Book Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

by katelin on March 15, 2011

in Book Review

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Let that title sink in okay, haha.

Part of me was fully intrigued before I even started reading this book since I’d already read Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (and LOVED it) and the other part was a bit leery. I mean how was a book about Abe Lincoln going to captivate me? I’m not really a history buff and I know minimal facts about America History (for shame, I know) so I was, like I said, leery. However nothing I could have ever conjured up before starting this book could have matched the pure enjoyment and fascination I had with reading it.

Here’s a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect on Abe’s father’s unfortunate debts.

When the truth became known to the young Abraham Lincoln, he wrote in his journal: henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become learned in all thingsā€”a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose.”

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for reuniting the North with the South and abolishing slavery from our country, no one has ever understood his valiant fight for what it really was. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Fascinating right? Grahame-Smith gets your attention from page one. As soon as he receives the journals you want to know where this story is going, how it happened, how he envisioned all of it, everything! I love how the story progresses too. It basically follows Abe’s entire life from childhood all the way through his teens and mid twenties and all the way to adulthood and his reign as presidency, with all sorts of juicy vampire hunting tales along the way.

Also, one of the best parts of the story too is that not only does it follow the actual timeline of Abe’s life, but there are also pictures! Pictures of Abe’s vampire conquests, pictures of other prominent figures and just pictures!

I don’t think I can fully express how clever this book truly is and I recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of history and a whole lot of fiction (and vampires too! Just not in the sparkly Twilight way, haha)


And because Hollywood loves a good book to movie, the film adaptation of this is already in the works and slated to come out next summer.

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