**spoiler alert** An amazing sequel. Seth Grahame-Smith is a wizard with historical fiction. The book began with a nod to Anne Rice poking fun at the**spoiler alert** An amazing sequel. Seth Grahame-Smith is a wizard with historical fiction. The book began with a nod to Anne Rice poking fun at the author interviewing a vampire and ended with an acknowledgement to Stephen King for absolutely no reason - because "why the hell not" as Grahame-Smith put it.
The amount of appearances by famous historical figures was staggering, including a whole lot of American presidents, Nikola Tesla, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lee Harvey Oswald, Rasputin, the Romanovs, Jack the Ripper, Pocahontas, Virgina Dare, Eliot Ness, Howard Hughes, Adolf Hitler and my absolute favourite, because he is one of my favourite authors, Mark Twain, who was absolutely hilarious.
One priceless scene involved Tesla asking Henry if vampires were capable of having orgasms.
Along with all the people mentioned above, of course, there were tweaks to historical events they were all involved in. Two of my favourites of these were; 1) the disappearance of the colony on Roanoke Island and the explanation of the "Cro" carved into a tree, and 2) the reason Eliot Ness' men were called The Untouchables.
The action sequences were quick but descriptively gory.
This was also the second book I've read this year in which little Alexei Romanov was a vampire. (The other being the Sookie Stackhouse books.)
I can only hope for another book in this series, though that might be difficult, as this one ended (again) with the death of Mr. Lincoln.
**spoiler alert** Having been schooled in Canada, my history classes did not cover a lot of American history. My impressions of Abraham Lincoln were f**spoiler alert** Having been schooled in Canada, my history classes did not cover a lot of American history. My impressions of Abraham Lincoln were formed by watching Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. What this biography taught me is that Lincoln is much more interesting than any of the boring Canadian prime ministers I was forced to learn about. What? What do you mean fiction? The book trailer specifically underlined IN RED that this is the TRUE history of Mr. Lincoln.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s distortion of history is brilliant. A slight tweak here, a medium dose of absurdity there. Grahame-Smith has deftly converted real figures of history into vampires and changed motives for significant historical events. Lincoln’s life story is heartbreaking. Somehow making vampires the cause of his tragedies seems a tad evil, but makes for a fun read. The slightly altered photographs were absolutely hilarious.
I especially liked the appearance of Edgar Allan Poe and how both he and Lincoln suspected each other of being vampires. I also thought the ending was a nice touch with Lincoln and Henry watching Martin Luther King, Jr. ...more