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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  94,054 ratings  ·  10,705 reviews
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 wor...more
Mass Market Paperback, 433 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jared Vincent Lacaran
Jul 30, 2012 Jared Vincent Lacaran rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PPL HU DSNT LYK VAMP RMNCE
FINALLY, A VAMPIRE BOOK THAT'S NOT ABOUT SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED NECROPHILIAC TEENAGERS! I'M NOW ONE HAPPY MOTHERFUCKER.

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Liza Gilbert
I've been a Wisconsinite my whole life. I know cheese.

That said, I read 131 pages of this before I put it down. After all, cheese can be fun.

However, ALVH was more your store-brand Velvetta than your aged sharp cheddar.

I kept reading for a couple of reasons.
1) It was SO much better than Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
2) The concept was intriguing
3) Much like a plate of cheesy nachos, one often keeps going back for more when they really should stop

I stopped reading because -

1) The writing was...more
John
I came across this book at Barnes & Noble while I was at Union Station in DC and had to call a friend who has encyclopedic knowledge of books of this genre.
I was pulled in immediately by the cover and decided that I was going to buy it on my way home.
How could you not want to read a book about someone like Lincoln, who seemingly faced tragedy upon tragedy in his personal life only to be doubly tested in his political life.
The book is built on the premise that Lincoln kept a series of secret...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Brilliant premise, but oh-so-clunky in execution. This mish-mash of historical texts and vampire hunting action chugged along dutifully to the end, much like a dry textbook on U.S. History. With vampires.
I think my biggest gripe is that we are told again and again how great a man Lincoln is, how he could win over a crowd with his electrifying oratory, and yet we aren't shown it. I wanted to feel it, with examples, not the author's assurances. I also felt like Lincoln was kept at a distance from...more
Tressa
If it's your tendency to roll your eyes at literary mashups such as Jane Slayer and Android Karenina, then I bet they rolled back into your head when what seems to be an affront to the greatest president in American history was published: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mine certainly did, and I'm a fan of Lincoln and vampires. However, Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, did extensive research into Lincoln and the politics and culture of Lincoln's time and he en...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
Slowly, I'm getting my blog reviews up here. Here's one from 2 years ago almost to the day. It's always nice to be a couple years ahead of the curve. :D

Like I said before, I'm not immune to peer pressure. The opposite is in fact true. I also realize this is probably getting as annoying as hearing about how busy people are and excuses as to why there's no posting. I'll attempt to refrain (doh!).

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter tells the story found in Lincoln's secret journal describing his alterna...more
Iyah
So Abraham Lincoln was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Sam and Dean Winchester.

Kidding.

Okay so this book was chopped into 3 parts. The first chapter is The Boy. it's basically about Abraham and how he was during childhood days. Part 1 shows where Abraham started and how it - him being a vampire hunter-all started.

The 2nd part is actually the most fictitious part since it is the part where Abe is very much active in vampire hunting.

3rd chapt...more
amy e. ganser
I usually don't read biographies or vampire lit. My boyfriend's mom passed along "Abraham Lincoln" Vampire Hunter," and I politely accepted. I remember rolling my eyes the first time I spied the flashy cover in the Minneapolis airport. Some weeks prior in a pitifully sparse lit section of Borders I realized the tremendous volume of vampire-themed novels. Author Seth Grahame-Smith is not alone. Authors are courting vampires like David Letterman and production assistants. I've never opened a novel...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Here I go again...braving the waters of controversy in a skiff of electrons.... I know a lot of you like this book, some of you like it immensely. It caught my eye because (let's face it) this is less than usual subject matter. I suppose I expected the topic to be dealt with in a somewhat tongue and cheek manner. I'm not familiar Seth Grahame-Smith's other work, none of the others caught my interest. I'm not, after all a Jane Austen fan and I am relatively conservative, so his prior works just d...more
Viridian5
Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had a prominent display place in my local library, which is how I picked it up but still haven't read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It's a ripping yarn but the way Grahame-Smith has vampires involved in slavery and the Civil War shifts real historical figures' motives in ways I dislike and can't approve of. I felt that it cheapened things. I hated the ending, seeing it as out of character for Lincoln as he's presented in this book as well a...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. This book was a better read (or rather listen) then I was expecting when I first started the book. What I thought was going to be a "light-hearted" and almost humorous vampire story actually turned out to be a fairly compelling read that interweaves and connects the battle to end slavery with the battle to destroy vampires. I think if you go into the story without any preconceptions, you will have a pretty good time with it. I also thought that the last line of the book was worth half...more
Donna  Happy Booker
When I first saw the title a while back, I had first thought it would be some ridiculously campy, cheesy vampire book. But then the movie previews caught my attention and made me reconsider. And since I've decided to watch the movie, I of course, had to first read the book.

AL:VH was so much more than I was expecting; rich in detail, the story quickly drew me in and I was hooked. The story was interspersed with newspaper articles and speeches that I assume are actual historical fact that gave it...more
DoctorM
Okay. Having seen the title, how can I not read this? It's too wonderfully weird and silly not to read.

And what makes it work for me even more is...having seen a very serious catalog of American antiques (they specialise in Civil War-era items) that listed as from St.-Louis 1856 a boxed (patented! Dr. Someone's!) anti-vampire kit (two pistols, bullet mould, silver bullets, ivory cross that converts to a stake, vial of holy water, small mirror) for approx. $2500...I have to read this book. It se...more
Tina Rath
This is by the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I must confess I found that the joke – the combination of elegant manners and bloody mayhem – did not last nearly the length of the novel. However, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is surprisingly good. Apart from being an excellent and quite painless way of learning a good deal about American history (‘how many British people know that Lincoln’s assassination was only part of a wider plot which was to have included the death of the Sec...more
Lanica
Abraham Lincoln is one of my personal heroes. I enjoy reading about his life and times, the Civil War and the biographies or diaries of people who lived through it.

I also enjoy dark urban fantasy; urban romance just pisses me off.

I should like this, right? Right?

Actually, I am pretty ambivalent about it. I enjoyed the story. It could have been any main character and the story of how vampires influenced the Civil War could have been an interesting premise. The life of the vampire hunter during t...more
Sam
I loved this book and I love the way Grahame-Smith combines historical fact with vampire fiction utterly seamlessly creating a highly 'plausible' and very believable version of Abraham Lincoln's life and death. The writing is vivid and descriptive and takes the reader into the heart of the action and into the mind of one of America's greatest President's as he tackles the forces of Slavery and the Undead all in one foul swoop. A brilliant read that is a vast relief from the recent trend of soppy...more
Chloe
A few years ago, when all the books of this ilk first began to be released, I swore I would not give in to the fad. At first this was rather easy, because I am not the sort of person who is generally inclined to read Pride and Prejudice either with or without zombies. I have far too much sense to give in to Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, or so I liked to think. At the very least, there were already far too many books to read on my list for me to add on some cheap Victorian retreads....more
Kana
I have to admit, I wanted the book because of the cover art and because of the ludicrous premise. Abraham Lincoln being a secret vampire hunter, and that being a big influence in his stopping American slavery.

I personally find this story extremely interesting, even though it has the ability to cross over to cheesy at any moment, it actually doesn't. The vibe is very serious, violent, and tragic. Even when they introduce unlikely but just as famous names/characters, you get to see the story throu...more
Megan
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Michael
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is one of those books that's going to be sold by the cover and title alone.

The cover, featuring the visage of Honest Abe with a blood stains on his famous suit and a bloody axe in one hand is enough to make you take pause, open the cover and wonder what kind of absurdest joys lie within the books pages.

Seth Grahame-Smith, who found ways to skewer the works of Jane Austen by inserting zombies, has an interesting new way to skewer the biography--by inserting vamp...more
Veronica Belmont
Seth Grahame-Smith does an excellent job combining history with fantastical fiction, and it all comes together with gruesome detail in this book. I half expected this to be a comedy (not having read anything else by him), but I was definitely surprised by some of the turns this story took. Not for the squeamish!

Carol Storm
Tremendously exciting and compelling. Yet also frustrating and disappointing.

I had really mixed feelings about this book. The use of vampires as a plot feature is both an incredible blessing and a fatal flaw.

On the one hand, because "vampires" are the force behind slavery in the south, the author can afford to be brutally honest and shockingly direct about how bad slavery really was. It's worth noting that, even half a century after the Civil Rights movement, most so-called "literary" fiction a...more
Ardail
Its more believable than a ninety year old vampire hanging out in high school. I cant wait for the movie, yes there is a movie in the works.
Bry
'The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?'
-Edgar Allan Poe

What a great way to open up a book about one of our greatest Presidents being a vampire!!

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If I had never read any other book Seth Grahame-Smith had written besides Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I would not have considered him a true author. A man with a brilliant marketing scheme - yes, an author - no. This book puts that assumption to...more
Robert
While I liked the originality and storyline of ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, I can’t help but feel disappointed at the bevy of historical events leveled upon the reader. Before you chastise me, though, hear me out. If you’re going to make Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest president ever, a vampire hunter, then I say you go all in, hold nothing back, and leave the pages bloodied and martyred the way Lincoln leaves the vampires.

Even though I understand the point was to interweave historica...more
MJ
I am not an expert on Abraham Lincoln's life. I know he was the 16th President. That his election as President along with a few other events lead to the South seceding from the Union and the start of the Civil War. He emancipated the slaves, wrote the Gettysburg address and was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theater. I may know a fact or two more if I thinking about it. You may also think you know a lot about life but after reading this controversial biography you may be thinking...more
Alec Badalian
I decided to read this book because the title itself is very intriguing and there's a movie adaptation coming out this summer. So, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is about a journal that has passages that describe a man and his encounters with the supernatural creatures known as vampires. But as the reader gets deeper and deeper into this journal, he finds out that it belongs to none other than the big-bearded, hat-wearing president, Abraham Lincoln. My favorite quote of the book was, "The day H...more
Kim
Well. I wasn't a big fan of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but on the strength of the upcoming movie and a morbid curiosity I decided to give this book a try. And now I have to wonder why. Why I bothered. Why it was written. And why would anyone like it.

The story is a fictional retelling of Abraham Lincoln's life in a world inhabited by vampires. After his mother is killed by a vampire over a debt Lincoln dedicates his life to killing vampires. The book weaves together Linc...more
Michael
Abraham Lincoln was one of American’s top leaders and also a vampire hunter (according to this book). Lincoln's secret journal has been found and it tells the story different from what you learn in history. Seth Grahame-Smith is known for mashing Pride and Prejudice with zombies but this book feels like a mash up of Vampire hunting and a Wikipedia entry of Abraham Lincoln’s life.

One of the main problems I had with this book was the narrative; was it supposed to be written in a biography or diar...more
J
I’d seen Grahame-Smith’s Pride, Prejudice And Zombies and thought the premise was great but wasn’t interested enough to pick it up. Abraham Lincoln as vampire hunter, however, did the trick. Once I picked the book up, I could barely set it down and this is while I was on vacation in Puerto Vallarta. So, to heck with you, Seth! You ruined my vacation! Just kidding. This book is excellent. The research that went into this book must have been extraordinary! Grahame-Smith seamlessly weaves the event...more
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Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times' best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.
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