Monday, March 15, 2010

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith

My wife and I became pretty big fans of Lincoln's (I know, who isn't, right?) when we bought a condo overlooking Ford's Theatre and the escape route (read: Alley) that John Wilkes Booth used to escape. Our interest in the President only increased when at a Library of Congress book event on the mall we listened to James Swanson discuss his book Manhunt: The 12 day chase for Lincoln's Killer. We immediately bought the book, took turns reading it, then passed it around to friends & family. Both my wife and I loved it and we've sought out other books on Lincoln when the mood strikes.

Well this past Wednesday, the mood struck. I was flying to FLA to accompany my wife who had a three day conference in Orlando. Although my family lives in central FLA (I'm from Lakeland) they would be working during the day, so I had time to kill. I'd heard about Grahame-Smith's book and wanted to give it a shot. I've not read his Jane Austen Zombie book, much as I like Zombies I'm not much of an Austen fan. Much as I'm not a Vampire fan, I do like Lincoln and wanted to check out Grahame-Smith's writing style.

Overall I enjoyed it a lot. It's a fast, easy read, that makes all the big parts of Lincoln's life (good & bad) Vampire related. I found myself pulled in to the book quickly and not wanting to put it down. Never scary or disgusting (well maybe a little, mostly slave related, but that's more disgust about slavery in general) it was still quite an enjoyable read.

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