""Heller tells his imaginative story with tweets and TV transcripts as well as conventional expository prose, adding to the amusement of a cross-generational look at politics."--"Booklist "
."..a stellar debut..."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review
"Heller is a brilliant writer with a fantastic imagination and a nose for hot topics."--"303Magazine.com"
"Heller tells his imaginative story with tweets and TV transcripts as well as conventional expository prose, adding to the amusement of a cross-generational look at politics." --"Booklist"
I really enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it. I recommend it not as a science fiction novel but as a satirical book and a witty commentary on our times. Enjoy. Vote Taft! --Scifiward
Although the book is couched in whimsy, it also has a serious point to make about the accountability of politicians and the influence of the mass media. Taft finds himself the apparent focus for an electorate which feel disenfranchised by a political system comprising of members from the same social strata, who seem more interested in themselves and their political interest, than they do the people. -Sci-Fi Online, Feb, 2012.....a very enjoyable read. Heller uses the classic tale of the fish out of water to pass criticism on American politics as he sees it across the pond. Heller uses Taft to expose the scary influence of the media on American politics and how it can create frenzy at the click of a finger. However, it s a story (and ultimately a message) that is predictable won't open your eyes to anything new, but it s certainly worth a read if you re a fan of this particular concept (like me!) --Starburst, Feb, 2012
AND HE'S THE BIGGEST THING IN POLITICS.
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. 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?
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 more—this time, through the media-fueled madness of 21st-century America.