.
Column by Cath Murphy
"Snow Crash" is one of the best books ever. New kid on the block, "Lexicon," covers much of the same territory. But can it rival Neal Stephenson's 1992 smash?
Column by Meredith Borders December 21, 2012 (8) comments
The two standard tales of Yuletide duke it out in a display of brute strength and glad tidings.
Column by Sarah Pitre August 9, 2012 (24) comments
Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? Not only will we judge them... we'll put them in the cage in our latest edition of Book Brawl! May the best cover win.
Column by Meredith Borders April 18, 2012 (9) comments
The first novel in Lev Grossman's wizard school trilogy is a thematic successor to the Rowling juggernaut. But can it hold its own in the Book Brawl ring? It's up to you, LitReactor readers!
Column by Meredith Borders
Every month I throw two books, somehow related, into the Book Brawl ring to fight it out for the title of literary champion. Today: Jane Austen's 2 best loved comedies of manners get impolite.
Column by Meredith Borders February 21, 2012 (8) comments
Duking it out in the ring this month, we have the first novels in concurrent vampire trilogies: THE PASSAGE by Justin Cronin and THE STRAIN by Guillermo del Toro.
Column by Meredith Borders January 13, 2012 (6) comments
Today we pit childhood friends against each other in a Book Brawl between Truman Capote and Harper Lee!
Book Brawl: Tina Fey’s 'Bossypants' Vs. Mindy Kaling’s 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)'Column by Meredith Borders December 22, 2011 (8) comments
Every month, I throw two books into the readers’ ring to fight it out for the honor of literary champion. This month we’ve got memoirs from two hilarious NBC leading ladies. Who will win?
Column by Meredith Borders November 21, 2011 (16) comments
'Battle Royale' and 'The Hunger Games' are two novels about kids killing kids in a government-sponsored bloodbath. What novel will win the coveted honor of literary victor?