Sunday, July 1, 2012
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
The book starts with the death of Lincoln's mother when he was nine years, a historically accurate detail. But her death is no longer the agony of human failings, but the work of a vampire. Avenging his mother's death is the foundation upon which drives Lincoln to continue his hunt. He trains to become a great hunter, and uses his political stance to further his goal of ridding American soil of vampires. One of the greatest details for me was the way Grahame-Seth handles the issue of slavery abolished under Lincoln's tutelage; why the North and South went to war takes on an entirely new meaning. While I understand this novel to be fiction, the details woven into the tapestry make each encounter and hurdle seem absolutely believable; depending on how much you believe in vampires.
The book reads in-between narrative and letters written by Lincoln's from his "journal." It is amazing how a "slight of hand" with literary information can paint the most mundane and simplistic ideas into a macabre of "man"slaughter. Grahame-Smith did not overlook a single detail of Lincoln's journey from small-town country boy to the Ford's Theater famous killing. The authenticity of events will leave you questioning which story is real - your high school textbook or Grahame-Smith's world.
This is a vampire story unlike any other you've read.
Seth Grahame-Smith is a New York Times best selling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night. His work is well-known in thriller circles. You can read more about him and his writing at The Official Site of Author Seth Grahame-Smith.