Friday, May 13, 2011
Book Review: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" by Seth Grahame-Smith
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous people in American history. His accomplishments while president, his speeches and, of course, his assassination, are legendary. But what you probably didn't know is that, in addition to achievements as a political leader, Abraham Lincoln was one of the world's most accomplished vampire hunters.
Every time I saw this book in the store, I was intrigued by it. I'm so glad I finally bought it, because I really, really liked it. Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, combines true historical fact with incredible fiction to create a fascinating account of Lincoln's life and his struggles with the undead. The unique twists in the book and Grahame-Smith's attributions of certain instances in history to vampires is incredibly creative (and actually explains a lot, if you think about it). This isn't a silly book by any means; there is so much thought and attention paid to details that I found myself wondering how Grahame-Smith could have thought of all of this. (And the photos in the book are terrific, too.)
If you're able to suspend your disbelief and give in to this melding of fantasy and history, you'll really enjoy this book. And you probably won't be able to look at the Lincoln Memorialor a pennyin quite the same way again!