{Book Review} Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

What: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Who: Seth Grahme-Smith

What it's about: 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. (view source)
What I thought: I actually didn't like this book very much. It came highly recommended to me by a friend, and since we usually like similar books I thought 'why not'. The fact is, it took me about 8 months to read this book - not because I was too busy, but because I really didn't like it. It sat for months with 50 pages left and I just couldn't bring myself to pick it up and finish it. Finally I did, just because I wanted to post it paperback swap and be done with it.

I'm probably in the minority here since this book did well enough to be made into a movie and all, but to me - just not worth the time. This is why I usually stick to my favorite types of books instead of jumping on the "you've got to read this book" bandwagon.

Now I'm off to finish some other books I've been reading!


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