I’ll admit, I read this book because the movie was coming out and I was eager to start the Book Addicts first Book-2-Movie Night. So, I started reading it. Though I have a confession: Had I recognized that it was written the same author who wrote Pride, Prejudice & Zombies, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.
But this book stands apart from the other’s he’s written. This one, in my opinion, is so much better than the others. Abe Lincoln: Vamp Hunter is a LOOOONG book. It’s a heavy 400 pages. The reason why is because it’s basically a biography. Now, I haven’t done any in-depth research on how Grahame-Smith wrote this book, and all I know of Lincoln’s history is the limited amount kids are taught in school, so I’m relying on my friend Tiff’s word when she said she did research on the book and found that the biographical part of this (which is probably 85%) is all true.
Given that piece of gospel truth, I really enjoyed reading this book. Abe has always been one of my favorite presidents and I think he’s one of the smartest, bravest men that ever led America. That being said, I loved every minute of this book. Learning about Lincoln’s life, how he grew up, how he got started in politics and law, presidency, etc—it was all very interesting. I loved the way the author wrote parts himself and inserted already existing, historical texts to add to the believability of the novel.
As for the vampires…I thought the author did a brilliant job of subtly placing them in the plot and in Abe’s life. Yes, at times it was comical, but as far as the story goes, it was all very believable. I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for you if you’re planning on reading the book (which I recommend you do), but the motives for Abe becoming president as well as fighting the Civil War were very different than what we’ve been taught in school.
Pick it up and read it, but don’t expect to get through it quickly and without much thought.
Happy Reading, my friends!