Dan H. (Somnambulist) reviewed The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything on
Fun and it kind of makes sense. A few friends and I sat around laughing as we whittled down brackets to find out "What sucks the most". It was terrorists, cancer and IRS frozen bank accounts, depending who's list you read. What a blast we had though.
Later I used the same principles to create a single elimination bracket starting with 128 books I liked. I was able to find my favorite book. There were some VERY tough decisions along the way, but in the end...One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn won.
This is a clever book; it puts movies, cheeses, ad lines up against the competition and names a winner. Using the March Madness bracketed tournament idea, over 100 subjects are compared. Lest you fear that one person is giving you his/her opinions on everything, the subjects are introduced and winners declared from someone scholarly or associated with the subject.
As others have opined, this book leads to cheery challenges or bloody bruising among readers. Ive had the most fun reading it with friends; we argue why our favorite hasnt been included.
Here are a few of the interesting subjects bracketed for comparison:
Where Were You When Moments
Indie Rock Albums
Plastic Surgery Disasters
Tell Me Again Why They're Famous
On the negative side, some of the comparisons were not very interesting. I couldnt muster much interest in Golf Swing Thoughts or Game Show Catchphrases. As you can see by my choices, what you see as entertainment is very subjective. 4 stars