So here we have The Modern Library's list of the Top 100 Greatest Books. Note the two sides. One side is Random House's list, with predictable titles and authors. On the other side-- four instances of Ayn Rand and three of L. Ron Hubbard in the top ten?!
I mean, yes. Ayn Rand can be an interesting author... if you are fifteen, impressionable, and actively engaged in the process of reading one of her books. I actually have a friend who's a pretty hard-core Objectivist and... power to her for being able to maintain that view. I couldn't. In a way, it would be nice to be that utterly cut-throat and selfish, and there would be a certain satisfaction in having a world-view like that, though then that whole selflessness/ morals/ greater good thing kicks in, and the two become a trifle hard to reconcile. And as for L. Ron Hubbard-- perhaps I just have issues with Scientologists because my greatuncle was supposedly murdered by them (more on that at some other point.) I don't know. Once again, people can do what they want, but Battlefield: Earth? Ack.