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Abraham Lincoln by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Apr 03, 2011

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (pp. 336)

Taking his “popular character + mythological creatures” model, Grahame-Smith turns to American history. The premise that Lincoln’s political aspirations are deep seeded in the death of his mother at the hands of a vampire. And that his abolitionist stance is to cut off southern vampires’ food sources by eliminating the slave trade is an incredibly novel and fun idea.

The book follows Lincoln’s full biography from birth through assassination. The author does a great job weaving the vampire element into key moments in Lincoln’s timeline. Supporting characters in history fill the dance card. There are a dozens of political figures from the time, famous battle sites, and historic debates. Edgar Allen Poe makes multiple appearances.

The fun of this book comes from the vampire spin on so many moments etched in American history books. The texture and tone of the writing is very much period but not clunky. There’s the efficiency of a hunter and the brought-to-life quality of a silver print photo.

For students having trouble getting into this time period of history, this book would be a great diversion and an accurate outline of events – minus the vampires of course. For history buffs and vampire fiction fans, this is an unusual piece fiction that’s full of fun and requisite cheese, but doesn’t leave you with the same walk of shame feeling from reading other popular vampire novels.
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