Monday, July 26, 2010

Fantasy Book Teams World Series--YOU VOTE on the Winner!

You guys rawk! Thanks for contributing your teams for the World Series of Books! :) This has seriously been so much fun; we may have to do this again... *plots & schemes*

OK, without further ado, meet the teams!

Storyqueen's Team
Hero-Max (from Where the Wild Things Are)

Love Interest- Eloise (from Eloise)

Arch-Nemesis- Sam-I-Am (From Green Eggs and Ham)

Setting-Paris (from Madeline)

Plot-(From How the Grinch Stole Christmas) Max and Eloise are plotting to steal the Eiffel Tower because THEY HATE IT and want to destroy it once and for all. It is a symbol of France....and people eat escargot in France...WHICH THEY HATE. Or maybe they just thing they do....Enter Sam-I-Am and his pail of Green Eggs and Snail.......


Alan Gratz's Team
Heroine: Pippi Longstocking - irreverent, individual, AND super-strong!

Hero: Kid Flash (Teen Titans) - super fast and easy-going. Love his humor.

Sidekick: Chewbacca (Star Wars trilogy) - Rrrrrraaaaawwr!

Villain: Mrs. Coulter (His Dark Materials trilogy) - Not always villainous, but always cold, calculating, and in control.

Setting: The Traction City of London (Hungry City Chronicles) - Honestly, has anybody EVER invented a better setting than a London on treads that goes about the "Great Hunting Ground" of Europe eating smaller traction cities through "Municipal Darwinianism"? No. No, they haven't.

Plot: Raiders of the Lost Ark - I'll go back to the movies for my favorite movie of all time, and put Kid Flash and Pippi Longstocking (along with their trusty sidekick Chewbacca) competing with Mrs. Coulter for clues to the Lost Ark of the Covenant on the moving traction city of London in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world.


Misty Water's Team
Heroine and Hero: Rose & Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Anyone who's read this series knows EXACTLY why I chose these two.  They kick major ASS, and are just waaaay too cool for words.  And they're hot.

Sidekick: Quinn the Weretiger from the Southern Vampire Mysteries (the Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris. What can I say about Quinn?  Well, he makes everyone question their next step. He's a big, tall, badass dude. And he's hot. And he can turn into a tiger.  Hello?  What more do you need?
Villain: Neferet from the House of Night Series by PC & Kristen Cast. Neferet is a conniving, lowdown, ruthless bitch who'll do anything to get what she wants. And, yes, unfortunately she's hot, too.  NOT my fault.

Setting: The Hall of Mirrors from The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. I LOVE the Hall of Mirrors in the Fever Series.  You don't actually get there until book 4 of the series (Dreamfever), but once you're in, you're in.  You very well may be totally screwed.  You can stay in the Hall and forget who you are, or you can jump in a mirror and cross your fingers you don't end up in a desert-like place with 5 suns.  Or a world with multiple deadly creatures (hence the need for my sidekick).

Plot: retrieve the antidote from the Immortals Series by Alyson Noel. The plot I've chosen made me incredibly sad when it happened in the 2nd book of this series.  Now, even after 4 books, the MC's are still trying to get the antidote.  For what, you ask?  Ever and Damon cannot touch each other.  If they do, Damon dies.  *tear escapes* Kills me.  I hate it.


John Claude Bemis's Team
Heroine: Hester Shaw (Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines) – Ferocious, hard to love, and endlessly fascinating.

Hero: Jack (folk character from the Appalachian Jack Tales) – A trickster as captivating as the Norse god Loki. He’s hilarious, overly confident, and always has an ingenious way out of any jam.

Sidekick: the Tin Woodman (Baum's Wonderful Wizard of Oz) – A steampunk, axe-wielding ballast to Jack and Hester’s conflicting personalities.

Villain: The Cat in the Hat, along with Thing One and Thing Two (yes, Dr. Seuss’s)– Since I’ve returned to this bedtime classic as a parent, I’ve realized how sinister these characters are. The Cat uses his chipper personality to lure others in before unleashing his own brand of malice. And when he brings out the red box and lets out the Things saying “They will not bite you” and “They are tame. Oh, so tame!” I get chills. Are they human or beast? Whatever they are, they scare me.

Setting: The living prison of Catherine Fisher's Incarceron. A great setting is ripe with conflict and this prison world of metal forests, dog-slaves, and half-men provides plenty. But when the setting itself is alive, god-like, and cruel, it pushes conflict to a whole other level.

Plot: Hunger Games. Jack, Hester, and the Tin Woodman form a temporary alliance as they battle it out against the dapper Cat, his monstrous Things, and their sinister Seussian machines in a world that is out to get them all. I have no idea how it will end, but I don’t see Jack and Hester pulling the same love-truce as Katniss and Peeta.


Little Scribbler's Team
Hero: Jack West Jr., from Matthew Reilly’s The Seven Ancient Wonders
Heroine: Lara Croft (yes, I know she’s a video game character, but this is my blog, so shush)
Sidekick: Eddie Chase, from Andy McDermott’s novels.
Villain: Lord Voldemort, from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter
Setting: Alegaesia, from Christopher Paolini’s world of Eragon
Plot: Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien

Lara Croft’s dead father has left her a powerful ring in his will, one that Voldemort wants to  use to increase his power. The will warns Lara to destroy the Ring to avoid this happening. To destroy it, Lara must drop it into Mount Doom, on the far side of Alegaesia.

Lara sets off with her two friends, Jack West Jr and Eddie Chase. They pass through the Beor Mountains, where they are attacked by Urgals and Death Eaters. Jack West Jr falls from a cliff, and appears to die. Lara and Eddie continue on alone, using Dobby the House Elf to guide them to Voldemort’s lair at Mount Doom.

However, the trio learn that Jack Wes Jr is in fact alive, having used his Maghook. He slowly climbs out, and uses a Dragon to catch up to the others. From there, Dobby leads them all to Mount Doom, where, after a massive show down with Urgals, Death Eaters, and Voldemort himself, Lara destroys the ring. A giant dragon returns the trio home to Croft Manor.


Man, you guys! You put together a GREAT set of teams! I am thoroughly entirely impressed!
All I can say is...PLAY BALL!!!

If this was the World Series of Books, which of the above teams would win?
(You have until Wednesday at 12:01AM to vote, so click away!)

Which Team Wins the World Series of Books?

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