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We Already Used the Final Countdown Joke

The Suvudu Cage Matches have come to their final bout of 2011 and holy upset! Well, upset to some, anyway. Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy defeated Jon Snow from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. And Quick Ben from Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series pretty soundly beat Perrin Aybarra from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

Many predicted that both of these characters would lose – myself included – and we would see another match between characters from A Song of Ice and Fire and the Wheel of Time. Another option that would have maybe been awkward was that of Vin facing off against Perrin. While Vin is Sanderson’s own creation, Sanderson was also tapped to finish Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan unexpectedly passed away. So, he has love for both characters. Nail biting suspense!!!!!

Neither of these scenarios happened, although there will be a consolation match between Jon Snow and Perrin Aybarra. I am personally pretty indifferent to that match up. It’ll be a bunch of wolves biting each other to death. *yawn*

However, I am way happy about Vin vs. Quick Ben! I admit, I’m not familiar with either character beyond the research I have done on the internetz. But Vin has captivated me from the first and I’ve downloaded the Mistborn trilogy to my Nook for reading very, very soon. Wise Man’s Fear is taking me a really long time, but I’m down to the final 150 pages. Keep an eye out for a review right here with Geektress.

Anyway… Vin and Quick Ben. I am so very happy that fans of sci-fi and fantasy in general have turned out to prove that the Suvudu Cage Matches are more than a popularity contest. We have two relative underdogs (in terms of mainstream popularity) fighting it out for the championship. This is so exciting! While I don’t have a solid prediction on a winner, both fighters seem to have a really good chance. They’re paired up pretty well.

My Pick: I’m going to cast my vote for Vin, but whoever wins, I have two new series to dig into at the end.

Head over to Suvudu not only to vote in the final Cage Match but to comment on their message boards. What and who would you like to see next year? What would you like to see changed? What worked? I have a comment up under the handle gypsycab79. Next year, I’d like to see Cassiline warrior priest Joscelen Verreuil from Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series.

And, for the love of all that is holy… no more god damn mice.

Final voted started today at 11am.

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Comments (3)

Just in case anyone wants to jump over to the forum and read Geektress's post, you can find it here: http://bit.ly/hdxDaE

Thanks for a fun series of write-ups and I'm thrilled to hear that you've got the Mistborn series on tap on your Nook (not the least of which is because I have done the exact same thing for the exact same reason)!

johthohar:

I couldn't have picked a better final! Two of my favorite fantasy characters ever pitted against each other? It's like Sophie's Choice!! AHHH! On an unrelated note: Every time I read your blog that t-shirt add with the t-rexes having a slap fight makes me laugh my ass off... I have to get that.

Carey:

Hahahahaa - Sophie's Choice! I am so stoked to read Mistborn, but I have to start up Game of Thrones again first.