Friday, March 20, 2009

Oooh, bad fiction snark!

-- There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.


-- Badtux the Snark-appreciatin' Penguin


  1. I never read either of them. I read The Jungle. I guess that's why I'm so cynical.

  2. I used to work with a guy who was trying to major in accounting. He swore by "Atlas Shrugged"....of course he was about as conservative as you could get.

  3. I read both....and I don't think they changed my life...there must be something wrong with me...

    ( I think the Hobbit is amazing..and I like Anthem by Ayn Rand better than Atlas Shrugged....I thought atlast was way over rated...)

    I must be defective...

  4. I have not read any one of them.

    Yet, I still live.

  5. Didn't read either of them until adulthood and couldn't for the life of me figure out what all the fuss was about. LOTR seemed pretty poor after having read Burroughs, Howard, and Haggard when I was 12. And Atlas was a bad comic book crossed with the kind of verbal diarrhea that Heinlein became obsessed with in his last few books.

    Good joke, though.


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