Published by Grand Central on March 2, 2010
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
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Indiana, 1818. 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 dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When 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 House.
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.
What I Thought…
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was not at all what I was expecting. Since this was a book club pick I didn’t read the synopsis at all (this method usually works in my favor) and I was surprised by the beginning of the book and the style of writing. I assumed (and yes, I know what they say about assuming) that the book would be the history of Abraham Lincoln with vampires told either first or third person. Instead Seth Grahame-Smith is a “character” in the book who is given Lincoln’s journals and is writing his true story. So what you have is his writing about what happened to Lincoln with Lincoln’s journal entries interspersed throughout. I felt a little misled, and that definitely affects my feelings on the book. It was done Blair Witch style as a “true story.”
- As far as my knowledge the book matches up with the known facts about Lincoln (excluding the Vampire parts of course). It was nice to see that Grahame-Smith stayed “true” to history. I liked how the vampires were woven into the story, rather than having them overtake it.
- I liked the second half of the book better than the first. The first half was dedicated to Lincoln’s childhood and I just didn’t find it as interesting as the second half which was dedicated to his presidency and the war.
- Henry was probably may favorite character aside from Lincoln. He had a unique perspective on the situation.
- I thought the book was kind of boring and felt very non-fiction like to me (which I find funny because I read a non-fiction Lincoln book several months ago that felt like fiction). I was disappointed that the book wasn’t funnier. I’ve heard from several people that Pride, Prejudice and Zombies was hilarious so I was expecting a lot of humor and it just wasn’t there.