As promised, Jen's Book Thoughts has begun its massive March Madness-style bracket faceoff. It's the opening round in an epic "Heroes vs. Villains" contest. Jen Forbus has come up with 32 mystery "heroes" and 32 "villains," and you get to vote for your favorites, thereby helping to determine which ones move ahead.
Go here to vote - first, you vote on all the heroes, then on the next screen you vote on all the villains. I should note that because I don't read that many modern mysteries - OK, OK, MY BAD - I don't recognize all the names. Not by a long shot. And some of the faceoffs seem a little strange - Nero Wolfe vs. Lisbeth Salander? Are you kidding me?
But it's all in good fun, and I can't wait to see how the brackets play out here. Voting in this first round will be open only until this Friday, March 16, and the winners of the round will be announced on Saturday.
You can find a full list of all the characters, and their place in the brackets, on Jen's site, where you can also download a copy for reference. Tomorrow (Wednesday), Jen will be posting a form where you can enter your predictions on the matchups in the Elite Eight, Final Four, and Finale rounds. You have to vote on those by this Friday, March 16!