Friday, 2 October 2009
Sarah Palin, ghosts, originality...
Sarah Palin's book title is not very original. Our Sarah seems to have a problem with originality... Going Rogue is the expansion of a computer game, City of Heroes. An American Life is the title of Ronald Reagan's autobiography.
Will Sarah Palin's book be better than the game?
In the Going Rogue expansion, hero and villain characters will become immersed in the new parallel universe known as Praetoria, which is governed by Tyrant™, the evil incarnation of the game's main protagonist, Statesman™. As gamers search for Tyrant and the rest of his Praetorian guard, implacable foes and fierce resistance will arise to face them from all sides, causing heroes and villains alike to question their loyalties.
It sounds fairly entertaining, if you like this sort of thing.
How about the other autobiography? Here's a review on Amazon:
"A book obviously ghostwritten to such an extent it is difficult to imagine Reagan wrote a word of it. (Especially with the senility and Alzheimers he was obviously suffering from at this period in his life). As a political memoir it is vague and lacks detail (any military action the US takes is simply to "save them from communism")."
There were only two negative reviews of Reagan's book. Most people gave it 5 stars.
"this is an awesome book on the life of this great man who was one of the greatest presidents of the usa and a world leader.it is really disgusting to see some mentally sick one star reviewers on this page who are obsessed with insulting the memory of this great man .please ignore all the mean one star reviews on this page and read this book which gives us an insight about his life.may his great soul rest in eternal peace."
"A very good book. Contains much history which either wasn't or couldn't be reported at the time it was happening. Although it is over 700 pages, it was a good and enjoyable book."
Some gave it only 3 stars:
"This autobiography is interesting reading indeed, in that Ronald Reagan was a very fascinating person and his life certainly amazing in every aspect. I hesitate to give it a raving review and more than 3 stars, as it doesnt seem to fully live up to the subject matter. It lacks analysis and sophistication, but is still worth a read."
I bet the reviewer who can't type the capital letters is going to love Sarah's book.
Both autobiographies were ghostwritten to overcome the subjects' challenges: Ronald Reagan was challenged by Alzheimers, Sarah Palin is... challenged.
Sarah's ghostwriter is not getting very good press. Lynn Vincent is a lightweight who specializes in religious rhetoric and associates with questionable characters.
(You may have noticed that I tweaked the colours of Sarah Palin's book cover to give her an orange outfit. Poetic license and wishful thinking, if you don't mind.)