Title: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Author: Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 2011
Genre: Paranormal; Alternative history?
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Vampire; Support Your Library loan; Book2Movie
How I Got It: Library Loan
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 hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
I love these mixes of history and fantasy. I think I've found my second favorite genre (after zombies, of course). This book reads like a historical biography. Except in this case, Smith added the elements of vampires throughout the history of Lincoln's life. If I didn't know any better, I would think this was nonfiction. Every addition feels unnatural. I loved the pacing, breaking his life into "boy, vampire hunter, and president." Through it we get a sense of Lincoln (even if half of it is make believe). I've never been a huge fan of Lincoln's; I prefer the Roosevelts and Jefferson. But this book made me a fan. I heartedly recommend!
I finally got around to seeing the movie. A was pretty disappointed. While the book has a gravity, the movie makes it too cheesy, too modern. That ridiculous fight scene among the horses was almost too much to watch. But I will admit that I loved the scene in the plantation. It was a very modern fight scene done well. The character of Will was a great role. I loved the inclusion. I was very upset that the movie excluded so much from the book. We only got to see Abraham's struggle at the end, after the Civil War started. Random note: How amazing was Alan Tudyk as Stephen Douglas! An uncredited role, but so great.