Book Review — Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
Happy Friday! I hope you all survived the week without any lasting damage. This has been a busy week for me between recording lines for an upcoming Torchwood audio drama, work on my Masters of Macabre 2012 entry “Bad Moon Rising”, edits on another short story I’ll be submitting for an anthology, work at the day job, and, of course, family. It will be a busy weekend as well as I plan to bring you two more reviews this weekend, one on “The Book of Joseph”, and the other on an as of yet undetermined movie. (Any suggestions?)
Since the much-anticipated movie set for release this summer (June 12, 2012), I thought it a perfect time to offer my take on the book. The story begins with the author, Seth Grahame-Smith, working in a book store when he receives a mysterious package from one of the store patrons. What follows is a hidden part of history about the United States, the Civil War, and, of course, Abraham Lincoln. The journal entries paint a much different picture of our 16th President, beginning with the mysterious circumstances surrounding his mother’s death when he was twelve all the way through to his death at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. It is a roller coaster ride centered around the hidden world of vampires and their role in American history.
I found the book very entertaining with just the right amount of blood mixed in for a vampire story such as this. It does offer it’s moments of frights, even though you know the outcome. Grahame-Smith does a wonderful job of taking everything we know about Honest Abe and adding just enough to the story to make you wonder, “Did, maybe, all of this actually happen?” It even features Abe meeting Edgar Allen Poe and offers a different explanation on the story teller’s erratic behavior before his mysterious death. It is a book I can see myself reading again sometime soon, perhaps before seeing the movie. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.
Well that’s all I have for now. I will see you all later this weekend.
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