4 of the first 10 spots on Random House Readers List belong to Rand

HWH's picture
Submitted by HWH on Tue, 2008-07-01 12:14
  1. ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
  3. BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
  4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
  7. ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
  8. WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand
  9. MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
  10. FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard

See the rest here....and judging by the choice of the "Board"

it's obvious they're still sucking up to the academia.

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MichaelB's picture

Scary that L-Ron got 3 of the spots.

Battlefield Earth was ok so long as you approached it for what it was: pulp sf.

Mission: Earth, however, was much worse. I still can't understand why I got all 10 books and read them. There are rumors that L-Ron had 'passed on' (died) and that it was mainly ghostwritten by some of his followers. Certainly the diatribes against psychology in this work made it kind of unenjoyable as pulp sf as BE was.

Never read Fear. Not sure if this was one of his works he did before Dianetics or not. Hubbard was an ok pulp sf author, but never the level of Asimov or Heinlein like he tries to make himself out as. Unless you are really into the history of sf of that time (40s or 50s), most sf fans from the last few decades probably never knew of him other then for Dianetics/Scientology, and these later works (all published by Bridge, owned by the 'Church' (hmmmm).


Stuart Hayashi's picture

You're welcome, HWH. Smiling

Thanks Stuart

HWH's picture

Harry mirrored my thoughts in that article.

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

That Hubbard chap is 3, 9

Elijah's picture

That Hubbard chap is 3, 9 and 10 Puzzled ...ummmmm...(are we sure we want Ayn on the list?!?!)


A Tale of Two Novels

Stuart Hayashi's picture

Harry Binswanger wrote a good op-ed about these two lists entitled "A Tale of Two Novels." Smiling

Off topic but ...

Luke H's picture

At first glance, it looks like the Church of Scientology got organised to push their Dear Leaders books to the top.

Critics generally agree, for instance, that Battlefield Earth is pretty bad, but quality doesn't matter when it comes to Ron L Hubbard's supporters.   Example precedent:


"Not long afterwards, stories emerged of a reported Church of Scientology book-buying campaign mounted to ensure that the book would appear on the bestseller lists. According to newspaper reports, Church representatives promised the publishers that a particular number of copies would be bought by Church subsidiaries [19][20] (the author and journalist Russell Miller cites a figure of 50,000 hardback copies [21])."

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