1. jdswell says

    Want a real treat? Read the book.

    It is not low-brow at all. It is quite clever actually. It weaves the fantasy in with an otherwise accurate historical account of Lincoln’s story.

  2. tweedle says

    (Yawn) Just when you thought they had bled dry the evil dead remains of vampire plot lines. As a genre it was boring before it got started, this just drives the stake in further.

  3. Caliban says

    Based on the recommendations here I requested the book from the library. It better be good or there will be hell to pay! 😉

    Just kidding. I’m always reading something, from serious non-fiction to lightweight thrillers. A well-written genre novel can be a joy just on its own merits and with some the genre conventions are just a medium to talk about more serious issues, the human condition, racism, homophobia or whatever.

    One I read recently that was very good is “The Last Werewolf” by Glen Duncan, which is very funny with cultural references high and low, but also manages to be very life-affirming considering it’s a book about a suicidal werewolf. Duncan has written well-reviewed ‘serious’ novels too so he’s by no means a hack.

    There are “trailers” for The Last Werewolf on YouTube (how odd is that?) if you want to see if it’s something you might like. There are also animated music videos by the UK band The Real Tuesday Weld, who produced a “soundtrack” suggested by the novel. (They did the same thing for Duncan’s “I, Lucifer.”)

  4. jim says

    Man, I hate trailers like this–which focus solely on special effects and annoyingly loud music–and give absolutely NO clue as to what the movie is even about! Based on previous comments here, I’m really intrigued (both the movie AND the book), but if it were only based on the trailer I’d pass.

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