“One of his favorite books is Killer Angels, he must either like thinking about death and destruction, … or maybe he’s a racist.”
“Kevin Stilley says that Lord of the Rings is one of this favorite series of books. Those books are full of occult characters. I wonder what he is dabbling in?”
“I heard that Quo Vadis is one of Stilley’s favorite books. I understand that there is a scene in it that is sexually charged. Do you think he is one of those preverts?”
Or perhaps, “Why We Buy? Is the almighty dollar all anyone cares about any more?”
So, having said that I do not want people psychoanalyzing me by my favorite books, I certainly don’t want to read too much into Mitt Romney’s choice of favorite novel.
Here is how Jim Rutenberg describes the interview in which Romney was questioned about his favorite novel;
When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to “Battlefield Earth,” a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. That book was turned into a film by John Travolta, a Scientologist….
“I’m not in favor of his religion by any means,” Mr. Romney, a Mormon, said. “But he wrote a book called ‘Battlefield Earth’ that was a very fun science-fiction book.” Asked about his favorite book, Mr. Romney cited the Bible.
I am surprised that Mitt has had time recently to sit down and read such a large tome. And, he must have read it recently and changed favorites, for the list of his favorite books on his MySpace page does not include Battlefield Earth. His list includes:
Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
What It Takes – Richard Ben Cramer
Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris
The World Is Flat – Thomas Friedman
1776 – David McCullough
The Battle For Peace –Tony Zinni and Tony Koltz
The Business of Winning – Robert Evangelista
Maybe he got The Battle For Peace and Battlefield Earth confused.
I am also surprised that Romney would admit in public that Battlefield Earth is his favorite novel. Battlefield Earth isn’t usually regarded very well even by sci-fi guys. When I say that it isn’t well regarded I am being very generous. John Dickerson over at Slate said of it that, “Everything about the book is bad.”
Personally, I think that if Romney is into science fiction he ought to give the books of fellow Mormon author Orson Scott Card a chance. And, nice guy that I am, I will review tomorrow Card’s book Maps In A Mirror. I am doing this review specifically for Mitt, but the rest of y’all can read it too if you want.