Indiana, Moonlight Falls Through The Dense Woods That Surround A One Room Cabin, Where A Nine Year Old Abraham Lincoln Kneels At His Suffering Mother S Bedside She S Been Stricken With Something The Old Timers Call Milk Sickness My Baby Boy She Whispers Before DyingOnly Later Will The Grieving Abe Learn That His Mother S Fatal Affliction Was Actually The Work Of A VampireWhen The Truth Becomes Known To Young Lincoln, He Writes In His Journal, Henceforth My Life Shall Be One Of Rigorous Study And Devotion I Shall Become A Master Of Mind And Body And This Mastery Shall Have But One Purpose Gifted With His Legendary Height, Strength, And Skill With An Ax, Abe Sets Out On A Path Of Vengeance That Will Lead Him All The Way To The White HouseWhile 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 Than YearsUsing 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 came across this book at Barnes Noble while I was at Union Station in DC and had to call a friend who has encyclopedic knowledge of books of this genre.I was pulled in immediately by the cover and decided that I was going to buy it on my way home.How could you not want to read a book about someone like Lincoln, who seemingly faced tragedy upon tragedy in his personal life only to be doubly tested in his political life.The book is built on the premise that Lincoln kept a series of secret journals over his lifetime chronicling his life long battle against the dark forces of vampires, including their role in the Civil War and the perpetuation of slavery.While the premise is, of course, ludicrous, I found I just couldn t put the book down As if Lincoln needed another dimension added to his heroic and tragic life.Honest Abe is helped during his vampire hunt by the mysterious Henry, a vampire himself Sprinkled throughout the book are clever illustrations and actual photos Oh, Photoshop.Anyway,if you like history mixed with a good dose of fantasy, you should pick this up.Also, check out this silly promotional video I ve been a Wisconsinite my whole life I know cheese.That said, I read 131 pages of this before I put it down After all, cheese can be fun.However, ALVH was your store brand Velvetta than your aged sharp cheddar.I kept reading for a couple of reasons.1 It was SO much better than Pride Prejudice Zombies2 The concept was intriguing3 Much like a plate of cheesy nachos, one often keeps going back for when they really should stopI stopped reading because 1 The writing was plastic in parts and didn t fit the absurdity of the concept2 The illustrations were heinous3 The historical language was less than historical4 The author acknowledged Wikipedia as being an important part of his research5 I felt so many authors could have done it betterIt s campy, and it s fun in the way that things are fun if you re stuck in an airport, on a bus, or on the subway with no other source of entertainment.In the end, though, I realized I just hope for in my cheese. The Abenator Very entertaining, very original, and lots of fun As hilariously irreverent as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, yet like that mash up Grahame Smith has woven his adaptions seamlessly into the original and his interjected dialogue sounds correct Especially noteworthy was the infusion of historical personages into his narrative, some vampires and some not.Clearly well researched, this is a great read for Abe fans and vampire aficionados alike. On the 4th of July it seems appropriate to go back and write a review on a book with one of our American presidents at the center of the action Maybe it would have been a little appropriate on President s Day, but the 4th is a good secondary option.The genre of alternate history retelling the classics with monsters at the center of the story has become quite popular over the past decade While these titles interest me, I approach them with skepticism is the gimmick going to lead to a good story or a sloppy tale thrown together for a quick buck Luckily, my experience with these had been pretty good so far I thought this book was great Sure, a little cheesy and hokey at moments, but what a fun what if story Abraham Lincoln doing everything we know him for, but also kicking vampire ass in the process And, the format is really cool, too It is told like it really is an uncovered history of the life of Lincoln In fact, if the human race went extinct and aliens showed up and found this book, I think they would believe this is a true historical document If you like alternative history, vampires, and Abraham Lincoln this is for you Fun, action packed, and it might even make you think a bit about what if Lincoln really did battle these creatures of the night If you are a history purist or have difficulty approaching retellings alternate history with an open mind, this is not the book for you.Note the other monster based retelling I have read is Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, and it is pretty good, too Without death, he answered, life is meaningless It is a story that can never be told A song that can never be sung For how would one finish itAbraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is an impeccable example of how history can be made interesting with strategy Even though I m vastly interested in history, reading huge textbooks or listening to commentaries still makes me sleepy I ve read about how Lincoln died many times now, from different sources, but I never understood why it happened I also never really knew much about him other than he was a former U.S President I m sure that if I grew up in the U.S then I would have vast knowledge of him, but sadly I didn t I heard that this book was heavily researched on, so I m guessing I now have at least a brief introduction on who Lincoln was as a President Events were obviously coated with the vampire fantasy gimmick, but I still see some as real events that happened Before reading this I already knew I was going to enjoy it The premise was straightforward and it caught my interest immediately Despite numerous 1 2 star reviews, I went ahead and decided to read this book anyway Such a great decision I made.The writing was near perfect The way that the author alternated from his narration and Lincoln s journal was very interesting If it was an attempt to maintain the reader s interest, then he clearly succeeded, at least with me I m clearly happy with the historical vibe of the novel, and the way that it didn t venture out of it Some other authors would mistakenly write about things that are not present in the time that they re trying to portray I didn t see anything wrong with SG S writing, so I m clearly satisfied.The plot was in parr with the premise It showed Lincoln s life, as a vampire hunter A parody but life lessons were still present That s the great thing about reading fiction, not only does it interest you, but it also teaches If I were to quote all of the things I thought were life lessons then this review wouldn t be a review, but rather a short preview All you need to know is that it was really amazing Here s one of my favorites thoughJudge us not equally, Abraham, We may all deserve hell, but some of us deserve it sooner than othersThe characters were all interesting and genuine Genuine in a way that they weren t pretentious The author also didn t make them seem unbelievable Another reason why I like the writing of this novel Also the way that Abe developed was really good It was very well incorporated to the vampire aspect of the novel No cheesy vampire romance here The vampires are violent and merciless I would also like it mention that the author was rather harsh with the outcome of some characters I m not sure if they really happened, but the harshness managed to interest me too I don t have a faint heart, and the darker the novel the better, for me.I can t wait the read the sequel of this I heard though that it can be read as a standalone, considering it s Henry s point of view, and that makes me even excited I really liked Henry here, so reading about the what he decides to do after view spoiler Abraham s death hide spoiler Brilliant premise, but oh so clunky in execution This mish mash of historical texts and vampire hunting action chugged along dutifully to the end, much like a dry textbook on U.S History With vampires I think my biggest gripe is that we are told again and again how great a man Lincoln is, how he could win over a crowd with his electrifying oratory, and yet we aren t shown it I wanted to feel it, with examples, not the author s assurances I also felt like Lincoln was kept at a distance from the reader emotionally Yes, we are told how much the deaths of his sons devastated him, but we don t see it And because the book tries to cover Lincoln s entire life, we rush from point to point, so abruptly Lincoln is older and no longer fighting vampires, without the story establishing how we got there with details and Lincoln feeling stiff and sore in the mornings Or something, you know what I mean Which is a shame, because Abraham Lincoln had a very interesting life in its own right, even without vampires I wish the author had given up the mock textbook approach, and just written it straight, somehow I actually liked the intro, where the premise is that author is given some old notebooks which turn out to be Abraham Lincoln s secret vampire hunter journals Sadly, we never get back to that, but I think maybe Seth Grahame Smith is now a vampire, too Does anyone know if he s taken to wearing sunglasses P.S The altered photos are hokey. So Abraham Lincoln was the great great great great great great great great great great great grandfather of Sam and Dean Winchester Kidding.Okay so this book was chopped into 3 parts The first chapter is The Boy it s basically about Abraham and how he was during childhood days Part 1 shows where Abraham started and how it him being a vampire hunter all started The 2nd part is actually the most fictitious part since it is the part where Abe is very much active in vampire hunting 3rd chapter, shows Abe s struggle through politics and his fight for presidency The Civil war and assassination was also included in the 3rd chapter The book was brilliant, It is a good mash uop of history and fiction I loved the fact that when reading the book I could actually go in and out of history and fantasy I actually bought this book because of the title and yes, of the cover as well It got me intrigued and interested And I know it says VAMPIRE HUNTER but trust me, this isn t like the other vampire books out there This book doesn t have shiny sparkling vampires in it It also has a love story, a romance, but not the kind which sixteen year old teenage girls would be drooling for So this book isn t really for teens who only reads YA This book is a lot serious, way darker and grittier You would actually like this book if a you won t get offended by the fact that the author bended the history and mashed up fiction with it.b you re looking for gruesome graphic violenceThe book was pretty informative as well It s got footnotes and pictures with captions, explaining stuffs from the story But you still need a little bit of background knowledge about Abraham Lincoln before reading this Otherwise you won t get the humor of the story You won t be able to appreciate the beauty of the mash up It s a must read. Allow me to a little known history book, starring Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.Am I the only one who gets chills Abraham Lincoln was a little than a child when his mother passed due to a mysterious illness Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, her death was due to a vengeful vampire Abraham does what any sensible child would ve done pledged himself wholly and completely to eradicating the entire world of vampires As expected, plenty of heads rolled and bodies dismembered thoroughly enjoyable While I normally feel a bitoddwhen fictionalized accounts make light of serious topics i.e slavery but this book does it in a tolerable way How The accuracy Grahame Smith intersperses real world events with his fictionalized account of Lincoln So, despite the axes flying, I was learning about history and Lincoln s life I m convinced he s a very clever history teacher.Well done and I look forward to reading of his novels Audiobook commentsWell read with great diction and enunciation I am convinced they brought back ol Honest Abe to read his audiobook.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading If it s your tendency to roll your eyes at literary mashups such as Jane Slayer and Android Karenina, then I bet they rolled back into your head when what seems to be an affront to the greatest president in American history was published Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Mine certainly did, and I m a fan of Lincoln and vampires However, Seth Grahame Smith, who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, did extensive research into Lincoln and the politics and culture of Lincoln s time and he entertainingly meshes everything we know about Honest Abe, his family and peers, his road to the presidency, and the Civil War with the rise and fall of vampires in America If you want to know why CRO was carved into a tree at the Roanoke settlement, how the Confederacy really won the First Battle of Bull Run, or simply why Lincoln favored that long, black coat, read the book and get educated in American history.
Seth Grahame Smith born Seth Jared Greenberg is an American author, screenwriter and film producer He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times best seller list Seth Grahame Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.
- Mass Market Paperback
- 433 pages
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- Seth Grahame-Smith
- 04 May 2017 Seth Grahame-Smith