Monday, April 5, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I won this book in a contest on, and I'm all about the free stuff.
Mr. Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the acclaimed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. One of the best things about that particular book was the dissonance between Austen's prose and zombie attacks. This latest volume doesn't have that, and the book suffers for it. Even though it's still pretty enjoyable, I wasn't staying up all night in order to read cover to cover.  

This time around, the author wrote a "biography" and inserted the story that Lincoln was actually a vampire hunter. It starts off with the early years, and Lincoln's mother being killed by a vampire instead of from the "milk sickness".  Turns out that Lincoln's father owed a vampire some money and she was a casualty when Mr. Lincoln's crop went belly up.  Abraham had no idea about the existence of vampires until his father got drunk one night and told him the truth.  Young Abraham decided that he would make it his life's mission to kill all vampires. Along the way he meets a young man who shares his ambitions, but this guy turned out to be not what he seemed.  Abraham also meets Edgar Allen Poe and a few other individuals who share his knowledge of the undead.  I wish that I could say that hilarity ensues, but killing vampires is serious business when you're not Buffy. 

Lincoln soon uncovers something horrific.  Some vamps had decided that the slave trade was a veritable buffet of blood, and aligned themselves with the South in order to do everything to keep the food coming. This horrified Lincoln, who vowed to do all he could to destroy the Southern Vampire Plan for World Domination.  The Civil War wasn't really about slavery, it was about keeping vampires from ruling the world, or at least America. Which amounts to the same thing in fiction world.
C for mediocre writing, B for the story. I can see this as a movie, and I did enjoy reading the book.  It just wasn't as good as I had hoped. 

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