September 26, 2017

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

I had seen the book title Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith and had written it off as another silly True Blood/Twilight-esque entry into the current mania over supernatural beings. My husband checked out a library copy of his sequel, The Last American Vampire and deemed the writing quite excellent.

I decided to tackle the original Grahame-Smith novel on Abraham Lincoln. What a revelation. Not only is the mash-up deliciously inventive, but, aside from the vampire story line, the historical research on our 16th President is right on the mark. If adding vampires to books gets people to read about history, so be it.

The book was turned into a movie which got mixed to negative reviews so I am recommending the book only. I can’t wait to start the follow-up novel listed above, or possibly his book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

What’s next for Grahame-Smith? He could probably convince me to read even Tom Sawyer and Leprechauns.

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