Sunday, July 8, 2012
President Vampire Hunter: Possibilities
I like wacky premises. I like it even more when authors take a theoretically absurd idea and build a quality work around it. Usually, you can’t lose – you’ll get ‘wacky’ and ‘good,’ or at least ‘wacky.’ Which is still good.
I would have been delighted to discover that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was, contrary to all expectations, an awesome piece of non-claptrap that never made me want to wretch. In the words of Sideshow Bob, about MacGyver.
God damn it, how do you take a book with a US president fighting Vampires and make it so damn dull? How did it fail at wackiness, goodness, or wacky goodness?
1. Teddy Roosevelt
2. Andrew Jackson
3. The Founding Fathers, as part of a Dracula-style Vampire hunting team.
What actually happened: Abraham Lincoln