Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Paperback, 366 Pages   
Grand Central Publishing
April 19, 2011

Indiana, 1818. In a one-room cabin, nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his mother's bedside.

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, young Lincoln sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for almost two-hundred years - until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon
The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln. Now, using the journal as a guide, Seth reconstructs the true life story of America's greatest president. For the first time ever, he reveals the hidden history behind the Civil War - and uncovers the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

It took me a while to read this book. I felt like I was reading a long chapter in a history book! The book is written from the view of someone else who has the intent of writing a book. (You will find out what I mean when/if you read it.) So some sections really are written as if you were reading a textbook. Scattered throughout the book are sections from the diary.

There are sections where he is having a battle of some sort or something exciting is going on. I like those sections. I particularly liked the parts of those sections that were taken from his diary. The in-between parts could sometimes get a little boring. I really had no urge to pick up the book until I finally got towards the end when I knew I was going to finish.

Of course most people know how Abe Lincoln’s life ended therefore you can guess how his life ends in the book. The actual end of the book did come as a surprise though and I did enjoy that. I also enjoyed the pictures that were scattered throughout. I was also quite glad that the vampires weren’t sparkly… What happened to them in the sun was much more “believable.”

In the end, I see no reason why I would reread this book. However, if you happen to like this style of book then you will probably thoroughly enjoy it.

Leave a comment if you have read this and what you thought of it!


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