HARFOLD, Vermont--Freshman Erica Kater has been looking forward to her fall semester at Harfold State College for some time, in particular, because of one course: ENG 325--Great American Fiction.
"As much as I've always loved fiction," said Kater, "I've never been interested in non-fiction."
When she received her reading list of fictional works this week, she marched down to Harfold' Barnes & Noble and went shopping. First on her list: In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney which she found highlighted in the fiction section.
Like the geek she's always been, Kater sat down and started to plow through her reading.
"Oh my God, Dick Cheney's my new favorite thriller writer!" exclaimed Kater. "I've always devoured thrillers. Ludlum, Grisham, Archer, Crichton, Follett, but this guy Cheney has a knack for making you believe that this stuff could actually be true!
"In this story, Saddam Hussein is working for al-Qaida and had reconstituted nuclear weapons in his possession. In Cheney's America, unauthorized wiretapping and waterboarding are ethical means for obtaining intelligence. As I'm reading this, I'm like, wow, that would've been interesting if it had really been the case."
Kater points the fact that she plowed through Cheney's 576 pages in two days as an indicator as to how good this fiction is.
"I like the way that he made himself one of the characters of the novel. And he must have a good self-concept because he really pokes fun at himself. I mean, no Secretary of State could be this wrong and still keep his job!"