"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."
HOWEVER, reading Ayn Rand gave us 2112.
So, I think I have to call this one a wash.
Two bad books.*
One led to a great album. One led to three great movies.
*I know, I am in the minority on this one, especially when it comes to Lord of the Rings. I am comfortable with that. I also don't care for Shania Twain and millions would disagree with me.
All views expressed are only my opinion, not a claim to objective quality.
When I start speaking on behalf of all mankind, I'll let you know. ;)