Basic premise: Well, it's in the title, so never mind. This reads like a Lincoln bio retro-fitted to have vampire stuff in it. A lot of footnotey stufBasic premise: Well, it's in the title, so never mind. This reads like a Lincoln bio retro-fitted to have vampire stuff in it. A lot of footnotey stuff to give an air of authenticity to the narrative. It was unnecessary in my opinion. I mean, I bought it okay? You had me at Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Unless of course, Grahame-Smith wasn't trying to sell me a story but the thing itself was the point. He wanted to craft an object that looked like a history but had vampires in it. In either case, the actual narrative got short shrift.
Then there was the mingling of actual events from ol' Abe's life, accentuated and stretched like hot plastic to fit the vampire narrative. Those kinds of things went on too long; the Lincoln back story that repeated so much of every Lincoln bio in the world... Main criticism: There should be much less jawing for the Lincoln unread and more, more hewing of the stinkin' undead....more
Lurid cover, blurb describes werewolves and vampires and sorcery, first chapter has a couple of school girls kissing. Think this book is going to be pLurid cover, blurb describes werewolves and vampires and sorcery, first chapter has a couple of school girls kissing. Think this book is going to be pretty exciting, don't you? Uh, guess again. Man, what kind of vampire/werewolf book has no vampiring or werewolfing in it? The sorcery stuff was also lame as hell. Now I'm not some kind of creepy dude that wants to read about a couple of shool-chicks in plaid skirts and knee-highs "doing it" in the the 3rd floor lavatory, but I do remember that age and it was a pretty passionate time. No, it could have been schoolboys, schoolgirl and schoolboy, or any conceivable combination thereof--it just should have been passionate, with the hormones all in overdrive. Nope. Kiss at the beginning and then a lot of chaste eyeing each other later. It didn't even have to be that detailed, just let me know that these characters really cared for each other (especially since that romance did drive a certain part of the plot) in a convincing manner. Sebastien the Wampyr could have been an interesting character--but the descriptions of how tired and faded he was kind of wore me out just reading about him. The most interesting part of the whole book was the alternative historical setting of occupied Britain ca. 1939. The Germans had already won that part of the war and were calling themselves Prussia. Still, this book is a clunker--saved by the fact that it was incredibly short--novella length....more
I enjoyed this fantasy novel. It's set in a world with pre-industrialized cultures, although it is intimated that that wasn't necessarily the case. InI enjoyed this fantasy novel. It's set in a world with pre-industrialized cultures, although it is intimated that that wasn't necessarily the case. Interesting mix of sorcery and techno-science stuff going on. The main religion is an order of scholar type techno-philes a la "Canticle for Lebowitz" only more so and without the RC stuff. The novel is fast paced and we see the main protagonist, Rudolfo The Gypsy King, enter the fray very early in the book. I found the quick pace unsatisfying and the political intrigue a little juvenile, but still a pretty darn good yarn and a refreshing look at an often threadbare genre....more
An collection of four novellas by today's hottest writers of the trendy new genre blend of hardboiled noir with urban fantasy. I call it 'para-noir.'An collection of four novellas by today's hottest writers of the trendy new genre blend of hardboiled noir with urban fantasy. I call it 'para-noir.' Jim Butcher has been making a bundle off his Harry Dresden character--Chicago's only wizard listed in the Yellow Pages--but he really seems to be phoning it in on this novella. The story was little threadbare and hamfisted. Simon R. Green's contribution was also a little lacking. His story read a little like a minor anecdote found in the context of a larger story in one of his full-length novels. Kat Richardson had the best novella of the four. Harper of her Greywalker series has an interesting story set in Southern Mexico. Thomas Sniegoski's novella involving the angel and private detective, Remy Chandler was also good. I had not read any of Sniegoski's books, but I think I will now....more