Rainer Maria Rilke

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Who Knew?

Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Adult Horror

Agatha Christie once said something to the effect that we are not what we seem.  That quote certainly applies here.  Who would have thought Abe Lincoln would have a dark side, a side so secretive that it has remained such a history mystery for all these years?  According to Grahame-Smith, Abe Lincoln was not the do-gooder prez we all thought but rather a cold-blooded vampire killer.

As a young boy, the death of Lincoln's mother affected him deeply.  When he witnesses her death by vampire, he makes it his life's work to kill every vampire he can. 

This book is such a hilarious concept and so clever!  I loved the way that real historical facts were written about but slanted in such a way as to make it seem totally believable that vamps were involved.  Who knows?  Maybe they were.  The appeal in this story is for the action and violence and uniqueness only--don't read if you want to know more about Lincoln.  I do wish a little more attention would have been given to the Civil War and Lincoln's relationship with his wife--those two events seem to call out for a connection that never happens.  In all, I thought the story was totally genius and I can't wait to see the movie--the trailers look creepy and vampy.  My husband is reading the audio-version and comes home every night telling me how amazing it is, so.......good read all the way around!

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