Monday, February 21, 2011

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Copyright: 2010(audio)
Publisher: Hatchet Audio
Genre: fiction
Pages: audio  9 disks/10 hours
Challenges: New Author, Urban Fantasy, Audio
My rating: 3/5

Simple Description:
This is the true story of Abraham Lincoln.  Little did you know that Abraham Lincoln not only knew of the existence of vampires, but was also the best vampire hunter of his time.  Little did you know that the American Civil War was really a war not to free the slaves, but to keep the vampires from taking over and running the United States and making all humans slaves.  Although, I should mention that through this book we do realize that Abe did want to end slavery because he thought it was wrong.

This book gives us the story of Lincoln's life.  Starting from when he was a child and going all the way to his assassination.   We learn what caused Lincoln to go after vampires and also how he was able to persevere and end up with a life in politics and as a US president.  Along the way he had some help from Henry Sturgess, a vampire.  It was with Henry's help that he picked his vampire victims and killed them.

My Thoughts:
I thought this book was fun. It wasn't great or spectacular, but it was good and I found it entertaining.  The book very much reads like a history book, with names and dates. Without researching any of the info in the book, it would seem that the author did follow true accounts of Lincoln's life and added the vampire parts into it.  I thought it was rather interesting how the author did so and felt he did an excellent job of it.

I don't think this book is for everyone.  I'm personally not a huge fan of the recent trend to take known books and add zombies, etc, but I just couldn't pass this one up.  I realize it's not about a book, but instead about a historical figure, so I was interested to see just how it would work.

If you are a fan of books like this or are interested in trying one, I say give it a try.  If it's something that just doesn't appeal to you, then you could probably skip it.  

 Audio Review:
Scott Holst is the narrator for this book and I felt he did a good job.  It wasn't hard to follow the story although I found my mind wondering at times. I think that's just because it does read like a history book and I'm not always good with that.

Fun note:  I went in search of the author's website but couldn't find it. I tried doing a search by the title of the book because sometimes websites are made for the books and not the author and I found a listing on IMDB for this one. It appears the book has already been cast and is set to be released in movie version in 2012.  I like the fact that the author also did the screen play.  I'm actually interested in seeing this one in movie form, I feel it could be very entertaining or it could totally suck.  lol!


Literary Feline said...

I've been curious about books like this but not enough to actually read one, and so I live vicariously through reviews like this one. :-)

bermudaonion said...

I have a feeling I'm one of the people this book's not for.

Kris said...

Literary Feline & Bermudaonion - I definitely think this is the type of book only a select group will enjoy. I don't blame you for not planning on trying them out, this one was fun and I liked it, but doubt I'll read more like it.

Cristina (Rochester Reader) said...

How interesting and weird... and they're making a movie!
I'm also not a fan of the classics zombie trend but your review did have me smirking. It's a fun concept but not one I'm likely to pick for reading. I enjoyed reading your review!

Ladytink_534 said...

I won't read all the zombie ones but I may have to try this one day before the movie comes out.

Kris said...

Cristina - It is weird. lol.

Ladytink - I'll be interested to see what you think of it if you do pick it up. I imagine it will get a lot of press right before the movie comes out.

Juli said...

I remember hearing about this one awhile ago. If I can snag it cheap somewhere I'll probably give it a read. A movie though???? Not sure about that

Kris said...

Juli - Fingers crossed you find a used copy. I still think the movie has potential, I'm actually looking forward to see more trailers. lol