Taft 2012

Taft 2012 HE S BACKD HE S THE BIGGEST THING IN POLITICSHe Is The Perfect Presidential Candidate Conservatives Love His Hard Hitting Republican R Sum Liberals Love His Peaceful, Progressive Practicality The Media Can T Get Enough Of His Larger Than Life Personality And All The American People Love That He S An Honest, Hard Working Man Who Tells It Like It IsThere S Just One Problem He Is William Howard Taft And He Was Already President A Hundred Years Ago So What On Earth Is He Doing Alive And Well And Considering A Running Mate In A Most Extraordinary Satire, Jason Heller S Debut Novel Follows The Strange New Life Of A Presidential Rip Van Winkle A Man Who Never Even Wanted The White House In The First Place, Yet Finds Himself Hurtling Toward It Once This Time, Through The Media Fueled Madness Of St Century America

I m a Denver based writer who contributes regularly to The A.V Club and Alternative Press Quirk Books will publish my debut novel, Taft 2012, as well as a series of middle grade horror books to be announced I m also the nonfiction editor of Clarkesworld Magazine and am represented by Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Taft 2012
  • Jason Heller
  • English
  • 05 May 2017
  • 9781594745508

10 thoughts on “Taft 2012

  1. says:

    January 2012The bathtub story The goddamn bathtub story William Howard Taft will never live that down He vanished on the bitter day Woodrow Wilson took office and reappeared, enormous and dirt caked, on the White House lawn nearly a hundred years laterand people are still talking about the time he got stuck in a bathtub What s a newly resurrected ex President to do Taft never wanted much in life heck, he never even wanted to be President but in this brave new world of bitter politics and crappy genetically modified food, what Taft wants doesn t matter Because people love this relic from the past, mustache and all And they want him to be President again If you re expecting something serious, this book ain t it Taft 2012 isn t big and beefy like the man itself, it s light and fluffy like the desserts he eats Good fun, if you re in the mood for Taft Pudding I know I was But I have to admit, I would really, really prefer a nice big slice of Roosevelt pie If you know what I mean

  2. says:

    I love the idea of this book as I understood it before reading it, but don t much care for the execution If only I had read the acknowledgements page first, in which the author thanks his editor for giving him this idea, and mentions that this first time novelist is the previous author of The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook Oh That would have seriously adjusted my expectations of what kind of book this was less serious yet playful examination of American politics by an inspired novelist, and hired out playful silliness Not that there s anything wrong with that.But indeed, the worst parts of this book are when the author tries to get somewhat serious and forces Taft to speak awful political platitudes Thankfully, those moments occur less often than the silliness Taft learning to Wii, Taft learning to use Twitter, Taft getting drunk in a bar and listening to a bad punk band and going home with the barmaid, Taft having a digestive problem, Taft encountering modern talk show hosts Those are somewhat amusing, so fair play to the author for that Now, could someone please try to convince an accomplished novelist to imagine Theodore Roosevelt returning to campaign for President in 2016 Ah well.

  3. says:

    As if Frank Capra and Rod Serling had decided to collaborate on a story, TAFT 2012 tells the story of a revived William Howard Taft as he navigates the political pitfalls and cultural quirks of the 21st century and its people some of whom want him to return to the White House.The concept of TAFT 2012 is engaging enough, but you will certainly fall in love with the title character, the portly successor to the louder and thrilling Teddy Roosevelt This Taft is warm and charming, doing his best to relate to Americans despite being from a different era He also spends a great deal of time ruminating on what kind of president he was and what kind of a man he is.Following Taft as he explores modern society, running afoul of media pundits, unscrupulous corporations, and would be assassins is funny and at times thrilling, but above all sincere Even while the author uses this concept as a means to explore changes in the Republican Party, or society s relationship to food culture, it never feels mean spirited or unjust.I can heartily recommend TAFT 2012 as a light and fun satire, but mostly I can recommend this book as a balm to the political nastiness that seems to have infiltrated our modern culture.

  4. says:

    I was ready to like this one maybe even for the scifi book club But no The writing was clunky Taft acclimated to 2012 after his hundred year unexplained nap far too well His language wasn t quite different enough And while I m willing to believe that Taft has had his character assassins, this character was too perfect He seemed to be just the mouthpiece for the author s moderate beliefs I think the scene where Taft slept with a biker chick was supposed to be funny, but I found it utterly unbelievable, as I did all the female characters in this book, who served only to show that Taft should be showered with admiration Also, mean little dig at Alinea, which proves to me that the author utterly does not get Grant Achatz To say that molecular gastromony is about processing the food out of food, no differently than a McDonald s burger I do like McDonald s, but I know what I m getting is to entirely miss the point I just read Grant Achatz s book, and this passage pretty much actively turned me against Taft 2012 I think looking at how our food culture works a la Michael Pollan is just fine, but this author didn t convince me with his hamhanded overstatement and cartoon villains I didn t finish the book, but it looks like the last chapter is pretty much a speech by Taft that is really a speech by the author about all that is wrong with our political system today I don t respect the author s rigor of thought enough to really care what he thinks at this point.

  5. says:

    On first impression you might be forgiven for thinking Taft 2012 is a cheap tie in a work destined for the bargain basement, and cunningly crafted to make a fast buck from the buzz surrounding the American presidential election I will certainly hold my hands up right now and admit this was the first thought that crossed my mind when I read the blurb He s back And he s the biggest thing in politics.He is the perfect presidential candidate Conservatives love his hard hitting Republican resume Liberals love his peaceful, progressive practicality The media can t get enough of his larger than life personality And all the American people love that he s an honest, hard working man who tells it like it is There s just one problem He is William Howard Taft and he was already president a hundred years ago So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012 And well you might wonder, what is William Howard Taft doing running for president in 2012, and indeed, what is Jason Heller doing writing a book such as this Regular followers of my reviews will recognise Jason Heller as author of The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook, a novelty fan book which I was rather impressed by, even though I admit, the Pirates franchise is not to my taste With Taft 2012, Heller makes his professional debut as novelist, and I have to say, even though I had my doubts, he has done a really good job.While Taft 2012 is most obviously a satire a book designed to poke fun at democracy, the American presidential elections, and most obviously, ourselves as people, on satire alone, I don t think this book would stand up What makes Taft 2012 so impressive in my mind at least, is its human story This isn t a book about America, or even about William Taft per se Taft 2012, is, at its heart, a book about people a book about the human experience.Taft himself is a quite brilliantly drawn character Naturally, he s a larger than life figure on account of his girth than anything else but there s something about him that really makes him stand out far beyond what on first glance appears to be a fat man with a big moustache.There s something very real, and very moving about the way his whole experience is portrayed Some of the most powerful examples of Taft s humanity are to be found when Taft is in isolation when he has a monologue with a statue of himself, or when he finally brings himself to confront the words read at his eulogy all those many years before History, we learn, isn t always as clear cut as it might seem There are some powerful messages to be found here, hidden within the human tale of Taft s re examination of himself, and it s in these messages that we find a book of real power a book of heart that very few might expect.I worry that because Taft 2012 is very clearly a book of its time a book about the 2012 presidential election, a book with a year in its title that it might well fall victim to its own marketing As I alluded to in my opening, Taft 2012 is so much than a book about the American presidential election so much than a book about 2012, or even about Taft himself It s a book about us as people, and who we are For this reason, I highly recommend it to anyone looking to read something a bit different this year, something with a little soul There is certainly a lot to this book than meets the eye.For an extended version of this review, please visit my website.

  6. says:

    What would happen if President William Howard Taft the 27th president of the United States suddenly reappeared in modern day America How would America react, and how would it affect the presidential race of 2012 Author Jason Heller tries to answer these questions in the comic novel Taft 2012.This novel was fun while it lasted unfortunately, it didn t last long Clocking in at only 249 pages, it didn t explore enough of the possibilities that were possible, and in fact, the ending was so abrupt, I wondered if this was actually the final draft of the book It s almost as if another round of revisions was needed maybe the author was trying to meet a deadline and ran out of time For example, Heller put several elements into the story that were never explored or even mentioned again Chekhov s gun is a literary technique that basically means if you put something in a story, it should be there for a reason, and should be used later on For instance, if a gun appears in the beginning of a story, a character should use it later on Well, Heller has Taft sleep with a woman, a one night stand, during his tour of America I expected this to come up again as an issue during his campaign It didn t Then there was a scene where Taft was in a room with someone smoking pot I thought, maybe he d fail a drug test later on Never mentioned again Also a possible romantic relationship with his biographer, Susan, was continually hinted at, but never developed Why was it even in the book Basically, I guess what I m saying is, there wasn t enough conflict in the book Taft somehow returned from the dead, people wanted him to run for president, stuff happened, then the abrupt ending.What I did enjoy was the writing, the humor, the likableness of the Taft character Heller did a good job writing in Taft s voice, and describing Taft s early befuddlement with the advances in society, and also with his willingness to learn everything that had transpired in the last 100 years, not to mention the new social media Taft s first attempts at Tweeting were hilarious I also really enjoyed Heller s short in between chapters bursts of internet chatter, TV discussions, Taft s Secret Service agent s field reports, and Taft s great granddaughter s Congresswoman Rachel Taft to do notes to herself Good stuff Since the rest of the book was told from Taft s POV, this was a good technique that showed what everyone else was thinking.To sum up, I liked this novel, but I wanted to love it But it just left me wanting .

  7. says:

    I had never even heard of this book until today I stopped at the library this afternoon to return Bossypants and Swimming Upstream, Slowly I had just gone for a run not twenty minutes prior, and my chubby self still needed a bit of time to recuperate, so I wandered around the library s new books section Once I saw the cover, I had to take a peek.Taft 2012is a science fiction alternate reality meets saucy political commentary novel Former President William H Taft decided to lie down and take a nap outside the White House after Woodrow Wilson s inauguration speech in 1913, never to be seen nor heard from again this is where the sci fi starts WH Taft went on to do many extraordinary things, including becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, before his death in 1930 One bright November day in 2011, he awakes, stumbles into the White House, and discovers an unnamed black man without a waistcoat in the Oval Office, instead of Wilson Then, a Secret Service officer shoots him in the leg.The novel goes on to see Taft and his great great granddaughter, Rachel, pushed into running for office Who would be better to run against the cumshot of Republicans fighting for the nomination, and the Democratic incumbent, than a history maker like Taft He s been President before, and he s 150 years old I decided to bring it home, and just finished it It s cute, and the satire is excellent I have to say I enjoyed it.4 5

  8. says:

    A high concept political satire that imagines a 2012 presidential race after William Howard Taft inexplicably emerges from a 100 year hibernation Taft s combination of progressive conservatism appeals to a politically polarized electorate and inspires the grass roots Taft Party an obvious nod to the Tea Party The scenes of Taft s re entry into the modern world are quickly dispatched with very little of the OMG airplanes television cellphones Internet hoopla, which is welcomed But the lack of development of supporting characters, multiple subplots that never develop, a brief and somewhat creepy digression into a road trip, and an underwhelming finale all disappoint The style is breezy and the book is composed of both straightforward narrative and mixed media news transcripts, biography excerpts, tweets, blog posts, etc which combine to give a good sense of 21st century fragmented attention Fundamentally, however, the satire doesn t really bite the chief controversy is related to the relatively safe and cartoonishly rendered processed food industry In short, Taft 2012 is a slightly amusing and somewhat clever but ultimately disappointing alternative history take that will have a short shelf life.

  9. says:

    This book was just pure fun to read I usually shy away from political novels, but am so glad I made an exception Reading his views, over 100 yrs later, on things such as television, cell phones, our food and other things was just so darn amusing Since people are so discontented over our present political situation they even start a grass roots effort to get him elected again Kept thinking how are they going to end this The ending was satisfying if not a bit preposterous, but than again so is the whole concept Heller did a great job with this vastly ironic satire.

  10. says:

    I wanted to like this book The idea was intriquing Sad to say, I found it dissapointing The little side writings of memos news articles TV commentary etc was distracting They moved the story along, but were a cheap trick that a better writer would have avoided After a jump of 100 years into the future, Taft ajusted to the 21st Century with little trouble I pushed myself to finish this book.

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