by Marshall, May 4, 2007 1:29 PM
- Stranger Than Fiction: It's not like I don't get asked the same question all the time. And I often can't come up with an answer that makes any sense. But when Mitt Romney was asked by a reporter this week "what's your favorite book," he replied, Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. Battlefield Earth? I'm not saying that it is not a stupefying work of splendiferous science fiction, but not realizing that it might freak a few folks out that our Mormon/Republican candidate for president is endorsing a book by the founder of Scientology?
Rumor has it that he lists his other favs on his official MySpace page, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. You can't make this stuff up.
- Not Even a Nickel: Michael Point, a well known UK comics writer, has a new novel releasing May 24th. What's unique about that, you say? The novel, a thriller noir about a hitman titled Contract, is being published online for free. Zip. Gratis. On the house. Ironically, the tag line for the book is "It's All about the Money."
- You're All Winners in My Book: The Quills, dubbed "the people's choice" of book awards, has been restructured this year. Now, the public's votes will only determine one winner, in the category "Book of the Year." Founded in 2005 by NBC and the company behind the curtain at Variety and Publishers Weekly, The Quills have struggled to find their, oh, how shall I put this delicately, credibility? With last year's Book of the Year Award going to humor book Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings by filmmaker Tyler Perry, book industry folks had sore fingers from scratching their heads.
Not to be outdone by media giants, I humbly give you The Powells.com Puddlys.