I'm with Anthony
as well, though he's more 'anyone but Tolkein') on this - vote for Philip Pullman tomorrow!
Of course, what's interesting is that they've closed the voting, and will reopen the phone lines at 9pm tomorrow for the final part of the Big Read. Now, this is pure speculation on my part, but might they be attempting to stop a runaway win by Lord Of The Rings
? Might the only votes that really count to determine the winner be the ones cast tomorrow night? It's what the BBC now do with Sports Personality of the Year - the mass write-in/email etc vote beforehand determines the top six, but the winner is determined solely from the votes cast on the night for those on the shortlist. If they follow that example, then it's all up for grabs again and your vote counts.
It's not that I've got anything against Lord Of The Rings
(I'm eagerly awaiting going to see Return Of The King
next week), it's just that there are better books (both in and out of the Big Read Top 21) that deserve to win more than it.
: OK, looks like I was wrong
. Looks like it's just that all forms of voting other than phones have been stopped until tomorrow, then phone voting stops at 9pm. But there's some real bad news for anyone planning on watching the programme tomorrow night: 'Comedy troupe Reduced Shakespeare Company will perform skits based on the books.
' Well, I guess it's nice of them to have a clear indication of when it's safe to leave the room and make a cup of tea without missing anything that's actually entertaining.