Fellow Fifty-bookers! Reading enthusiasts! Internet stalkers! Lend me your ears. Spring is just around the corner, and that can only mean one thing: The Morning News is about to start the 2007 Tournament of Books! The contest begins this Thursday, with elimination-style reviews eventually paring the selection down to one, official, greatest work of fiction of 2006. Reviewers come from all over (Colin Meloy [thanks, Chris] of The Decemberists is one of the reviewers for the first round this year) and each is assigned two books to read, review and choose between.
BUT! That's not all. This year, you, the reader, have the chance to win every damn book they'll be reviewing. They've asked the web's top book-bloggers (our invitation must have been lost in the mail) to predict the outcome of the tournament. You can review their selections on this website, where you'll also find this year's bracket in PDF format. Choose which blogger you think is spot-on, send an email to The Morning News with your selection by 6pm tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 7th), and if both you are chosen randomly to compete and your selected blogger wins the fantasy book tournament, you will receive every one of the 16 brand-spanking new books that have been selected as the best of this past year. I highly recommend it. Plus, the tournament offers plenty of fantastic novels to choose from for your next review.
Good luck, Godspeed, and keep those pages turning Planeteers... er, Fifty-bookers.