May 18, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

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.

My Thoughts/Review:

This is completely weird, and ya'll won't believe me, but I find myself wondering if this is true. Because if it isn't, this guy is a dang good storyteller. One of the best. The book is written in a way that it might be mistaken for a biography, because it switches from Lincoln's journal, to the author's point of view, to an unnamed person's view, so I really don't know how the author made this work. Possibly because he's a really good storyteller. Abe Lincoln's character can't really be capitalized on, because mostly, he wasn't the character leading the book. I don't really know how else to describe it. It was weird.

It was totally awesome, though. Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned vampire hunting Abe Lincoln? That is just too cool. I couldn't pass up the chance to read something like that. I just couldn't. You understand, of course. Now, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the middle part of the book best, because that's where all the action was, and when most of the Vampire hunting took place. In the third part of the book, Lincoln doesn't really hunt as much, for fear of getting killed, and leaving his wife and kids alone. I suppose I could understand that.

The best part of the book was when you finally got to understand Lincoln's reasons for starting the civil war, and why he seemed to have no problems sending thousands of men out to battle with no training whatsoever. Like I said, this book was so well researched, that I found myself wondering if it was true. It'd be awesome, yet scary, if it was. I especially loved all the pictures showing supposed 'fangs' and black eyed assailants. So, all in all, I'd say it was an action packed read, that I definitely enjoyed. And it had a really surprising ending.

Favorite Quote:
Abe didn't say a word. He made straight for his journal and wrote down a single sentence. One that would radically alter the course of his life, and bring a fledgling nation to the brink of collapse.
I hereby resolve to kill every vampire in America.


  1. This is definitely a unique concept for a book, I haven't decided if I am going to ead it yet or not, lol. Nice blog, new follower!

    1. It's definitely unique. :)
      Thanks! :)