Book Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

24 Jun

“My God, Armstrong… what’s come over you?”
Jack pulled the ax blade— crunch— from what had formerly been the vampire’s face. He looked up at Abe, out of breath.
“I pretended he was you.”
Abe held his tongue on the journey home.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Summary: Seth Grahame-Smith is handed a secret Diary of Abraham Lincoln.  The diary shows the journey of the famous president and how he became a vampire hunter.

Review:  This book is going to be hard to review.  It is unlike books I have been reading lately.  The originality of the book grabs your attention from the start.  It reads like a biography, and sometimes I had to be like “wait this is fiction!”  I love history in general, there is so much we don’t know.  But faux history was just as much fun.  Vampire lore was pretty original too, but not so different where you don’t recognize these as vampires.  Characters like Jack, Poe, Henry, Booth . . . really made the book for me.

The book is gruesome, not for the faint of heart.  Blood and gore is described, and it truly a “horror book”.  However, because the pacing of the book is half biography, half diary, it takes away some of the “fearsome” aspects.  It was beautiful in its grotesqueness.  Also, there are moments of humor that come out at you and makes you wonder if Lincoln had been a comedian in real life.

There were moments were the book was REALLY slow, especially in the beginning.  It’s the nature of the kind of book it was, but even taking that into consideration–there were times where I thought, “come one abe” get with it.

The connection between vampires and slavery made me a bit uncomfortable.  I feel like it kind of minimized the viciousness of slavery by having vampires overlay it.  Like, “it was only that awful because vampires existed”.  I don’t think that was the author’s intent, and probably is due to me being a bit sensitive about it.

The ending was–disappointing.  (Yes, we all know how Abe Lincoln died.)  But . . .

I liked the book.  I was hoping for it to be a bit more memorable, but it wasn’t.  But I think for people that like vampire novels with a lot of gore and not romance, then you will enjoy this book.  If you like PNR or Urban Fantasies, this may not be for you.

Sex: None
Violence: A lot of blood, gore and axes flying around.  Brain matter everywhere.  Yes-gory!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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